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Comment Garden hose (Score 4, Interesting) 251

Hurricane Sandy in 2012--
a foot of water in the basement and climbing.
Not a pump to be had-- hours of phone calls revealed that I was last in line at the sump pump store; even if I could have gotten a pump there was no electricity.
Realized that we lived on a hill; set up a gravity siphon using 200' of garden hose.

Woke up the next morning to a dry basement, power came back a few hours later.

Comment Re:Can someone explain this theft? (Score 5, Interesting) 232

Nice analogy... if you want a real world example of this happening, consider the storage facilities for fine wine in Manhattan-- flooded during hurricane Sandy
For (largely unexplained) reasons the storage facilities still won't allow the customers access to (or even look at) the wine they're supposedly storing...

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.