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)

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