Barton Springs summertime main event was a wild success! So many reputable elected officials and their aides showed up, the mucky mucks were crying uncle before any action in the ring could begin and remained hidden beneath four feet of water and the pretense that ‘if you mess with us, the bypass will collapse.’ A few brave souls and biologists still charged the deeps to shake some of the muck from the muckies and relocate them to greener pastures out in the lake where they will be desirable.
However, it was obvious that many of the council and assembled officials came itching to rumble as they tried to throw each other into the pool with moderate success. And those who were not thrown in the pool, all bravely volunteered to grab cleaning implements and scrub away. It was a veritable circus of cleaning and everyone was in the ring. Two lines of chanting conga pushbroomers had the shallow end sparkling like a buddhist temple waiting for the Dalai Lama to arrive. There were people everywhere, working the brooms, scrubbing the walls, netting algae, trying out the power equipment. Laurie Dries led an entourage into the south side lions den of algae and gave a great lesson on separating the good from the bad and whipping grime from the salamander crevasses with a hose. Robin Cravey garnered a new title to his already estimable credit, ‘The Barber of Barton Springs’ as he trimmed the ebulant growth of plants in the deep end to a respectable swimming and diving level. Perhaps he will be offering free hair cuts to volunteers at the next cleaning. You sit in one of the pecan trunk chairs and he stands 12 feet away with our new pole saws. His precision is amazing.
We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who volunteered with us this August and the gracious donations of the council to our equipment inventory. And we look forward to seeing all of you again down at the pool helping to restore its rightful glory!
-Jonathan Beall, FBSP Service Chair
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