Rain-Catcher

This. This could be bad. I really hope that Mo-Sco and the little shit are alright. If not…. this could worse than Appelox. Like…. Fire and brimstone, rivers and seas boiling, forty years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

…Okay, I was watching Ghostbusters last night. But my point still stands.

We could be very fucked right now.

-SR

Money saving plans

Right now we live fairly cheaply, we have in vehicle that will be paid off next year that we share, we don’t eat out more than once every couple of months, we don’t have a TV so there is no need for cable and we have the slowest broadband internet available.
This does not mean we can get by just fine and save given what we make at our primary jobs, after all, we both have smart phones with a data plan and 4 dogs that we take care of better than many people take care of their children. These are some of the reasons we are both working or asses off to save for our transition.

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Day 167: Make a rain catcher and drink rainwater

On day 168, I tore a trash bag open and, using small wooden sticks from day 46 of The Time Hack, I made a rain catcher on the patio outside my front door in Washington DC.

Luckily, a storm swept by a few hours later, providing more than an ample supply of water. 

I brought the water inside, took several healthy swigs, proudly sat down with my glass to do some research on the topic and read this:

The Virginia Department of Health has issued a warning to state residents: do not drink rainwater.

The warning comes after radioactive particles released in Japan have been documented around the United States and now in places on the East Coast.

I then read this (less applicable, but still)…

More than half of 560 samples from private dwellings in New Zealand exceeded the minimal standards for contamination and 30 percent showed evidence of heavy faecal contamination.

“I’m utterly amazed at the number of roof water supplies that fail the New Zealand drinking water standards,” says Stan Abbott, a microbiologist at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health.

And this

A senior official from the National Center for Environmental Health and Water Supply advises that rainwater must be boiled before it is safe to drink. Failure to do this can lead to diarrhea and infections.

Lesson learned. Research, then perform the task - not the other way around.

Now might be a good time to have a second go at the task I performed on day 133.


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