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by Abigail Van Buren

Sweetheart Begins to Sour With No Change of Clothes

DEAR ABBY: With summer coming, this may help people who have swimming pools.

We bought a home with a pool. Each warm day, we came home to a "pool party" -- but not ours. All the neighborhood kids were on our property. We could not keep them out; they climbed over our locked fence.

We got our lawyer to print a "release of responsibility" form. The children had to have it signed and notarized, and could not use the pool without a parent and the signed form each and every time they used the pool.

Needless to say, the parents got tired of watching their own kids, so now we finally have the exclusive use of our pool. -- SAN FRANCISCO READER

DEAR READER: Congratulations. Others could learn from you.