Check what is happening with Hoover Dam. And the Colorado River that feeds it. A dam only works as long as there is water to fill it. In July 2021 the Lake Mead water level was 1067 feet (~36% capacity), the lowest since it was built in 1937. The drop dead (stop generating electricity) level is 950 feet. The Colorado River does much more than fill Lake Mead — it provides water for 7 states and part of northern Mexico — about 50 million people. A lot more than was anticipated when Hoover Dam was built. The headwaters of the Colorado river is La Poudre Pass Lake — a small lake in northern Colorado, where we have been experiencing drought conditions for a while. And predictions for 2021 are for another warm, dry winter.
I am happy for your daughter — all except for the shin splints, of course. Mine was a story of what PE was like in the 60s (before the Women’s Equal Rights movement) for a lot of girls — a teacher who was hired to be the basketball coach but he was required to teach PE classes as part of his job. PE, or participation in school sports, was a requirement for graduation for both boys and girls, but the focus of the PE department was team sports and there were none for girls (and non-athletic boys soon learned to go out for ‘something’ so they wouldn’t have to take PE). This teacher (and many others at that time) didn’t ‘teach’ girls PE, he babysat. Instead of encouraging effort, teaching skills and techniques, he spent his time belittling and obstructing. The focus of the coach and the PE department was totally on the boys, the gym apparatus and sports equipment were designed for boys, even the changing rooms were designed for boys (the girls 2-seater bathroom was down the hall). He may have been an extreme example, but the same patter existed in many, many schools. Sports are considered a way to stay healthy and fit; however, they are part of school curriculum — and usually a well-funded part — because they “help prepare students to face the challenges of life. They enhance physical and mental abilities of students and help them achieve the goals of their life.” If the purpose of having sports in school is “to teach lessons of life, such as teamwork, accountability, self-confidence, responsibility, and self-discipline,” then it was was only important for boys to learn these lessons. [quotes are from school pamphlets] Girls were being shown, from junior high on, that they were not as important as boys, that they didn’t need those important “life skills.”
One of the sad ironies of the capitalist system is that if a company produces a quality product that does what it is supposed to do at a reasonable price and is built to last, that company will probably go under because it can’t sell enough products to stay in business. There are just so many customers available. Companies have to either build things that wear out or break down or they have to make customers believe they really do need a new one — a major reason for changes in fashions and upgrades.
About four months after I had donated using ActBlue, I realized that my one-time contribution was being treated as a monthly contribution. I contacted ActBlue and they very graciously corrected the record and refunded my money. We don’t have Chase credit cards — past experience told us they lived up to their name — you really have to Chase around to get things corrected.
Girls’ PE always took place inside, on the basketball court, where we couldn’t wear shoes (we might scratch the floor). It consisted of a lot of calisthenics and jogging around the edges (he seemed particularly fond of jumping jacks). The rope climb was only done on test day and, rather predictably, none of us did very well. My senior year was the first Presidential Physical Fitness Test. There was no announcement so we really didn’t know we would be doing it. He had us walk to the football field where we ran around the track (our first time ever on that surface). Some of us didn’t have sneakers (we were expecting to be in socks on the gym floor) and so were running in ‘Mary Janes’, which at that time had thin, hard soles. He didn’t tell us how many laps it would be. For the broad jump (?), he told us what to do and then we had one shot. Needless to say, most of us didn’t land correctly. When we had finished, we had to jog back because we were late for the next class. And we heard about how poorly we did for the rest of the semester. Many people were surprised when his fancy sports car (the only one in town) ended up on the roof of the school at graduation time. We may have been ‘wimpy girls’ but we were pretty good at planning and execution.
What you don’t see in the picture is that just beyond the tunnel opening it turns into a rollercoaster ride.
Unfortunately, with newer models the costs can be as bad as buying a new one. Some water splashed on my year-old computer and the ports on one side quit working, leaving me with just one. The ‘repair’ shop told me it would be cheaper to get a whole new machine.
Also hope the coffee was black.