First, I gave my annual presentation to the public on Thursday where I describe what I think the water conditions will be for the year. This was the first time in about 9 years where it looks like we'll have good water for the Rio. There were quite a few people in attendance and the Press did show up. My boss gave an interview to the local TV station, but according to people on Friday, it was me that they had quoted. OK. That's nice. It certainly was better than several years ago during a particularly bad year where my quote was "Things are gonna suck!" Yeah. The bosses were none too happy, but I gained fame among water people all over the state. I told Kitty that I was supposedly in the local paper as well, but hadn't seen the article. She Googled my name and went "Oh my god!" It appears that our public affairs person made a press release and the Associated Press picked up on it. They released it and it was picked up by many news organizations including several within the state as well as national sites like "US News and World Report." Kitty clicked on several of the sites and there I was, standing next to a screen with a comparison of last year's runoff forecast with this year's. So there's my 15 minutes of fame.
Second, I decided to do some Spring cleaning in the garage. One thing I wanted to purge were bottles that I had accumulated while I was the "Beer Brewin' Bruin." I homebrewed from the mid 90's to the early 2000's. I just gave it up over time primarily because my plumbing changed and I switched from beer to harder liquor. I had a very pleasant surprise while I was dumping bottles into a large container for recycling. Some bottles weren't empty! Holy shit! I found several bottles of mead that were at least 19 years old! Since it was mead, it didn't go bad! I had called this batch "The Nectar of Pan." I popped a bottle open, and it was still good! And potent! I caught a nice buzz off of just one!
Finally, I sat down last night and re-watched "Naked Lunch." I had seen this movie back in the early 90's and it was a total mindfuck. The only reason I saw it was because I was a huge fan of the rock group Steely Dan who got their name from a dildo mentioned in the book. Hey! I wanna see a movie that has a named dildo in it! Unfortunately it wasn't in the movie. The movie was so weird that they even made a joke about it on an episode of "The Simpsons." But I wanted to re-watch it since I read the book last year (and made an LJ post about it) to see if it now made more sense. It certainly did! Well, the book was a mindfuck too, but it lead me to read some biographical material about the author, William Burroughs, which put things into perspective. It's still a total mindfuck with typewriters transforming into giant talking bugs, a flaming queen who changes into a giant centipede who sucks the brain out of a twink boy, and the alien race, Mugwumps, who have phallic appendages in their heads which grow stiff and emit a creamy white liquid that induces euphoria.