also known as Florida, and I have yet another reason to hate that State: in Fort Lauderdale, the public drinking/bathing water is the color of diluted pee.
I first discovered this in my hotel room, after taking a redeye Wednesday night and putting in way too long a day Thursday. By 11pm (2am my time), I needed a drink and a long hot soaking bath, preferably both at the same time.
So I filled the tub, and noticed the pale yellow color of the water. “That’s some pretty crappy fluorescent lights they’ve got in this bathroom,” thought I, as I stepped in for a soak.
The next day, I asked to use the restroom at the place we were working, and noticed that the person before me evidently hadn’t flushed. “Damn filthy Floridians,” I grumbled under my breath. So I flushed, and the fresh water was the same color. Did it again, with the same result. The lighting was incandescent. Started to feel really queasy about my bath.
Our genial host was gracious enough not to ROTFL at my all-too-casual question about the color of the water. Seems that it’s just chock-full of chlorine and other chemicals to make it safe to bathe in, but that also make it unwise to drink.
Of course, I was stupid enough to preface my question with the story of my bath the previous night, so she may have just been being kind about it being safe for bathing. Needless to say, now that I’m home I just took a scalding twenty-minute shower and scrubbed my skin raw.
The only positive thing for me about Lauderdamndale would have been visiting Travis McGee’s famous slip F-18 at Bahia Mar, but I knew before we departed that we wouldn’t have time for that sort of thing. So between that and missing Boomershoot, I was in a foul mood to begin with. Bathing in piss-water just made it that much worse. Why anybody lives in Florida is beyond me. The place just sucks.