Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Discovering Water

Saying for the Day:No man drowns if he perseveres in praying to God, and can swim.- Russian Proverb
When I was a kid water came from the tap. We drank it, bathed in it ( if Ma made us), washed in it, and cooked in it. Nobody paid any attention to how it tasted. It came from a well behind the other house ( my parents had two houses). The well was very deep and there was a six foot diameter pipe that went all the way to the bottom. Thus my dad could hang a ladder and go down to the water if there was a problem. The pipe was capped and stood four feet or so above the ground to keep you from falling in. In the basement of the main house was the pump.
Today water doesn’t come that way any more. It comes from the city, town , or township water system. It contains chlorine and an indescribable substance we can call gunk. Gunk and chlorine can be filtered out. That’s why we get our drinking water from the refrigerator door instead of the tap. Our refrigerator filters the water.
But everybody doesn’t have a magic refrigerator. So somebody discovered water. Well they didn’t really discover water they discovered that water sells. You put the water in a nice clean bottle and give it a great name like Happy Springs and people will buy it. Even if Happy Springs has its own brand of gunk. They will buy it and feel good about it.
But after a bit water is boring so they kept the name Water but added stuff. Now we can get protein water, vitamin water, and flavored water. We used to call that Kool Aid) . It comes in strawberry, kiwi, orange, and other light flavors.
But I have in front of me water from Clear America. It is strawberry flavored. It is clearly labeled as a sparking water beverage. But a sparking water beverage is another name for soda pop.. So now water sells so well we can sell pop as water instead of pop.
What next Ice Tea flavored water?

The Alphabet Photo Challenge is being sponsored by Quilly at Quilly's Pacific Paradise.

M-Mabel Lanyon ( My grandmother)

M-Mary (Maki) Bennet ( My cousin)

M-Mae Yelland ( My Great Aunt)


  • #### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. People are wondering if papa dragon is going to show up again. You do remember he showed up after our dragons great display and they flew off together. He was bigger. Don’t papa dragons care what happens to the little dragons ?
    Mother dragon and the little ones showed up again last night. They did the usual fly down main street. People clapped and cheered and mother dragon looked proud.
    The White Rabbit was seen last night out at the crossing. It waved at the passengers on the train. They also swear it winked at them.
    Petrovich says he is working on another driblet. He is not sure when it will apply so he is posting it to his website. That is he will be posting it when he finishes translating it.
  • Today's link-This Old Farm-Another Blog with Alphabet Pictures this month
    I am a little better today. My oxygen is up a point. My stomach feels better but I still don't have much energy. I visited some blogs, brought St. Marks website up to date, sorted through pictures, began to get the March blogs ready to print out and send to Dawn, took a nap, and tried to do some planning. Betty worked in the yard. Now I need a breathing treatment.
    Picture from Sunday's coffee at St. Marks


    Blogger Melli said...

    Ah! I guess I need to hit the archives to learn about Papa Dragon! LOL!

    Isn't it the truth - about the water?! Honestly... it's like "caramel coloring" doesn't even exist on the cola cans! As long as it's CLEAR it MUST be healthy! ... *sigh*

    5:07 AM  
    Blogger Janvangogh said...

    So is Pigeon Falls first dragon the mama or the papa?

    5:23 AM  
    Blogger P.S. an after-thought said...

    Yep, selling water: the
    American Way>

    5:57 AM  
    Blogger Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

    What lovely photos! It's nice that you have photos of your grandmother when she was a young lady.

    6:20 AM  
    Anonymous Mar said...

    Marvelous pictures!! Love to see the the ladies all dressed up.

    6:22 AM  
    Blogger Jill said...

    Gotta be the younger generation...they flavor everything. A few months ago we dropped by a liquor store and discovered that all the liquors now come in flavors. What happened to plain old vodka or rum. Oh well, love the pics.

    8:02 AM  
    Anonymous quilly said...

    These photos tell me that you have a wealth of family history at your fingertips. That is a precious thing. Several dozen family albums disappeared when Gram died, and everybody in the family swears they don't have them.

    I was in a Vegas grocery store once and overheard two teenagers searching for diet water. I thought that was the way God made it, but apparently now someone has put calories and fake sugar in it so they can sell it as "diet" -- and people buy it!

    8:55 AM  
    Blogger Robert said...

    Once again, another great family series!

    11:08 AM  
    Blogger Family Man said...

    It's amazing what people can do with water. It's like they forget it's water. But if you add the sugar flavor and carbonation well then it's expensive water. I still prefer plain old water. I have a "magic" refrigerator, but I am just as happy when it comes from the tap.
    Excellent pictures. I am not looking forward to Z :(

    12:36 PM  
    Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...

    I'm sorry to say but there actually may be water flavered like
    ice tea I look so little in those pictures.

    1:48 PM  
    Blogger Carletta said...

    My daughter would love the photo of Mabel with Mary. She decorated her little girl's room with sun and stars and this pic is so nursery like.
    Again - a nice series of photos of your family.

    So glad you stopped by mine today.

    2:34 PM  
    Blogger Minkydo said...

    Great stories and pictures!

    4:45 PM  
    Blogger Worldman said...

    I always had problems drinking water from the tap. And I still do. The taste is just something that prevents me from swallowing the water. Until about 10 years ago, I was not a big water drinker anyway. Now I am drinking about 4 liters per day. Bottled water. Here in Sudan it is called "Rio". And at home I drink the French "Volvic". Which tastes great. Because it has no taste.

    8:15 PM  
    Anonymous noble pig said...

    I love the pics of your grandmother, so, so beautiful.

    9:45 PM  
    Blogger tsduff said...

    "Flavored" water irritates me no end, because with the exception of a select few brands, the flavored water is just water with a load of sugar & food coloring dumped in. I do admit that I like water with gas though.

    9:55 PM  
    Blogger Dragonstar said...

    The nicest water I ever drank was when we lived on our no-facilities island. When it rained the water ran down the roof and into the gutters. From there it ran into two stone storage tanks. We kept these tanks covered with wood. When we wanted water in the house we went out with a bucket to carry it in. No chlorine, plenty of bits at times, but always sweet and clear.

    9:27 AM  
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