Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010 - (Page 16)

TE E STAATER TH L W N A RURSOCIATIOVE AS SPECTI PER The National Conference Seeing the Bigger Picture BY SHANNON RASMUSSEN, RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION OF UTAH MY THIRD GRADE book report. It was a glorious and triumphant moment that marked me as an early Doogie Howser – or headed for juvie. Either way. What was it? Just a brief summation of Collegiate Anatomy 101. I thought I was brilliant. And I thought I could get away with it. My problem? I had spent the time I was supposed to spend reading a book I could comprehend staring fi xedly at the cool transparent builda-human section of my Mom’s college anatomy textbook. Those fi lmy pages were irresistible. They began with the skeletal system, and then had an overlay of the circulatory system, nervous system, muscles, etc. Asking me to go read “Sam I Am” instead was like asking a fat kid to pass up ice cream in August (also a problem for me). As the clock struck 8 p.m. (the witching hour in our house and the time after which sounds or light emitting past our bedroom door resulted in early death) my 8-yearold mind devised a plan. I had been looking at that textbook for over an hour and had pretty much gleaned all there was to know about the human body. I would just do my report on that. The only hurdle I had to cross was getting the teacher to think I had read the whole thing and not just 16 • First Quarter 2010 the fi lmy pages. That could be a challenge – but I was up for it. The next morning I stood confidently in front of the seven other kids in that rural Montana classroom, and unveiled the 850-pound textbook I had snuck out of the house within the folds of my gigantic snowsuit. My eloquent review, roughly translated, went something like: “The head bone is connected to the neck bone, the neck bone is connected to the back bone, which keeps the arms and legs attached to the body, and uses muscles to hold on the hands and feet. Amen.” Before I took the bow of which I was so sure I deserved, I snuck a glance at my teacher. There I saw a look on her face I had never seen before. Not realizing her facial spasms were the result of her trying not to spew her coffee across the room (something I would have known had I actually understood the muscular system as I claimed), I made one more assumption for the day “Oh yeah, she bought it. She’s sitting there amazed that I read this whole thing. I am home free. And possibly an anatomy genius.” Fast forward 25 or so years, and I fi nd myself on a plane headed to the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010
Table of Contents
From the President
H2O-XPO to Waterpro
The Utility Perspective
The State Rural Water Association Perspective
The Washington DC Perspective
Recent Drinking Water Quality Claims Unfounded
Telling Our Story: The City of Risk
Finding Art in Unexpected Places
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010