hear, hear, skill.
i guess that happened a generation ago, when both parents started going to work, so they could afford a more affluent life. greed begets greed.
then, the double barrel of this was leaving the kids alone to be influenced by tv, rather than their parents. tv is nothing but a sales pitch, so that's what kids have been raised on.
barbel, new york city tap water has gone downhill since they tested it way back in the late 80's, when the bottled water rage started. it tested last of several major cities last year. actually, los angeles was supposed to be the best: The big gulp - Los Angeles Times
our tap water in north jersey tastes like it came straight from a pool, with so much chlorine. so i go to the store every coupla weeks and pick up 10 boxes containing 3 gallons each of spring water from wells in central pennsylvania. we pay about 73 cents a gallon. and an added benefit is if there's ever an emergency, we always have several or more gallons of clean water on hand.
last week, when my family and i went for lunch in a nice italian place in the city, we were offered $8 italian sparkling water. my wife and i looked at each other, then at our little devil, and ordered tap water. it was going to end up everywhere, anyway.