River of fools

Every little bit helps.

What’s black and white and cold all over?

The Duck! City at dawn.

We got a little smooch from the gods as they thundered eastward to kick the shit out of Texas. Rained all day Monday, then started snowing overnight.

The Mad Dog Weather Widget says we got slightly less than half an inch, and we will take it, thank you very much, if only to keep the dust and pollen out of our snouts and eyeballs for a little while. Shoutout to Thor and Mjolnir for not taking the roof off en route.

Elsewhere, the water news is not as cheery. Reporting from the University of Utah’s Stegner Symposium on the Colorado River Compact, John Fleck notes, among other things, that:

  • Colorado River Basin water users are currently consuming 14-15 million acre feet of water from a river that for the 21st century has averaged 12.3 million acre feet.
  • Lake Powell is sinking toward “minimum power pool” – its lowest level since filling in the 1960s.
  • Summer drying is making it harder for snowpack the following winter to make it to headwaters rivers.

Hey Zeus, etc. “The crisis situation on the river made for some pointed conversations,” says Fleck, and I believe him.

“Would you like a whiskey with your wee-wee?”

“Yes, please.”

“Sorry, it takes water to make whiskey. It’s straight wee-wee for you, pal. Shall I catheterize you or would you prefer to sample our Wee-wee of the Week? This week it’s Pima Pee, and yes, we stole it.”

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10 Responses to “River of fools”

  1. Michael Porter Says:

    What a great song by a great band. Thanks for the ear worm. I was first introduced to this East LA Band in college when we considered them for a campus concert. We chose another artist, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying their music and spinning their vinyl on 91.1 WZBT Gettysburg. First saw them at CC during our stint in Bibleburg when we were all there together.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Great band indeed. The first time I saw them was at Interbike, of all places. Dudes will play anywhere at any time for anybody, swear to God.

      I started listening to them in Denver, when the El Rancho Delux mob was into them and “Will the Wolf Survive?” was hot. This is one of my favorite tunes (fun to play on the guitar, too).

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Great band that played in Bisbee last year at the historic Warren Baseball Park.

      We got 1/3 inch of rain Sunday night with 3 to 6 inches of snow in the mountains. We are still 1 inch below our normal rainfall of 1.6 inches by this time of year.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hoo-hah. I didn’t think my little buddy Jeebus loved me this much but it’s snowing again. Just as I had decided to go for a run, too.

      Now, I think not. I shall stay indoors where it’s warm and eat everything.

      • Shawn Says:

        I hope you escaped out into the tempest for a run. There’s not much of an excuse for not running unless perhaps you’re in Kviv.

        Our snow up here in the Northwest for this season was scared away when I put the studded bike tires on.

        • Shawn Says:

          Postscript: I rolled the old DA-7400 8-speed rocket bike out for a ride yesterday (Tuesday) and enjoyed the magnificent 70F blue sky weather. Gee it sure was nice.

  2. Herb from Michigan Says:

    “And thou shalt not see more snow gather at thine door because Herb has removed his snow tires”. Thus spoke the Gods of Spring.

    Yeah tornado warnings today and I ain’t got no tornado tires. I should have left the snows on a bit longer-maybe until May?

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