Things I don't understand: Do you want it now? Or later?

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

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  1. San Diego is under a Level II Drought Alert.
  2. All of the water districts here have encouraged us to conserve water for the common good.
  3. We can't wash our cars in our own driveways.
  4. Water fountains have to be shut down unless they use recycled water.
  5. We are supposed to take shorter showers.
  6. We are supposed to use common sense in how we use water -- fill the dishwasher full of dishes and wash a load of clothes.
  7. If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down."If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down."
  8. CalTrans still waters the freeway landscaping at 1:00 in the afternoon, even if it's 97° outside.
  9. We are supposed to rat on our neighbors if they water too often, wash their cars, have a water leak on their property, etc. Can we rat on CalTrans for not using common sense?
  10. Water use in June 2009 dropped by 21% and 16% in July, year over year.
  11. All of the water districts are currently holding public meetings to discuss raising water rates because "revenue is down because water use is down."

Is anyone else having a Duh! moment here?

I'm reminded of that television commercial where a guy goes into a fast food restaurant and orders a bunch of greasy food. The counter clerk asks him if he wants heartburn now or later.

Same thing here. Do you want an increase in water rates now or later?



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Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

Your post reminds me of all the new landscaping projects in highway median in the city of Walnut Creek. They're planting trees, flowers and shrubs in the middle of the highway....and adding irrigation systems where they do not now exist.

Aug 29, 2009 11:30 AM #1
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Jim, we have gas pipelines and oil pipelines, guess we could rig up a water pipeline because we sure have had our share of water this Summer.  Do you know it is September 1st on Tuesday.  Our Summer that never was officialy ends in 20+ days.

Aug 29, 2009 11:40 AM #2
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Vickie - Down here they plant oleanders and ice plant in the medians and on the sides of the freeways, and then they water them in the afternoon when it's hot outside. They should water in the morning. Now I don't normally get up at the crack of dawn to go see if they are watering in the early morning, but if they are, then that would mean that they are watering twice a day, which is even worse! Then again, though, it is CalTrans. They seem to be exempt from everything that applies to us lowlifes.

Hey, Al and Peggy - Contact our Governor, the Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger (we just call him the Governator, for short). Perhaps you have seen him in a movie or two. He might be willing to build a pipeline to Ontario and buy some water from you. That would be the neighborly thing to do, right?

Aug 29, 2009 01:47 PM #3
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -

gotta love this DUH moment!  We have been in drought status for over a half of a decade.  Many of the same restrictions and government entities get to continue to water the sidewalks and casinos can have fantastic water displays to attract people to gambling.  It's a shame to say the least!

Aug 30, 2009 06:28 AM #4
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