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The drone starts the video by looking and flying southbound on Hayes Road. The area you can see in the camera footage has been known to flood in the past, but never like this in the last 50 years. Hayes Road has had water over it before, but only a couple of inches deep. The cars you see in the water are in the middle of Hayes Road at a high spot and were still completely submerged at one point during the storm. At the time this video was taken, the water had receded about 18".
I used to live not far from that area 25 years ago. Here's a map[^] of what it looks like dry.
Some cat said Islip, New York got 21 inches of rain in 24 hours recently, breaking the New York State record. Here in California, we have a severe drought, but an El Nino is predicted to start soon - hopefully it doesn't end up being TOO much all at once...
Most of the Metro area flooded to some degree. I got lucky. I had street flooding but nothing came back up the sewer line to my basement. There are people around me that though that had a couple of feet of water in their basements.
As most of us here tend toward pedantry and the precise use of language, I thought I'd ask the following:
If you are looking to make a purchase, and expect to pay (approximately) a certain amount, and a vendor claims that they can "exceed all your expectations" -- wouldn't you at least ask for clarification that their price won't exceed your expectation?
This is prompted by an internal corporate survey I answered yesterday.
"meet or exceed our customers’ service expectations and our partners’ cost expectations"
It could also exceed expectations in the opposite direction. If you expect the difference between sales patch to product to be a ratio of 1:1 or even 2:1 (pitch to product), they could deliver you a really low quality product - way lower than you intended it to be to tune of 100:1 or 1:.01 depending on how you look at it.
That would still exceed expectations in the opposite direction while also ensuring your statement holds true as well. Thus, problem solved!
I expect dinner to be ready when I come home from work.
A bold claim from a vendor to also exceed that expectation!
I wouldn't even know how to exceed it... Would that mean dinner would be ready earlier? In that case I'd come home to a cold dinner. Would the dinner come to me? Then I'd have to eat it on my bike on the way home.
I guess some expectations just can't be exceeded
I guess I could say the same for the price expectation. When a vendor makes such claims we think about design or usability of a product. When talking about prices vendors are usually quite explicit, like "Guaranteed lowest price!"
But the vendor did say ALL my expectations (this was about linguistic ambiguity, right?)
Yeah, I want pizza served by the Swedish Bikini Team at the lowest price when I get home from work!
I've had those kind of calls 2-3 times;
1st time I told him I was hiking the AT and he would have to call back in 3 months
the other 2 times I lead them on until I couldn't stand it any more then called them out....click!
Have you ever just looked at someone and knew the wheel was turning but the hamster was dead?
Trying to understand the behavior of some people is like trying to smell the color 9.