“Every morning when I wake up, I pray for rain,” writes one anonymous pool-wrangler. Turns out heat, fights, thefts, backflipping teens, diaper accidents, and creative professionals make for a tough work environment.
People bathe on opening day of the newly renovated McCarren Park Pool on June 28, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The historic 37,000 square-foot pool had been closed since 1983 but has been rejuvenated by a $50 million restoration. Today is the first day New York City public pools opened for the summer. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images