9 thoughts on “I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


  1. http://www.mercurynews.com/2014/01/25/california-drought-past-dry-periods-have-lasted-more-than-200-years-scientists-say/

    ” ‘We continue to run California as if the longest drought we are ever going to encounter is about seven years,’ said Scott Stine, a professor of geography and environmental studies at Cal State East Bay. ‘We’re living in a dream world.’ ”

    “Stine, who has spent decades studying tree stumps in Mono Lake, Tenaya Lake, the Walker River and other parts of the Sierra Nevada, said that the past century has been among the wettest of the last 7,000 years.”

    Get used to the fake grass, Cali.


  2. This is not the state I, nor my father, nor my grandfather grew up in. To paraphrase Victor Davis Hanson, never has a state so blessed with resources squandered them so thoroughly.

    I blame the influx of human debris that’s been occurring in strength since the ’60s. It’s as if the entire country was lifted up at the East coast like a doormat and shaken… all the detritus slid down to California, which they and their children promptly began to ruin.

    If only they’d migrated about 200 miles further west… those of us remaining would all be better off.


  3. not that I care anything at all for Cali government, but buried in the article is a pretty good reason for doing this – they say it’s done to keep all the artificial grass from smelling like dog pee all the time.

    Although a better idea would be to simply install pee – er I mean pea gravel in those areas.


    • The first time I drove to California in the early ’70s, I-10 had just been completed. Plastic greenery had been planted in the median in order to save water. On my second trip about a year later, CalTrans was replacing the now-brown plastic plants with real vegetation because of smog damage. Yes, the smog had killed the plastic plants.

      Pine trees were used along one section. (They’re not native plants, but they grow fast.) A few years later, they had to be removed because the turpentine in the transpiration from the trees was contributing to the smog.


  4. Tucson, Arizona has it mostly right. They finally realized that they were a city in the freakin’ desert! Having a sandy gravel lawn with a cactus or two is finally in vogue. But you can always tell where the new neighborhoods or commercial developments are because of the palm trees, which are not native at all. The trees are always quite tall and scrawny. But they seem to think they MUST have them.

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