Managing a swimming complex included gathering, storing and returning belongings patrons left in the complex. It wasn't about the towels, shoes, handbags, jewellery or picnic baskets; as at the end of each summer a huge array of goods were sent to a thrift or pawn shop, the proceeds of the gold, silver and precious metals funded our seasonal staff party. In one season it was not unusual to accumulate more than a kilo of gold jewellery!