Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Aquafina Stock Just When Up

Yesterday was the start of my 7 day work week and of course it's suppose to be the hottest 7 days of the year. As I'm getting ready yesterday The Wife mentions I should take a cooler full of little water bottles. I balk at the idea I would rather take one large bottle and just fill it up through out the day. Since she's The Wife I finally lug out the cooler full of bottles to my truck.

I'm glad she made me take it. By 1:00pm it was already in the mid 90s and the heat index was oer 100. Of course I was sent to every festival or outside event in the triangle. The largest was what I called hippy-fest or more accurately the Eno Festival. It's a watershed that leads to the Nuese River and that's where most of the area gets its water. I walk around getting video of people in tye-dye and listening to their folk music and poems then I shoot some booths about how bad Bush is, why you should not eat meat, 9 booths about bio-diesel... serious 9 booths! I'm not a Republican, but I just hate hippies. I see a group setting like this and all I can think of is "Hey man, Bush is the devil and we need to impeach the man. I would have voted for Kerry, but I don't vote. You see the man wants you to vote and that's how they get you... voter registration!" Grrrrr just pisses me off.

OK off the tangent and back to me and water. I could not find a person in charge and after 45 minutes of shooting and lugging around nearly 50 pounds of equipment I find some one who gets me the leader of the festival. By this time I'm having trouble catching my breath and I notice I'm sweating more. Crap I'm getting heat exhaustion. I've had this a couple of times and the signs are not very obvious. I start to sweat, I get a little short of breath just walking around, I start to sweat even more than normal, my legs start to not respond and I can't walk a straight line, I stop sweating, I can't think normal (I know I know, I don't think normal to begin with) and then comes the shaking. I was up to the shaking when a couple of volunteers hand me a large water I chug it down. I know I knock hippies, but everyone in charge of the Eno Festival were very nice... damn them for challenging my stereo-types. We start the interview and I finish up fast, I know I need to get to the car. I stagger across a large field and get in. I open my cooler with 5 16.9 oz bottles of water and down #1. I call in and I have to stop talking to the desk because I'm shaking so I down a second. I finish up my call and head to the next outdoor assignment, while chugging a third bottle a 12oz can of Coke Zero. I kept drinking non-stop for the next hour and a half. I get sent to the USA v Japan game and I need more fluids. Here is the count of Saturdays in take

1 32oz fountain drink (coke)

2 16.9 oz bottles of water

1 12 oz Coke Zero

1 20 oz Gatorade

1 32 oz Gatorade

1 12 oz lemonade (ball game)

1 12 oz Mountain Dew (ball game)

1 cup of water (guessing 16 oz)

And I was still thirsty after all that. Then Sunday was a repeat.

6 16.9 oz bottles of water

2 20 oz glass of tea

1 12 oz can of lemonade (ball game)

1 32 oz Powerade

so over all this weekend I drank around 350 oz. I believe that's nearly 3 gallons over two days and as of 10:30 Sunday night I'm still thirsty. I know North Carolina is hot, but I'm going to struggle for the rest of the summer. I just hope I can carry enough water to get me through the day. The one saving grace is the fact that I am nightside so it is a little cooler. Not by much, but I'll take any small victory.


dcz said...

My favorite hippies are the ones who preach anti-consumerism while wearing $130 Birkenstocks and driving new Volkwagens.

And I don't vote anymore because I realized that the popular-vote means almost nothing. The 2000 presidential election taught me that.

AaronG said...

The popuar vote actually does mean something. It establishes how the electoral college votes. It's just the case that if the whole state of California votes for one candidate, that candidate isn't going to get more than the requisite votes from California. It was set up in lieu of accurately representing the republic -- something that was not the case in pre-revolutionary war England and the Colonies. It's important because it gives states rights and gives states a say in determining the leader of the country. It equals out the overall vote, otherwise, the people of Idaho and Montana would have no say -- and why is their vote less than the people of California? It would be if the electoral college were redacted from the political process. The electoral college system is based on population, so California will inevitably have more of a say than Montana because more people live there... and that's a good thing. But California should not get all the say.

It's slightly antiquated, I grant you that. And it's not thoroughly explained in history classes anymore and certainly not in the context of why it was intended. But it's extremely important. Extremely important.

Electing the president should not EVER be a popularity contest. This is not high school.

Schattenjager said...

Did all the hippies get mad when they saw your mountain of plastic water bottles? Shame on you, get the refillable type for your beer cooler.

King Tom said...

I was thinking this past weekend- with the Al Gore/Live Earth concert- how many plastic water bottles did they go through?

Also, this weekend, the Civee and I went to a family picnic. Among other things, we brought along a 24-pack case of Propel Water. Within a five hour span I had 11 bottles.

J Dog said...

I love you guys. I knew this would turn into a hippie voting thing.

On voting I will vote for Pedro

I do recycle so at least the bottles will be remade into more bottles so I can use those and recycle them to be come new bottles....

Holy crap 11 bottles! I think we need to encase the world and turn the temperature to the same settings as a mall. Problem solved!

Anonymous said...

I know I am very late to this game, but it just pisses me off to no end that people "hate" hippies. While it is a culture to poke a little fun at for its over-the-top esque face value - my 11 year old son sums it up after giggling "hippies are nice people because they like things like love, peace and they care about the environment"
I want to know what is so wrong with values like that? I know the world and its issues are too complex to simplify it with those values, but I pose the question like this - would the world be a better place if EVERYONE adopted the values of the hippie culture? I would rather live in an area with hippies than with a bunch of gun toting, angry racist militants who love only others who look, talk, act and believe in the same things as they do.

J Dog said...

No the would would not be a better place, it would smell of patchouli. All kidding a side, a small portion of what hippies stand for are good, but over all they are jsut annoying and I can't staand them. I get tired of hearing how I'm not helping the earth enough and to just mellow out. Look at hippie communes, 99% fail, why, corruption. Someone turned on the core values and things went bad like the acid at Woodstock. A little goes a long way and that's how I like my hippies, just a little.

I had a co-worker who calls himself a hippie and yet I am fine with him. He is realistic about everything.

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