Open Thread - Thurs 27 Jan 2022 - Droughty Thoughts
Drought! Drought? Drought...
When did you first experience drought? For me, my first experience is what made me aware of climate change. It was back in the mid 70's. I was maybe 13 to 15. And California, where I was born and grew up, had its worst drought in memory - at least, 1970's memory. A bit later I read James Lovelock's book about Gaia and paid attention to his predictions and the predictions of others who followed different theories and principles, but basically said humans were killing the earth as we know it. And so, I became a 'green' and as much of a climate activist as possible throughout my life.
So back to the drought in California in the mid-70's. 1977 was, at the time, the driest year ever in recorded California history. The reservoir near where I grew up, Lake Lexington, is situated a bit above Los Gatos, CA, in the Santa Cruz mountains. It dried up during the drought. It was shocking to me; I didn't know at that time that lakes could dry up like that. I eagerly learned to conserve water, to only flush toilets now and again (drives my husband nuts), to never water the lawn unless it's rained recently, to wash clothes sparingly, to collect rain water, and more.
The drought was scary. So many plants and animals died, so much withered away. And this was in CA, when lots of stuff 'died' in the summer and the entire state turned brown every year. Going down the mountains on Highway 17 in the bus to high school, next to Lexington Reservoir, made for very serious thoughts. As the lake dried, two small towns were revealed. That was shocking. I had no idea that 'we' drowned towns, forcing out all the inhabitants, to make water for Silicon Valley (then the fruit bowl of the California). It was surreal to see the roads that led to nowhere, the foundations of the houses and shops, to think of the lives that lived there, the kids like me that grew up there, the pets... I think these were some of the first serious thoughts I had about humans and the often very important impacts of some of our decisions.
Here's a song about the making of another reservoir, this one in Maine. I have to admit, I choke up hearing this sometimes - Below, by Slaid Cleaves.
Slaid writes and sings some wickedly good songs, often about recent history. Here's a couple more, ending with a non-historical funny one!
This one is long, because it's live. Recorded at the Tractor Tavern. I think I might have been at this show. The song is inspiring, sad, and strangely enough, fun. So, here's Breakfast in Hell.
Slaid's got quite a few albums, these songs are just a sample. And yea, I've no idea why I, still a punk, goth type, picked country/folk punk to feature here today. I've got broad (and strange?) musical tastes, like so many others here, I guess.
So, here's the Open Thread! Whatcha thinking about? Remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough!