Monday, August 3, 2009
Yes, I took CC to a place called Stoner Park
I know, I know. As I wrote on Twitter, there's a child-services joke in there somewhere.
All inappropriate narcotics-related kidding aside, CC and I ventured over to the West Side and took a dip in this amazing pool, complete with splashy waterworks and even a twisty slide -- for 7 years and older, much to CC's dismay.
Hat tip to my friend Kirstin, who's responsible for pointing me toward the Stoner crowd. (OK, couldn't resist.)
CC had a great time despite being denied a slide ride. We must have walked under that drizzling mushroom a dozen times. And each time, she let out the loudest squeal of delight. What can I say, the baby loves getting soaked.
What's especially great about this pool is that it's very much like the beach -- without all those scary waves. You just ease into the water, which starts at only a couple of inches. So CC could at least have the illusion of minimal autonomy, instead of me holding her the entire time -- which is what I do in the still-too-deep shallow end of a regular pool.
And since it's a public facility, our total cost of admission was $2 plus a quarter for a locker. Not too shabby.
But after an hour of swimming, splashing and playing in and around fountains, it was definitely time for CC to have a nap.
She thought otherwise, however.
When I got her locked into her car seat, CC looked at me in all seriousness and said, "Ocean, please."
Stoner Park Pool
1835 Stoner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025