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Leap Day Blues February 29, 2008

Posted by kevlarchick in Women Ranting.

Even the cat wants to open the pool.   Will it ever end?   I feel cooped up in my house.   My car is filthy.   Lack of sun is making me very cranky.   I fell on the ice and cracked my head the other day. 

Will I be bitching about the heat and relentless sun in August?  If I do, somebody smack me.  



1. Dave in Texas - February 29, 2008

that ain’t no hot tin roof

2. Lipstick - February 29, 2008

Waaaa! Everybody has a pool. I want one!

*foot stamp*

3. kevlarchick - February 29, 2008

Lips, that is not my pool. Neither is the cat. It’s my sister’s.

Be careful–if you tell Mr LS you want a pool he’ll go out in the backyard with a shovel and start diggin.

4. eddiebear - February 29, 2008

^thankfully, I don’t have enough of a backyard to dig.

5. daveintexas - February 29, 2008

I wonder if he’ll find a sewer line?


6. Lipstick - February 29, 2008

Be careful–if you tell Mr LS you want a pool he’ll go out in the backyard with a shovel and start diggin.

That’s true. I have to be careful what I say. Since we don’t have the room anyway, I just zip it and remember how lucky I am.

7. geoff - February 29, 2008

I wonder if he’ll find a sewer line?

Heh. I’d forgotten about that.

And the backhoe.

8. He-man Woman Haters Club - February 29, 2008

I just zip it and remember how lucky I am.

If only that Darla was more like you…


9. geoff - February 29, 2008

He-man Woman Haters Club

Heh. My wife worked on that movie (the one in 1994, that is).

10. geoff - February 29, 2008

Heh. I think it’s going to be a “Heh” kind of Friday. I shall now precede all my comments with a hearty Heh.

11. geoff - February 29, 2008


Just practicin’

12. Pupster - February 29, 2008

Did you guys see Pajama Mama’s new pool? It’s a work in progress.

13. lauraw - February 29, 2008


14. geoff - February 29, 2008

Heh. I told my advisor yesterday that I couldn’t handle work, teaching, life, and the PhD program, so I’m bailing on the PhD.

That’ll leave me plenty of time to say “Heh.”

15. PattyAnn - February 29, 2008

Geoff, I’m sorry to hear that you’re ‘bailing on the PhD’.

But I’m going to start calling you Dr. Geoff anyway.

16. geoff - February 29, 2008

Geoff, I’m sorry to hear that you’re ‘bailing on the PhD’.

Heh. I really enjoyed the learning part, and I did learn quite a bit in the 1.4 semesters of my matriculation. But I think the slightly different path I’m taking to my ultimate goal will be much more workable. We worked out an arrangement at the school where I’ve been teaching, where they’re letting me sit in on their nanotechnology courses next quarter in exchange for teaching this quarter. That puts me right where I want to be much more quickly than via the PhD program.

17. Retired Geezer - February 29, 2008

Lipstick, (and every other prospective pool buyer), don’t, I repeat DON’T buy a pool from Blue Haven Pools.
We had them put in our pool in Las Vegas and it was terrible. They had to redo it twice.
In fact, I would not recommend ANY type of Fiberglass Coated Gunite pool.
Sounds good in theory but it sucketh badly.

The Contractors Board was not a bit of help… not one smidgen.
They started in February, we paid cash (yeah I know) and it wasn’t even done until September.

Ok, now I’m all fired up. I better go do something constructive.

18. daveintexas - February 29, 2008


19. Sobek - February 29, 2008

“Heh. I’d forgotten about that.”

Remember the time Dave accidentally dug up the necronomicon? Good times.


20. Cathy - February 29, 2008

Heh. Geoff.

Sorta sorry to hear that you decided against the PhD thing, but then again if it means more time with your family AND US — then I’m all in favor of it, bud.

21. kevlarchick - February 29, 2008

Do the PhD some other time! Enjoy your life, your kids, your beloved.

22. daveintexas - February 29, 2008

>>Remember the time Dave accidentally dug up the necronomicon?

Good times man, good times.

23. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

I hear ya, Geoff.

I used to wonder, “What a big deal Geoff and Mrs. Peel are making about homework. Pshaw.” Now I know. Oh, now I know.

I look forward to your increased contributions. In any case, more time with family is always a good thing.

24. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

In any case, more time with family is always a good thing.

“Family…isn’t it about time?”

I think the brainwashing accusation might be true, y’know.

25. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

I miss your blog, Sobek. That is some good stuff indeed.

26. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

I want to find the Necroteliconmicon.

27. Sobek - February 29, 2008

Every time I get the idea to start blogging again, I think about how infrequently I post here, and it reminds me why I stopped. Building a readership involves committment, and I lost that a while back.

I followed your link and couldn’t figure out what on earth I was looking at.

28. compos mentis - February 29, 2008

Waaaa! Everybody has a pool. I want one!

*foot stamp*

Ealier today, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded an earthquake having a magnitude that was so fucking huge it could not be measured. The epicenter would not have been found if it weren’t for a satellite photo displaying what appears to be a foot print that is roughly the size of Lake Michigan.

29. Muslihoon - February 29, 2008

Feh. The link really doesn’t help. Sorry. In short, the Necrotelicomnicon is the phone-book of the dead. It’s mentioned by Terry Pratchett in his Discworld sci-fi fantasy series.

30. Lipstick - February 29, 2008

Heh Compos. We DID recently have an earthquake here in Nevada.

31. annoying ex-pool guy - February 29, 2008

You should tell your sister to keep her pool full of water, even during winter. Leaving it empty or at a low volume could cause it to rise or shift and lose it’s level. She can get one of these to keep the pipes from freezing.

DON’T buy a pool from Blue Haven Pools.

They used to be good, kind of surprised to hear you had problems with them.

32. annoying ex-pool guy - February 29, 2008

On second look, that appears to be ice, so she probably blows out her pipes. Although the above advice is still good for warmer climates.

33. Vmaximus - February 29, 2008

We had a cold front yesterday, we are in the 70’s. I used to live “up north” It is the EXACT opposite here. You get in your car sweating, and about the time you get where you are going you finally get cool, then you jump out of your car and are sweating by the time you get to the building. SameOle SameOle.

34. Vmaximus - February 29, 2008

you crack me up! Necronomicon !

35. pajama momma - March 1, 2008

DON’T buy a pool from Blue Haven Pools.

They used to be good, kind of surprised to hear you had problems with them.

Ok, I can’t handle it anymore. I was going to keep my mouth shut, but Blue Haven Pools are franchises (some are corporate however). My husband’s branch has an absolutely impeccable reputation.

That being said, I am so sorry you’ve had problems with your pool. It’s a shame that certain franchises will make other branches look bad.

I don’t know much about the Vegas branch so I cannot offer an opinion other than I’ve heard they’ve had some problems at their branch and sadly you were the victim of that.

Construction on your pool should not have taken so long, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances, like permitting taking forever or the owner changing their minds a lot about the design and then not understanding why that would make things take longer, for Florida, it’s hurricane season. For some reason people forget it rained 3 weeks in a row.

I doubt this is the case regarding your pool as I looked up their BBB report and they’ve had 28 complaints in 36 months to our 3 and we’ve built far more pools than they have.

Ok sorry for my rant. I just hate to have an entire company’s reputation tarnished because of a few bad apples.

I would not recommend ANY type of Fiberglass Coated Gunite
I would not recommend that either. Our branch does not do fiberglass coated gunite.

36. Mrs. Peel - March 1, 2008

I don’t recommend whoever did my parents’ neighbors’ pool. We couldn’t access our own driveway during the construction, our cars got covered with lime, they didn’t set up the drains properly and so we have water standing in front of our driveway all summer, and they planted banana and palm trees and now we have roaches and rats. And the neighbors won’t do a damn thing about it, despite the fact that in the past, they threw a hissy fit about leaves from my parents’ tree blowing into their yard.

Hmm…I think what I’m really saying is that I don’t recommend my parents’ neighbors. I should put them on RottenNeighbor.com.

37. Cathy - March 1, 2008

PjMomma – I’m glad you shared all that…
…and it didn’t seem like a rant to me.

Your husband’s good reputation in business is essential. And his integrity and the care of his clientèle will hopefully pay off because folks like me will let others know that we are pleased.

I pay attention to stuff said in “Angie’s List” but sometimes an angry-crazy person can go off on a company and really try to do some damage. Those sorts of reports need to be evaluated in light of what others have said. Good luck to him.

Given your offspring’s interest in “pool building” are any of them interested in going into the business with Daddy?

38. Bart - March 1, 2008

Bottom line: Never pay a contractor 100% until the job is completed.

39. Cathy - March 1, 2008

I so miss my pool… the one I designed that we had built in Texas. Birds would come and play in the stone cascade where the water trickled down from the spa into the pool. I’ll never forget spotting a male Painted Redstart one year… very unusual for our region. The severe hot weather and drought that year probably caused them to migrate more our direction. My mom big into birding has NEVER seen a Painted Redstart, and I saw this one just about 10 feet from me while I was on my blue-floatie in the pool. I think Mom was jealous.

Regularly saw both male and female Painted Buntings playing in the cascade waters also.

40. annoying ex-pool guy - March 2, 2008

Yeah, Blue Haven always had a good reputation. Guess my comment just came out wrong. One more tip, don’t waste your money on algaecides, you don’t need them. As long as you have the right amount of chlorine and shock for your size pool, it will get rid of any algae, just give it time. And make sure you have the right level of cyanuric acid (stabilizer) so the chlorine has time to work.

41. pajama momma - March 2, 2008

No your comment was fine. I’m just defending hubby. 🙂

42. Dave in Texas - March 5, 2008

Bart, our contract was staged in 6 draws, against measurable milestones (excavation, forms and steel, plumbing and electrical, gunnite, coping and tile, sundeck, and the finish).

Ok, maybe it was 7. Anyway, we paid out upon completion of each phase. Anyhow, they did a good job, took care of little things afterwards, I got no complaints.

43. Dave in Texas - March 5, 2008

I was curious about the icing over too up there, our system has a temperature sensor that circulates water through the pumps and pool whenever it freezes, and I wondered why not in KC’s sister’s pool, but then it occurred to me in that climate the freezes last waaay longer than down here, and the pumps would have to run non-stop. At least that’s my working theory.

I think I’ll fire up the spa tonight.

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