Monday, July 30, 2007

We had a good shower the other day. And we had a good parade.

Don't feel bad if you missed it. It's small. Every time East College Street floods, SUVs and pickups appear for a water splashing contest.

For those of you who may be unaware of the custom, allow me to describe it: people drive at or above the speed limit from Llano Street down East College Street to see if the vehicle will make it through the curb-deep water, and how far the water can be splashed into the the yards on either side of the street.

City pickups check the conditions, driving down East College Street with one door open to gauge the depth. When it is sufficient, high water signs are placed at East Travis and North Pine. This eliminates a similar North and South competition. Police vehicles never participate in, or even view, this competition. They just turn around and drive away.

One of my neighbors often participates in this activity, driving his pickup south on Lincoln to College Street, making a left turn, and accelerating rapidly east until high ground is reached, then turning around and driving west until he reaches North Llano Street, where he checks conditions on North Llano before returning to demonstrate his water spraying prowess a few more times before the water recedes.

So if you have a new SUV, come on out the next time it rains! We'd love to see new entrants!

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