This blog is to follow up on an email before the one game playoff with the Pirates. I was excited and optimistic. I saw Cueto and Marshall coming off the DL and thought they make a run.
Well, Cueto nearly wet his pants from nerves and Marshall was brought in against a right handed bat and was crushed. The two players I highlighted were the goats of the game. Well them and Dusty.
Speaking of Dusty, we must say farewell after a long journey. The fans were pretty hard on him down the stretch. I for one, will look back with fondness on his tenure with the Reds. Before Dusty came to the team, the Reds were terrible. We got used to winning and we wanted more. Not every team can win it all every year, but I do agree with managements decision to release Baker. I think they should have done it last year, instead of signing him to a two year deal however. Now “we” the collective fans that faithfully follow the Reds will have a new skipper. I just hope that the new skipper is as successful as the old one. Odds are, he won’t be.
I have never been one to view myself as a master chef, nor really a good cook for that matter. I recall a time when my daughter was younger, I told her that I was making dinner and the reply was “but dad you don’t know how to cook”. With keeping the previous statements in mind, and the fact that my daughter has given me a complex about my cooking skills, I have tried to sharpen my culinary skills. Finding recipes on the internet is a great way, but there are no visual techniques shown with this. I have, much to my own amazement, begun to watch some of the cooking shows in order to see some of the techniques applied and see if there are some of these things that I can use myself. As a guy of course I am interested on what can be done on a grill, and how to do some of the things I have never done before. My greatest area of interest recently has been smoking items, which then led me to realize that this is tough to do on a gas grill. When this realization hit me, it then required me to buy a charcoal grill and then realize everything that I thought I knew about charcoal did not relate to smoking. Low indirect heat, and longer cook times tend to give a better flavor. I always knew there were different brands of charcoal, but different types as well? This is one I had never researched, as I was a newbie to grilling on anything other than gas. All of this is leading up to my excitement of our newest product the Kamado Joe line of smoker grills. The trying to determine and maintain low indirect heat in a steel grill body without a heat deflector or thermometer seen from the outside. Kamado Joe smooths out all of the wrinkles that I have encountered trying to use my kettle style grill. Please stop in, check it out, and see the new product line and see how easy smoking at home can be.
Kamado Joe is a ceramic cooker like nothing you have ever cooked with before. Using indirect heat is how this phenomenal barbecue pit works to lock in flavor making your dinners the envy of the neighborhood. The Japanese perfected this style of cooking over 3000 years ago and the process still creates incredibly moist and to-die-for flavors today. Whether you want to grill up some steaks, slow smoke some ribs or even bake a cake, the Kamado Joe is the most versatile outdoor cooking system around.
We got in our unit to cook on and we couldn’t wait. Check out the photos below and come on in so we can show you why Kamado Joe is best.
Not as poetic as Shakespeare, but a more prevalent question this time of year here at Eastgate Pools. Is there any reason to drain any water out of your pool? Unless you are one of the handful of customers that have a concrete/gunite pool with a true tile border the answer is a resounding no. By removing water from the pool this will put undue stress on the pool cover, thereby shortening the cover life, but also by stressing the cover you run the risk of stretching open the weave. If you open this weave 2 problems will occur, one of them is allowing dirt from the cover surface to filter down into the water, causing the water to be funky at the spring opening. The second issue crops up as you try to remove water from the pool cover over the winter, if the weave has opened up you are not only pumping water off of the surface of the cover, but pumping water out of the pool. Keep in mind it is also better for your wallet each spring to not have to add several thousand gallons of water back to the pool. I welcome you to stop in and see one of our professionals who can guide you through the proper winterizing process.
If you have ever come into Eastgate Pools & Spas, you have likely seen our goodwill ambassador Dos the Cat. She is always available to greet us when we arrive and leave.
She tends to want to enjoy the same luxuries as all of us.
She helps us keep track of our stock (when she isn’t sleeping)
She is always around when we fire up the grill
Her best friend in the store is our warehouse manager Jeff. She loves to lend a helping paw when Jeff needs the assistance.
And she can always find a comfortable spot to sleep.
She works hard to make our lives easy and brings smiles to faces across the Eastgate Pools world. Come on in and pet our little sweetheart and let her show you why Eastgate Pools and Spas has the greatest customer service around.
We recently added a new spa to our already extensive line-up of spas with the Aquatica X10. This isn’t your typical spa, either. When customers come in and say that want a spa to seat 6 to 7 people that usually means they will get one that comfortably seats 4 but can squeeze in up to 6…not anymore. Measuring 90” x 114”, the Aquatica X10 has 7 clearly defined seats with the ability to get in one more. Each seat offers tremendous hydrotherapy that is supported by a total of 4 pumps. If you are looking for features, I can assure you this model won’t disappoint. With a deluxe LED lighting package, stainless jets, a 4 speaker deluxe stereo system with subwoofer, beautiful cabinet, deluxe cover, and molded bottom there is no stone left unturned. If you are in the market for a spa that fills all your therapy and entertaining needs, look no further. Stop in and see this impressive new model. It may just be the right fit for you and your family…or family of friends.
We also now have the ability to order swim spas for those that want the best of a spa and the ability to exercise without the need of a much larger swimming pool. Training and therapy all wrapped into one beautiful spa. At Eastgate Pools & Spas we continue to offer the latest in quality and innovation and these new models are our latest step in that direction. While we don’t have the swim spas on display I’m sure we can show all that you will need to see if it is right for you. As always, I look forward to seeing you all in the near future. Have a great day!
This is the year. I am calling it now. We have been mired in slightly better than mediocrity all year, but here at the end of the season it all has become clear and the pieces are falling into place.
Johny Cueto is back in action and looks like he will be in early season form (which for him is the best portion of the season). Sean Marshall looks like he may be back to befuddle left handed batsman and Billy Hamilton is thieving bases all over the place and the team needs to give Billy Hatcher a starting gun for whenever Hamilton is on base.
I know what your thinking. Your thinking that the Reds have done this before. They’ve given you hope and trashed your dreams. The difference this year is, complacency. We have settled into failed hopes and expect the past to repeat. This is exactly when life decides to mix it up and throw you a Sean Marshall curve ball.
All it takes is to get hot for a couple weeks. Just try not to expect it.
We are heading into to arguably the best time of year to get outside and enjoy the evening air. As the temperature begins to dip a little it is always nice to have a something to take the chill off the evening air and keep the bugs at bay. Currently we have our biggest selection ever of gas and wood burning firepits. You can buy most of the gas models with or without seating to accompany the firepit, but I’m guessing you will probably want a comfy spot to relax next to the fire and will likely want the seating as well. Not to worry, we have great values in a nice range of prices to fit any budget without compromising quality. Stop and see what we have to offer and don’t be afraid to ask us to fire one up for you to show you just what you can expect. Looking forward to seeing soon!
I like pizza. If you’ve seen me recently, you can easily determine that I like just about anything to eat. But I really like pizza—even not-so-great pizza. To me, a little grease on top is a free extra meant to give garlic bread or breadsticks meaning.
But will someone please tell me why some pizza companies insist on cutting their pies into little squares, kind of like crossword puzzle boxes. It’s okay if you’re getting an edge piece, but once there is no crust to grab on to, now it becomes a ‘dig your fingers into the piece and pry it off the box’ moment.
Pizza is meant to be cut into triangles. It’s why they call it ‘pie’ in New York. You grab it, fold it over, and jam it home. And sorry, but that ultra thin Chicago or St. Louis stuff isn’t real pizza so don’t bring it up!
I think we need to start a grassroots movement to get pizza cut uniformly the same everywhere (or at least where I order). And the ‘same’ means no more crossword block pieces! Someone take the lead in this effort. I can’t. I’m busy eating. –Max
Just a quick note—if you’d like to stock up on toys for the pool, we have reduced pricing on just about the entire department with some items being reduced as much as 80% off the original price. And these aren’t “phantom” reductions—they’re legit. And if you’re thinking ahead to Christmas (is it really just around the corner?), there are some great stocking stuffers and under-the-tree items. Stop in and pick out some FUN!– Max