Thursday, January 06, 2005


1-3-05. Raining in LA

It has been raining continuously for days. Steady, serious, day-after-day rain. No one is talking about this, but how can there not be mud slides if this keeps up?

LA is in a desert of course, a city that shouldn’t be here, whose lawns and flowers are the product of a titannic irrigation project spanning nearly a century. Check out Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. Naturally, no one has bothered to turn off their automatic sprinkler systems. In various times and places in Venice Beach and Santa Monica, I see lawns being watered by timer-driven pop up sprinklers even as the rain comes down.

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