Not withstanding the warm tropical cyclone that is bearing down on Northland New Zealand today and the humidity of the last few days, the water temperature has dropped, Autumn is here and the swimming season is over at my school.
The annual closure ceremony for our pool was held today. This consists of emptying a large amount of water out of the pool.
So........ this is how you half empty a large school swimming pool Kiwi Style:
1 - Fill your swimming pool with an appropriate number of enthusiastic children.
2 - Choose an enthusiastic teacher to coordinate the fun.
3 - Allow the audience to get close to the action - Wet shoes are not a problem here at my school as most children come to school in bare feet.
4 - Direct the children to move in unison backwards and forwards in the pool.
5 - Observe the second law of thermodynamics in action, which states that "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" ----- translated into this context this means "If you get heaps of Kiwi kids in a pool and run them backwards and forwards, tons of water will slurp over the ends of the pool and everyone will whoop and scream with delight."
6 - Close observation is being made here of secondary effects such as the grass at the end of the pool getting a much needed watering and the capture of the child in the pool by the big slurpy wave. Much to the huge disappointment of everyone attending the child wasn't washed out of the pool.
If you look closely you can see that the water level in the pool has been substantially reduced.
This is a very good thing to happen to pools at the end of the swimming season. Don't ask me why this is so because I don't know. Nobody I asked knew. Nobody wanted to know. It seemed to be one of those things that "just is" - It 'just is" good for the pool to be emptied at the end of the season.
Of course the reason for half emptying the pool at the end of the season is patently obvious - The pool gets half emptied at the end of the season because its simply such fantastically great, surging, slurping, wave cresting, whooping, hooting, wet, noisy fun to do so!
And having fun is good. Very, very good.