~~~Today is “Blog Action Day” and I am proud to be participating again. The theme this year is water, and how so many people need what we take for granted: clean, accessible water.
Here’s some startling information from blogactionday.change.org :
- Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate diseases like E. coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis contributing to 42,000 deaths each week.
- More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and causing disease.
- Every day, women and children in Africa walk a combined total of 109 million hours to get water. They do this while carrying cisterns weighing around 40 pounds when filled in order to gather water that, in many cases, is still polluted. Walking such long distances keeps children out of school and women away from other endeavors.
- The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water (the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water).
~~~When a potential client makes, breaks, and reschedules an appointment multiple times, you know that person is either uncommitted to the transaction or totally unreliable. Neither trait makes for a desirable client, and yet nowadays I need to hang in there no matter how little value is placed on my time.
~~~I’m being interviewed today by a talented TV reporter I “met” through twitter. I’ll provide more details next week, if his interview will be available online.
Have a great weekend! There may be a chill in the air, but there’s no shortage of warmth right now for my favorite teams:
LET’S GO RANGERS!
J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!