Pool party

True story No. 2 from our summer in the drought-hit suburbs of DC.

A fire chief from one of the smaller communities between Baltimore and DC was caught filling his swimming pool in direct contravention of the state of water emergency across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast that year. His excuse? He used the pool (occasionally, as it turned out) to train his dive team.

He eventually got fired, as I recall, but that was back in the days when plain old-fashioned stupid was cause for dismissal of senior municipal employees …


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