Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wading in the Water

It's Sunday and there's been a huge thunderstorm that has pelted the Northeast. Living in a solid neighborhood that is considered a naturally occurring retirement community, one would think a weather condition such as a thunderstorm would not be a major event.

It turns into a major event when one descends from the elevator to find water flooding into the back hallway of a complex. Problem. It is a problem when one little thing that has not been cleared up due to lack of money causes a domino effect of the drains backing up, and hence there is a back flow into hallways, whether in the front or the back in which there is 1-2 inches of water.

One ordinary weather event becomes a major investment of time, in this case 10 maintenance men reacting to a situation while there is a downpour of rain. I know - sounds minor. But here's the thing - if you don't constantly clean your house - it becomes filthy. If you don't constantly organize - your environment becomes sloppy and unmanageable.

I think it is indicative of the type of lack of planning that is occurring in which we as a nation need to come together to remind Congress that the United States of America needs to be maintained. Let's start with the drains, to the roads, to the bridges, to the planes; to the electrical grid. Everything needs maintenance. And the type of comprehensive level of maintenance is beyond the scope of cities and states, it requires a consistent national vision that can be implemented.

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