There has to be a lot of demand for this image! It's a simple pump, priced about $50 at Sears. We first used it three years ago to empty the entire pool when we bought the house. We wanted a clean start. A float drops and turns off the pump when the water goes below a certain point.
The pool cover can't dry until the water level goes down. That wasn't going to happen without human intervention. Of course, the regular pump is not ready for action yet. Today, we brought the portable pump up from the basement, hooked up everything, and emptied enough water to lower the water below the pool cover. The enormous amount of rain we've had lately had done its work. Today, we did our work. Over the next week or so, we should have a dry, clean cover and then we can remove it!
Ken Wood, quoted in The Age: "She's the best breaststroker in the world and we're all
Australians and we all hope it works out for her, but she can be a
"Personally, I don't know if it's for the betterment of her
swimming that she's moved down there."
Asked in what way Jones could be a "troubled lady", Wood
replied: "I don't want to get involved in any controversy with
What has Jones done? More from The Age: She has moved to Melbourne to work with a new coach, Rohan
Taylor. Jones' desire to be closer to her boyfriend, Western
Bulldogs player Marty Pask, played a major part in her decision to
leave Brisbane but so did the chance to send her profile and
earning capabilities through the roof.
The series pilot for the "Sopranos" included a scene with a flock of ducks in a backyard pool and an anxiety attack. A blogger near Ottawa, Canada, Matteroffaith, writes about a pair of ducks that uses her backyard pool as a lounge on the flyway. Every spring for five years, the ducks have been there: "I can see the ad now…”Backyard Pool near the Nation’s Capital. Lovely family will feed and admire you. Have your picture taken and be written about in a blog post.” And in Appleton, Wisc., a newspaper column by Shipra Seefeldt centers on a couple of ducks that make their home in a backyard pool, sometimes long enough to hatch an inspiring story: "The problem becomes the ducklings' lack of ability to get out of the pool — they have trouble jumping out or flying. Every year we witness varying attempts to get the ducklings out of the water, and I am amazed by the characteristics exhibited that can only be called "resilience." "
Where are the ducks in our neighborhood? Maybe we'll see some when we remove the pool cover.
Alex Baumann, the Canadian swimmer, has spent time with Ian Thorpe and says he does not think that Thorpe has violated anti-doping rules. Here's the quote, from CBC: "Baumann, who was in Halifax over the weekend for a Canadian Olympic
Committee meeting, said he doesn't know Thorpe well, but it would
surprise him if the allegations are true.
"I find it hard to believe because he's been such an advocate of
being clean," Baumann said in an interview Saturday, after delivering a
Tony Austin of SCAQ has more great video, this time of Laure Manaudou, and he says: "I think Laure could have beaten Kate Ziegler in the 1500 at World Championships if her race load hadn't of been so diversified."
Anyone who asks Google maps for directions between a city in the United States and a city in Europe may be amused by one of the instructions. After guiding a driver to the coast, Google inevitably instructs the reader to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. One example, from New York to London, includes these steps from No. 21 on: 21. Turn right at Central St 0.1 mi 22. Turn right at Long Wharf 0.1 mi
23. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 3,462 mi 29 days 0 hours
A swimming blogger, 623, tried to figure out the logistics, particularly how long it would really take: "My answer, if I did it all right — and remember I’m a writer, not a numbers gal
— is 314.3 days. And of course my voyage would require thousands of tax dollars
in Lifeguard and U.S. Coast Guard support, if past races could be any indicator
of future performance. Shoot, let’s not leave out the British Navy."
IRobot's new product: "The maker of consumer and military robots said it will sell two pricey models of
lawn-mower-sized pool cleaning devices. IRobot will market the $799 Verro 300
and the $1,199 Verro 600, which were developed by companies belonging to Aqua
Products Group, a Cedar Grove, N.J.-based firm that’s been in the pool-cleaning
market for two decades. For now, iRobot is selling the Verros only through its
Web site, rather than through retail stores, said Nancy Dussault, a spokeswoman
for the Burlington, Mass.-based company."
Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida is talking about using solar power to heat the swimming pool at the Governor's mansion. Here's a part of the AP report in The Bradenton Herald:
"Standing on the edge of the pool where he avidly swims to stay in shape,
Crist discussed the possibility of installing solar panels to keep his water
warm. The longer the panel, the longer the swimming season, said Tom Gillman, a
solar expert with Tallahassee Utilities.
"My season's year round," Crist quipped.
Crist encouraged all Floridians to get an energy audit to learn how their
homes can be as efficient as possible. And he said he wants to lead by example,
stressing the use of solar power in the Sunshine State. Some panels can heat hot
water, while others take sunlight and turn it into electricity.
"Solar is something I've talked about last year during the campaign and I
think it's really important, when you can, to lead by example," Crist said. "We
are the Sunshine State so it occurs to me that using the sunshine in the
Sunshine State is just smart." "
Crist, as we've posted, likes to swim laps even in January.