Mountain Musings


Splish Splash


Now that Governor Newsom has mandated that all Californians conserve water, it behooves all of us to step up and do the same.


“Splish splash, I was taking a bath long about a Saturday night. A rub a dub, just relaxing in the tub, thinking everything was alright. Well. I stepped out of the tub, put my feet on the floor. I wrapped the towel around me, and I opened the door, and then a splish splash. I jumped back in the bath. Well, how was I to know there was a party going on? They was a-splishing and a-splashing, reeling with the feeling, moving and a-grooving, rocking and a-rolling, yeah. Splish Splash” (Bobby Darin – 1958)


You may recall back in the 70s when there was another serious drought, and we were and mandated by Governor Brown to conserve water. Some folks, like me, dropped bricks into the toilet tank, and it cracked the toilet into a bazillion pieces and flooded the whole dang bathroom floor. Not a pretty sight, and guess who got to clean up the mess? Yeah, it was me, dagnnabit!


I have another suggestion: Why not shower with a friend for that would really save water, if you know what I mean. But shhhh! don’t tell my wife, she’d clobber me with the ironing board, just like she did when I gave her one for Mother’s Day…Ouch!


Even though last week’s rain helped, it was only a pittance, certainly not enough to fill our lakes and reservoirs. But it did revive my roses and prized vinca garden here at the stately Motley Manor… sometimes referred to “Bad Manners”… Ha, ha, made you laugh!


Now that we’re done with all the funny business, here’s a more practical scenario. How about when you go tinkle, water the garden, or go where the deer and the antelope play, out on the range behind the house. Of course, this won’t work for the ladies, so they will still get to use the ceramic throne.


Although I want our lakes to thrive, I don’t want them to fill so fast, like they did in 1938 when Lake Gregory filled to the rim; just like the filled to the rim with Brim Coffee commercial and the 1990s deluge that washed out Highway 330.


I prefer that it doesn’t rain so hard and fast as it did about four years ago when it filled our lakes and streams so quickly that it damaged our boat docks and washed out Highway 18 between Running Springs and Big Bear. All I really want is enough water to enjoy a nice, short, shower or bath without feeling guilty. I sincerely hope that you will do the same. Thank you and good night.


“Keep on splishing and a-splashing, reeling with the feeling, Moving and a-grooving, rocking and-a-rolling.


Keep it flyin’, Uncle Mott