Sunday, November 25, 2007


My conversation with the landlord two weeks after moving in:

Me: The water tastes like shit.

Him: Yeah, it tastes terrible but there's nothing wrong with it. We have it tested.

Me: My mom used to say "If it tastes like shit then it is shit. " The water tastes like shit. And you know what? I smell better before I shower than after showering - and that's saying something.

Him: It's okay to drink. We have it tested. You smell okay to me.

Me: Back off. You're getting in my personal space.

Bottled water has become my friend. Drink it. Brush my teeth with it. Cook with it. Wash the veggies with it. Steam cook with it. Why make life miserable all because of terrible water.

This afternoon I arrive back in Cow Puncher Valley fresh from the holidays with the wife in Cow Town. There's a note on the door of my temporary digs:


We have been notified by Basic Laboratories who test our water system once a month that bacteria was found in the last water test.

You should not drink the water or cook with it. Skin contact is not a problem but use good sense when using the water.

We are in the process of finding a way to solve this problem.

If you have questions call me at . . . . . .

Let me see now . . . I knew something was wrong with the water and didn't drink it (Yet another example, Mom - you were right once again!). So now they're saying that skin contact is not a problem but to use good sense when using the tap water. What the hell does using good sense when using tap water mean?

When did you ever have to use good sense when using tap water? My last time was in Mexico. Am I living in Mexico and didn't know it? Uno mas cervesa por favor!

Be it ever so humble there's no place like home............

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Blessed said...

Hey Bob
You know what song I thought of when I read this post?
You know that old cowboy song
"Cool Water"
Cool Water

All day I face the barren waste without the taste of water,
Cool water.
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry and souls that cry for water,
Cool water.

The night are cool and I'm a fool each stars a pool of water,
Cool water.
But with the dawn I'll wake and yawn and carry on to water,
Cool water.

Keep a movin' Dan, don't you listen to him Dan, he's a devil not a man
and he spreads the burnin' sand with water.
Dan can't you see that big green tree where the waters runnin' free
and it's waiting there for me and you.
Water, cool water.

The shadows sway and seem to say tonight we pray for water,
Cool water.
And way up there He'll hear our prayer and show us where there's water,
Cool Water.

Dan's feet are sore he's yearning for just one thing more than water,
Cool water.
Like me, I guess, he'd like to rest where there's no quest for water,
Cool water.

If you wanna see the song
here is an Eddy Arnold version
on You tube.
(copy & paste)

Now I'm thirsty Bob!

Glenda said...

I have the same issue with my water, minus the bacteria - it smells and tastes like dirt...which is better than shit I suppose, haha. Anyway, I bought one of those water filters that attaches to the faucet, and it took the weird smell away and the water tastes excellent now. I dunno..maybe you could give it a try?

Anyway, thanks for the comment :) Have a good Monday.

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