I arrived at the gym this morning and noticed a new sign taped up to the front door notifying members that there was no hot water today in either the mens or womens locker rooms. The shower following the workout was brutal. It was ice cold and akin to jumping into a high alpine lake. If I wasn't awake from the run I was definitely awake after the ice shower.
To spend or not to spend will be the topic of conversation in much of the media today when Obama releases his first full budget proposal. The chatter over the past 24 hours has already poised the rhetoric to be drawn neatly down partisan lines. The dems spend too much, the repubs want smaller government, blah, blah, blah. I for one think we could use some much needed infrastructure upgrades. Water delivery, energy production, roads & highways, and bridges all need to be replaced or upgraded across the country. Our own levy system in the California Delta is over 100 years old and in desperate need of repair. To ignore it would be potentially disastrous to our food production in the san juaquin valley. I think Southern California needs to develop capacity to provide water via desalination, so we don't have to continue to pipe water from the north to the south. It's another grim year for the chinook salmon population and looks like there will be a 2nd year of banning commercial salmon fishing off of the coast of northern california and oregon. The water situation and the salmon are not disconnected...it's all inter-related.
Speaking of fishing....I purchased the necessary fly tying materials last weekend to make the deadly San Juan Worm and will begin producing this season's supply this coming weekend. It's probably one of the easiest patterns to tie as well, which bodes well for me and my beginning fly tying skills.