How My Bali Pool Incident Became an Etiquette Lesson

woman ashamedThe Pool Incident.

For my birthday, we indulged in some pool time at Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Bali. It was a day of sun, drinks and people watching until “the incident”. Some of my vanilla ice cream melted and fell on my big toe, making it sticky and annoying. In my drunken stupor, I had the brilliant idea to rinse it off in the pool. Unfortunately, instead of dipping it in and out, my lack of coordination had my foot grazing the water and splashing pool juice laced with dirt and dessert into a woman’s face…and her martini. Ironically, I was just complaining about people’s lack of pool etiquette. So, what does a blogger do when faced with a life lesson upon her? She blogs.

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After trying to spit the pool juice out of her mouth, she couldn’t help but give me a look of disgust. “Did you just try to wash your feet in the pool?!” she asked. Everyone looked at her, then looked at me. Was I mortified? Absolutely.  I was at a loss for words. So, I did the calmest, least provoking thing I could do – I embodied my inner Forest Gump and ran.

forest gump

The Importance of Etiquette

Let’s face it. The world continues to grow, cities are over populating and land mass remains the same. Our common areas are destined to get crowded. Etiquette becomes important to ensure we avoid provoking unnecessary disrespect and co-habitate in a well-behaved, harmonious manner.

hungry eyes 2This becomes even more critical when you’ve had a couple to drink. Your interpretation of space and coordination is distorted as it was for me. It wasn’t my intention to shower her with toe dirt cocktail. Consequently, I’ll be honest, I was fearing for my life. Well after “the incident”, I kept imagining she was eyeing me from afar thinking of all the ways to ninja cut me. Evidence of my embarrassed yet frightened state of mind below.

Good manners can mean the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life. Knowing and exhibiting proper etiquette is essential to any civilization.

From the Spruce – “What is Etiquette and Why it is Important?

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Enter Pool Day

Pool 2We all know there’s nothing like pool time with friends and family. You get to play in the water and absorb a good amount of vitamin C. Sometimes some of us need a bit more fun (and alcohol) than others due to a hard week or a hard life. No matter the reason, what we want out of pool day for ourselves can be very different from others. Not all past time is created equal.

With that said, we are bound to test limits and neglect to observe common etiquette guidelines, I being a star example!

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In a few days or so, I will post a video of 5 pool etiquette tips in preparation for the next water party. For now, I’ll kick start it with my golden example…

Do not, under any circumstances, clean ANY body parts in the pool.

Please use the shower heads located nearby to rinse off any grime or pool/beach residue. Because if you don’t, you may have a little Asian woman come after you in your sleep. #youvebeenwarned

‘Til Next,
Elisa
@elisaut

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