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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, April 12, 2012

begetting rainwater collection

at the country n we have been collecting rainwater for over
ten years and
have been using it as our sole source of drinking water for
8 years

the goal is to influence others to do the same
and i have tried over the last ten years to infect as many
people with the rainwater collection virus as possible

here are some of my victims

the first was my rainwater brother
i gave him a 300 gallon tank as a gift
his wife didnt know he had it as she was gone when it
was delivered
if you dont want it then just move it yourself she was told
he got the infection bad and ended up with multiple tanks

the infection spread even beyond this
if the hoa only knew

then the next victim was my nurses husband
heres where it started and it also spread
so now there are several tanks around the

my nurse she tried to vaccinate him against the
virus but it didnt take
am afraid the infection will just continue on

then my neighbor saw my system
doc he now calls me doc water
i want one of those systems
so he put in a gravity ran system of over
15000 gallons of collection to water his paint
horses he raises and to use in his garden
doc i need more tanks
see hes got the disease also

then my wife shes fellow teacher bought her a new house
and we infected her and her husband with this tank
(we also donated them a 4 ft square garden to go with it)

then we infected two local high schools
the first was a school of 2000+ students
a teacher and student helped us
hopefully this rainwater collection virus will
spread to some of these other students

then we donated a tank and put it in place at
the school where my wife she works
hope the infection continues
know the staff there is getting the infection
more tanks please

then theres the habitat house we just finished
the one where we donated the 4 ft square keyhole
garden and the tank which is in the background
it will soon be in place and will im sure make
her want more as it does everyone else

then finally theres this one
this is the one im the proudest of
its mr b
my walk to end alzheimers buddy

sorry mom but he got the infection
it started with he addition of 5 gallon buckets
under the gutter spouts and then i had an extra
tank at my house
i gave it to him
i know what will happen the virus will spread
and mom will be mad at me
mr b may be the next mayor of his own tank town

so  my original rainwater tanks have begetted a large number
of tanks that are collecting rainwater all over this area
i hope that the rainwater collection virus will continue to
spread and infect many more people
this is especially important if the drought continues here and
the water shortage worsens

i think mr b may be the hope for the future of rainwater collection
why dont you get infected and have your kids get involved

the organicgreen doctor


  1. I would love to add tanks but I don't have gutters in the back and have a strict hoa. Thoughts? I am having 4 organic 4x10 raised garden beds being installed in the coming weeks and would love to water some with rain water :)

    1. marion
      my rainwater brother is in a strict hoa near here
      as long as his tanks are lower than the fence its ok
      one of his tanks is 1500 gallons and its less than 6 ft
      there is a way to send the water from the front gutters to the back
      all can usually be done to keep that hoa happy
      be sure and start with the best soil available
      put a 50 cent plant in a $50 hole
      good luck

  2. As principal of the DAEP school that was infected by the virus: I can't be more thankful at the hopes of seeing a year long project not ruined because we can't water the plants....Thanks again for your knowledge, time, materials and love shown toward our students....rjp

    1. rfp
      it was my pleasure
      hopefully one of them gets infected with the rainwater virus and passes it on

  3. Why haven't you gotten my sister she Meg infected yet?
    Seems like she's a prime target. And maybe a chicken coop too?

    1. chgoamy
      hummm that needs to happen
      dogs plus chickens sounds like disaster

  4. Hi, Doc!

    Did you not know that I went right out and got a rain barrel when we redid our gutters in 2010? And all because I brought "Peaches" out to stay at your place, and you showed me your water collection/filtration system. Thanks for all the info about your system. It only makes sense to use what the good Lord makes fall from the sky. We plan to add to it when we add capacity when we add more gutters. Right now we have drip lines to our flower beds serviced by the lone rain barrel. Please know that you are having more of an impact than you know.
    Thanks again for setting up the collection at RROC. Much appreciated!

    1. ken c
      glad to know you were infected
      your welcome
      am glad its hooked up now
      just need rain so the school can enjoy it

  5. I just read about collecting rain water in a local paper and love the idea. I'd love to start collecting. Where should we go to get the tanks? and what do you do with them in the winter?

  6. fc
    see your email
    we got most of our tanks from local farm supply places and are readily available where we live
    our smaller ones we got from a local municipal water source and a local pickling company
    we keep our tank pipes insulated and have not had freezing be an issue here where we live