I have wanted a functioning hot tub for a long time. I have one now, and that has created some strange complications. Most of this post will be about that. But first – some announcements:
Unobtanium Bazaar will appear in a limited form at –
And then appear in the full form at London Bridge Renaissance Fest:
AND then Las Vegas Pirate Fest – which is kind of our homecoming event:
10 8 proof copies of the Go Action Fun Time Core Rules (1E Deluxe) in my possession. There are some color errors on the cover, and I will have to correct those before I go to a larger print run.
Meanwhile, you can get one of these copies, signed, and potentially highly collectable years from now, from me, for the low-low price of convincing me that you will playtest this system as an Executive Producer (that’s what we call game masters).
I am also going to try to run some episodes over Discord every other Tuesday night.
I’d run them on weekends, but I am not reliably in town on weekends. For example, I am posting this from Las Vegas.
One more fact I learned this week that I don’t want to bury in the hot tub saga: You cannot buy a 2nd party window motor for a Subaru Forester. It has to come from Subaru, who will only sell you the full assembly for the better part of $300. A similar part for my 2001 Dodge Dakota costs between $50-70.
The New Hot Tub
I have always enjoyed hot tubs, but I became obsessed with them, at least at a background level, as my back began to lock up from arthritis. There have been some attempts to create one with humble means in the past.
One of the benefits of my current job, compared to my 25 years in live event production, is that I am not expected to load and unload trucks on a daily basis. Consequently, my back has improved. I still feel stiff and sore from time to time, but it is no longer the daily menace it was in my final years of full-time show-biz.
At the same time, from a change in both occupation and marital status, my disposable income has increased. Perversely, my need for a hot tub has decreased in proportion to my ability to acquire one.
If you read the last post, you know I got one anyway.
Some of the delay was the fantasy that I could resuscitate the extant hot tub on the property I now occupy. The more I looked into this, the more expensive this became. It had sat idle for some ten years before copper thieves took the wires and made it inoperable for another ten years. For the cost of replacing everything that would need to be replaced, I could install a new in-ground hot tub.
I’m doing well, but not that well, particularly since I do not actually own the property.
So, I looked into an above-ground solution, and found, to my delight, that inflatable hot tubs – which used to be a joke – are actually somewhat respectable. Someone, Coleman perhaps, figured out that if you take the same plastic they use for inflatable rafts, you can create a reasonably durable hot tub at a third of the price of a fiberglass one.
So I bought one of those for about $600 all in. So far. It took three weeks to ship.
Fine. I needed to fill in the old hot tub anyway. I had gravel at hand to do most of the work, and then level it off with sand to get a level surface. Forty wheelbarrows of gavel and 22 bags of sand later, I thought I had accomplished the deed.
One project led to another, and in that process I had my garage door and my back gate open when I went inside to do some other damn thing. Thieves rushed in helped themselves to some low-hanging fruit: my bike, and some tools. It gets worse: I took two trips to come back with all the sand, and on my second trip, the thieves, likely the same ones, discovered I had dummy locked the back gate, and helped themselves to my propane tanks and my propane firepit. They also took the lock.
This will test your Buddhist resolve to not get worked up over possessions. But I have new locks now.
The hot tub arrives, and I manage to secure it before any porch pirates come for it.
I set up my new treasure in the back yard, and there’s a problem. The Intex hot tub has to be on the same level and immediately adjacent to the heat/pump/control unit. Because there are no hoses – only ports.
But it also now occurs to me that there is nothing except a four foot fence and new locks that would prevent yard pirates from making off with the pump.
However, I currently have an empty bedroom.
And that’s where it sits, until some refugee has need for that bedroom.
There are several advantages to the indoor hot tub: cheaper to heat, simple to keep clean, controlled access. But I cannot turn away the inevitable refugee explaining that I know you have no place to go, but right now I can climb into my hot tub naked…
So the day is coming when the hot tub goes outside. The level problem can be solved with another thousand pounds of sand. I’m not sure about securing the pump, but I have time to figure that out.
Meanwhile, I enjoy the tub, but I am not yet convinced it was worth the struggle. The money – sure – it has seemed thus far a good purchase. But I feel like a found a good strategy to fight the war before last.