Water, Water Everywhere

"The ladies weren't being disobedient; it was more than that. It was a combination of me not feeling self-confident about my knowledge to assert it strongly enough and the inability of these ladies to radically ratchet back on the consumption of something we take for granted and that must be unlearned. The Swiss Army and my father's years of independent traveling in desert regions had taught him how to ration, how it's always better to learn how to live with the minimum than to run out. Without becoming quite as extreme as he—I have never made anyone brush their teeth with salt water—I also had learned how bathing and doing dishes might be nicer with freshwater, but the salty stuff works very well, too. "

 (Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 16, 2004 )


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