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Me and Murphy

Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at 8:43 AM

I know Murphy. He seems to live on the farm with us much of the time and I wish he'd move out and stay out! You probably have met Murphy at one time or another, but unless he lives with you now and then, you really don't get the scope of his influence.

Murphy is that guy that has laws that cover most of the bad things that occur to us each day, but most of us don't think of him and his laws that often unless he has moved in and set up a law kiosk in the back yard. The following is just a Murphy's Law sampler...

1. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

2. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

3. Nothing is as easy as it looks.

4. Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

It started by jumping in the Jeep for a quick trip to town. What's this? The check engine light didn't go out (Murphy's Law #1). I think this problem will eventually fall into Murphy's Law #2 above because after looking up the check engine diagnostic code the Jeeps computer spits out, and (Murphy's Law #4)getting tools together to further isolate the cause of the malfunction, the light went out. So going from Murphy's to Brian's Law... if it ain't broke, don't fix it, there is every possibility that Murphy's Law #2 will be realized in full effect at some undetermined time in the future at the worst possible moment.

As those of you who have been keeping up with the goings on at the farm know, we've been repairing and painting our barn. I have no idea when the last coat of paint was applied other than to know it's been a while, so the siding really sucks up the paint. So guess what... though we were sure we'd have more than enough paint, we didn't, and the west side is waiting for a trip to McCook for more of the red stuff to finish the job. Murphy's Laws #1 and #4.

Murphy's 2nd and 3rd laws came into play as the weed war continues. Murphy's Law #3 - I was using the mechanized assault vehicle (riding mower) when the front wheel caught a propane line that I have not gotten around to properly re-installing since we bought the farm (Murphy's Law #2). The combination of Murphy's second and third laws combined to equal Murphy's first law as the effect was to kink the gas line causing a leak. The only good thing about this was that I didn't lose all the propane in the tank, but I also don't own the tool needed to repair the problem (Murphy's Law #4) so a call to the local fix-it guys was required.

Murphy's Law #1 arrived again that same afternoon. Margie comes in and says to me "China". I say "what?", and she proceeds telling me that the outside water hydrant next to the barn has started leaking. The China remark goes back to my blog with the same name, and in case you missed it, you can check The City Slickers archived blog entries to read about it. It will involve digging for sure, and Murphy's Law #4 is proving true as I will need a new hydrant to fix the problem.

There's more, much more, but you get the idea. Murphy... Please find another place to set up your kiosk!

You can read all of Murphy's Laws at http://www.murphys-laws.com/

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That which you have, Murphy's laws, were once mine. I am so happy they have found a new home. Do not tell them where I have moved to. They are all yours now. Ha

Oh yes, they also procreate faster than you can break them.

-- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 3:09 PM

Now I KNOW we're DOOMED! Thanks for sharing Arley.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 8:18 AM

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