So, it hasn't rained here in Italy for something like 3 months. I know we're not alone --places all over are suffering from drought. I can't really complain. I still have the city water in my house and for the front garden (which hasn't always been the case) and unlike others, I don't depend on my orto crops for my livelihood. All the same, I've been doing a rain dance everyday for a week now. I even washed my car... that always guarantees rain, doesn't it?
I can't complain but I will anyway. The scarcity of water brings out the worst in the Maberghini (people of Maberga), myself included.
A nameless neighbor ran my vasca dry over night about a week ago. F**ker. So it's fighting time. Someone has to stand up for my tomatoes, which can't do for themselves since they are totally wilty from lack of water.
So I went to the Self...the place for everything you need for DIY, except the knowledge to actually do it. I, once again, arrived there without having any clue what I needed to buy to fix my problem. Instead, I had a vague idea that I would get a "piece that would connect my hose to a tap". I did know that the tap was female and that it was the size of my thumb.
Damn if I didn't run into a really really nice friend who I hadn't seen in years.
L: Ciao Aldo!
A: Ciao Leeeennnn! Che ci fai qui?! (what are YOU doing HERE)
L: blah blah blah, water war, blah blah blah, some random piece, blah blah blah.
A: Come on. I'll help you.
Half an hour later Aldo was doing this to the random piece that I needed to buy.
Apparently most taps to which hoses get attached are male, not female, like mine. So I needed a male instead of a female piece, and I needed that male to have the diameter of my thumb. In italian, they measure in metric, but they also use inches sometimes. In italian an inch is called a pollice (which translates as"a thumb". perfect!) So we....ok ok ok, Aldo found said random 1 inch male piece. But it had an extra little bit on the end that I didn't need, so he cut it off.
Going home astonished at my luck at running into Aldo and very enthusiastic to DIY some water works for my poor tomatoes, I headed up to the orto only to discover....
I have a 3/4 sized thumb.
Yep. My circumcised garden hose piece was too big.