Arrr! Let's Get Wet in the Name of Pastafarian Pleasure!
Come ready to dive into cool, clear water, drink umbrella drinks, and picnic in the Great Outdoors of Anne's back yard!
Water wings, water pistols, and waterbabies are all welcome, as are (for sure!) ALL KIDS who want to make a splash. In fact, there will be a special treat for children of all ages, because they will get a hands-on (and breathers-on) SCUBA diving exposition with Dave and Joe, who dive in exotic locations all over the world. Joe's a certified Master Scuba Diver, and Dave's a certified PADI Scuba Instructor. Following an interesting poolside demonstration of the scuba gear and diving safety, each kid (of all ages) will get to strap-on the equipment and explore the deep, exotic wonders of Anne's pool drain, under the close supervision of Dave or Joe. Each kid will also get his picture taken with an underwater camera!
The first dunking will happen about 4 p.m., and we'll feed everyone around six-ish.
Please leave your food offerings in the comments so we can coordinate grub and grog for all piratical pool partiers, young and old. We will need burger patties, hot dogs, buns, chips, dip, lemonade, other cold drinks (both adult and kid-friendly ones), watermelon, etc. Vegans and those with gluten issues, please plan or suggest something that is friendly to your dietary needs.
If you bring water-friendly weapons, the pool itself is a munitions dump. We can practice smiting each other for the secular cause. Bring a mask, snorkel and/or fins if you have them, and any other favorite pool toys.
Also, bring a collapsible lawn chair or two if you have them. Don't forget your beach towels and your sunscreen! (Yes, this is just like a trip to the beach, but without the bother of sand in your shoes!)
If we are still having fun as the sun sets, we can help the children catch fireflies, which will then be set free unharmed. Because we're scientifically-inclined humanists and it's summer!
Parking can be a challenge in Hillcrest, especially where the old streets are narrow and stone walls line them. There is no parking on Oak St, and parking on Oakwood is very limited. If cars are parked on both sides of Oakwood, no one can get through. If you do not find a spot on Oakwood, we suggest parking on H street east of Oak and walking a block to Anne's house.