Congratulations to…

…Wendell Thurber, MajorPrizeWinnerour 35th Anniversary Sale Grand Prize winner. Wendell is pictured with his $500 Eastgate Pools Shopping Spree Gift Card, presented to him by Max West, Vice President of Eastgate Pools & Spas. Wendell’s entry was drawn at random from our drawing box that contained hundreds of entries.

Congratulations Wendell! Have fun!!

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Fun Stuff

We have a lot of fun here at Eastgate Pools thinking about off-the-wall things. Here’s one of my favorites. We’ve built nearly 3400 in-ground pools over the years with an average water volume of about 25,000 gallons each. That means to fill all the pools we’ve built over the last third of a century, you would need 85 MILLION gallons of water. That’s a body of water almost 4 miles long, 25 feet wide, and six feet deep. That’s a lot of water and a lot of pools. Let us get you included in the next 85 million gallons.
–Max

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Know Your Contractor

I recently read an article in one of our trade magazines. It dealt with fraudulent swimming pool contractors in the state of California. A sting turned up about two-dozen illegal contractors—no license, no insurance…and no business doing business in peoples’ back yards. In New Jersey, a fraudulent contractor was recently given some shiny new jewelry—stainless steel handcuffs and an inclusive 3 year vacation in a state-run medium security prison. I think that’s called three hots and a cot. And it was just a couple years ago that an allegedly experienced pool builder here in Cincinnati turned up with an ad in the paper. I had never heard of him so I googled his business address. It turns out it was a storage facility. Amazingly, that person was in business a few months before pulling a David Copperfield—disappearing.

Don’t get me wrong. There are some well-established, reputable, quality pool builders out there besides us. But we are the area’s ONLY in-ground builder that is a member of the Aqua 100 Hall of Fame. That’s a pretty good starting point when you are searching for a pool contractor. We’ve been in business for over a third of a century and are open year round for all your convenience. –Max

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Today’s history lesson

On May 30 1431, French soldier and heroine Joan of Arc was found guilty of 640px-Joan_of_arc_miniature_gradedheresy. Her crime…? Donning men’s clothing after agreeing in a court of law not to do so. For her ‘crime’, she was burned at the stake. Wow! She was a national heroine but that didn’t matter. Nobody can argue that by today’s standards, the punishment certainly didn’t match the crime. Twenty-five years later, she was retried and found innocent and was cleared of all charges. Kind of a ‘do-over’ although it really didn’t help her much, did it.

Anyway, we’re glad that times have changed. Everyone is welcome at Eastgate Pools, no matter how you are dressed. –Max

Spa Cover Lifts

Eastgate Pools & Spas offers two options for easy Hot Tub cover removal. Both will keep the cover off the rough concrete that could scratch or tear it, off the deck that is showing signs of age, and out of the dirt and grime. The Rock-It pivots the cover off with a minimum of effort, while the Cover Valet features a hydraulic assist that lets you flip the cover up with minimum effort…using just a couple of fingers. Checkout the video on our web site for a complete demonstration of these great accessory items that no hot tub owner should be without! –Max

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Our Storefront

Ever notice the curvature that graces the front of our store? The brief history of this building is that it used to be an 84 Lumber and the curved area outlined an open-air overhang. We did an addition twenty years ago and enclosed that overhang area. The old wall used to be where the row of four pillars are that separate the billiard from hot tub departments and the front counter from the furniture areas. And theOldStoreFront120 entrance to the store was right in the middle where the Kamado grills are currently located. If you came to Eastgate Pools before the addition, you would find a series of above ground swimming pools under the front overhang. In fact, the front desk areas and big sections of the billiard departments were underwater at one time because these pools were filled.

Perhaps you even shopped at the old 84 Lumber before we were here and remember our original store about a half-mile away. It was next to the Midas right off 32. Tiny! My have times changed. —Max

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A little spring humor…

No dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between “complete” and “finished.” However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was the presenter when he was asked to make that very distinction.

The question put to him by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: “Some say there is no difference between ‘complete’ and ‘finished.’ Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand.”

Mr. Balgobin’s response: “When you marry the right woman, you are ‘complete.’ If you marry the wrong woman, you are ‘finished.’ And, if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are ‘completely finished.’”

His answer received a five-minute standing ovation. –Max

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Cyclone Scrubber

Robotic cleaners now dominate the inground pool market for automatic cleaners, but they have always lagged behind a little on the aboveground side. This year we have a new a powerful solution for that void. The Cyclone Scrubber can clean your aboveground pool in two hours or less and it works completely independent of the filter system. Brushes scrub down your pool surface and collect debris in a large filter bag. Complete with a two year warranty, the Cyclone Scrubber is a reasonable and reliable cleaning system for any size aboveground pool and all in stock units also come complete with a caddy system for easy storage and cord maintenance. If you’re tired of sweeping your aboveground pool we have the perfect solution for you.

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Chaise Lounges

chaiseslingIf you are having people over to your house for a pool party, you are going to need some chaise lounges! Where do you think all those people are going to sit? Luckily for you, Eastgate Pools has chaise lounges hanging from the ceiling and at very reasonable prices. Our chaise lounges start at just over $100, so you can load up the side of that pool and not bust the budget and we have a large selection to match your outdoor look. Please stop by and take a look!

It’s Here!

You’ve waited all year for it and now the wait is over. It’s our 35th Anniversary Sale with big-time savings all over the store. Pool chemical prices will never be the lowest of the year and savings extend into hot tubs, patio and sunroom furniture sets, and pools themselves.AnnivFlyer1

Many of you have already received our WORLD FAMOUS yellow sales flyer but if you haven’t received it, check your EPerx e-mail. Or just stop in and pick one up here.

Friday April 24—10-8
Saturday April 25—10-6
Sunday April 26—11-5

Come have some fun with us and maybe…just maybe you will walk out with one of our hourly door prizes. The Grand Prize is a $500 shopping spree here at the store. Get free hot dogs, brats and metts too, cooked up picnic style out front.

Please..come join us!

New Product Alert!

For our Berlin Gardens poly-furniture fans, they have a couple of really neat new items. First is a folding Adirondack chair that is comfortable as all get out! Comfo Back Folding Adirondacks Lifestyle 200wideWith a slightly smaller frame than their traditional Adirondack, Comfo Back FoldedAdirondacks200it is easy to carry and folds to a moderately compact position. If you want to be the envy of all your friends, bring one to your kid’s softball, baseball, or soccer game. And to accompany it, Berlin Gardens has also created a folding footstool and a folding table that is a perfect place to put your drink and camera.

They’re on display here at the store so stop and check them out. –Max

I’m no Clive Cussler But…

I enjoy writing. One of my responsibilities here at Eastgate Pools is to write various scripts…on-hold, TV and radio ads, and promotional letters.

But I have also written a novel. Okay…consider this a poorly disguised, gratuitous sales pitch for you to jump on Amazon and order it. The title is Tayasal and it was published back in 2000. I call it an archaeological Tayasaladventure novel. It has slowly reached a point just short of being a million-seller. Your purchase would help me reach the 999,000 additional sales I still need. It is also available as an e-book but I get a better royalty with the printed copy. I started a sequel several years ago but got to a writer’s block moment. So the book set idle for several years until I recently re-read what I had written so far. Awful. Garbage. So…back to the drawing board.

Recently, I decided to resume writing and have new idea for a novel. I have an outline and a prologue written and as long as I don’t get another one of those block moments, it’s off to the races!

In the meantime, if you would like to read some of my other works, jump on the Ultimate Air Shuttle web site. I write for Ultimate Magazine, their in-air flight magazine. I’m always up for critique but only if the words are kind.

See you at the library. –Max

How tubs can be useful for all species

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Indiana farmer uses hot tub to save baby bovine found in pile of snow

http://www.wcpo.com/news/state/state-indiana/indiana-farmer-uses-hot-tub-to-save-baby-bovine-found-in-pile-of-snow

Safety Covers

Been thinking about a safety cover for the in-ground pool…?

Here’s a good reason to have one. This is a picture of our pool lot. Somewhere under that snow is an in-ground pool. PoolLot Now, imagine this is your home and your backyard. It just looks like a yard covered in snow, eh?

We could stand everyone that works here on top of this pool’s cover and they would be safe. –Max

Like meatloaf? Try this one.

I’ve never been a gourmet griller but when we started carrying the Kamado Joe ceramic grills, I was our first customer. I’ve always liked southern-style barbeque and this was my opportunity to get better on a grill and to satisfy my taste buds at the same time. Not to turn this into an ad for Kamado Joe, but I’ll admit that I am now fully hooked on this grill. I’ve done ribs that rival any of the famous steak houses, 8 lb. briskets, 7 lb. Boston Butt Pork roasts, stews, and of course regular steaks, chops, and chicken breasts. But I found a recipe for meatloaf and upon study I thought I could make it even better. The resulting? Moist, spicy, smoky, and very tasty meatloaf that I will make again. Soon. Don’t have a ceramic grill? We can help on that one too but you can also do this on a regular grill. Here’s the recipe:

Prep time: 20 minutes—tops.
Cooking time—2 hrs or less.20150207_164510

Ingredients:

2.5 lb ground beef
1 lb sausage. Don’t do spicy. You won’t need it.
1 lb. ground veal.
5 TBS finely chopped sweet onion
2 TBS powdered barbeque seasoning.
3 TBS Hein 57
2 eggs.
6 oz. of chunk cheddar cheese, cut into pieces about the size of peas or beans
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 package of thin sliced bacon. And don’t you dare use that turkey stuff!

Mix everything in a large bowl, except for the bacon. Make sure the seasoning is not all clumped together. Form it into two evenly sized loaves, then place in a throw-away tin pan or meatloaf pan. Layer the bacon over the loaves, letting the pieces overlap about 1/3 of the way. One package covers both loaves with no leftover. (The bacon does not go under the loaves.)

Light lump charcoal and when the coals are ready add the heat deflector. Slowly bring the Kamado Joe temperature to 350-375. Remember, it is easier to get it hotter than to try and cool it off.

Cook at 350-375 degrees for about two hours or until you reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Remove and let stand for about 15 minutes then remove from the foil pans.

Eat, enjoy, and repeat. –Max