Although the summer days are winding down, our high temperatures still seem to be holding strong. With Labor Day right around the corner, many of us will be heading to the water to cool off. To make the most out of your pool experience, keep discourteous behavior to a minimum by truly thinking of others and how your actions can affect them.
Music: Listening to music makes a pool day more enjoyable. Respect the enjoyment of others and keep the tunes to yourself by using your headphones. When you’re at a public pool, you’re in public space.
Food: There is nothing better than a cold drink with lots of ice on a hot day. Everyone loves to enjoy treats at the pool. However, problems arise when people leave their trash laying around. Please pick up your drinks and food trash so that others don’t have to. This also will discourage ants and other pesky bugs.
Follow Rules: If the sign says, “no glass” make sure that you obey it to avoid the chance of broken glass landing in or around the pool and hurting someone. The rules are in place for the safety of everyone.
Mindful of Space: When you’re at a public space, only take up as much space as you need. During these hot summer days the pool can fill up fast. Use minimal space so that everyone can enjoy the pool.
Bring a Towel: Whenever you go to a friend’s house for a swim or swim party, bring your own towel. How would you like to be the host and be left after the swim with tons of wet towels that your guest borrowed from you when they came?
Pool Space: People use the pool for many different reasons ranging from water aerobics to lane swimming. While in the pool respect the space of others. Unless you are swimming laps in the lanes, try and stick to the other areas of the pool. If you would like to learn more about the Rules of Conduct for Lap Swimmers click here.
Watch your Children: Public pools are not daycare facilities. Children always need to be watched. Teach your little ones the importance of not disturbing the peace of others by screaming and loud laughing.
Proper Attire: When choosing what to wear for your swim, think about what is suitable for your audience. If you are going to a public pool save that itsy bitsy bikini for another time and place.
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The key ingredient for these casual meals? Napkins!
Finger foods are rather self-explanatory, but here are a few extra tips for consuming them without covering yourself in sauces and grease:
Hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. When outdoors, you have a better chance of remaining neat and clean if you hold them in a napkin while eating. This way, sauces and other condiments fall into the napkin instead of on you. If the sandwich is very large, cut it in half or quarter it so that you can take small bites and not have your cheeks bulging while attempting a conversation with other guests.
Chicken and ribs. Pick them up and eat them as neatly as you can. Have plenty of napkins at the ready to help you. If your host is a good one, he will have towelettes or moistened cloth napkins (or hand towels) for wiping your hands.
French fries. Eat them one at a time rather than taking a handful and shoving them in your mouth. If there is ketchup or dipping sauce, place some on your plate along with the fries and dip a fry in the sauce as you eat it.
For side dishes served at outdoor gatherings, such as potato salad, baked beans, etc., hopefully there are utensils supplied by your host to assist in eating these. Otherwise, you will need to request a fork or else stick to the finger foods.
And again, don’t forget the napkins! Use them often during your outdoor meal.
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