Saturday morning around 10am, a “catastrophic” leak in the pipes that bring water to the Boston area instigated a “boil order” for all the city’s residents. That means, before drinking water or washing dishes or food, it is advised that we boil our water to kill potential bacteria. This reminds me of the 2003 blackout that plagued much of the northeast: it shows us how very delicate is the electrical, convenience lifestyle that our culture has made us accustomed to. I will be thankful when we have convenient water again. Until then, let’s try not to scald our fingers in our haste for cleanliness!