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  • This is a story as my father told it to me. As he is no longer alive, and as the story is funny, I wanted to retell it. Understand that I am telling a story that was told to me, but I am telling it as I would tell it; I don't have his words to quote. (Also, as you read this, envision me reacting with an appalled face - I am very much a rule-follower and was shocked that my father, of all people, ever would have done this! He was amused by my reaction.)

    When my father was in college, at one point, there was some construction being done on campus. It required laying some new pipe, which required a trench. At one point, the pipe needed to go around three sides of a building - along the one side to the corner, turn and go the length of the building, turn and continue along the other side before turning away from the building. (I believe it was a dorm, but I am not sure of that now.)

    My father saw that and thought "That looks like a moat!" Now, most of us would have laughed. In this day and age, perhaps taken a digital photo to share the image that went with the thought. Back then, not so much. Oh, my Dad could have gotten a picture, but that wasn't what he was thinking.

    He saw a fire hydrant next to the trench and tried to figure out what would be needed to open it. And then he went out and bought something he thought could do the job. And then he came back when it was dark, opened up the fire hydrant so it would spray into the "moat", and ran away. He came back a while later to see his moat...the trench was there, but no water, and the hydrant was closed. So he did it again. Same results. I don't remember if he tried a third time or not, but after 2-3 failures, he realized they were detecting and responding to the pressure drops, and that if he kept it up, he would probably get caught.

    So he was out the price of a wrench, and he never did get his moat....
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