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♪ Summer Time – And the Living is Easy… ♫

Well, the living may be easy, but managing an apartment community never is, no matter the season.  And every summer we fair housing folks are asked about the clothing that residents or guests may wish to wear as they dip their toes or other/all parts of their anatomy in the pool.  The question is usually along the lines of “Can we make them wear acceptable swim attire?”. First, keep in mind that there will be wide differences on “acceptable swim attire” based on cultural, religious and even modesty issues (and don’t we sometimes fervently wish that some would actually be more modest?  Someone else needs to blog on thongs.).  Anyone who does not want to swim in “traditional swim wear” such as swim suit or swim trunks needs to assure their landlord that they have an outfit that is dedicated to swimming and for their use in the pool.  So, if I want to wear a sari, it is one sari for the pool, not just my regular everyday sari; if my sun-phobic husband wants to wear a tee shirt in the pool (and he will!), it is one tee for the pool, not just his street clothes.  If the less-than-traditional swim outfit is likely to harm the pool (dyes that will excessively bleed in the water, fabrics that will yield a lot of fibers or threads) that issue can and should be addressed.  As a postscript, I would like to add that I am very grateful that “acceptable swim attire” no longer requires the swimming cap of my girlhood – hat hair was bad enough, but then there was the circular indentation running around my head.

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Bonus points for the neat music notes in the title, Nadeen! I didn't realize you could do that!

  Brent Williams
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So now the question is (1)whether you thought I was not capable of doing that, or (2) whether you didn't realize that those little notes could be inserted.

  Green Nadeen
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haha! No, I didn't realize it was possible period! (#2) It's always neat when someone finds a way to do something new and neat with the website.

  Brent Williams
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I've seen women wearing the FULL head covering & attire in pools. How can this be addressed?

  Hannah Gregersen
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The analysis is (1) whether it needs to be addressed at all, and (2) if so, how. So the first question to ask yourself is #1. Is this really a problem or an issue? If asked, what are the reasons you would give as to why you saw this as a problem or an issue. Then once you have the valid reasons, you would base your interaction with the resident on the practical need to address the situation. For example, are threads from the dress and head covering clogging the pool filters? If so, then discussing this with the resident to address the material of the clothing is appropriate. I would love to actually work through this with you. We can do it publicly here for all to see or we could do this, if you prefer, "behind the scenes" in an email. You can reach me at [email protected]

  Green Nadeen

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