Monday, November 20, 2006

See that white stuff on top of my old car and on that little swatch of suburban lawn in the photo below? This is not an image of the early spring thaw in Missouri. Nor is it New England in winter or even Oregon for that matter. This is a photo taken in January, 2002 in northern California. The only day of my entire life that I woke up in my own home in the Golden State to snow. An actual snow day. I drove the back roads to my then job hawking vitamins in Novato and they were stunningly snow-blanketed and blinding. It was the coolest thing ever.

Weather is cool and strange and scary--as those 110 degree days this summer proved. Next week, a Q & A interview of mine runs in the Pacific Sun with Dietrich Stroeh, a water man you might say, whose experiences are the subject of a book called "The Man Who Made it Rain," about the 2 year drought in Marin county (and much of California) in 76-77, and about the effects of global warming, or as we should all start thinking about it: "global shift toward the planet getting rid of humans."

Anyway, happy holiday and all that.



At 4:41 AM, Blogger Myfanwy Collins said...

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Jordan!

At 5:46 AM, Blogger Susan said...

SNOW! Lucky you!

At 7:13 AM, Blogger gerry rosser said...

Funny you should post this. I posted last night about snow flurries here in Central Florida during the evening. Brrrr.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger gerry rosser said...

As for water, we take it too much for granted. We've had periods of low rainfall here in Florida, with lawn watering "restrictions" and the like. Of coures, there are many, many old artesian wells in Florida still pouring beautiful water out of the aquifer to no purpose, they are gradually being capped, but very gradually.

Of course, certain businesses get exempted from watering restricitions, like golf courses. Don't let dire necessity interfere with the play of the upper economic strata.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Myf and Sue: Happy thanksgiving to you, too!

Gerry: Snow is a funny thing. Especially when you don't expect it to show up.

And yes, we do take water for granted. The book I refer to is all about how we quickly forget about droughts after they pass.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Gerry said...

And by the way happy thanksgiving.


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