Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Vadum non sitis

One of the great ethical questions has always been "Is a lie ever justified?" Anyone who has ever been asked "Do I look fat in this?" can answer that question easily. It seems most people believe that if a lie can prevent greater harm being done, than it is the wiser course.

At least that's what the folks at weather.com must be thinking. Three days ago they predicted isolated thunderstorms yesterday, with a 30% chance of rain through the week. Yesterday, that got changed to isolated thunderstorms today. This morning, the forecast is isolated thunderstorms tonight, and the chance of rain has pretty much been taken out of the rest of the week. (Aside to DB -- yes, I know all about the unreliability of long-term weather forecasting, but I'm making a point here so cut me some slack) They have lied to us all along, just to keep us from slitting our wrists. It's like saying we need six more months in Iraq -- just keep moving the line back in an effort to fool us into patience.

Well I have had enough, in both cases. I'm not sure what I can do about Iraq, but tonight I am taking the hose to the lilac bush. "Voluntary" water restrictions be damned, I've waited long enough for relief from the skies. I just have to take things into my own hands, which involves using them to place the hose directly into the middle of the lilac bush and turning on the water.

And in doing so, I will probably guarantee that it will rain for the next ten days. You can thank me later.


Blogger D.B. Echo said...

Water use restrictions at times of drought are sometimes woefully misguided. It is a well-known fact that washing cars causes rain. Water evaporating from the surface of the car encapsulates microscopic particles of dirt and molecules of soap and causes precipitation.

Good luck with the lilac bush. Here in PA everything is getting ready to go to sleep for the Fall.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Philip. said...

I bet you feel so much better watering the bush :-)

8:49 AM  

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