When winter comes, can spring training be far behind…

Like many, I look forward to spring training and the baseball season to follow.  I’m am also a Reds fan and like others, I am critical of their trades last year and also their off-season ‘deals’. I don’t think we got nearly enough and I blame that on the fact that they made it obvious that they were going to move in a rebuilding mode with their  “we’ll listen to offers for anyone.” When other clubs know you are desperate you just won’t get as much in return.

My first (and continuing thoughts) are basically that we have a gloomy prospect for the year.  100+ losses are likely.  But maybe it is because hope does indeed spring eternally, I’ve decided that just maybe there is that ray of sunshine.  Let’s look at the projected lineup:

1st base–Votto.  One of the games best players.
2nd base–Phillips.  1 solid .280 hitter and defensively, I’ll take him over anyone in baseball.
Shortstop–Cozart. Solid defensively and before he was hurt last year, he was having an all-star quality season.
3rd base–Suarez. Looked good last year with some power numbers.  Can he replace Frazier?
Catcher–(1a) Mesoraco is a big question mark. In a position that takes a pounding on the legs, knees, and ankles, can he stay healthy.
Catcher–(2a) Barhart.  Solid defensively.  Can he hit a little bit?
Outfield–Bruce–If he is still here, can he gain some consistency at the plate.  30+ homers and an average over .260 would be sweet. Hamilton–run Billy run!  But you can’t steal first so he’s got to improve a lot at the plate. And in left field?  Hope.  Hope they can find someone and please…no platoon systems.  Platoons means you have two guys not good enough to play every day.
Pitching—Ah…who has a clue.  If Homer can come back and be good, that would help. IF a diaper dandy (or 2 or 3) develops, that would be even better.  And the bullpen?  JJ Hover or Aroldis.  I’m not feeling to good there but if the names above don’t perform, it won’t matter because there won’t be any saves to blow.

Have faith and maybe it will be another wire-to-wire year.  Unfortunately, the wire-to-wire more likely will be for last place.

Happy Leap Year!

This year we get to add an extra day in February because every four years, we go ahead and add a day to keep the calendar in line with the heavens. These additional 24 hours are added to ensure that Earth’s movement around the Sun stays in synch. While the modern calendar contains 365 days, the actual time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun is slightly longer—roughly 365.2421 days. It turns out we have to add this day or eventually, we would be celebrating the Fourth of July by shoveling snow off the driveway.

 

One of the odd occurrences of a Leap Year is a Leap Year Baby…a child born on February 29th. How exactly do you celebrate a leap birthday?  It officially happens just once every four years. So do you celebrate on February 28th or March 1st?  Or do you just get stuck with a bum date? Lastly, if you don’t have an official birthday, do you really age?  It’s kind of like ‘If a tree falls in a forest and nobody hears it, does it make any noise?’ Imagine being 80 years old but still not officially old enough to get into a bar and barely old enough to vote.

 

Okay—the last stuff was just silliness but I would be curious if there are any Leap Babies out there that could tell us about birthday celebrations.

What to do? What to do?

Okay…it’s the middle of winter and you really don’t feel like braving the elements outside. Why not stay inside and have some fun with the family with a pool table! There are a bunch of different games to play and some of them can have as many as a dozen players so everyone in the house can join in. And you won’t have to worry about the kids being out on snowy, icy roads.  Add a dart board and you’ve got a real family room.

The next time you visit…

You will notice a difference when you enter the store. Admittedly, our front patio was looking a little warn.  Okay…a lot worn.  No more.

We recently upgraded our entranceway with all new concrete.  The decision to do it was easy.  It needed done.  BUT…we decided to use colored concrete and after multiple consultations with store associates, we finally decided on ‘clay’.  That took quite some time to make the decision on the color.  But that was only part of the decision as we then had to decide on the percentage of color, or the vibrancy, that was needed for the mixture. I think it looks good but I’m not sure how interior designers do it.  This is just a colored concrete job and we agonized on the color and tint for days. Then again, we do colored concrete on quite a few in-ground pools and customers often go through the same dilemma so we feel your pain.

Let us know what you think the next time you visit.

It is early but…

…We are selling in-grounds. Lots of them. Prices are very good and we’ve got some additional incentives right now that won’t last forever. If you’ve been thinking about getting an in ground pool, this is a good time to start the quest. Early buyers are on the top of the list for an early installation and will get to enjoy a full swim season.

Time to quit thinkin’ and start doin’. –Max

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Happy New Year Everyone!!!

May you be safe, happy, and blessed with a swimming pool in your yard.

From everyone here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, have a great 2016!

Merry Christmas to you! Or whatever you celebrate!

As we celebrate the Christmas holiday, I am happy to avoid the political correctness issue and wish everyone the best for this special time.
So Merry Christmas to you and yours. Here is how Merry Christmas is worded in a few places and in different languages from around the world:

Punjab India… karisama te nawām sāla khušayāmwālā hewe
Africa (Swahili)… Krismasi Njema
France… Joyeux Noel
Bulgaria… Vesela Koleda
Germany… Frohe Weihnachten
Madagascar… Tratra Ny Noely
New Zealand… Meri Kirihimete
Scotland… Blithe Yule
Thailand… Suk sarn warn Christmas
Poland… Wesołych Świąt
Nepal… Kreesmasko shubhkaamnaa

And from the Klingon Empire…
toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’

–Max

Stuffed?

We hope you had a great day yesterday with family and friends. But if you ate too much, get off that sofa and get a little exercise going. Or…go get in your hot tub and get a little ‘simulated’ work out. It’s healthy and fun. Don’t have a hot tub? Well, we’re open 10-7 Monday thru Friday, 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday and anytime during those hours, you can find a whole bunch of great hot tubs looking to be adopted. –Max

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From all of us here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the day, and maybe do a little quiet reflection on all the things you have to be thankful for. Sometimes we forget just how good we have it until we sit down and think about it. And as a company, we really do appreciate all of our great customers that have made us so successful. We look forward to seeing you again soon. –Eastgate Pools & Spas Staff

A Warm November…So Far.

Not to jinx us, but it has been ridiculously warm so far this November. So much so, I actually mowed my yard on November 14th. I’ve never had to do that this late before. And today, we just closed up the last above ground pool on our display lot.

I remember several years ago wearing shorts on Christmas but I also remember a year when we had about four inches of snow on Halloween. I guess we can just enjoy the warmer temps and save on heating expenses. But I am sure we won’t get away without some really cold, snowy days. Still, this makes me delay getting that snow blower I have been thinking about for the last few weeks. –Max

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Pool Cues for You…

Once it gets colder things change around here just as I’m sure they do at your home. It also marks the time of year where our traffic ramps for all things indoor. One of our many winter options are pool table accessories and we have a bunch. We have everything from McDermott and Cuetec pool cues to Aramith Belgian pool balls. I’ve never been the best pool player, but I’ve always wondered if I shot with something a little nicer than a crooked cue from a pool hall if I might have at least been respectable. I was at least decent at Geometry, so that would have to help, right? Anyhow, if you want to take the next stop forward in your billiard skill level I’m sure we have some things to help. If nothing else it will help you look the part. Rack ‘em!

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It’s a what…?

When I was a freshman in college a million years ago at THE Ohio University, I was like most other freshmen. I knew nobody. So when I got talking to this English bloke he mentioned that he was a frequent attendee to the Student Union pool hall and asked me if I played too. “Sure” I told him, although I was not very good. He invited me to a game and after we each got a bottle of 3.2% Pabst, we headed to the table. It was like nothing I had ever seen. It was a BIG table. REALLY big. Turns out it was not a billiard table but was instead a snooker table.

“What the heck is this?” I asked. The table was 12’ x 6’ and had 22 balls. For over an hour he tried to explain the game to me but it made no sense. It still doesn’t.
We don’t sell snooker tables but we do sell billiard, or plain old pool tables. They’re fun all year long, but especially in the winter when it’s too cold to be outside for any longer than it takes to walk the dog or get the bills out of the mail. –Max

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Ever Heard of Ton 80?

I wouldn’t fault anyone for not knowing that terminology, but that is the dart term for hitting three triple 20s in one turn. Chances are if you don’t know the term you aren’t the most likely candidate to accomplish such a feat, but if you haven’t really played darts you’re missing out. After Christmas break during my sophomore year of college one of my friends (actually the RA on my hall) brought a nice bristle board to his room. dartboardThe entire second semester of that year we spent playing Cricket and trying to win by the most points possible to proudly display our victory on the “Whoopins” list. Any game where you defeated your opponent by more than 300 points qualified. We were merciless, especially once we bought our own quality dart sets. I still have those darts today, actually. A few of us even entered the intramural dart tournament. We thought for sure we would steamroll the competition. I was promptly defeated by a guy whose brother was actually ranked in the state of Tennessee. He opened with Ton 80 which promptly had me playing catch up. I digress, but if you would like to give an incredible game a try stop in and pick up a board and a set of darts. It is fun, inexpensive and a game that you can really master. Check out our assortment of boards, darts, and accessories to start your own friendly competition.

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Another Layer of Protection…

Here at Eastgate there never seems to be any question about covering pools, spas and grills. There is nothing you can do better to protect your investment during the harsh winter months. pcicovertanSurprisingly, customers don’t seem to take the same precautions with their casual furniture. Sure, you might have a perfect place to store your furniture away from the elements, but I’m willing to bet a pretty fair number of customers just leave the furniture sitting out. We sell a great deal of durable quality furniture, but very few things are maintenance free. With a few bucks you can get quality furniture covers to protect your investment. We’ve talked about weep holes in previous blogs, but these covers take protection to the next level. Outdoor furniture is capable of handling much more than our inside furniture can, but every little bit helps. Chances are we have the right cover to fit your needs.

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Do I need to keep my winter cover pumped off?

YES, unless you don’t care about how long the cover lasts. Here is a little math to support this. If you have a 24’ above ground pool, you have just a little below 300 gallons of water for every inch of water in the pool. stdcvrThis goes for on top the cover too. Each inch of water weighs over a ton, and while the water underneath helps support the cover on the water, it adds lots of stress to the cover where it stretches to and over the top rails. It can damage the cover and the rails too. Relieve the pressure by keeping the cover pumped off. And as for you in-ground owners, if you get too much water on top of the cover, it will displace water under the cover and potentially cause water leak behind the liner at the coping, adding to the possibility of a liner float. –Max

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