2014! Wow, what a number, or should I say what a year. Yes, 2014 just began, but it is a big year for me, as it marks my 30th anniversary with Eastgate Pools. While I don’t remember the exact date, early in 1984 I made the move to Eastgate Pools after 4-years with another Cincinnati area pool company. I was the youngster on the staff, just a college kid working part time after school and full time in the summers. Before I knew it, I was staying on at Eastgate Pools after graduating from college. The swimming pool business had gotten into my blood.
Now, here we are 30 years later. The girl I started dating my second year at Eastgate Pools became my wife, our two children both worked at Eastgate Pools while earning money for college, and now I am one of the proud grandparents that are part of the Eastgate family. It truly seemed like I blinked an eye and here I was.
I think statistics are with me when I say that not too many people spend 30 years with the same company anymore. I would not have or could not have done so without some great coworkers, a wife that understands retail’s challenges, and most importantly, all of the Eastgate Pools’ customers. I am not the greatest with names, but it is amazing the number of customers that I remember from those first years and all the years since. I have met many wonderful people working here, both coworkers and customers! All in all, a pretty good 30 years with more on the way.
Thanks to everyone that has made it possible to have this experience to share!!!!!
We are rapidly approaching the 2014 winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. The opening ceremony is scheduled to air here on February 7 at 7:30 on NBC. Since they are 9 hours ahead of us, a lot of the games are going to be recorded and shown at later times to increase viewings.
USA has 224 athletes competing this year in 15 different events. The few athletes that I’m excited to watch are Lolo Jones, Shaun White and Apollo Ohno. Lolo Jones was a summer Olympian in the past two games, competing in 100m hurdles. She never earned a medal for our country, and was recruited by our bobsled team in a sort of Cool Runnings type of deal. This is the fourth winter games that Apollo Ohno will be in, and the third games for Shaun White.
I hope everyone tunes in to support Team USA in all of the events. And wear your Team USA gear. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Enough is enough. I like snow as much as the next guy, probably more, but this is getting silly. As I approach the store this morning and see a 2 foot snow drift in front of our warehouse entry I realize that this mornings project has reared it’s ugly head. Removing 4 flat inches is easy, but the calf deep deposits on the front entry way I find to be slightly unnerving. I will say though through teamwork, and with the assistance of 2 bobcats it made pretty short work of this round of fun. You know what, now that I look back at it, bring it on mother nature here at Eastgate Pools we can handle your best.
Did you know?
That the White House Pool was built in 1975 by President Gerald Ford.
To make the pool more efficient, the pool cabana was renovated for better solar heating.
There was a swimming pool built inside by FDR and it was covered up for a press room by President Nixon.
A hot tub was added near the pool in 1997 by President Clinton (no surprise there!).
I thought this was really interesting to look up and I hope you enjoy this blog.
I am part of the “Baby Boomer” generation and blogging was never part of my past. The owner just sent out a request that I produce three blogs. I was more apprehensive about this than I was when the Dr.’s office called and said it was time to schedule my next colonoscopy.
So, I went to the web and pulled up the site “Determine if blogging is right for you”. It went as follows.
#1 You enjoy spending time on the web-I do appreciate the web. It is really helpful with product reviews and I love being able to instantly summon an answer to so many questions. Answers that I would have automatically known 10 years ago. It prevents a lot of the headaches I get when I have to think too long and too hard.
#2 You like to write-I’d rather talk-much to my co-workers dismay.
#3 You are passionate about your topic-I am very passionate about how blogging stresses me out.
#4 You are very comfortable about publicizing your thoughts-I like talking one on one or to small gatherings.
#5 You are not afraid of technology and are willing to learn- I am willing to learn but just have to find someone with the patience of Job, who is also bald, so that if they feel like pulling their hair out, I will not have to worry.
#6 You are willing to take risk-It depends on the importance of the
adventure. I have risked limb and life to obtain the most sought after Christmas toy. Proof that there is indeed some risk taker in me.
I have come to the conclusion that some people are born to blog. As for me, one down and two to go. Stress level decreased by a third. Maybe eventually you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
I went skiing for the first time on New Years Eve, at Perfect North
Slopes. I had an absolute blast. It’s really fun to try something new,
especially when you end up doing really well at it. I had a really good
teacher who was very informative and patient. I absolutely took a few bad
spills and even slid between his legs on one hill, but I made it home in
one piece and with only a little muscle soreness. I went again a few days
later and did exponentially better, and I can’t wait to go again! I’ve
definitely found a new hobby. I may just go tonight!
UC Football………………it sure has come a long way!! I can remember when I was growing up, going to Nippert Stadium to see the Bearcats play and honestly it wasn’t to see the Bearcats play, but to see Shaun Burdick punt. I know what you are thinking, you went to see a punter? I did because he was from Anderson High School and went to school with my brothers. My brothers and I were probably 3 of the 500 people there. We could pick anywhere we wanted to sit!! Now, you are most likely going to have to sit in the seat assigned to you!! The fan base is growing and if you consider where it was 20 years ago, it is night and day. This season they averaged 32,000 people. I know the Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee fans of the world think that is nothing, but again coming from where this program was, it is only going to get better!! We also have a coach who seems to be happy here and not looking to move somewhere else!! I know I can’t wait to get back to the renovated Nippert in 2015!! I would like to hear from some of you if you have a funny Nippert story or favorite UC football memory!!
I haven’t missed a bengals game in almost 20 straight home games and the two things I hear on week end and week out, is how bad Andy Dalton and how bad Marvin Lewis are. All arguments aside I do not disagree with most fans, about Dalton, but I’ll have to say Marvin is not at fault. Marvin is one the most winning coaches in bengals history he’s lead them to the playoffs the past three seasons, it’s not his fault that his offensive coordinator cannot call a decent play and his quarterback feels he should throw to the opposing team. I believe that all problems stem from the horrible play calling Jay Gruden has made on a weakly basis, and only just a few bad calls from the playoff game (these I feel are the three worst, as I could go on and on):
1.You get pushed back to 1st and 20 and you decide to run after you lined up to pass before the offsides penalty. Ok BJGE was running well, but you ran for no gain with Gio?
2. First quarter- (the bad calls continue) four initials for you to soak in for a second BJGE, had some of the best carries and Gruden decides to run Gio. Which I don’t have a problem with, Gio is a playmaker but if it’s not broke don’t fix it. What happen to BGJE?
3.Forth and ONE!!- (this is by far where Gruden failed the most) Gruden calls for a 30 to 40 yard incomplete pass with Gio wide open across the middle for a 4 yard dump. This play call was horrible to start with! You had Peko in to run for the one yard the same way they muscled a few other short runs during the game.
I know I’m no nfl superstar, legend, or coach. But I have at least the knowledge to run for it on forth and one to pick up the first or dump to Gio to try and score, so you have a chance to win a playoff game. Jay Gruden because of your great year at play calling I hope you end up in Washington. For that vacant head coaching spot left by none other than Mike Shanahan, so we all can watch you run another young quarterback into the ground with horrible play calling. At least we know Gruden can retain Washington’s former offensive coordinator: Kyle Shanahan, now that would be an offensive playing calling guru tandem.
Jay you should have taken the Indy job when you could have. And when you fail in Washington, just remember that the great Arena league will still be there, maybe. So you can come out of retirement and throw up some more absurd numbers. And if that doesn’t work out the UFL might be there.
So my birthday just so happens to be on New Year’s Eve. Let me just tell you my opinion on having this day as a birthday. IT STINKS!!! Okay, so when I was a child, my parents would always go out on New Year’s. This means that I was always spending that night at my grandparent’s creepy house. Not a fun way to spend your birthday. Also the fact that my birthday was always over winter break from school, so my friends would tend to forget about my birthday party. Poor little Tina. Now as a young adult the birthday celebrations got to be a little bit better. There was always something to get into. But now that I’ve passed that 30 year mark, and all of my friends are married and settled down, it’s a little bit harder to find something to do without going to a crazy hectic bar, and driving out on the roads with a bunch of irresponsible people. So this year I intend to not celebrate my birthday. Does that mean I don’t age another year? I think so!
Today is Christmas Eve and we are overjoyed the Holiday is upon us. We wish you all the Merriest Christmas, The Happiest Hannukah, the Grandest Kwanzaa & if you are celebrating another holiday we hope it is fantastic. Memories are made over the Holidays and I thought I would share one of my favorite memories with you.
“I have worked as a Freelance Film & Video technician for years and ESPN has been one of the companies I have continually worked for. One year, on Christmas day, I received a phone call to travel to Chicago to work Monday Night Football. It was about 2pm when I received the call and my buddy and associate Jeff said, ‘I haven’t had anything to drink yet, lets drive up.” I, on the other hand, had a few mimosa’s that morning and thought it best to leave the driving to the sober savior Jeff. We hopped in his Jeep and headed north out of St. Louis to Chicago. Now, as I had a few drinks before we hit the road I fell asleep on the ride up to Chicago. But, this led to such a delightful awakening I can only barely describe.
“I awoke and found myself in a dizzy of lights and sound. Michigan Avenue in full Christmas swing. People singing, lights buzzing and the whirlwind of luminosity and sound engulfed my waking existence and I found myself delighted in the hustle-bustle of the city. To my enjoyment we had a hotel shift and wound up on the 44th floor of the Four Seasons and as we got to our room, ESPN had provided us with a thank you bottle of champagne for driving up on Christmas day. Needless to say Soldier Field was freezing for the next two days of work and the game went into overtime just to ‘ice’ the cake but I will never forget waking up on Michigan Avenue on Christmas night. The splendor of a city that sings, bolstering its brightest street made a memory for me that will live for ages. Merry Christmas!”
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