Saturday, January 04, 2014


The afternoon after New Years was yet another in a long succession of dry, warm, perfect winter days in California, as you can see from the view of the Sutro Bath ruins at Land's End.

On Ocean Beach, the remains of a king tide pooled along the sand as hundreds of people enjoyed the sunset.

There is a distinct sense of uneasiness in the still air, though, on account of what is looking to be a serious drought for California.

The online, schizophrenic San Francisco Chronicle yesterday even managed to run a "fear" piece in their Bay Area section while praising the drought for its "outdoors recreation benefits" in their Living section.

It's surprising there has been no talk of water rationing yet, nor any of the whimsical admonitions of the last major drought in the late 1970s. I remember bathroom signage in a defunct gay piano bar, The Sausalito Inn, which advised, "If it's yellow, it's mellow. If it's brown, flush it down."

The polluted air sure makes for some gorgeous sunsets, though.


TK said...

Ha! I remember seeing the exact same sign in All You Knead on Haight Street in the early 90s. Although, if you think about it, it seems a lot grosser in a restaurant than in a bar.

Civic Center said...

Dear TK: Plus, there wasn't a severe drought in the 1990s but All You Knead always struck me as stuck in the 1970s so I suppose that would explain it.