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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Live, Local, and Late Breaking

Such is the slogan of the 11 o'clock news here.

Last night the feature story was a water main break in which close to a dozen, CLOSE TO A DOZEN!!!, people were left without water. There was a reporter out in the field, standing next to a pot hole in a road somewhere reporting on this horrific story.

Did you know this very serious water main break started with a pot hole, very similar to the one she was standing near. My God, I didn't know! I pass by potholes every day and never even thought about the danger that lurked beneath the ground.

The reporter went to neighboring houses and asked the people what they thought about the pot hole in their road and what would they do if their water main broke, like the one in the neighboring street. The people, all older with bad hair and yippy dogs barking in the background, spoke to the reporter through their aging screen doors. They didn't know what they would do! It would be a tragedy of epic proportions. They need their water for cooking, bathing, drinking! You should have seen the horror of their faces at the very thought.

Then they cut to interviews that were done with victims (!!?!!) effected by the water main break. One was a man holding his baby. He needs the water to wash his baby and make it bottles. It was heart wrenching. The man was going to have to go to the convenience store and buy bottled water. No, not that!!! The sheer magnitude of it was too much.

Another woman said she didn't know what she would do without her shower that evening. Oh good God there are going to be unwashed people walking around in this town, DOZENS of them! What is this world coming to?

Then they cut back to the reporter in the field next to the pothole. She wraps up the headlining news story by saying, "People here in Hell (name changed to protect the innocent and stupid) were extremely upset about the situation, but they managed to make the best of it and get through this difficult time. And within 2 hours, the water main was fixed and water restored to the area." Now that is newsworthy.

But let me recap the key points. Almost a dozen people were without water for almost two hours, luckily they all survived.

Wow. I am thankful to live among a bunch of hearty folks who can endure such hardship.


Blogger Donna said...

How much skill can be packed into that one body of yours: raising ALL THOSE KIDS, renovating a house, writing a blog I look forward to reading.

You crack me up from the other side of the world (

3:28 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Your comment is the first thing I have read this morning, and it has made my day. Thank-you.

Now, if you had said 'that one *skinny* body of yours', well it would have been perfect ;-)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Darling said...

Do you live in a small town? How did soemthing like that make the news? That is totally unbelievable! That woudl never make the news here where I live. NEVER! Amazing what the news will do for a story!

10:40 AM  

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