Thursday, July 31, 2008

so. central rain

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
W.H. Auden (1907-1973), writer

curious minds who need to know can visit here or here or here to learn a heck of a lot about water.

july 31 is bill berry's birthday. bill retired from r.e.m. in 1998 to farm, however, he often rejoins his bandmates to play songs. as a farmer, rain is very important.

in honor of bill, rain, and water, enjoy today's song - r.e.m. so. central rain

note about photos: last week while a and the kids were here, one of our activities included going on a scavenger hunt to check out the year of the rat sculptures. I'm almost finished capturing snaps of all of the rats in situ. this rat is called land-air-water.

it's gotten really hot again. instead of bitching* I'm trying to fill my mind with nice cool thoughts and images. this photo taken in february of the nearby rocky river helps.

*too much


alicesg said...

Nice rat sculpture for the year of the rat. It looked very huge. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

nice blue rat!

tut-tut said...

Another great theme; so much to think about.

R.L. Bourges said...

petite souris: thanks for the water facts. Scary, when you stop to think about how we take water for granted.

For some reason, that fine rat reminded me of the Hindu goddess Karni Mata and her temple full of the living, furry kind. In one article about her, I read:

"Eating food or drinking water that previously has been sampled by a rat is considered to be a supreme blessing."

Now, myself personally? I think I'd worship me another goddess. An efelant goddess maybe? I don't know, I guess I'm not spiritual enough...

The article is here, if you or your readers are interested:

bizes et
salut de Graulhet.

Megan said...

Hadn't heard that song in a while. Thanks! And yes, that is a nice big blue rat!

edward said...

wintery scenes do help in hot weather. watch a cool movie like dr Zhivago or the shining--loads of snow and ice shots.

how much water is in FOG?

edward said...

i posted my very first video ever! check it out !!!

Steve said...

Cute rat!

(I forgot again!)

K. said...

When was the last time Michael Stipe had hair? Another element in the plot to make me feel old.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

alice - you are welcome. if you like rats I've posted a couple of the other sculptures just do a search with rat in the 'search this blog' box....

anonymouse - blue is cool

tut - love your post today!

rlb - thanks for the info on karni mata - a couple pics of the rat filled temple in india are among my most treasured items... never came across that quote though - great - tee hee! it's the fleas not the rats that cause the problems!

ah so many goddesses to choose from!

thanks once for for adding more to our collective knowledge base!


megan - ;) funny how we forget to listen to songs we used to listen to frequently in years gone by...when e was a teen and lived at home, our house was filled with r.e.m, nivrana and lots of other wonderful alt rock she loved and I grew to love... e is 9 yrs past teen years now and I no longer have a constant source for new music without having to work at it....

eddy - will check it out! both the fog question and your vid!!

steve - theme thursdays just aren't on your radar! ched and I still think you're the cat's pjs even if you aren't playing!!

k - go to wikipedia the portal of all knowledge, I'm sure you'll find the answer...tee hee! hair today gone tomorrow! and hey you are the same age as me! don't be saying you feel old!

Ernest de Cugnac said...

I needed to know, so from I learn the following:

"The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day".

Err, doing what exactly? I wouldn't have thought that possible.

K. said...

"hey you are the same age as me! don't be saying you feel old!"

I do my best to avoid it! I'm just saying that there is a plot to remind me.

eth said...

C says "CUUUUUUUUTE" re:blue rat

eth said...

C and I just took a tour of your recent vid postings. You are certainly increasing the music education around THIS household. Much thanks.

K. said...

eth --

You're welcome to check out Citizen K. as well. I post a video every Friday, and often during the week. There's no particular theme other than my own whims and eclectic taste.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ernie - americans are fucking resource wasters, pardon the french (as we say, why do we say 'pardon the french' in a-merry-ca when we curse????) - it's not too hard to believe that folks here use so much water when we consider these cultural habits:

1) flushing the toliet after every event (although in some households, like mine, the motto is: "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down")
2) dishwashers and garbage disposals - argh bad water wasters!!
3) people being fixated on lawns - and watering lawns
4) the altar of the car .... which also entails overwashing this venerated object of desire
5) showering or bathing at least once a day ....heaven forbid if one skips a day
6) letting the water run while taking care of teeth care
7)using a towel once and then throwing it into dirty clothes, changing bedding much more frequently than needed.... in some households (such as chez souris towels are used for a week - f**k you use them after you shower or bath!!) and bedding well, when I start noticing the grit....
8) too much consumption of meat - especially beef - have you seen the figures on how much water is needed for a kilo of a carnivore diet vs an omnivore diet or a veggie diet????
9) do you really want me to go on???

k - plots, gotta love them! you're only as old (pretty) as you feel.

eth - I miss you, c, s and s!!!!! when are we going to see each other???? my schedule is crazy btw now until august 20th - but please, please, please let's schedule a date after that!!

Coffee Messiah said...

Funny (not really) about waste, we've been watchful of water and all else since the water scare, lack of it in the 70s in the Ca. Have never stopped and find it challenging that people out here have no idea really.

More humidity coming, grrrrr. Looking forward to fall. ; )

Gary said...

Refreshing post. I love that they have rat sculptures. Is this like the cow sculptures they had around NYC several years ago? I love that idea - it brings people together (like "Music" as Madonna would sing).