My neighbor is a military bus driver - he drives soldiers from Ft Sill down to Ft Hood, in Texas. It was obvious that he was drilling a water well.
"Hey, Mickey! What the heck are you doing - digging for gas?" Everyone around here has been asked to sign off for a three year surface rights deal, to find out if there is gas under our land. I am sure there is, but Mickey and I didn't sign the release.
"My water well has caved in, and I can't get anything but a half glass of water and a half glass of sand. When my toilet plugged up, it was the end of the line. It was time to drill a new hole and encase it all the way down." The cost would probably be about $4,000.
I think he screwed up. I don't think he had a heavy nylon rope tied to his submersible pump, so he could hook his pickup up, and pull the darn pump up. Living in the country, we have to have a water well, septic tank, and trash pickup. I just found out, today, that the trash pick will not be serviced out here in the boondocks any more, so we will be looking for other options.
For my download and upload ISP hookup, I can only get 26.4. We pay nearly 100 dollars a month for the Dish Network. If we wanted to go cyberspace net, it would cost us $199 setup fee plus 50 bucks a month more. Right now I don't have a business, so I really don't need the speed. If I want to download something large, I just start the download before I go to bed, and when I get up the next morning, ... VOILA, I have the program downloaded. I get my music from Walmart on CDs. Now, ... I can live without all of this, except water. The electricity goes off, my water goes off. And here's my gripe. I have to have 2 showers a day for physical reasons.
I had (HAD) a friend who lived in a little house in the country, and he made his money by driving a bus for our special education students. For 3 months, he and his mother lived in that house without (WITHOUT) water. When he told me about it, I asked him why he hadn't fixed it. The man was in his 40s and was an African American preacher, and a 500 check a month for his driving. I went by his place and took a once-over on his set-up. I told him that it looked like the pump was gone, and it would cost him 350 for a new pump. I offered to install it for nothing, if he bought the pump.
The wires leading down to a pump are a problem. Every time the pump comes on, it gives the unit a jerk, probably clock-wise. And when that happened, the sides of the hole would scrape the wires. To solve that problem, all one has to do, is buy a cheap water hose. Cut down one side of it, and encase the wires in it. Then use duck tap or electric tape to tape the hose to the shaft. Sadly, he didn't take me up on the offer and had a local plumber to do it, who charged him over $800 to put in a new pump. I couldn't believe it. He couldn't pay for it all at once, so the plumbing company took him to court. You can't get blood out of a turnip. Sadly, the 48 year old man was found dead in his home from a heart attack, probably, partly caused the heart-attack and partially by anxiety. So, ... why am I telling this story. Well, ... water is essential to every human being in the US, yet, Bush vetoed the WATER BILL, that would help those waterless people in Georgia.
This is the same attitude Bush had with New Orleans. Baghdad is more important than United States citizens. Bush vetoed "the Water Resources Development Act, (which) would authorize $3.5 billion in work for hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, nearly $2 billion for efforts to save the Everglades and additional sums for a host of other projects favored by lawmakers. Critics said the bill not only was costly but also failed to provide vital changes to the often criticized Army Corps of Engineers, which would do most of the work."
So, here is the proof that President Bush doesn't care about the poor people. I don't know why "The South" remains Republican. The Republican party has turned its back on the poor people all across our country. The dry towns in Georgia and Tennessee should be at the top of Bush's agenda, yet he ignores them. Those poor folks are getting about as much water as people in Baghdad do. Why did the poor people in New Orleans die? Who is to blame? The MORON IN THE WHITE HOUSE!
It is important that we let the poor folks who they are voting on. I call him and his party, "SCROOGE!"