Jul 28, 2004, 4:46 PM
Post #14 of 25
Now, you and I know that Arcata, California is about as different as you can get from Lake Chapala and still be on the same planet. Water hyacinths are not going to take over the freezing cold waters of Humboldt Bay in far Northern California where a heat wave is 55 degrees on July 4th. The reason that Arcata is the refuge of the last of the Haight Freaks I remember from my days as a love child in San Francisco in 1967 is that it is so cold and foggy there, all of their old bones are preserved in a sort of micro-climate stew. They still walk the precious if ratty downtown in Arcata which is right out of American Grafitti and say stuff like, "Hey man, cool, y'know what I mean?" and eat veggie burgers and read community bulletin boards and haven't a clue that 1967 was the ancient past, man, except that these personal computers just popped up out of nowhere man, if you know what I mean.
Dennis Hopper in his 20s lives.
I do know now why we have so many water hyacinths. They feed on sewage which defines Lake Chapala, a giant catch basin for all of the detritus produced by twenty million people surrounding the lake and upstream most of whom care not a whit about the health of the lake and pour zillions of tons of human and animal waste, toxic fertilizer runoff and industrial effluent into this natural cesspool every day.
Space cadets in Arcata, attending the marginal university there and subsidized by families blessed to be rid of them and purposefully sending them off to that isolated hell hole, vote and elect city officials who would seek a "natural" solution to their polluted waters without even a clue as to what they are doing or the potential consequences thereof.
Oh, and that canoe you are going to take into the lake. Be prepared to drag it through about 100 yards of lirio in stinking water and, whatever you do, don't tip over or you will emerge resembling something from Motel Hell.
Hey man, cool.