The Days Just Slip Away
I enjoyed a four day weekend here this past weekend, although the original plans changed a bit.
My wife and I wanted to head out to Wendover for her birthday [which was on Monday, Aug 3rd]. The idea was to stay two days at the Wendover Nugget gambling, hang out at the pool, eat and gambling some more. We get there to check in and saw this sign:
So we look at the girl checking us in and the following conversation ensues :
Me: So the pool is closed today and tommorrow?
Girl: Yes it is.
Me: Can we use the pool across the street over at Montego Bay?
Girl: No. That pool is only available to guests of Montego Bay
Me: But you own Montego Bay. That seems a bit odd, doesn’t it?
Girl: I’m not sure. But it’s not available
Girl: Would you like a room overlooking the pool?
Me: Um, if it’s going to be closed, no.
At this point, we check in, head up to our room, run down to the discount liquor store and enjoy the next 18 hours of gambling, drinking and eating.
After that swimless fun, we decide to head back to Salt Lake. I still have the day off for Tuesday and I still want to lay out and try to tan my out-of-shape torso and enjoy a bit of water refreshment. I don’t know anyone that has a pool and I don’t really want to leave the house. Only one thing comes to mind:
Slip ‘n Slide
And of course, I’d like to share this fun with someone who would enjoy it as much as I would. My wife’s granddaughter Ayla was the first person that came to mind. Of course she was excited.
First a bit of setup. It doesn’t take long to get it in place…. just need to find a place in the yard that needed some watering.
Once Ayla got there, she was ready to start sliding.
Ayla looking over the slide
Ready… set… GO!
And if you needed proof we actually used the Slip n Slide, here’s a short video [unedited] that shows Ayla and I making multiple runs.
And as a bonus, here’s footage from my view of going down the slide.
I’m a bit sore today, but it was all in the name of fun.
Love it! (And that thing would be extra slippery with a little soap, by the way.)
I’d have been pretty angry about the pool situation!! Ayla is adorable, too. 🙂
You know, the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip sliding away.
LOL – Too much fun! What a nice and well kept yard!
Slip ‘n slides are so much fun! I love it!
sybil law – Thank you. And I considered soap, but Ayla was being a bit cautious.
whall – I thought of that Paul Simon song when writing this post. Just waiting for someone to post a lyric from it.
xisor – Thank you. It was a lot of fun.
tori – I’ve loved slip n slides since I was a kid.
So much for any originality i might have pulled off by singing the Paul Simon song to everyone 🙂
I have not thought about a slip an slide for years…i live in an apartment now, but am considering the building hallway for a communal slide party.
Thanks for bringing back the memories.
Who the heck is Paul Simon?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER FROM ME!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU FROM ME!
Right on time. Phew!
I loved the “going down the slide” video.
monica – You are most welcome. And you need to blog/video your hallway if you decide to turn it into a slip n slide zone. 😉
whall – I think he was a senator from Illinois.
poppy – Thank you for that timely birthday wish.
kevin – It was inevitable for me to film as I was going down the slide. If the scooter wouldn’t have left tire marks, I may have attempted that. 😉
Oh, my conversation with that girl wouldn’t have stopped there. Next up, I would’ve said, “M’kay, how about this: let me speak to the manager.” =)
Have Slip-N-Slides always had the bumper at the end? Or is that a new, safety-first model?
I had a conversation at the movie theater once in which I asked an employee if he could sell me tickets for a show — I’d been in the lobby far too long without any ticket-selling people on hand.
He told me he wasn’t on the clock and couldn’t help me. I then asked what would happen if my boys and I decided to make our way back to a theater without paying … he said, hesitantly, that he’d have to try to stop me. I replied, “But you’re not on the clock.”
I was playing around with the kid, but as there was still no one to sell me tickets the boys and I left and drove 10 minutes to another theater.
BTW, Montego Bay Casino comes up as one of the advertiser links … we know their pool is open … if only I had a few days off. 🙂
nilsa – Oh, my wife was pretty upset and we spoke it by not staying the second day/night.
delmer – All Slip n Slides have something at the end of them now. The original had nothing at the end.
Your sneaking in to the movie scenario was something I was thinking about doing with the pool… hoping the fence and laying out. I’m sure I would have been escorted out, but hey… I would have stayed out of the pool.
Just wishing Montego Bay offers free rooms for regular gambling guests.
They should have given you ALL your money back AND set you up at a hotel with a functioning, welcoming pool!!! Ooooo, i am all mad. Dumb not-open pool and not-refunding hotel people x-(
I was kinda terrified of the Slip & Slide when I was a kid, heh. I can’t tell you for sure that I wouldn’t be kinda terrified of one now, even with the thingy at the end. You guys sure make it look fun, though!
I know you are tired of your old house, but you do have a cute yard! Our slip-n-slide adventures have always been a one shot deal – as in, the kids will bust them up after only one use! I realized that the best time to buy one is at the end of the summer when they are 75% off and save them til next year.
Of course, this explains why I need to declutter my home….
catherine – Well, the room was free (comped from gambling), but I wish they would have at least let us use the pool at another hotel.
Terrified of Slip n Slides… that must have been tough. Slip n Slides were part of my growing up. And obviously, still are.
beth – Yes, I agree that our yard is nice. And that’s smart to wait until the end of the season to stock up for next year at 75% off.