you are looking for the most refreshing drink on a sweltering day (jamaica)
or a way to prevent the neighbors' dogs from dropping their ordnance in
your yard (sprinkle pepper powder on the ground), practical information
is invaluable. Life in a desert puts a different spin on what people may
consider practical. Instead of looking for ways to remove stains
from a carpet (with the prevalence of sand and burr-sage, few desert-dwellers
here are silly enough to carpet their homes), it's more common to see
someone looking for the correct tire profile for driving their VW on the
beach. Or trying to find a way to prevent jackrabbits from eating their
San Felipe offers nearly all the amenities and services
of a larger city. So there isn't a lot of difference in the things people
need to know to overcome a small crisis.
An alternative to cement blocks.
But those who live away from town, in desert communities, with
no local water supply or electrical service, have to develop more exotic
skills. They often find themselves in need of information that isn't normally
found in the average reference book. Whether they fall back on their own
ingenuity, take recourse in local, time-worn solutions or dig through
bookstores and libraries for their answers, their problems often yield
to unusual and creative remedies, well worth mentioning here.