Fire Hydrant

This early example of the dry barrel type hydrant was made by the Union Hydraulic Works in Philadelphia, ca. 1850.© 2001 Ethan Kennedy

Has it ever occurred to any of you that there has been no “New and Improved” changes to the basic fire hydrant in this country?

On our way out to breakfast this morning, I noticed all the different hydrants along the road to the restaurant.  Yes, they have been painted different colors.  In Houston you can see a multitude of different colors on fire hydrants…but they all have the same shape, height, posture, etc.

Below is an example of some of the colors in Houston, TX.  I’ve even seen a black fire hydrant.

download1 download2 download3 images4This whole thing made me think of a quote from an old teacher of mine, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” (Yes he used the slang word deliberately).  So why can’t our culture understand that.  Why change something when it “ain’t broke?”  I think that our country, in particular, has changed a lot of things that have been working just fine for years.  Don’t ask me to list them, neither of us has that much time.  Besides, if you think hard enough, you’ll know exactly what some of them are.  You may even have your own pet peeve.

I’ve also heard it said, “If it ain’t broke, someone will keep fixing it until it is.”  White House…Congress…America…Young People…get a grip!  If it “ain’t broke…don’t fix it!”

Just my opinion…take it or leave it.

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