My wife and I just moved across town to a lovely new-to-us home that came with a beautiful (kidney shaped?) gunite pool. We took a little time to get settled before trying to tackle the chore of opening the pool ourselves (with next to no knowledge on our own), but we eventually did open the pool a few weeks ago, thanks to some help I've found lurking here on the TFP Forums of course!
We did end up needing to replace all the grids and the manifold to our DE filter (we were wondering why vacuuming was sending stuff right back into the pool -- turns out not only were the grids pretty much completely blocked, but they also seemed to be crushed in a couple of places, and the manifold was cracked (looked like it was caved in) by the outlet, so we bit the bullet and replaced the entire assembly except for the base.
The pool came with a Polaris five-port caretaker system, but I was concerned it wasn't operating correctly after I put it all together (I replaced all the seals, cleaned out the filter in the valve, etc) so I just let the skimmers do their thing and vacuum the pool as needed. Also, it seems like one of the jets (by the stairs) isn't working, but I'm not sure if that's supposed to be working with the caretaker or what. Of course, getting someone to come out and take a look at your pool during the summer around here is like trying to find someone that wants to cuddle up next to a warm fire in winter clothes in the middle of the summer, but the pool is otherwise running great. PSI seems to be a little high after replacing the grids and priming the system with DE (16-18psi) but it seems like it's running great now.
The weir does get stuck in the deep end, which is a relatively recent development. If I leave it open, the water isn't forceful enough to push it all the way down (so it's getting stuck trying to open fully). I have it pressed all the way down and it's staying that way. The suggestion I was given was to remove it and plane it a bit on the sides so it moves freely. Not sure how I feel about that, but that's neither here nor there.
Outside of the pool, my wife and I are relatively-young professionals (early 30s) that got married back a couple of years ago. I frequent other forums (I'm a photography enthusiast and shoot on the side) as well as a moderator at one of the larger computer overclocking forums on the net. I'll eventually post photos of the pool (and accompanying landscaping).
That's all I have to say about that.