The Backyard Incident

The damp area on the backyard became mushy, expanded, and soon the whole area assumed the appearance of a rice paddy instead of a suburban manicured and home owners association approved landscaping. When swimsuited neighbor kids started showing up, replete with floaters, tubes, and beach towels, rather than start a stink, Wilson decided to charge admission. It wasn’t until the mosquito cloud actually carried off a pet Chihuahua that the police and the courts stepped in, and, much to the dismay of the HOA, the backyard was declared a wetlands area and protected by statute from draining or modification. Property values, which initially declined when Wilson’s Pond was a nuisance, rebounded now that it was an ecological feature. Wilson decided to keep the knowledge of the leaking sewer pipe to himself.

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