Water Tanks, Gatorade and Grasshoppers, February 16

Grasshopper. Because I tire of photos of water tanks. Photo by Tom Morel on Unsplash

As you probably have been reminded at least a half dozen times in the last week, it’s time to discuss the Gatorade dousing color. Now, having been LONG asleep by the end of the Superb Owl, I was unaware that the moment of splash was not shown on TV which caused massive issues in the betting pools. Purple. It was purple, which is the class color from my alma mater as well as the overall color of my other alma mater. I did not bet on it. Frankly, it never occurred to me that people bet on it.

Okay, no, the dousing color is not why we’re here, people. We are here because Weston did not attend French class with Mr. Braun at NCHS. You know the poem “La Cigale et la Fourmi?” No? Well, you do, you’ve just forgotten it. It’s the Grasshopper and the Ant and the Grasshopper sings all summer long, then asks the hard-working ant for some tidbits when winter comes and the ant is like what? Just go dance. I summarize here but I will tell you I can still recite the first few lines because I was terrified of Mr. Braun as well as my AP French teacher, Madame Dupres, but they were super good because I got a 5 on the test AND still remember a poem.

Bien sûr, you may think I have nowhere to go from here having rolled Gatorade, French class and grasshoppers into one post, but here’s where it all comes together. Weston was singing instead of watching our water tanks for the last decades. They are pretty done. We did not plan by putting away tidbits for their replacement. While the search for the guilty is my Brazilian family’s tradition, it doesn’t help here. We are where we are and we cannot actually say “just dance”, because really that means “just drink water from Cherry and Stony Brooks” which I can guarantee you is not a great answer.

So on Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm, be an ant and come along to hear about the design and hydraulics of these water tanks. There will be actual engineers there who will explain everything in a way we will understand, or at least try. Zoom of course.

The agenda and zoom link are here.

The past Owl story on the miniseries of water tanks is here: https://westonowl.com/2023/02/02/water-tank-mini-series-what-you-need-to-know/

The LaFontaine poem is here. Thank you, New Canaan High School and Mr. Braun, for 35 years of remembering this poem. Public school rules. Also, NCHS has its first Super Bowl-winning football player ever, Lucas Niang. I do not know if he was involved in the Gatorade pouring. I can’t tie up all the loose ends here but go NCHS Rams!


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