World Water Day!! With water balloons!! And dogs!! And exclamation marks!!

A water piñata is a great way to cool off on a summer day. Instructions on the linked site helpfully note that you should put the thin end of the funnel into the balloon to fill it, and that you should tie the balloon off when filled. In Africa, mud or dirt can be substituted for water.

The editorial staff of (me) has decided to end a very long posting hiatus (i.e.; a lengthy period of slothful and inexcusable neglect)—by acknowledging—nay, celebrating!—World Water Day!  I’ll let serial social entrepreneur (??) Jonathan Greenblatt at Huffington Post gush about all of the reasons why you should party like it’s 2010 and Jonathan Daniel Harris (no relation to the previously mentioned Jonathan)—also at Huffington—enumerate all of the ways YOU can get involved.

But, asks YOU, what’s a water celebration without water balloons? You’ll get no argument from Simon, a Jack Russell terrier performance artist who marked the occasion by ceremoniously wasting a gallon or so of water and then—with an ironic twist worthy of Chekov—acting as though he should be rewarded for it.


A splash of cold water in’s face!

(And now a splatter of egg on my face as well. Man, I really screwed this up! Corrections are based on friendly comments from the two people whose lives, careers, and credentials I’d confused, conflated, and conjoined to such an extent that it looked like we might need to bring in a surgeon. After hours of tediously untangling the snarl of errors and omissions I managed to create (and running it by’s lawyer), I think I have it right. )

After my rigorous morning procrastination routine, I drove over to’s Northern California office and found this urgent message from a concerned reader and fellow water blogger:

Where is your reminder for yesterday’s World Water Day 2009? Have you given up? Has the water shortage problem gone away? Or have I overlooked something?

A worried water friend.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.

250px-tear_systemsvgJust knowing that someone out there notices and cares brings a blurry mist of a saline solution–comprised of water, mucin, lipids, lysozyme, lactoferrin, lipocalin, lacritin, immunoglobulins, glucose, urea, sodium, and potassium–to my eyes and a renewed commitment to carry on with the underappreciated art of waterblogging.

I referred to  Dr. Fleckenstein–co-author with Roanne Weisman of a book called Health2O and sometime contributor to Wiesman’s blog— as a  “sort of” fellow water blogger because her beat is so different from mine: She is the CEO, senior writer, and chief medical officer at Own Your Health Health2O is about her Water for Health system that touts–among other alternative water-based therapies–the health benefits of cold showers. (BRRRRRRRaaaacing!)

Before you start with the judging and the “If she talks like a quack, she must be a etc.” business, read about the good doctor’s  (and Weisman’s) book  here.  And read one of Weisman’s entries on cold shower therapy here. extraordinary complete recovery from a crushing mid-life stroke. In her words, rather than accept the grim prognosis of the doctors who recommended adapting to her crippled condition, she:

. . . chose to fight my way back to recovery, and this is a tough thing to do for those of us who are accustomed to seeing our doctors as omniscient beings who control our health. I learned about methods of healing outside of mainstream conventional medicine,including Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has used acupuncture for thousands of years to treat stroke patients.

Yes, Dr. Fleckenstein, I just googled “water shortage problem” and dagnabbit, it hasn’t gone away! You haven’t overlooked anything, I have. I’m late in recognizing World Water Day, but this is  a tradition. As penance for my latest sin of omission, I’m linking to your wonderful World Water Day posting. It contains what is perhaps a perfect anecdote to illustrate what–aside from a friggin’ clue–is missing from the consciousness of Americans and others in the developed world: a reverent respect for water. It also contains bonus cool water  words like rivulet, rill,  and runnel.  It begins:

Turkey, 1970. A young American couple and a Turk at a small wellspring – a trifling rill of water in a vast land of rolling hills covered in ochre gravel and brown dried brush.

The Americans, with their feet in a muddy puddle that sends that paltry rivulet trickling down the hill, are shampooing their hair. They are laughing, trying to engage the Turk with their friendliness. “Su! Su!” says the Turk. He is tiny compared to the strapping young couple, and I suspect he is not as old as he looks – aged before his time as people are who live in arid regions. The Americans listen good-naturedly and seem to enjoy his funny gesturing. They are now rinsing their hair in the runnel that percolates meagerly from the rocks above. . .

Yesterday was World Water Day!

Whoooaaaaa! World Water Day 2008! And, as usual,—where everyday is Water Day—is fashionably late! We didn’t post yesterday because the wildparty.jpgentire staff took the day off to celebrate at the many parades, marches, exhibits, mock water-war shoot-outs, hippified be-ins, teach-ins, die-ins, and drink-ins—not to mention the wet and wild after-hour parties, shindigs, soirees, bashes, clothing-optional panel discussions, clothing-required swimming parties, underwater hip-hop summits, midnight scuba diving, and of course, the posh, black-tie, celebrity, invitation-only, really-huge-scary-guys-patting-you down-at-the-door-for-concealed-water-guns galas that took place all over the San Francisco Bay Area!

Stephen Colbert reveals the truth behind the water hype!
Though thoroughly exhausted—and bloated from sampling too much of the free-flowing non-bubbly straight up from the tap—we aqua-colbertdisplay.jpgmake up for not posting yesterday by directing you to a new water blog, Misublog. To make up for not posting frequently enough, Misublog’s CEO, board chair, editorial director, and author, Laura Makar, posted four segments from the Colbert Report that, in true Colbertian fashion, put water in perspective. In 30 minutes or so, Colbert demolishes so-called scientists and experts and their so-called facts and figures, demonstrates that water is overrated and can be effectively substituted for by eating Doritos, and offers his contribution to the bottled water controversy: Aqua Colbert.