Affinity for floats

Emily Bialkowski
Argus Managing Editor

We had to do it. We had to go back to Reedsburg and clean out the garage. It’s certainly not the drive that made the proposition so painful. It’s the fact that the garage was the black hole – a vacuum – that sucked all the random stuff we acquired over a decade into its void.

The trip was all about decisions. Do I keep my downhill skis? How about this decorative basket Grandma June gave me? Do we need this many screwdrivers? How many rakes should we keep considering we live on a treeless lot now?

Our old house had two big maples in the front, one purple maple on the side, one enormous maple on the neighbor’s side and three pine trees in the back. Fall was all about raking, and we were sure to have enough rakes to go around.

Some friends knew we were in town and stopped by to visit. They  left feeling like it was Christmas because we gave them an unused tarp. It’s amazing how happy they were. “Really! You don’t want any money for this?”

No, we don’t want any money for a tarp that sat atop a garage shelf for seven years collecting dust and dead bugs.

Our friends asked us what it’s like in Caledonia. Well, we’re only two and half hours away and still in the Midwest: It’s pretty much the same. However, I was sure to mention the fact that there’s an unusual appreciation for the root beer float here and odd garbage requirements.

Not only do you pay a monthly fee, but you also have to buy these expensive bags. A lot of Wisconsin cities just add a yearly charge to the tax bill, and it’s cheaper than you think.

We also spoke about how awesome the Caledonia Public Pool is. Actually, it’s the lifeguards that make the pool so great. I lifeguarded and taught swimming lessons for seven years prior to beginning my journalism career. I can tell you the crew that supervised the pool this year was professional, attentive, friendly and great ambassadors for the community.

They were especially attentive near the diving board when younger swimmers were present. They greeted both everyday swimmers and the casual swimmer with the same enthusiasm and they were quick to correct poor behavior when necessary. I just can’t speak enough about what a great job they did keeping the pool safe and fun.

As Chris Swain said in a recent Argus article, “Why live in a community that can’t support a pool?”


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