Pool party eti­quette for those who want to en­joy the sum­mer

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: It is sum­mer­time again, so I thought I would put in my two cents on what I want friends and rel­a­tives to be aware of when they come to my house to swim. Be­cause I’m the one with the pool, I am of­ten ex­pected to host our fam­ily and friends, which is fine. I en­joy it. But peo­ple don’t re­al­ize how much work it takes to make it ready to use. Here are my sug­ges­tions:

1. Don’t show up early. Come at the time sug­gested.

2. Please bring two tow­els per per­son. You use one towel each time you get out of the pool, and when it’s wet, you bor­row one of mine. Most of the time, I never see that towel again. Bring a spare.

3. Re­mem­ber to take all your stuff home with you and please la­bel ev­ery­thing you bring. I don’t know which gog­gles, tow­els, shirts or sun­screen are yours when you come back a week later look­ing for them.

4. If you bring food to one of my pool par­ties, bring enough to share. And if you want to con­trib­ute to the meal I make, bring some­thing sub­stan­tial. I re­sent spend­ing $75 on meat and you show up with a bag of chips. And bring drinks and ice. If there are leftovers, take them with you. I can’t store ev­ery­thing.

5. Watch your kids. I’m try­ing to cook, carry on a con­ver­sa­tion, maybe swim a bit, and your pre­cious child is run­ning cir­cles around the pool. Don’t ex­pect me to keep an eye on the kids, too. Have them obey my pool rules. They’re for ev­ery­one’s safety.

There are prob­a­bly more things, but that’s enough to make me feel bet­ter for now.

— Swimming Along

Dear Swimming: Ev­ery­one has dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions for their pool guests, but your rules are sen­si­ble, es­pe­cially the last one. Thanks for writ­ing.

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