When I was a kid, we had a sloped backyard. So one day my dad bought a bunch of dirt, raised the yard and leveled it off with cross-ties. Then he put up a privacy fence and grew this meticulous golf course-type grass.
I always wanted a Slip'n'Slide, but since it would fuck his grass up, he relented and gave me a Crocodile Mile. But it was the "Lagoon," which meant it was just a small inflatable pool that took up the better part of the little concrete slab outside the sliding glass door.
There's a picture of me sitting in it, with hot pink shorts on, just idly bummed-out.
Stephenville, TX (1986-1996)