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The Snatch: Raindrops and Other Types of Drops Keep Falling on Our Heads 

Tuesday, Aug 26 2014

Disaster Relief

There's a new awareness campaign circulating in social media that involves buckets and liquids — and this is one that will certainly leave a mark. Using wine bottles damaged in the Napa earthquake on Sunday, some North Bay residents have started daring each other to participate in the Wine Bucket Challenge. Riffing off the now-tired Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral on social media, the Wine Bucket Challenge is meant to raise awareness and some cash for people who suffered from the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Napa just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. No, the challenge is not to drink a bucket of wine. To participate, you pour a bottle of wine into a bucket and dump it onto your head. Afterward, post a video of your wine experience onto social media using the hashtag #winebucketchallenge. Kill two birds by using ice wine.

Soaking Man

Those making the annual pilgrimage to the desert playground in Nevada on Sunday and Monday were severely disappointed when Burning Man closed off its gates to burners, due to rain and flooding. Law enforcement turned cars back at Wadsworth, Nev., about 30 minutes east of Reno. Those who were marooned in Wadsworth enjoyed a little small-town history: The Washoe County hamlet apparently generated the first legal brothel in the United States. It's also home to a stately church, a popular Christian rock radio station, and a beached 60-foot Muni bus that served as a "PlayaPillar" in 2012. In any event, if we're lucky, maybe the rains will shift west.

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