Whenever I pop into Target I have to ignore the clothing aisles; the big, cheap earrings; the Legos-for-adults furniture; and the entire home decor section. On a recent visit, however, I saw something that tested the inner-most columns of my self control: In a box about the size of a small bedside table was a 120-jet, 210-gallon, four-person hot tub. For $500. Hot tubs are usually enormous and cost thousands of dollars, but the Intex PureSpa Bubble Therapy Portable Spa is different--not only is its carrying bag the size of a small piece of luggage, it's inflatable.
At that moment, in Aisle No. S-16, I was flooded with visions. I could hike to the top of a mountain and boil snow in it. Like Seinfeld's Cosmo Kramer, I could put it in the middle of my living room. The possibilities were endless, and yet so--sort of--attainable. Just blow up that bad boy, fill it with a hose, pop in a few chlorine tabs and enjoy a luxury once reserved for the rich.
Upon closer examination, however, I noticed one fatal flaw with the Intex PureSpa Bubble Therapy Portable Spa: it takes 12 hours to reach the maximum water temperature of 104 degrees and can only do so if the outside air temperature is 50 degrees or warmer. In other words, it's a warm-weather hot tub.
Oh, well. As Kramer would say, "Look at how tense you are. You need to take a soak. It's like Sweden, man. Sweeeden."