Water, water anywhere

As I was driving into work this morning, I passed one of those blinking orange signs they put up to signal road construction or lane closures ahead.  This particular sign announced the following:

HYDRANT FLUSHING AHEAD

CAUTION: WET ROAD

(Disclaimer: The sign might have said “Caution: Wet Road  Hydrant Flushing Ahead”.)

For those who have never witnessed this majestic sight, a “hydrant flushing” occurs when city planners open a fire hydrant and let water run out of it for an hour or so.

So the rest of the way to work, I found myself contemplating this awesome experience:

  1. It was 35° this morning as I drove to work.  Nothing screams “traffic safety” quite like dumping water on the street during rush hour on a freezing cold day.
  2. The main function of flushing a fire hydrant is to irrigate children in New York City during the summer months (as seen on TV).*  North Carolina is currently experiencing a slowdown in local production of unirrigated New York City summer children, which would seem to reduce the demand for hydrant flushing.
  3. No water was actually flushed in the making of this drive to work, as there were no fire hydrants anywhere in sight.

I hope your morning commute was as fruitful.

* Hydrants are rumored to also have some fire-related purpose.  These stories are apocryphal, and I have never seen this happen in real life.

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