Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I'm on the road -- Jacksonville, Florida, actually -- at a management meeting. I am not sure when I will have time to blog, but if you missed it yesterday consider occupying yourself with Amir Tahiri's piece on the good and bad news from Iraq.
And then answer me this: Why does the tap water here in Jacksonville taste so bad?
The deep wells are from calcium caverns and there is a bunch of lime deposits in the pipes, the shallow wells they mix in offer a lot of tannin acid from all the palmetto roots. Unless you are working from a personal well that is drilled down into the underground Deland River you are in for a taste bud ride.
Best thing to do is make tea with it to cover what's there or buy a Britta filter jug to sort it all out since it pulls out over 90% of the unwanted impurities.
Calcium or lime eruptions can raise havoc with your white laundry on some days.
What you should do is switch over to what the regulars here drink for water. Budweiser has a plant out near the airport and so does Bacardi, and either make you forget about the water. Remember we are the only state with two Budweiser plants if that tells you something about us.
Oh I am about 50 miles SW of where you are, but almost 100 by road.
The other thing you can do is find a store and try some of the bottled water from the Crystal River. It is a local free flowing spring with about 2 million gallons a day output and it is sweet a little to the taste but very refreshing.