Tag Archives: water

No leaks

Ships* don’t sink because of the water around them…

Ships sink because of the water that gets in them.

Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside and weigh you you down.

#StayUp

(I needed to hear this today; thought you might, too.)

*Boats, too


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Chalk it up

Chalk drawings on the sidewalks of Manhattan have gotten more professional and more prevalent in the last year.

But I’ve never caught a chalk artist ‘in the act’ until today.

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I know lettering is an art unique to each hand, but I was curious how they made the colors so saturated.

The secret?  Water.  They dip the chalk in water.

I was kinding expecting something…more.

There’s hope

Everyone is talking about the weather.

It doesn’t matter where you live — it’s snowing or icing, and the temps are dangerously low. Everyone is being told to stay indoors.

It’s for our own protection.

tulips2015Yet in the midst of all this cold, a few bulbs can flourish in just a few inches of water.

In three days, I have watched them go from simple green stems to three visible blooms (and a hint of more to come).

Makes me believe that spring is more than just a groundhog’s shadowy promise.

On your mark

I’ve always thought of waterproofing strictly for fabric protection.

Raincoats. Couches. Suede.  You get the idea.

Well, tonight I discovered that very same protection makes possible a great mealtime game  —

water droplet on clothWater Drop Races

At dinner earlier this evening, I spilled some water on the hotel conference room tablecloth.  By accident or design — I can’t remember which — we discovered if you blew on the drop of water, it raced across the table intact instead of dissipating into a wet splotch.

This was very entertaining to all of us.

(We’d been traveling all day.  Perhaps we were tired.)

The Olympic domino effect

When you visit Sochi, the water in the sink looks like this.

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When you wash your face in that water, your eyes look like this.

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When your eyes look like this, you have to give your prime-time Olympics anchor chair to Matt Lauer.

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And when you let Matt Lauer anchor the Olympics in prime-time, babies cry.

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Don’t make babies cry, Bob Costas.

Stay away from shitty water.

Sweet justice

I taught class today at Boston University and grabbed a PopTart from the vending machine for lunch so I could do some work in the library.

One of my students said I was eating “cardboard.”

When I admitted they were better heated, she countered “Then they taste
Iike warm cardboard.”

Ouch.

Is this what the healthy eating craze has wrought? A generation that doesn’t appreciate the guilty pleasure that is the PopTart? Who spurn people who occasionally choose diet soda over water at every meal?

Where is their sense of food fun? Of taking a cheat meal or cheat day? Have we done such a good job of teaching them good nutrition that they have lost their food sense of humor?

I think somebody needs some Sour Skittles.

STAT.

Dark ages

New Yorkers love wearing black.  It’s our uniform…our identity.  It makes us look thinner.

But does our obsession with the color black extend to drinking it? 

Blk Beverages certainly hopes so.

Blk is a blend of Canadian spring water and fulvic acid, a plant matter derivative.  The fulvic acid makes the water black.  According to the company website, it also allows for the “fast absorption of over 77 different trace minerals and elements, powerful electrolytes, antioxidants, and free radical scavengers.”

Now, I can agree the bottle looks cool.  It’s clear; remember, the water is black.  And as you empty the bottle, words printed on the bottle in black appear with additional product messaging.

Very clever.

But I’m still not sure I want to drink water that is blackened with dead plant matter — especially when I can get my minerals and antioxidants and the like from other sources.

Call me old-fashioned, but I like my spring water clear…and my winter wardrobe black.