The definition of a desert is: a biome that has sparse vegetation and annual rainfall of 10 inches, or less. The area of Las Vegas and its suburbs are loaded with exotic trees, golf course grasses, and an unnatural amount of water features (fountains) that bleed off vapor into the surrounding dry air. The entire valley, that this concentrated human infestation occupies, averages only 2 inches of rain/year. Nearly a century ago, the Hoover Dam was completed and a huge reservoir, known as Lake Mead, was backed up behind it. In 1966, the Glen Canyon Dam was finished, thus, adding an additional reservoir to regulate Lake Mead. All was good up to July 1983 when a combination of large snowfalls along the Colorado River watershed and a population of only 550,000 created the highest water level in Lake Mead. Since then, the population has grown to 2.7 million thirsty, grass-and-tree-loving voters that have moved in and dropped the level in that reservoir to 35% of its 1983 level. The well is running dry fast. As more human sponges with their thirsty plants move in, the bottom drain will soon be exposed. Because the largest industry there is gambling, these elites will still be hooked up to the water mains. Being clever marketing experts, they will increase their business by changing the gambling prizes to gallons of water. As the locals watch their roses droop, the whole family will head for the hundreds of casinos daily and sit at the 1-armed faucets (slot machines) as they pay off in water credits. With all types of games giving water containers as prizes, the winners will be instantly recognized, hauling their liquid booty to their cars. Big victors will have tankers drop off their winnings with armed guards, as hijacking water incidents have increased dramatically. Desperate gardeners have gone rogue as the Palm trees wilt and many people stink bad from a lack of showers. With a mountain of money and a boat load of luck, you and your lilies may survive.

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