Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

The Adventures of Hydrobear

I felt as if I were in a movie this morning. You know the situation. Something terrible is about to happen and there is bickering between politicians, the military, etc on what should be done. Finally a scientist stands up and tells everyone that they're all basically full of shit by pointing out the straight facts. I had a meeting where I essentially did just that. Our water train is still chugging along at full steam down the tracks where there is no bridge across a huge chasm. Everyone sees the bridge out ahead, but no one wants to put on the brakes. The basic attitude is to see how far we can fly over the gorge before we all plunge to our deaths. Hey! Maybe we can even get the engine to slam into the cliff on the other side! See! We ALMOST made it!

Today's meeting was with the Pueblos. OK. We're already in trouble. The irrigation district runs out of water on Sunday but the Pueblos have senior water rights. There is also water in the reservoir set aside for them. When asked about what their plan was next week and beyond, the answer was pretty much, "Full steam ahead!" I started doing calculations about how much water would be needed to meet all needs beginning next week. The answer was very ugly. The lead engineer for the Tribes presented his plan. I asked how far into the season he expected to go. He actually told me that he planned to go all the way to the end of the season with water to spare! The meeting then deteriorated into a bitch-fest where everyone complained about insufficient maintenance and outdated infrastructure and the irrigation district's unwillingness to address the problems.

While all of this was going on, I calmly walked to the whiteboard and sketched out some numbers. Finally people stopped and looked to see what I was doing. I said that we currently have X. On Monday we're going to need Y. Between their water and our water, everyone was finished by early September at the latest. The engineer kept trying to poke holes in my logic, but my numbers were so simple and easy to understand that everyone around the table was soon nodding at my explanations. At one point you could have heard a pin drop. Reality finally hit everyone in the face! My heart was really racing. I had just told everyone that the emperor was naked. This also probably goes against upper management because they have been doing this happy happy joy joy dance for some time now. I have been asked so many times in the past few weeks how we can make the train stay on the tracks until October. IT. CAN'T. BE. DONE! Well...what if we... IT. CAN'T. BE. DONE!

So starting on Monday the train will really start rocking and rolling as we start rolling out onto the bridge to nowhere. I will be singing "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" as we head for the abyss. We should hit bottom sometime in August. Stay tuned!
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