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(NT) I was in the shower: ouch hot ouch hot hot hot

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Wonder how long they....

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.... have been "flushing" the river over the years.

I doubt that the number of bathers in itself presents a problem. But it's the seweage and waste that would.

Long ago our city swimming pool was drained and cleaned once a week. Of course, it was chlorinated, and tests were taken several times per day. But the water did start turning a tad green at the end of the week.

Then I think about the lakes and creeks in which we swam, usually near farms.:-)

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thanks for bringing a vital public health issue

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into a discussion. we can never be reminded often enough that potable water and pollution free air are two of the most important gifts we have. to be effective stewards we must never stop stressing how harmful myopic views of the environment can be.

is there a big handle somewhere they have to jiggle?

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re: potable water

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years ago when my brother was a Boy Scout, there were some sort of pills they carried with them on outings. Those were for being able to drink the creek, etc. water they found.

Of course, that was years agoi before so much pollution, so I don't know if they would be effective nowadays.

When I was a kid, one didn't make snow cream until after the first snow. I reckon folks gfiqured the first snow cleaned the air. Happy I remember when we quit making snow cream for our kids due to what we saw when it melted. That "dirt" wasn't present years ago although the use of coal furnaces was so common.

Angeline
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part of the unofficial scout code we learned

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from the older boys at our first over-nighter was to: "drink upstream, pee downstream". 'forest elegant' simple and you never forgot it.

going back a post: I try never to swim in pools unless I am first in, I dislike chlorine so that hardly ever happens.

when I went to places that had public hot tubs I liked them enough to convince myself the heat would kill the germs. showered afterwards anyway. another bugaboo is when the hot tubs are not that large and strangers of my gender interrupt my solitude. out I go, new unfamiliar knees are more than uncomfortable.

once I was working in kansas and was invited to a picnic. I asked her if there was somewhere that we could go that had a swimming hole. she knew of one and off we went. it was on the back of a farmer's field but it had a small pier where you could dangle your feet and it was deep enough to jump but not dive in. what good be better than swimming with 'dorothy' on a hot kansas afternoon.

about 20-30 minutes after we entered the water I heard splashing and thrashing in our pasture pool. what I heard was a herd. yep the cows. apparently this was their swimming hole too. bovines do not share our hygiene etiquette and began relieving themselves from not only the heat.

well it was hot. not crowded. so we decided to stay. I think we annoyed them and off they went to 'mow' the lawn. the laughter lasted the rest of the day.

"farm girls, ya gotta love 'em".

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It was/is an iodine compound.

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Made the water taste bad, but quicker than boiling. Nowadays I would worry about pollutants not affected by either: Radioactives e.g.

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I remember we stopped swimming in the river near our place

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as a kid after a hurricane caused a flood. We went down as usual to our favorite swimming area only to pass several bloated pig carcases floating in a backwater just upstream. It sort of put us off for the rest of the summer.

As you say Angeline, we didn't even consider farm run-off, but I bet some of my ear infections and other little health things were directly related.

It's amazing we survived our childhoods, and yet they seemed so blissful.

Rob

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I did not forget to thank you

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for bringing a vital public health issue into a discussion. we can never be reminded often enough that potable water and pollution free air are two of the most important gifts we have. to be effective stewards we must never stop stressing how harmful myopic views of the environment can be. I will ask you the same question.

is there a big handle somewhere they have to jiggle?

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Naw, it always runs a little bit...

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... that way the dog always has fresh water Wink

grim

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I wonder what...

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percentage of that 70 million will be skinny dipping.

Back in my farming days, we had some pretty good swimming holes to play in. We had our days for skinny dipping and the girls had theirs. They used to peek too.

Funny I do not ever remember the water holes to be anything but crystal clear water and perfect temp. Always fresh running water. Had a big rope hanging from one of the trees on the bank for a swing. I used to play tarzan. Happy

George

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Yeah George, we had a "swinging rope"

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from a tree over the San Antonio river when I was a kid. We used to hang from the 2nd floor building in our school, drop down, and escape the last hour of school to skinny dip at the river.

I learned to swim there in one day after swinging too far out into deep water over my head. Others thought I could swim and just looked at me struggling. An older big boy jumped in and pulled me to shore. He told me that unless I learned to swim that afternoon...no more in the water. He personally taught me that very day. I used his techniques to teach my son and daughter to swim in one day.

Yes, the river was not the cleanest, many cows waded up and down stream and people did throw junk/garbage in the river in those days.

Years later when living a couple-three years in Phoenix, AZ, we used to swim in the irrigation canals that ran through much of Phoenix feeding the orange orchards. Those orchards are now gone due to development/expansion. It was always done at night with mainly a bunch of college kids, male & female.... most kept their underware on in those days, however....:-)

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Even an ex-city-slicker like myself

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knows the cowboy rule: Never drink downstream from the herd. Happy

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Yep, and

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I always liked to pee and spit with the wind, but try like I did, not too long ago, to spit out the window of your fast moving car.
Grin

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(NT) load and muzzle velocity critical, jr

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(NT) JR not jr, sorry

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(NT) saul rite...people do type in lower case..:-)

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(NT) Right, it affects the scatter spread.

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I remember seeing something on TV about the religious

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observances on the Ganges. There were thousands of people going down to bathe in the brown water as the corpses floated by a little farther out in the stream. I gather it is a good and special type of "burial" to be consigned to the Ganges. That'd be more than enough for me.

Rob

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re: "burial"

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I wear a bar-code that scans: 'find pretty place, insert, go away'

neiman-marcus must offer some kind of exotic funereal gift packages. their "we will take it because you can't take it with you" specials.

keep whistling

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(NT) Nice one W-H ! Where can I get one?

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"Mother Ganges" is holy to Hindus.

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AND WHY HASN'T THIS THREAD BEEN PULLED??!! Happy

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because we all live on "mother earth"

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the fact that this mass of humans were assembled in the millions and subsequent health issues is the issue. the fact that they are hindu is a footnote, and has been treated as such.

I thought of it as a mega woodstock or indy event where there was more water than mud or race fumes. compare it to what would happen if all residents of nyc flushed their toilets at the same time. hope there are no fires when they do the research, and you might want to hold off fishing until the tide goes out.

are you pulling my branches, dr? a tad facetious are we? <g>

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(NT) Check the smiley.

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(NT) check the: <g> :)

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