Cozumel Swimming Pools

In Which Some Projects Are Clearly Not DIY

We finally met the new neighbors, who bought the house to the north of us. After the Fab man made the initial contact, I went over to check out the house, and convince them that horns were, in fact, not growing out of my head, contrary to popular belief.

I was really curious to see this house since the prior owners were, well….a little unusual. We’re on the tour, looking out at the backyard, and I said, “oh, is that an outdoor kitchen, what a great idea!” Turns out it’s a bathroom for the swimming pool.

Let me tell you about the “swimming pool.” The two children of the previous owners, ages 12 and 16, got the idea into their head that they really wanted a pool, so they decided to dig their own pool. Now, anyone who lives here knows that Cozumel is a limestone island, with about 2 feet of rocky, poor quality top soil. In fact, people I know who actually have completed (keyword) swimming pools have to hire people with pneumatic drills to bust up the rock to actually get more than ankle-deep.

So these whacky kids get this idea into their head, the parents indulge them, and where is their next stop? Our house. Yes, here. Why? Because they want to borrow our pick and shovel. Seriously, they were invested enough to attempt to dig their own pool, but didn’t want to spring for the tools??

This went on for a least a week. Boy would arrive in the morning, borrow our tools, and attempt to dig to China, only to return our shovel at the end of the work day. Frankly, I was beyond amused. As the healthy-sized pool progressed, the inevitable happened, they hit rock, we didn’t own a pneumatic drill they could borrow, and the project was abandoned.

Fast forward to the present day with the new owners. I’m looking out their backyard and it either looks like it’s been strip-mined or been used for some sort of mass burial, unmarked grave, kinda deal.

So I’m explaining to the new neighbors, that, in fact, our pick and shovel are responsible for the destruction of their backyard, and they’re looking at me in open-mouthed disbelief. See, they’re new to the island, and have not yet learned the system of dispended-disbelief that we long-timers exist in, and, to be honest, they probably heard about the horns that grow out of my head already.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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7 Comments
  1. Elle Himitsu 10 years ago

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    • Gabryella 7 years ago

      Superior thinknig demonstrated above. Thanks!

  2. cozzie laura 10 years ago

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  3. cozzie laura 10 years ago

    another blog to check out,mwa ha ha!

  4. Real Live Lesbian 10 years ago

    I wanna visit Cozumel and stay! lol

    Great story. You’ve gotta love indulgent parents (aka idiots.)

  5. cozzie laura 10 years ago

    bring your bad fashion, because here you’re totally safe. If I ever get a decent cell phone I am so sending my out and about photos to the fashion police!

  6. Effete 10 years ago

    would love to see a picture of the “swimming pool” dug by your tools.

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