A Shameless Sales Pitch

Okay…I talked our outdoor furniture manager into buying something and now I need you to buy it so I don’t end up with egg or my face. It is a clip-on umbrella and personally, I think it is a great idea.

Skip ahead to summer. It’s hot and the sun is beating down on you. You grab a book and plot down in your chaise, right beside the pool. But the sun is too bright and you really can’t read or even relax. Oh for a little temporary shade!

Thus, the beauty of the clip-on umbrella. It attaches to the back of the chaise and in seconds, presto…instant shade! How can you exist without one or two of these.

Did I mention that they are just $9.99 (shameless sales pitch), and that they would make a great little present for the pool owner that has everything except a clip-on umbrella for instant shade? It might be the greatest present that person will ever get and it costs far less than a new car. There’s no down side to this present.

Okay. That’s all. Except for the fact that we have several designer colors to choose from.

We give Thanks.

2016 is winding down and one of the major holidays we celebrate is Thanksgiving. On behalf of everyone here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, we would like to personally thank everyone that has helped make this year one of our best ever. Our friends flocked to the store and left with swimming pools, hot tubs, outdoor furniture, grills, and just about everything that wasn’t tacked down. We ran out of things that we have never run out of before.

Business success aside, we as a company would like to publicly express our thanks for the many friendships that grew and were renewed this year. You folks are the best and we look forward to seeing you back in the store for many years to come.

On a personal note, I’d also like to thank the associates I work with. These are some of the hardest working, most talented people in the pool industry. The knowledge they possess is due to lots of work, study,  and an ongoing effort to be better. ‘Average’ is not acceptable and it shows.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Eat well and be careful in your travels.

Whooda Thunk it!

Well…the end of the world must be near as BOTH the Cubs AND Indians have reached the World Series. For decades, these two teams have been the face of futility for long-suffering fans everywhere. But times change and both teams have captured the pennant from their respective leagues.

 

To put a little perspective into the story, the Indians last won the Series in 1948 when Harry Truman was president. That’s nothing compared to the Cubs though. By the time the Indians won in 1948, the Cubs were already 40 years into a 108-year drought. Their last World Series win came in 1908 and Teddy Roosevelt was president. And the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote…? It was still 12 years from being ratified.

 

In short, one of these teams will end their streak while the other will go on in infamy. But the future looks bright for both franchises and the one that loses may not have long to wait to get another shot at a title. Then again, the 1908 Cubs represented a team that was making their third straight trip to the Series and they were considered a dynasty. So, let’s assume nothing and just enjoy the ride

The right temperature for your hot tub is…

Who knows?

But if you’re are new to the joys of hot tubs, keep the temperature down around 98-99 and if that proves too chilly, add a degree or two until you find what is right for you. You may be one of those people that can handle 104 water but remember that children are more susceptible to an internal temperature rise so don’t overheat them. If you have questions, consult with your family physician. –Max

Pool winterizing tip #2:

When closing your above ground pool, don’t hang weighted jugs from the grommets. The concentrated weight can cause the cover to fray at the stress points and let the stuff on top leak into the pool. Plus, you’ll then need to buy a new cover next year and this is not warrantable.  Instead, just cinch the cable down tight and then wrap a winter seal wrap around the pool. It helps keep wind from getting under the cover and making it look like a parachute. –Max

Pool winterizing tip #1.

If you are in the process of winterizing your pool, here is a tip: Don’t heavily shock or chlorinate your pool. Chlorine is an oxidizer and when it gasses off, the chlorine gas is trapped between the water and the bottom of the cover. The chlorine weakens the cover and dramatically reduces its life. It can even cause the cover to fail, dropping whatever is on top of the cover into the water below. We recommend using specially formulated winterizing kits that will not harm your cover and add life to the cover.  –Max

Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Ed Flannery of the Ripley area!  Ed was our Anniversary Sale grand prize winner. Here we are presenting him with his $500 Eastgate Pools Gift card. Ripley is about an hour away but in his case, the drive was well worth it!

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The Big Weekend is Almost Here!

Our 36th Annual Anniversary Sale will held April 29th , 30th, and May 1st. Most of you know already know about the great deals on pool chemicals and supplies but for those of you new to the event, it is our biggest sale of the year with guaranteed lowest prices of the year on pool chemicals and accessory items. The first 50 people through the door each days will get a free gift and we will have hourly door prize drawings. The Grand Prize is a $500 store shopping spree. Also, we will have the grill fired up and will be serving free hot dogs, bratwurst, and metts each day beginning at noon. There may also be some sweet things fired up on our Big Green Egg grill too.

Check your mail soon for our world famous yellow sales flyer. It will be arriving sometime next week to a mailbox near yours.  Well…hopefully to yours actually

More Baseball Fun

 

Who said it? Here are the answers from Tuesday’s blog.

 

1.  “Bench me or trade me!” (Chico Ruiz, after getting extended playing time due to other players’ injuries.)

 

 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!”  (Chris Sabo in his victory speech on Fountain Square after the Reds won the 1990 World Series.)

 

 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?” (Adam Dunn spoofing Mary Brennaman on the Banana Phone.)

 

4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” (Pete Rose.)

 

5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.” (Johnny Bench.)

 

6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.” (Sparky Anderson.)

 

7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.” (Yogi Berra.)

 

8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!” (Joe Garagiola, when asked how he compared to Yogi Berra.)

 

9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” (Babe Ruth, when asked why he deserved a higher salary than the President–$80,000 a year compared to the President’s $75,000.)

 

 10. “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” (Lou Gehrig’s goodbye speech at Yankee Stadium.)

More Baseball Fun

 

Who said it? (Answers will follow in a few days.)

 

1. “Bench me or trade me!”

 

 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!” 

 

 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?”

 

4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.”

 

5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.”

 

6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.”

 

7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.”

 

8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!”

 

9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.”

 

10.  “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break   I got.   Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Play Ball!

In honor of the start of the 2016 baseball season, how many of you out there remember this former major leaguer? While his baseball career wasn’t long, his ‘other’ career was certainly a success. For those that may know know who this is, note his nickname.  Or perhaps you know him simply as Lucas McCain.  (Information courtesy of Baseballreference.com).  –Max

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Chuck Connors

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors (The Rifleman)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6′ 5″, Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY
High School: Adelphia Academy (Brooklyn, NY)
School: Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1940.
Debut: May 1, 1949 (Age 28.021, 8,189th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1951 season Rookie Status is lost when during a previous season or seasons
the player exceeded 130AB, 50IP, or 45 days of service.

Note there are some special cases caused by appeals based on service & DL time. Please let us know if you find an error.”>[*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Dodgers 1949-1951

Last Game: September 30, 1951 (Age 30.173)   vs. STL 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: November 10, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA (Aged 71.214)
Buried: San Fernando Mission Burial Park, Mission Hills, CA

Warmer Days

Well, it is only a couple of days until the first day of spring and quite frankly, I’m ready for it.  I like being warm but I like being outdoors. Wearing a down parka and shoveling snow is not my idea of fun. I look forward to nice evenings on my back deck, with something tasty cooking on the grill.  Spring—bring it on.  Please.

We Have Big Green Egg!

That’s right.  Eastgate Pools & Spas is now home for the most famous ceramic grill in the world—Big Green Egg.  Special thanks to our sales rep, Robert Coriell.  Robert was recently here cooking up pizzas and an egg souffle. WOW!  We ate great that day.  I’d never eaten a grilled kamado-style pizza but now I can’t wait to do this at my home.  His pizzas were the best I have ever had.  We also carry all the most popular accessories too, from cookbooks and Big Green Egg Organic Lump charcoal, to pizza stones and remote temperature sensors.  Stop in and see everything.  There is some really neat stuff there– truly EGGcellent!

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Big News!

We are the newest Big Green Egg retailer in the region. We are excited to bring the Big Green Egg to our lineup of quality outdoor lifestyle products. You may be asking—what about Kamado Joe? First, let me state that Kamado Joe is a great line of ceramic smoker grills and we have had great success with them and customer satisfaction is extremely high. Our only problem with them was the occasional problem in the supply line. We would have an unexpectedly strong sales period and run out. Re-supplying sometimes took a little longer than we wanted and it is hard to sell product you don’t have. We feel that Green Egg is better prepared to handle supply needs and we look forward to providing our customer base with a really great, world-famous ceramic smoker grill. Come see us.

They Like Their Pools Bigger in Chile…

I was just wondering the other day about the largest pool ever built.  Turns out this mammoth man made lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar is the world’s largest pool and nothing else even comes close.  The pool takes up 20 acres and contains 66 million gallons of water.  That would only need 6600 gallons of liquid shock a week.  Take a look at this video for some additional facts and some amazing views of this spectacular body of water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a6Fj_791G8