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September 18th, 2003

Water

[Special thanks to Ryan for filling in for me while I was in beautiful Council Bluffs, Iowa. No one else would fill in for me – Ryan did. What a man.]

Now that I’m a mile above sea level, there is one thing that I have to drink over and over: water. I’m drinking it all the time. Straight from the Brita pitcher, into my body, and out of it what feels like moments later. It’s great, though: it has helped me learn exactly how many steps there are from the couch to the bathroom (20).

There’s always a hubbub about how one should drink 8 glasses of water every day. The question is, do you do that? And if so, how close is your nearest bathroom?

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 18, 2003 -- 9:39:32 am
The 8 glasses of water thing is an urban legend. (http://www.snopes.com/toxins/water.htm ) .

Our house has 4 bathrooms - one is always nearby.



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 18, 2003 -- 12:03:47 pm
What does your relation to sea level have to do with an increase in water consumption? If anything, I'd think you'd need to breathe more.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday September 18, 2003 -- 12:07:25 pm
Well, the big thing is that there's a need to stay hydrated for about the first week or so - just to get used to the differences. It's really, really dry here and Chicago wasn't.



FROM: Jacquie
DATE: Thursday September 18, 2003 -- 4:19:38 pm
I have my 55 oz glass, similar to the one that Paul has in the picture, and I leave it on my desk and try to drink it all day.

I do have a bathroom in my classroom, but only if it is an EMERGENCY will I use it. Plus my walk to the "adult" bathroom is my only chance to get away from my students for a few minutes.



FROM: Greg
DATE: Friday September 19, 2003 -- 11:22:24 am
Paul, didn't you know they have a drought in Denver? With all the water you're drinking, you're single-handedly making things worse! I can make it from the Lazy Boy to the bathroom in 14 steps. No 12 steps here.



FROM: Ace High
DATE: Friday September 19, 2003 -- 12:48:32 pm
I drink at least 2 gallons of water a day. It is good for your skin. Nobody ever guesses that I am as old as I am so I assume that by flushing impurities out of my system I am aging slower.



FROM: mel
DATE: Saturday September 20, 2003 -- 3:52:58 pm
I suffered from severe water shortage when I moved to Denver. The dry air and altitude really take a lot out of a good ol' midwesterner. Believe me, it takes well over a week to get used to it. I've been here over one year and still bring water with me everywhere I go...



FROM: jk
DATE: Saturday September 20, 2003 -- 4:53:22 pm
Drinking water is good for your skin...keeping yourself saturated is a great idea. Don't they say that by the time you realize you ARE thirsty, you should have already consumed quite a bit of the wet stuff? I know I don't drink enough....unless you are doing ecstasy, I don't think you can drink TOO much.



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