We are on the leading edge of what is supposed to be the worst storms of the century. Given that the century is just entering its 17th year, that may not seem significant but…we don’t like to get wet. While many of you will blame the Russians, all around the area palm trees are banging up against the buildings and eucalyptus trees are fighting to stay in the ground. This storm has the potential to do serious damage like cancelling golf tournaments and picnics to lesser damages like mudslides and hillsides collapsing, major flooding and ending up with more things at sea level than were there before. When your hillsides burn in August and then it rains in February, there isn’t much left but mud. Around here we don’t have to hassle with snowfall, snowplows, salted streets that corrode the underside of your Bentley but…you’d better know how to swim. And I’m glad that you had the 8 million dollars so you buy that hillside mansion in Malibu but I hope you have another 8 million to rebuild because about 4 o’clock all you’re going to have is a very expensive but…temporary houseboat.
I have railed about this before but we have been encouraged for 5 years now to conserve water and many of us have traded roses for cacti in the effort, waiting to run the washer and dishwasher until they are full and many of you are just having more beer now instead of a healthy glass of water. Even now, when I walk my dogs I’ll pee outside with them…just to save the flush. Not sure how the neighbors feel about that but I believe I’m doing the state a favor. They’ve spent the last years beating up on citizens, schools and businesses so everywhere I go they have these waterfree urinals (which amaze me) so I feel like I’m just peeing into a hole in the ground anyway. In fact, the culprit seems to be the state because we’ve had to turn off our sprinklers while we can drive down public land and see broken sprinklers going off like Old Faithful and they still haven’t figured out how to stop all the drains from emptying into the ocean. Like nobody in that romper room we call the state legislature has had the light bulb go off in his/her head that says, “How ‘bout we save all this rain?”
Everything I’ve mentioned above pales in comparison to my predicament because, while the rest of you will be hydroplaning down the 101, I will be fighting my way into Costco because this morning I was given a list of products we need and apparently my family thinks I’m waterproof. More likely that I’m the least productive member of the family or the oldest and easiest to sacrifice for the greater good. Kind of like having the old Longhorn bull walk across the Rio Grande first to see how deep it is. For my own self-esteem I choose to believe it’s because my family thinks I look better…wet. Well, as many of you know, I live (for now) for this kind of challenge and I can’t stand the thought of my family going one more day without peanut butter or milk. Seriously, if I live through this mission there should be some kind of medal in it for me or maybe a nomination for sainthood. The bigger issue is that since it’s February in southern California, the only apparel Costco will have for sale are tank tops and flip flops. I can only hope they’ve put out the snorkels and swim fins so I can make it back to my car.
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