If it’s Yellow Let it Mellow…

Mill Valley California

Mill Valley

Today’s weather forecast for Mill Val­ley is 75° and sunny. There isn’t a drop of rain in the near future for Northern Cal­i­for­nia. South­ern Cal­i­for­nia is expe­ri­enc­ing unsea­son­able wild­fires while the entire state is suf­fer­ing from a twenty percent drop in normal pre­cip­i­ta­tion. For the second time during a Jerry Brown admin­is­tra­tion, a formal drought emergency has been declared. Unless, the forecast radically changes soon 2013 – 2014 will go on record as the driest in 153 years of state weather recording. 

“If it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down.” In the late ‘70’s vibrant signs and stickers fea­tured this slo­gan or a vari­a­tion in every bathroom at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia. From soror­i­ties, fra­ter­ni­ties, co-ops and dorms to Sproul Hall no restroom lacked sig­nage remind­ing one to conserve. Show­ers beyond a couple of minutes and running tap water to brush teeth were serious “no nos”. The water police patrolled urban and sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods to ensure that lawns were not being irri­gated. Pools were drained giving birth to a new gen­er­a­tion of skate­board fanat­ics. Car washes shuttered their doors. The entire state became a brown cesspool. Finally, at the end of Governor Brown’s second term in office, the drought lifted, and the floods arrived bring­ing mud­slides and major damage. Oh, Governor Moon­beam, what will you leave Cal­i­for­ni­ans with when your current term expires? 

 Post Script: The author apologizes about the lack of posts over the holidays.


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