Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Boil Alert Rant

So, today's rant is about a lack of communication. This is how it went today:

On my way home from work I stopped at the grocery store to run errands. By chance, I found out that there was a boil alert issued in my city. It had been going on all day.

So, that brings me to today's rant. How am I supposed to find out that there's a boil alert? Isn't that a serious safety issue? You'd think it would have been on TV like the winter warnings. Apparently it was on the news (for 2 seconds). However, I don't watch the news for more than 15 minutes in the morning. We don't subscribe to the newspaper. I don't have kids, so the school closing did not affect me. I don't watch my local announcement channel regularly (who does?), so how am I supposed to know?

When I got home I looked it up online, and the city online news had it. I thought, well, now's a good time to subscribe so I know next time. But, there was no way to subscribe to the news online.

This brings me to my point. In the age of blogging, feeds, twitter and other services, why is it that I can get 8 text messages a day about where to find a Wii, but I can't get notified that my water is not safe to drink?

I have to say, I'm impressed with some of the unique uses of Twitter. I have seen a police blotter, celebrity updates, talk show host updates and product information. It's pretty cool.

So, I did end up sending a suggestion to the newspaper that they do this. At least for safety information.

Here's the kicker - you know why we have a boil alert? Because a car accident at 6 am hit a fire hydrant and drained the whole water tower. I'm not even going to comment on how a single automobile can drain an entire water tower... sounds like somebody didn't push the stop button.

Enough ranting for today. Today's research topic is finding out how to efficiently blog...

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