Pool Behaviour

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Morning time is never good.  Waking up thirsty, sore and lying in unfamiliar territory was always a bad start to the day.  To make matters worse Pedro woke everyone up in the most annoying ways.  He played loud music in their ears, found spare change to put porn on the t.v. (yes Spain has porn on daytime t.v.) turning the 'oh baby do me' to the maximum level or played Jenga on their bodies, piling as many items of furniture as possible on top of them.

Pedro was never sleepy on holiday, but mannerly awaited for everyone in the group to join him before heading down to the pool for water related fun.  Once poolside, the boys would crack open a few Budweisers and laugh at the antics of Pedro showing off for the ladies. Demonstrating his athleticism in the water,  Pedro cartwheeled, somersaulted, and on occasion used one friend's head as a spring board to dive into the pool.  Not to be outdone by others Pedro pushed the danger limits further and further.  Jumping from a sun-bed to the pool, Pedro forgot to balance both ends of the sun-bed, which flipped up as he moved his weight to the edge, resulting in his head diving into the water while his body crashed against the piping hot concrete surrounding the pool.  Nevertheless, Pedro survived.  For his next trick he attempted a dive over the 3 foot high rope that was situated on the edge of the pool.  Taking a long run up Pedro cleared the rope with the front of his body, catching his foot on the rope, hurling him towards solid concrete before rolling injured into the pool.   In a last ditch attempt to impress the watching audience Pedro trotted along the side of the pool in preparation for a high jump style dive only to slip on the smooth marble like brick surrounding the water landing inches inside the pool, inches away from a paralysing backbreaking fall.

Enough was enough.  No longer did Pedro attempt circus moves to get attention.  Instead he outed his shy friend - who bobbed up and down at the side of the pool watching the semi-naked girls -  for having a Paddy Bonner in public.    It may not have been impressive, but at least this attracted the girls attention and made sure they knew that Pedro had arrived.

Carrying on  with his morning's exercise Pedro went for a game of tennis.  It was not a game he played often, but it was one of his holiday traditions to play at least a set in the searing afternoon heat.  Not being a very good player Pedro slashed at the ball sending it high over the fifteen foot fence surrounding the court.  Unluckily, the ball ended up in the middle of the motorway.  One tennis ball usually costs two pounds, but having put a twenty euro deposit down for using the equipment Pedro was sure as hell not handing over that kind of money for one stupid ball.  So, finding a hole in the fence, Pedro squeezed his expanding keg through and ran across the motorway.  Throwing the ball over he had thought everything was sorted.  Until he stuck his head out to cross back over the road, only then noticing that he was standing in an island on the middle of the motorway and could not see the cars coming around the corner at 100 mph.   Every time Pedro peeked his head out a car came whizzing by nearly removing his head from his shoulders.  Left with one option, he had to put his life in the hands of his friend who stood at the other side telling him when it was safe to run.  On his cue he ran as fast as his alcohol fueled body would take him, sweating like a 40 stone man at an all you can eat buffet,  panicking for his life, miracolously surviving, vowing to leave the risk taking on the motorway island.

After an action packed morning, Pedro found solace  on top of a sun-bed where he spent the rest of the day relaxing.  Awaking early in the evening Pedro felt sore.  His skin was burning.  Pale Pedro had lay in the sun, lotion free for over two hours soaking up rays that singed his body.  It was overcast when Pedro went for a nap and he thought the cover of cloud would protect him against the afternoon sun.  However, he paid the price and after all the risk taking he had finally succumbed to punishment by taking the biggest risk of all - underestimating the ferocity of the Mediterranean sun.
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