Water: My new obsession

In Texas, we have been in a historic drought. Its kind of hard for someone who lives in the city to sometimes understand the impact of just what that means. After all, Ive never been one to care much about live or dead grass or plants in my yard. Being an artist, I look at it like, brown is a color too. But, for me, this years drought became a bit more real for me, and began my new obsession for water (conservation that is).

After knowing people well in the farming and ranching industry watch their losses mount due to the lack of rain and the Guadalupe river just 500 yards from my house dwindle down to a disgusting smelling swamp, it became real for me. Not to mention the equally historic wildfires all over the state of Texas. Granted, since moving in with my now fiance, I wasnt allowed to consider brown plants/grass as acceptable any longer. So naturally, I started to pay more attention to MY impact on the water shortage.

We live in a neighborhood with a lot of retirees whose only real goal in life anymore is to keep their grass green. Even if that meant sitting in a lawn chair and watering the lawn, just to get around the cities restrictions on allowed watering days. I cant even begin to imagine what some of these folks water bill was in the peak of the summer. It was troubling to me to see the water literally going down the street drain.

In June of this year, my fiance, who well call Lana (because thats her name) took me to a title=Tractor Supply href=http://www.tractorsupply.com/ target=_blankTractor Supply/a because she wanted to buy a rain water barrel. When we got to the store, the associate showed us where they were, and then I HAD to ask, excuse me maam, but does this model come with rain? The idea that Lana was buying a rain barrel at this time of year was a bit nutty in my opinion.

We bought it and from June to August, we got a total of half and inch of rain, and I think that might be a bit generous. But, that single 1/2 in shower we got filled our new 40 gallon rain barrel up so quick. And it was at that moment, when our barrel runeth over with clean rain water, that I was hooked. So that is where Water: My new obsession began. I cant wait to share my journey/experiments with whoever may be reading because its not only fascinating, but its the RIGHT THING TO DO for this planet.

First rain water barrel

Sam’s Thesis Idea 2.0

Rain water storage tanksAs I think about what I hear over and over about the need to be passionate about your thesis topic, I had to think about what, if anything, I was truly that passionate about. I am an avid cyclist (hence the bike shop idea), so I would say there is some passion there. But I have no idea how you turn that into a year or more worth of work towards a thesis.

So I dug deeper, and tried to think more about what might keep my attention and interest for that amount of time. When we were asked to share something interesting about ourselves I said that I was obsessed with coming up with the perfect rain water storage system. Then it hit me, I think that I’m pretty passionate about the environment. When running errands, I ride my bike as often as possible to help reduce emissions. I store rain water for watering plants in an effort to reduce our household usage. I keep a bucket by the shower to catch the water that would normally be wasted down the drain while it is heating up. That water makes great dog water! I have a compost pile to reduce our waste output while creating nutrient rich soil. I use a clothes line to dry my clothes because the sun is an excellent free dryer. I could go on and on.

This is my new obsession, habit, hobby, and overall way of living. A way of living I think more should more people should consider because our planet depends on it. So, does this constitute a solid thesis idea? Maybe. But, how in the hell does this idea apply to an MFA in ComDes? That I’m not sure of quite yet but I think I can get it there.

Well, here goes

So i’m in grad school working towards my M.F.A. in Communication Design at Texas State University and nearing the time where I have to begin my thesis. Problem is, I dont have a freakin clue what I want to tackle as my thesis. I have been challenged in my current class, Mobile & Social Media, to “reach out” to the world-wide web to make connections with people that could help me zero in on a solid subject. But, without any starting point, it’s kind of hard to ask you (the reader) to help.

So I’ve got some ideas, some better than others, but overall, this thesis issue is a daunting task that I want to nail. Not only do I want to nail it, but in the words of Prof. Newton, i’ve got to be “passionate” about it. Hell, if i’m going to immerse myself in the task of completing my thesis, I damn sure better be passionate about it. At any rate, i’ve got a few ideas i’m kicking around and plan on sharing them with you, the digital public, for opinions. So, stayed tuned.