Tuesday, May 19, 2015

'Twas ever thus

Some things never change, as this cartoon attests from 25 years ago.

But I must report firsthand that not everyone acts like this. Folks in the Central Coast — Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties in particular — regard water as precious cargo.

A waitress told us her restaurant could be fined for giving us water without our asking first.

A small public park included a new sign, proudly proclaiming the city's intent to let the lawn die.

Raised eyebrows are tamped back down with prominent signs indicating this or that particular patch of healthy greenery is sustained with recycled "gray" water.

Spare, native landscaping is much more prevalent there, and the sense of conservation is palpable. They acknowledge what too many others do not, that California is a Mediterranean climate.

Lesson learned.

Or is it?

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