Earlier today, the mayor unveiled a budget proposal that would close down eight of the city's pools, no doubt a loss to the community. Pools are an essential part of summertime and, more importantly, a part of growing up.
Forget fending off heat stroke and learning a life-saving skill. Chlorine-swollen eyes, awkward changing-room situations and rumors that the water will turn red if you pee in it are what summertime is all about. Add in a few hot lifeguards, a smattering of june bugs in your hair and an unidentifiable blob of flotsam floating by, and you've got a an American summer experience that rivals watching fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Here are five of our favorite pool scenes to keep you cool this summer.
Michael "Squints" Palindoras becomes a man.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
This scene really belongs to Randy Quaid.
Who would have thought a Baby Ruth could cause so much trouble?
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