I was never a pool person growing up. I reveled in the fact that I could be a stalwart lake girl " embracing the seaweed and the fish and the somewhat creepy sensation of cooler, darker water around your feet (and not knowing exactly what was swimming
around beneath you).
But since lakes as I know them are thin on the ground here, and the temperature has moved up the official Jenny Scale of Tolerability from "blech" to "systems failure," I am now pro-pool. I'm Pool Girl, even.
And, oh, what pools I've discovered.
In Oklahoma City, the Will Rogers Aquatic Center
has the requisite pool, yes, but also a diving board with its own deep water, interactive water elements and two slides. There are also lots of chaises and shady spots for the people who come to the pool but don't want to get wet (weirdos).
Starting Saturday, the pool is open daily until 9 p.m. And, seriously, try the slide.
In Edmond, Pelican Bay Aquatic Center
gets even fancier with a climbing wall that emerges from the water and a "current channel," which I'm pretty sure just means lazy river.
The hours vary daily, so check the website
before you head out.
The only thing I need now is a new pool buddy. Mine is moving out of state, and going solo at a community pool kind of feels like it should come with a complimentary mustache and trench coat. But if I get desperate, you might just see me there alone. I'll be the one adult in line for the slide, so please don't call the cops.