Water Stupidity

I blogged the other day about the impending water doom in Georgia. However, as had been pointed out by several in emails to me, Georgia is not the only state in the Southease that is suffering from a water crisis or water stupidity. In the midst of what may be the worst drought ever in North Carolina, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are watering the synthetic turfs used by their field hockey teams. You are reading correctly. Fake fields must be saturated; it’s a very important rule imposed by the International Hockey Federation. The ater crisis is not Sonny Perdue’s fault, or George Bush’s, or the federal government’s fault. It’s everybody’s fault. The failures to plan are responsibilities that are spread out amongst just about everyone and going back for many years.


11 Responses to “Water Stupidity”

  1. 1 Me
    October 23, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Yes, it’s all Sonny Perdue’s fault. In fact, he’s the Antichrist. Next it’ll be plagues, boils, frogs, hail an darkness. Maybe even the first male born or legions from the bowels of hell. And that Bush fellow has to be behind it also. Water even starts with “W”. And Microsoft, Halliburton, Walmart, Starbucks and the military-industrial complex, they have got to be to blame as well. And also those damn transplants who forced all of those born and raised here Georgians to get rich selling their land so that the born and raised here Georgians could get rich building homes and shopping centers. Funny, from what I’ve seen it’s those damn transplants who are the most vocal about controlling growth.

    Yes, it’s all Perdue’s fault. That’s the ticket.

  2. October 23, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Funny, from what I’ve seen it’s those damn transplants who are the most vocal about controlling growth.

    Yes, once they’ve moved in anyway…

  3. 3 Me
    October 23, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Funny, from what I’ve seen it’s those damn transplants who are the most vocal about controlling growth.

    Yes, once they’ve moved in anyway…

    Well, it would be a little silly to be vocal about Atlanta/Georgia if you live in Illinois or Nashville.

  4. October 24, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Ignoring the obvious fact that there wouldn’t be a problem if they’d all stayed in Illinois or Nashville or Ohio or wherever, I find the silliness inherent in clamoring for growth control when the uninhibited growth is what attracted (however indirectly through more customers / banking / legal clients /etc) the carpetbaggers in the first place…

    Standard Disclaimer: I was born and raised in South Georgia, a far different place from North Georgia in every way (we even have underground aquifers here!) and now that I have returned, it is my duty to hate Atlanta and all it’s carpetbagger ways. Sherman started the decline of Atlanta and the Olympics finished it…oh, and I’m bored and know you have a sense of humor 🙂

  5. 5 Me
    October 24, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Jon, I’m used to the “born and raised here crap”, but the fact of the matter is that if it wasn’t for Atlanta Georgia would be Mississippi, and not the better parts. I can say that knowing that you have a good sense of humor.

    BTW, I’m the one telling transplants to behave themselves asking them if things are so backwards here why on earth did they come here. Seems like every time they want to do something they start out insulting the people that were born and raised here telling them that that they are backwards.

    Bottom line is that like it or not this is my state. I may not have been born here, but I’ll sure as hell be buried here. I pay taxes here, vote, support and contribute to my community, support and contribute to the schools and donate to local charities and causes. I’ve taken the time to learn about the state, have learned the laws, know much of the politics, and have spent considerable time learning and understanding the issues that affect my community and state in general. I am a Georgian who lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is my duty to distrust those inbred sunzabidges from downstate (big grin).

  6. October 25, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Who you callin inbred you toothless hillbilly? You durn uppity Mountain folk’ll be the death of me yet! And anyway, what’s so wrong with Mississippi? At least it ain’t Texas 🙂

    Standard Disclaimer Upon leaving S. Georgia, where did we move? Yep, the mountains of N.C., making me a Hillbilly Cracker. Next I plan to move to S. Louisiana so as to have acheived the Redneck trifecta: Hillbilly Cracker Coonass.

  7. October 26, 2007 at 7:13 am

    As somebody who was born in South Louisiana (the Atchafalaya River Basin, to be exact), I can say, without reservation, that you’ll fit right in… to the gumbo! Seriously, there are parts of that swamp that are almost surreal in their beauty. And other parts that would make the pig scene in Deliverance seem tame. Hell, maybe you could help Percy grow and process Perique?

  8. 8 Me
    October 26, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Hey Jon, those terms are a badge of honor in these parts 😉

    Here’s an interesting one. Those Carpetbaggers invading Atlanta, for the most part, aren’t from the North. In fact, now the majority of them (a big majority) are from Florida. It seems that with the hurricanes home ownership has become very difficult. The insurance companies refuse to write policies or only offer ones with incredibly expensive premiums. Florida has learned that Georgia/Atlanta offers a very reasonable housing market with a mild climate within driving distance to “home”.

    As to the north Georgia mountains, I would have to admit that two of the most famous native sons are those two guitar-strumming yutes who took a real shallow dip in the gene pool. While north Georgia is incredibly beautiful, unless you are interested in meth labs, carpet, and squealing like a pig there isn’t much else going for it other than the beuaty and vacation homes and resorts.

    Here’s another interesting snippet. After the Chattahoochee River passes through Metro Atlanta only 4% of the flow has been depleted. Why so low? The vast majority of the users are not agricultural nor are there many septic systems. A very high percentage of the water used is returned to the river after being treated.

    One way or the other the drought has brought some interesting discussions to the forefront. As it turns out more has been done about conservation than most had imagined, but so much more needs to be done. Weather predictions just came out today calling for a worsening of the drought conditions for 2008. I hope those are the same guys who preicted an unusually active hurricane season.

    On another note, speaking of Georgia, I just heard that the Georgia Supreme Court has ordered the immdiate release of Genarlow Wilson. Thank heavens. Some of the Bible-thumpers are going to be pissed off, but justice comes first, if not so swiftly.

  9. October 26, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Jeff, I actually am considering the Perique thing…if anything would earn me “coonass” status, perique farming would be it, yeah?

    Art, As I said before, the ACE says that there is no immediate crisis wrt the Lanier supply. As to N. Georgia, I have relatives in Ellijay and Rabun Gap, so I am deeply familiar with how “interesting” the natives can be…and as to the FL folks moving into N GA, I doubt many of them are from FL anyway. Sounds to me like a bunch of Yankee snowbirds backing up the map just far enough to get home owners insurance again 🙂

  10. October 26, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    You better talk to Percy fore he croaks or his family might not consider it, cher. More coonass? You could raise mudbugs.

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