So I look out my window at the lake, and I see this gorgeous turquoise glow and all of a sudden I'm in the tropics again. The lake is just glowing, and I smile… Until I realize that I'm not sitting on a beach. Until I realize that's not a translucent ocean shimmering in front of me — it's just the polluted stink of the city eating away at an otherwise deep blue lake.

Of course, it could be perfectly normal. When I was a child, before the lake wasn't safe to swim in like it is now, I remember that for a few days every year the lake would turn totally green — literally a lush slime color. I assume this was due to temperature changes causing algae populations to spin out of control… So maybe I can shift my eyes to the left a bit and pretend this is a clean city after all.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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