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I think he’s going to like Aruba

This post originally contained a funny story about Jake and his love of the toilet and dog water dish.

Then WordPress did some server maintenance shit in the middle of my writing, and made me all sorts of promises that my work was being saved. They are lying liars who lie! They saved my title and my tags, but not the 450 words in between. Irksome!

Anyway… short version:

Jake likes water and tries to douse himself with toilet and dog bowl water at any and all opportunity. He also likes putting his right foot (not his left, just his right) in the dog’s water and finds it hilarious.

I thus concluded he will enjoy Aruba where wetness will not only be permitted, it will be encouraged.

Tomorrow, we leave. We return next week Wednesday. Bailey’s going to a farm.

(No, really. Our fish, however, who at least timed his untimely demise this morning with Lane’s absence, is REALLY “going to a farm”.)

There will be some posts in that time, prescheduled and not live accounts of our vacation (but I’m not ruling those out…. just not making any promises).

Later, peeps!

Just one more thing…

We’re having yet another plumbing issue.  Oh joy.

Luckily this one isn’t nearly as bad as the last two.

The sink in the bathroom – just the sink – has barely any water pressure.  All other fixtures in the apartment seem to be working just fine.  But the sink, which was performing as expected and without issue this morning, now will only produce a trickle of water, with either the hot and/or cold water turned on.  Now this is an old sink – like circa 1950s.  Could the plumbing for the faucet have busted?  (Oh I would love to have an excuse to get the landlord to foot the bill for a new sink in there, this thing is old.  And pink.  And old.  Did I mention old?)

Any ideas greatly appreciated!

Who needs strong teeth, anyway?

I live in Rockland County, NY.  It is a fairly metropolitan place, just north of New York City.  There are lots of people here.  And a giant mall.  And a nuclear power plant (or is that across the river in Westchester County?  I can never remember).

We found out that they don’t fluoridate the water here.  Doesn’t that seem odd?  So, my kids have to continue taking those kelpy looking fluoride drops.  Thank goodness the kids like them.

Plumbing God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Yes, it is true.  I am foresook.

A couple weeks ago we had a water outage, and it wasn’t fun.  And I am pretty sure I never bored you with it then, but we were on a boil-water-order for four days after the water came back on.  Couldn’t use tap water to cook, do many grooming tasks, wash dishes, etc.  Fun times all around.

Yesterday I discovered water in our basement.  Long story short, it was because The Schmekl‘s toilet line was overflowing.  Ewww.  A plumber has been here, and he surmises that the problem seems to have corrected itself.  I hope so.  I have laundry stranded in the washing machine and dryer below, which will all get re-washed since it shared the same air with The Schmekl’s poop.

Oh, this is even worse

Our water’s out.

And I have to poop.

And I already flushed the toilet before I realized the water was out.

Seems sort of ironic.

A different sort of drought

We’ve all heard the ditty “if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down”. This is often reserved for people operating on septic systems, in RVs, or who have lost water service and is often recited as a joke vs. a real way of operating on a day-to-day basis.

Consider this, though.

Right now the U.S. is facing serious drought situations in many parts of the country. Many reputable sources agree that the current climate change – and whether you believe in the man made aspect of it, the fact is the climate is changing – will only make current and future droughts longer and more severe.

(To be fair, there are also plenty of naysayers when it comes to the ‘reality’ of climate change. But I personally believe that the climate is changing, this really can’t be refuted anymore, and I’m pretty sure the human race isn’t helping.)

So where does your toilet come in here? Let’s assume that every household has a low-flow toilet, one that only uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. What would be the outcome if every household in America every day just let one “yellow mellow”?

There are, according to U.S. Census estimates, approximately 112,000,000 households in the United States in 2008. (A household includes all the persons who occupy a housing unit. A housing unit is a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a group of rooms, or a single room that is occupied (or if vacant, is intended for occupancy) as separate living quarters.) Now, to be totally fair, according to the 2000 Census there were about 670,000 homes without indoor plumbing, so let’s call it 111,000,000 households that can impact this here.

If each of those 111 MILLION households participated just once per day in the whole “let it mellow” way of life, it would save the U.S. over 177,000,000 gallons of water every single day.

That’s the same amount of water:

  • that flows over Niagara Falls over 5 seconds — which may not seem like a huge deal if you’ve never seen the Falls up close, but if you have — that’s a helluva lot of water.
  • that would fill over 19,000 standard backyard above-ground swimming pools
  • I could put together another example but frankly it’s really hard to do. If you don’t realize that 177 million gallons in a day is a buttload of water then I’m not sure what else to tell you.

So, think about getting in the habit of letting it mellow a little more. Your water bill – and the planet – may thank you later.