For the last month the water here has both tasted and smelled like dirt. I asked Katie and she said she didn't taste or smell anything. I went out to eat with Holly to a place in Claremont where the water also tasted like dirt (yeah, Claremont, even you) and she said she couldn't taste anything. I was beginning to think that I had a brain tumor that was affecting my senses. I would die a poor spinster, alone with my felt.
But it wasn't a tumor. It was just my mutant sense of smell. Because 3 days after I had the bad water in Claremont I got a text from Holly saying it was bad in LaVerne. And at the same time I was down in Chino at the old homestead and it was gross there too, and I wasn't the only one who thought so. And then suddenly Katie could taste it at our place. And then my dad told me today that he heard on the radio that the water supply for western San Bernardino County and Eastern LA County (I live about 1 mile from the county line. I'm at the epicenter of bad water.) has an algae bloom that's causing the water to taste like dirt. Fantastic. We can all rejoice that I'm not going to die alone with my felt, and they claim that it is harmless and are handling the situation. But even so, my water still tastes and smells like it's being pumped in from a pond.
On a tangential note, last night I had to make a quick run into Stater Bros. to pick up some hamburger buns and the man in front of me at the check out was buying 20 cans of Friskies cat food and 20 packets of Kool-aid mix. I initially thought that he was throwing a party for his cats but now I'm wondering if he's trying to mask the taste of the nasty water. I like his style (even though he looked like a hobo). I'm always up for Kool-aid.