One of those neat inventions X3


These photos were taken on August 27, 2019 at 5:17 AM.

The location was in the Georgetown section of Washington DC..

The "Take It!” was one of those things that was ever so spontaneous as I drove by this being put into place installation of a simple tool which someone thought of to diffuse water when working on a fire hydrant or fire hose hook up system one sees on the side of a building.  This usually takes the form of a row of brass caps  that are the size of those found on a fire hydrant.  They flush out a system using this item which has the water flow into the street and into the gutter.  It seems like a big waste of water - but it is how they do it.

This was being put together by a young fellow to whom I asked if he had any idea of how much each of the diffusers cost.  ( I had to have something to say or ask to start up any sort of a conversation - lol )  He thought for a second and said while not knowing - he figured somewhere around $ 200 each which I said I thought was very reasonable.  I said I thought he was doing a great job in putting together a very neat appearing installation - a complement he thanked me for.  I took these photos before he opened up the water pressure.   I asked if the company whose name was on the truck was a good outfit to work for - and was told it was a great employer.  He was back working on the job at this time - and fielding my questions at the same time.  I told him,  I was glad he was happy with his work and hoped it all came out well.  At that point - I got back into my car which i had left running with the door open and made my way on to the next stop after hearing him say he enjoyed talking with me.   

It was a fun exchange - the kind I enjoy engaging in - especially when it is still dark in the morning and not many people are around.   Pleasantries are easily exchanged with complete strangers at that time of day as it is before one is engaged in all the hub bub of the crowds that are on their way to work.

This is just one of the reasons why I enjoy my part time job (that I have now been doing for 21 years). It is just too much fun not to do.

Wishing all of you my very best and the hope you enjoy doing what you do as much as I do.


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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Taylor (Monday, 13 July 2020 14:04)

    Hello Everyone!

    We have tallied up all the votes for the greeting card contest and have determined our three winners.

    1. SF1967
    2. Teri
    3. GpaJake

    Jim/Sally tied for third but requested their prize be given to whoever was below them, which was GpaJake. Congratulations to the three of you!

    To our three winners, please email us via the contact page at the top of the website. Send us your name and address and we will send out the awards when the product is completed. It will still be some time before they are ready, but we will send them as soon as they are ready. Your information will remain confidential and will not be sold or given to anyone.

    Thank you all for your participation in this little competition. We hope you had as much fun with it as we did.

  • #2

    Teri (Wednesday, 15 July 2020 17:31)

    I won!? Oh wow, how exciting!!! My husband and I are in the process of moving, since they are not quite ready yet I don't want to give you an address prematurely. Can I send my address closer to when the cards will be ready to ship? Thank you, this was a lot of fun!

  • #3

    SF1967 (Wednesday, 15 July 2020 17:36)

    I wonder what those blue and yellow cables are used for.

  • #4

    Sally (Wednesday, 22 July 2020 00:08)

    I never knew a tool like that existed, learn something new every day!

  • #5

    Jim (Wednesday, 22 July 2020 00:10)

    Oh cool, the results are in. Congrats to everyone that won.

  • #6

    Jim (Wednesday, 22 July 2020 00:11)

    I agree with you, this always did seem like a huge waste of water. Our city has these things just blasting water down to the sewer occasionally.

  • #7

    Gabe (Wednesday, 22 July 2020 00:13)

    @SF1967, I really want to know what they are for too.