A Pool of One's Own

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"I’m an avid surfer, but my young son is afraid of even the lightest chops. To keep everyone happy at the beach, I buy a plastic tarp; excavate a broad, shallow hole in the sand; line the hole with the tarp; and fill the liner with ocean water to create an instant wading pool. The water is so shallow that it heats up quickly in the sun and can be easily tossed in the event of an 'accident.'" —Mike McCormack, New York, N.Y.

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