The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 10 August 2005]

"What’s your car doing?"

Today was one of those rare rainy days in Phoenix, with an overcast sky and swampy mugginess. In short, a highly welcome change of pace.

Picked up Andrea at daycare after work in a light drizzle, got her in the car and started it up.

“What’s your car doing?” I heard from the backseat.

I thought maybe she was confused about what was on the radio, but no, just the regular NPR Bad News From Around The World. Engine sounded fine.

Again, “What’s your car doing?”

And then I realized it was the windshield wipers. Today was the first time in her memory she had seen windshield wipers.

“For the rain on your car?” she guessed.

“Yes, so daddy can see when it’s raining.”


I am continually amazed by the fact that she is going to grow up with the Sonoran climate as her baseline for normal weather.

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