meanwhile, back at the ranch…

The hills are on fire. Suck ass. I hope everyone’s OK and that the trees recover well. Apparently evergreen forests need occasional fires to free their seeds from the pinecones, and otherwise do them good. Right? (forestry experts please chime in here, Lon) Great POV here on WorldChanging, kinda touches on the water issue.

In case you didn’t know, water is imported into LA from NorCal. All of it. We don’t make our own. OK, so we might get some from Bear Mountain, and we have a few reservoirs that catch what little rainfall we get. Oh, then there’s the waste water we recycle and DRINK. That’s sourced in LA. Yum. Sure, it’s super-mega filtered, so no fear of Giardia, but damn. With underground aquifers drying up all over the country and snow falling at record lows in recent winters, it won’t be long before Octavia Butler’s post-apocalyptic vision of SoCal comes true. It’s in “Parable of the Sower,” and it’s an awesome book.

but hey, what do I care? I’m moving to a place where there’s so much water the air is thick with it, and trees don’t need fire to help them pollenate. Mmmm, humidity!


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