Monday, September 05, 2005

High and Dry

He was telling me about the house they had built well north of Scottsdale, Arizona, and how development had caught up with them. What had once seemed so remote was now very settled.

And what is going to happen there when the water runs out, I asked, in my post-apocalyptic frame of mind. New Orleans isn't the only city built on the assumption that civilization trumps nature.

Oh, they have restrictions on how much grass a golf course can have, he answered, as if that settled it. As if the worst catastrophe would be a loss of golf privileges. As if Arizona had never been tropical and the Anasazi were still hoeing corn. As if we could just drive somewhere else, Idaho, maybe, and watch the suffering on CNN.


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