"The Watering Dilemma"

A lawn care company with a brown lawn? The outdoor water ban was creating a dilemma.

As the Advice Man for Lawn Doctor, I was faced with a dilemma during the recent water ban.

If I continued to water the lawn at Lawn Doctor’s Corporate headquarters I would be going against the rules. But if I didn’t my lawn -- and possibly my reputation -- could be damaged.

I know I made the right decision by not watering, in light of the fact I could have put the supply of potable water in jeopardy.

It seems like from the recent Patch poll called "Would You Turn In Your Neighbor?" it was tough for other homeowners as well.

I was surprised to see how many people would call the town on their neighbor if they saw they were watering during the ban.

With the heat continuing to rise I am going to make sure I practice what I preach when it comes to watering my own lawn as well, irrigating a section at a time and raising the mowing height.

I am also going to make sure that I am on the best of terms with all of my neighbors.

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DJGigs July 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Great I love talking to liberal 's like yourself. You cannot answer the question's that is great ./ just like these So called Scientist cannot either. Bottom line its like Medicine. These guys are given a degree and they get PERMISSION to PRACTICE until they get it right .. In other words they do not know either.. I am glad you have friends taht have special needs kids "the new POC" As far as POC is concerned BLOW IT OUT your rear . Peopel liek you are runining thias country . I cal it as I see fit .. Does it change teh way anyone is ? NO .. If it walks like aduck quacks like a Duck its a Duck .. Or wait a Feather'd flying Animal " Is that PC enough for you LIB -----------------------------------tard
mary54 July 31, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I think that denying that the average temperature on the earth's surface is increasing is just ducking the responsibility that mankind's burning of fossil fuel is the cause. Big businesses, like Exxon and Mobil, create propoganda and people who can't think for themselves gobble it up. Why can't we just stand up and admit we're the cause and try to come up with ways to slow down the rate at which these temperatures are increasing? It's just denial, like a little kid crying and pouting, saying he didn't break the vase when the evidence is lying on the floor, at his feet. Many irresponsible grownups are no better.
Joe R July 31, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Who the heck is joe p? Are you referring to me? Did you even read what I typed? I stated that global warming is real, is happening and is human caused. Why are you lumping me with those other know nothings? I do not watch Fox news which I loathe and despise. I am for the assault weapons ban. Are you a blithering idiot?
beachlover July 31, 2012 at 01:58 PM
@DJGigs--no amount of name calling and acting like an 8 year old is going to make argument any stronger. In fact it weakens it. If you want to get your point across I suggest using valid arguments instead of being aggressive with your words. I suppose you also think that pursuing alternate forms of energy like solar and windmills is a ridiculous waste of time too even though it would cause so much less harm to the environment? Have you ever been to a city that has smog? I have. It burns your eyes. It affects your breathing. Maybe you don't believe in global warming but can you deny pollution and what it does to our health? Go visit a city like Los Angeles on a smoggy day and then go the Blue Ridge or Catskill Mountains and tell me you can't tell the difference? We need to take better care of our planet. Period!
DJGigs July 31, 2012 at 03:08 PM
SOLAR WIND , BLAH BLAH BLAH ... Hey Terri please show al of us how New York city or New jersey can run off of SOLAR < WIND .. ? As it is it is wholy subsidised by US the Tax payers .. Please go do some more studying.. And whiel you are at it drink some more Spring water out of your PLASTIC bottle. and look under your rearend and teh plastic made from oil holding your arse up ..
Steve August 07, 2012 at 01:04 AM
From NASA, which just brought us the flawless landing of the Mars Science Laboratory ("MSL"), comes this statement on their Web site: "Scientists note that there are two new and different twists to today's changing climate: (1) The globe is warming at a faster rate than it ever has before; and (2) Humans are the main reason Earth is warming. Since the industrial revolution, which began in the mid-1800s, humans have attained the magnitude of a geological force in terms of our ability to change Earth's environment and impact its climate system." The official NASA Web page containing the statement is here: http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/big-questions/is-the-global-earth-system-changing-and-what-are-the-consequences/ And on the same day NASA accomplished its incredible feat of science and engineering -- having no room for error to safely land the MSL on Mars, many millions of miles from earth -- the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, and several of his colleagues, published a peer-reviewed paper in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences further reinforcing NASA's conclusion, as well as that of the overwhelming majority of the world's scientists: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/05/us/climate-change/index.html
George August 07, 2012 at 11:17 AM
George August 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Some people watch Faux News all day, except when they're typing cranky comments on Patch and listening to Rush bloviate about global cooling.
DJGigs August 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Yea and some actually work for a very large computer company and see real statistics al day long and laugh when Liberal Scientists push there POLITICALLY motivated and PAID Point of view. Soem of us actually work on systems that monitor these changing events on a day to day basis .. Some of us get paid to tyell you what the weather is going to be like on a day to day basis . But we get that wrong too . Wouldnt you love to have one of THESE JObs that SOME OF US do and not get fired for being wrong ? I tell you thank god we have these peopel to take care of our Planet , I am so glad , It might not have gotten through the first part of its milluion years of existence ..
DJGigs August 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
OHH Sorry Excuse the typos. No backspace in a standard -non browser tty Vi session
Monk August 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The worst part about the scam is that the "cure is worse than the disease".
Steve August 12, 2012 at 02:24 AM
In tomorrow's Sunday New York Times, the three authors of a new study appearing in the journal Nature-Geoscience report on their findings in an article titled, "Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought." There they write in the opening paragraphs: "By many measurements, this summer’s drought is one for the record books. But so was last year’s drought in the South Central states. And it has been only a decade since an extreme five-year drought hit the American West. Widespread annual droughts, once a rare calamity, have become more frequent and are set to become the 'new normal.'" "Until recently, many scientists spoke of climate change mainly as a 'threat,' sometime in the future. But it is increasingly clear that we already live in the era of human-induced climate change, with a growing frequency of weather and climate extremes like heat waves, droughts, floods and fires." The article by the three scientists concludes thusly: "There is still time to prevent the worst; the risk of a multidecade megadrought in the American West can be reduced if we reduce fossil-fuel emissions. But there can be little doubt that what was once thought to be a future threat is suddenly, catastrophically upon us." Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/opinion/sunday/extreme-weather-and-drought-are-here-to-stay.html?hp
Steve August 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Today's New York Times carries yet another news account of what appears to be the inexorable march of climate change and global warming, this one corroborated by a leading climate scientist at Rutgers, our own state university. Nevertheless, neither political party dares address these existential issues, instead focusing on such things as tax returns and birth certificates. This from today's news reporting on the accelerating melt of the Arctic ice: “It’s hard even for people like me to believe, to see that climate change is actually doing what our worst fears dictated,” said Jennifer A. Francis, a Rutgers University scientist who studies the effect of sea ice on weather patterns. “It’s starting to give me chills, to tell you the truth.” "Scientific forecasts based on computer modeling have long suggested that a time will come when the Arctic will be completely free of ice in the summer, perhaps by the middle of the century. This year’s prodigious melting is lending credibility to more pessimistic analyses that it may come much sooner, perhaps by the end of the decade." “It’s an example of how uncertainty is not our friend when it comes to climate-change risk,” said Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University. “In this case, the models were almost certainly too conservative in the changes they were projecting, probably because of important missing physics.”
Monk August 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever, a supporter of President Obama in the last election, publicly resigned from the American Physical Society (APS) with a letter that begins: "I did not renew [my membership] because I cannot live with the [APS policy] statement: 'The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.' In the APS it is OK to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?"
Standin in line with Mr Jimmy August 28, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Monk is also quoted in an earlier comment in this thread stating that science is simply beliefs subject to politics. Good retort Steve but unfortunately some don't care for facts.
Monk August 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Thanks for the citation, paraphrased as it is. Isn't it true that science cannot prove anything with absolute certainty, but can only offer more or less strong hypotheses? And one counterexample is all that's required to disprove the absoluteness of a theory. If the authority I quoted is dubious for you, then you will just have to accept that your quoted authorities are dubious for me and others. Please stop with the meteorological pontificating. It offends reason.
Standing in line with Mr Jimmy August 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Offends reason? Paraphrasing? It's up above in black and white. You write well, but putting asterisks around scientific data as if to call it into question and quoting wikipedia on how statistics are used to defend a weak argument is really quite enlightening and silly. No reply to Steve debunking your "breaking news" on Giaever and the real reason for his resignation. Half the story is what offends reason.
Xavier August 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM
You can't fight stupid with scientific fact. It just doesn't work. History has shown us that many times over.
Monk August 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM
"[A] lot of science is ... beliefs, subject to politics." When you leave out "a lot", you begin to change the meaning. It doesn't require an expert in a field to recognize when someone has stepped over the line in science. To say that the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible is a dogmatic or ideological statement, not a scientific one. Offering the anecdote of Ivar Giaever is a fine reply to Steve's quotes from the NYT. An authentic scientist shows humility and says no more than that the theory is still holding up. He doesn't say his theory is not able to be denied or disputed.
DJGigs August 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM
All this talk is great But here is teh big question . Do we stop using OIL JUST LIKE THAT ? Do we stop farting .Do we stop Living ? All these Scientists put out there opinion (not fact) but not one comes up with any power source that will take gas/oil place. So until that time comes it wil always be a political chip to play . The day a real replacememt is found is teh day the politicians will fight it tooth and nail . They are all making big bucks off of it.
Martin August 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Right on! The far right, on TV and radio, has brainwashed its army of deniers. It's all the fault of scientists and Obama. :-)
Stinki Garbaage August 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Cassettes? What the hell are Cassettes? What is this, 1982? You making a mix tape? LOL Climate Change is real. Earth's climate has been changing for 4.5 billion years. Why don't these climatologists worry about our National Debt at 16 Trillion Dollars? That's $4,000 per year or Earth's history (or $1,000 for every year since the BIG BANG!) Holy Crap! THAT's what's going to kill us! Oh that's right, Climate Change is just another distraction for the failures of the Obama Monarchy: Gas prices double what they were when he took office Unemployment over 8% since he took office Sustained growth rates in the 1 - 2% range following a recession (unprecedented in US History) Less people working than when he took office Yes, Climate Change is real. Today may be warmer than yesterday, but this debt is what's going to kill us, much faster than Mother Nature (or rogue Asteroid!)
Stinki Garbaage August 28, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Mary, just because you say it, does that make it true? Can't people who disagree with you make the exact same argument that it is the "climatologists" who create the propaganda and the people who can't think for themselves gobble it up? Maybe it wasn't the kid who broke the vase. Maybe it was the dog. Maybe it was the wind or an earthquake tremor. (Maybe mankind CAN blame the climate after all!) For you to sit and judge and equate those that disagree with you to children and unable to think for themselves kind of paints you as closed-minded, at best. Just saying...
mary54 August 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Stinki Garbaage: If people who disagree with me say things like climatologists are just making up things, then they (the disagreers) are just making statements with no basis. The issue to me is that we just don't want to take grownup responsibility and admit that our actions have contributed significantly to increased temperatures in the earth, and that if we don't do something, long term, permanent damage will occur to the environment. Man can, and has, pretty much ruined the planet with overpopulation, fossil fuel burning, etc. Why not admit it? Otherwise, you're just burying your head in the sand and handing over the problems to future generations.
Stinki Garbaage August 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Overpopulation and fossil fuel burning go hand in hand. If we didn't have such a huge population, we probably wouldn't need so much fossil fuels. Are you willing to destroy this country in order to save the planet? Do you think China, Russia, India, and Iran will follow our lead? I don't think so. How far are you willing to go?
firedup49 August 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
DJGigs, You are correct. We just have to follow the money (and Gore got very wealthy). The earth is billions years old, and we have for the past 200 yrs. of industry have ruined it? I do not think so. Christine Whitman signed up New Jersey in year 2000, to Sustainable NJ (AGENDA 21) with choking rules by the EPA and unelected people making rules and regulations for the rest of us, and there land grabs of Open Spaces. http://www.sustainablejersey.com/about.php EPA.. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/opsc/
Monk September 20, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Another Record Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (September 12 of this leap year). http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2012/09/19/antarctic-sea-ice-sets-another-record/
Old Enough September 20, 2012 at 04:17 AM
The problem with what people think, is, "That they have a perception or mindset that the world/life as they view it has only existed in their lifetime, thus fogging out the pre-existence of everything that has occurred in the passed". Like The Late George Carlin stated in his unique comedic delivery, "This earth is gonna shake us off like a dog with a bad case of fleas"! Volcanic eruptions, underwater magma/lava flows, sunspots, solar flares, surface reflectivity, temperatures in the higher levels of our atmosphere, and radiational cooling all are some major factors in how this earth reacts which cause varying weather cycles. We as humans can not be shackled due to a theory that is driven and perpetuated by people elected into government along with alarmists that freak out and scare people who are ignorant ( not their fault ) to egg head science speak.
skizma September 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Oh Bob, how right you are. Building too close, too densely has numerous consequences.
Janet September 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Al Gore made lots of money with the so during the height of the "Global Warming" era. Humans do not have enough years of statistical data to determine whether they are theories or facts. Bottom line.


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