Thursday, October 2, 2014

California Drought -- Soldier on



I don't know if our upper lips are stiff or just really really dry.

No, what am I saying? Come hell or low water, we are the many, the brave, the Angelenos; we'll keep our peckers up, alfresco.

For example, I now wash dishes in the garden so I can water plants without breaking any laws. Also, I take the face, hair, and apres-hike rinses outside. Seems to me, the full monty is just around the corner.

And why not? The water from the hose is warm, sometimes disturbingly so. Privacy isn't an issue; fortunately, before I even bought this place, good neighbors made good fences. Tall ones, anyway.

I cut my coat according to my cloth, and, if necessary, I can ditch the coat entirely.

28 comments:

  1. Summers ago, when the bath was being done over, I showered outside just under the sun. The warm hose water was delightful. I hope I didn't give the neighbors a treat. hehehehe

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  2. Looks easy enough. http://www.homejelly.com/how-to-make-outdoor-shower-using-garden-hose/

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  3. I have one of these for camping:

    http://www.kmart.com/northwest-territory-7%27-x-4%27-shower-tent/p-089W005743020001P

    There are other, better designs, but this was the cheapest. And then you can just Google outdoor shower. I think you're onto something.

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  4. I'm overlooked every which way but it would be fun to shower in the sunlight!

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  5. "I cut my coat according to my cloth, and, if necessary, I can ditch the coat entirely."

    That's one to keep handy.

    Seems that we (in Southern California) had a drought through the mid-seventies. In 1978, did it rain! I remember the L.A. river high in the channel, turbulent and mud-brown.

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  6. Birdman, I've heard the rumors, all the way from across the continent.

    DYI (Do yourself it?) and Paula, thank you! If I were handier, I'd market this.

    RedPat, well, I might wait for the sun to set a little.

    John, from your pen to god's ear.

    Karen, The Partial Monty

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  7. If you lived in Pasadena, you could only shower outside on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Better not hike on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

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  8. We have a camp shower. You fill it in the morning and leave it outside all day, and you have hot! water at night for showering in the yard.

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  9. And thank you, I've been watching "Full Monty" videos.

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  10. British men, leaders of the Empire, got their stiff upper lips from cold showers at their boarding schools. None of that warm water lark.

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  11. Oh, I knew that blitz photo would make Bellis get all Britty and "God Save the Queen" on us.

    As for PJ and Petrea -- you sexy things, you beat me to it.

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  12. Hi Karin, in Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions. Water rationed in 19 cities in southeast and central regions after usually abundant supplies run dry.
    São Paulo, where I was born and raised, a city of more than 9 million people, is facing one of its worst water shortages in years, brought on by the worst drought to hit São Paulo state in 84 years.

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  13. The image of the milkman doing his job in a street devastated is just amazing!

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  14. You're sending your drought karma my way. We had not a drop of rain in September, and normal is over 3". Fortunately, here, even dry years will pass, and we'll be soaked again.

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  15. My contribution to the cause: My 8,000-square-foot lawn is brown. It's an expensive proposition to keep it watered at this time year anyway.

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  16. Wow. I cannot fathom living like that. I am surrounded by water. Creeks, rivers, ponds (that would no doubt be labeled lakes if my life wasn't bordered by such a great one, Ontario) and lakes shaped like fingers. Water falls from the sky, water flows by me, water crashes to the shore.
    My life is humid.

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  17. You must be talking about Canada since Ontario, California, is a desert. I want to live where Patti lives.

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  18. Let's start packing, Patrizzi. Canada or Upstate New York, she sure makes it sound beautiful. Now I'm more partched than ever.

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  19. This reads like poem and, simultaneously, a NY-er Talk of The Town item.

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  20. K, what you need is a Napoleon-like lover. Returning after a campaign he was said to have sent the following message: "Home in three days. Don't wash."

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  21. As a rule we get a day or two where it's hot enough to shower outside in August. This year with the heat came a fair amount of rain, so the grass stayed green. I like hot, hot showers so I'd never be happy under a hose and might as well take a dip in whatever body of water is closest. Many years ago we honeymooned at a camp on a pond where the shower water came from said pond...we smelled like the great outdoors all week.

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  22. I'm hopeful that the rains will return, but if the drought continues for long enough that alternate-day bathing becomes mandatory, will a Shower With A Friend app be far behind?

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  23. Shower surfing. Air Buddy Bath. I really think you're on to something, Katie.

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  24. I love that photo! A sense of duty that just won't quit.

    We've made a lot of changes because of the drought. Our town is now on a "toilet to tap" water recycling system. They process the heck out of it and it actually tastes better than before.

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  25. Hope your neighbors don't see this. Those high fences might come down.

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