Most years, viewing all the Oscar-nominated "Best Films" would be an okay way to spend eight hours. This year it was a bit rougher. The Academy selected a novel legal thriller, a funny family comedy and three bleak and demanding films. Having already seen the nominated films, we skipped the event, but we had a few friends who went to go see all five films at a special showing in a somewhat rural part of Texas. After a showing of There Will Be Blood, a middle-aged woman with a thick accent stood up and asked "Will someone with a college education please explain that to me?" Today's story of fellow Texan T. Boone Pickens and his energy plans may have perplexed her too, but Ash78 wasn't confused.

There Will Be Water

I drink your natural gas!