Friday, June 22, 2012

Nail in the Drive

There is the proverb of the horseshoe nail and how its loss change the course of the battle.


For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

But what about just a common nail lying in the drive? As part of our reconstruction of the deck we have been carefully scanning the driveway for nails.

But what could a single nail alone in the drive way d?

I imagine it lying there, looking for a tire to pierce.

It is really that important?

Because of the nail in the driveway, the tire was flat
Because the tire was flat, the car couldn't drive
Because the car couldn't drive the driver was late to work
Because the driver was late to work, the meeting was missed
Because the meeting was missed, the driver was fired
All because of the nail in the driveway.

Maybe I'm making too much of this.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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