As part of the preparation for Sandy I’d frozen water in old soda bottles. In the event of a black out these make great ice bricks.
At one stage I noticed the manservant delving into the deep freeze…
What are you doing?
M/S: checking that the bottles haven’t burst.
Mj: why are you checking the bottles haven’t burst?
M/S: (stumbling a little ..) um because.. well because water expands when frozen.
Mj: So? What made you think you’d better check bottles *I* filled and froze?
He might be the Physicist in the family but my common sense is not too shabby.
During a particularly heavy rain period last Monday afternoon the door bell rang. I opened up to find the mailman standing there with a pile of sodden catalogs and a very cranky expression.
“Your mailbox is too small. You should leave it unlocked!”
Being a mailman as Sandy blew through must’ve really sucked so it was nice of him to knock on the door rather than just leaving them on the doormat. So, I forgave his surly expression and terse voice, thanked him sweetly and said I’d consider his suggestion – which I did for all of 2 seconds. In this neighborhood I’m not likely to give open access to my mail. I was pretty impressed that mailmen were still walking their rounds while most of us were warm & dry inside, filling water bottles and boiling eggs.