Saturday, November 18, 2006

Boil-Water Advisory

It's all over the papers. Torrential downpours have overwhelmed Vancouver's water treatment systems, and now it's unsafe to drink tap water, and even brush your teeth in it.

But the worst consequence of Vancouver's boil-water advisory? Consider the encounter this morning in my 10:30am class:

Paul: "Hey guys."
Ben: "Oh hey...hey! Where did you get that??"
Me: "Yeah, where'd you get that?! You can't get that anywhere!"

Paul calmly puts his cup down with a smug smile.
"I had to go all over campus, and I really should've been studying for my midterm today, but finally I found it: the like, one place selling coffee."

Dirty water has closed down Vancouver coffee shops. Can't get much worse than that.

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