I can deal with the other financial outrages…the tires needed replacing, everyone gets a ticket now and then and I need my medical coverage (although I’m eagerly waiting for SOME sort of federal plan to help with this sick, sick medical system)…but I have never, ever gotten a water and electric bill this high. Ever.
I live in a teeny, tiny house (1650 sq ft) on a 6,000 sq. ft lot with double pane windows, good insulation and limited grass watering. Don’t run the air conditioning at an excessive rate, don’t take super-long showers or even keep the water running when I brush my teeth! I have low flow toilets, keep my shades drawn to keep out the hot Encino sun and didn’t do much different this summer than last. I’ve just lost (like the rest of you) a hulking big amount of my retirement income, I can barely afford to fill up my tank with gas (although I’m finding myself relieved to be paying $3.45 for a gallon of gas), or buy a single bag of groceries for under $25 – $30. My heart is cut wide open with the turmoil that is going on in the US and the City of Los Angeles Municipal Services basically just poured a full 8 oz. of salt (my preference would be Kosher salt, but that’s another story) on my bleeding wound.
Gotta pay it. Need my lights, my computer and my water. Can’t just decide not to pay it. Not even in protest. But this IS what I’m going to do. I’m only going to shower every 4th day. And only wash my clothes after I wear them 4 times. Oh yes, I’m aware that I’ll smell. I’m counting on it! And maybe I’ll be able to cut my electric and water bill down to $650.00! I’ll turn off all my electrical appliances and only plug them in when I absolutely need them. Except for the fridge. And the computer. And the phone charger.
And when people wrinkle their nose in disgust, I’ll tell them to blame LA Municipal Services and the deregulated economy. OK…maybe I’ll shower every 3rd day…but I’m telling you, I’m gonna stink. Now I understand why people in Europe save their water. I get it. At least this is still in American dollars and not Euros.
If you start to notice a lot more smelly people coming from Los Angeles, you’ll know that I started a silent protest and that it may be working. We can call the movement something like “Smelling Together for a Newly Clean America” (STINCA) or something like that. I know the politicians really aren’t hearing the American people…but maybe they’ll notice us if they start smelling us.