:smileyvery-happy:CAMBRIDGE, MA - Gavin Peters came home last week to find a note on his door. It was from a Cambridge city inspector, and it asked Peters to call him “regarding your pool.’’
The problem, said Peters, is that he does not have a pool in his yard. He has an ice rink. Or at least he was supposed to.
This weirdest of winters is far from frozen, and the Peters citation is just the latest sign of a season that isn’t.
Getting fined for a pool in February was certainly not the dream Peters signed up for that day when he saw a photo on the Internet of a father and his family on a backyard rink with the snow falling. It was not the plan when he pulled out a credit card and spent $1,700 on a kit of snap-together plastic boards and supports from a company in Wisconsin. And it seemed impossible when he did his detailed weather research - he is an engineer at Google - and figured he would get between 40 and 60 skating days.
“I had this great vision that I’d be out there at night with my boy,’’ he said.
And that vision came true, when he was finally able to skate with his 5-year-old son, Nick.
“It was great,’’ he said. And it lasted for exactly an hour and fifty minutes on Jan. 20.
Word of a rink being cited as a pool quickly spread and became the talk of the backyard hockey world, a rapidly growing subculture that has suffered all winter from good, er, bad weather.
“It’s not just backyard people who are outraged; it’s anyone with common sense,’’ said Joe Proulx, a blogger who dissected the citation on his website,backyard-hockey.com . “Do we now start going after sandboxes? It’s a little bit ridiculous.’’