… run in circles, scream and shout (Robert Heinlein, “The cat who walks through walls”)
The temptation to run in circles presented itself earlier this week. Let’s just say our street developed a small water problem after a three-day downpour.
I was ready to scream and shout after my neighbor called me at work and told me about this. Fortunately I got horrifically stuck in traffic, and was thus saved from rash actions. I had plenty of time to calm down and to work out a rational course of action with my husband on the phone.
Everything turned out fine in the end – the street got over a foot of water, and the field across from us became a lake for several days, but our house was ok. My heart goes out to all the folks I know who had significant water damage in their yards and basements.
Lesson learned: even in the face of a real emergency, take a couple of minutes to think about what to do. I find that I almost always get a better outcome that way.