Monday, January 02, 2006

Lessons learned from the recent rains

For the last several weeks we've been getting one 3-inch storm after another, with no real letup ("one day of no rain in the last two weeks", I think someone said today), so the Fri-Sat 6-incher really was overkill.

But it was educational overkill, and to keep others from having to learn these lessons the hard way*, here's the knowledge bank; feel free to contribute.
  • It is good to debug one's drainage system with a few 3-inch storms before trying a 6-inch storm. You will have more land this way.
  • The best and most tangible evidence against Intelligent Design is the arrangement of rocks in a streambed. How perfectly they fit between their fellows; how could such order possibly have arisen by chance?
  • It's not just beetles; the Acts of God also indicate an inordinate fondness for frogs.
  • The junker cars moored on the Squirrel River should probably be moved up the bank a ways.
  • Buy the raingear. Wear it. Umbrellas and ponchos are the equivalent of wading in thigh-deep water. Wet pants get old, fast.
  • In contrast, under sufficiently extreme conditions caulk can regain its lost youth (from months back), at which point it becomes useless.
  • "Medium" means something very different (and smaller) to Kmart than it does to B&C.
  • An ounce of prevention...
  • Big trees look a lot better in summer.
  • The weather moves faster than the forecasts.
  • It is now the law in Calif. that when you turn on your windshield wipers, you must also turn on your headlights. (But can you get ticketed for [not doing] this by a police officer who's a fellow violator?)

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