To hold their pants up

Dad wants to know why crews have spent many hours working on each fire hydrant in the neighborhood just to paint them bright red again. Why red?

This is a good meditation while walking around the neighborhood. I wish Bennett Cerf could stroll with me. I've driven through towns where somebody decided it would be fun to paint the fire hydrants to look like dalmations, or circus clowns, robots, elves, or old-timey policemen.

My theory is that bright red hydrants are invisible to all except those who are looking for a place to connect the fire hose. Hydrants painted like dalmations are cute for the first week, then annoying for the next five years.

What's your theory?

Q. What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence? A. Time to get a new fence.

© 2007 Nancy L. Ruder

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