This is my first month I've ever owned a pool in my life - and between TFP as the resource and the pool as the teacher, I'm learning a lot...quickly.
After reading forums, questions, and just doing my general hanging out and studying I've come to the conclusion...I have a leak, don't I?!
There have always been little tiny micro-bursts of bubbles coming from the return in the steps, and this morning when the pump kicked on, my wife was startled. I said, "don't worry, it's just the pump kicking on. It's getting the air out first." And she said, "Is that supposed to happen?" Then I thought...Hmmmm, should it? Does the system stay filled with water? Or does air get in between pump cycles? Again, I've got a leak, don't I?