Old Man River. The Mississippi River is now hitting historic low water levels because of the extended drought that is hitting the nation. Barge traffic is down as operators have to load them 25% less than before or they go aground. Some 30 barges have went aground this summer so far. The river in some places is now one-way as Northbound barges have to wait on the Southbound traffic in order to navigate the once mighty river.
Good News/Bad News. I now understand that Los Angeles is taking treated sewage water (affluent) and piping it some 15 miles upstream of the wells and injecting it back into the earth. They say it takes a number of years for the water to reach the pumps and then enter back into the system. While it is traveling this distance, it is being purified.
So the bad news is if you are visiting LA this summer, you most likely will be drinking treated sewage water. Now for the good news … Most likely will not be enough of it to go around.
Now there are losers … And then again … There are losers. A man who went into a police station in Pennsylvania stole a bag of marijuana off the counter. He told police later on that “it just smelled so good” so he lifted it. Can you imagine being locked up for that, and the big guy looks at you and says, “What are you in for?” I would like to be there for that one.
And the winner is. Someone walked into a little gas station 60 miles north of Detroit this week and bought the winning ticket on The Powerball, must be nice. The estimated profit of this adventure into lottery world will be about $241 million after taxes. I sure hope that they can find it in their heart to donate a little of that to charity.
The lottery is fun isn’t it? It often reminds me of Keno in Laughlin, Nevada. You sit back in those big ol’ soft chairs and they skin you. The first number is 36, the second number is 21, and here is another number …. YOU DON’T HAVE … Number five! Two hundred and forty-one million dollars … Take a moment or two and allow that to gently roll off the tip of your tongue.
Everybody ….. ready?
TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
(Man, if’n (Okie Talk) you was sick, that shore make you better, huh?)
That would be like what? 125 brand new Liberty Coaches with all the bells and whistles, you could have your own fleet of rolling luxury. That would almost be tantamount to driving one new coach every day for six months or so.
I can actually remember when that kind of money was the budget for the year for some states in this nation, or perhaps the GNP of a small country located on the globe in a place most of us never heard of or could locate on a map.
You could load up the old forty-five footer with the Moped hanging off the back and drive the 1,500 miles to Maine for some lobstah, better yet, you could hire someone to drive your forty-five footer with the Moped hanging off the back to Maine for some seafood chow and sleep all the way, if’n (Okie Talk) you wanted to.
Things sure are changing, used to be a wish for a million dollars was something to wish for, now the jackpots are starting out at $40 million as if it were chump change or something like that.
Now a million dollars paid out in thousand dollar bills, piled on top of each other, would be about 4” tall. Not bad. A billion dollars, in thousand dollar bills would be approximately 63 miles high, and a trillion, that magical number the government likes to deal in, at one thousand dollar bills, would be a little over 63,000 miles high.
Yeah, I could use a little of that, for sure.
First thing I am gonna do is drive my old hoopie up there to Liberty Coach outside of Chicago and tell them I want one with all those electronic gizmo’s, slides and some of that Hawaiian Maui Wowie Teaky Wood, and an electric dog polisher.
The rest of it I guess I will just fart it off.
Have yourselves a good weekend, see you on Monday.
Cartoon courtesy of American Progress.org and coach picture Liberty Coach, both linked.
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