Info Gluttony

High and Dry

Posted in Uncategorized by echan on April 12, 2007

This weekend I had a discussion regarding the prospect of a drought in NorCal with a visiting friend of friends. He grew up in Palo Alto, and observed that those of us who had our childhoods shaped by the great drought of 1987-1992 (pdf), now savored and oftentimes took very long showers. I do not have any information to verify his observation, but on an anecdotal level, I know that both my best friend from high school and I have the habit of taking twenty-plus minute showers.

Twenty years have passed since the start of the last drought, and it may be time to get into the habit of taking navy showers again. This sacrifice may be better than bringing back the old “If it’s yellow…” rhyme.

Now, that it’s coming back to me, I can’t believe that we spent YEARS cutting back on toilet flushing. Gross.

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  1. zygote said, on April 18, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    The sacrifice was not just in the fewer toilet flushes, but also the sharing of bath water! (At least, my family did that — but maybe we were just troopers.) I remember that shit. Dude.

    p.s. Just read a book about the trials and travails of water in the American west. It’s called Cadillac Desert, by Marc Reisner. Highly recommended, and surprisingly not dry given the subject matter (pun entirely intended).

  2. badxmaru said, on May 14, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    i enjoyed those days of not flushing (cause I’m a guy, and we’re lazy).
    We had 2 bathrooms – one for the gals and one for the boys.

    I also liked not having to mow the lawn.


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