Artificial lake? Don’t be silly, Isabel: It’s too small.
Slough? Again with the silliness: It’s too artificial.
Pond? Less silly, but somehow not right. A puddle it must be, although that brings to mind Dick and Jane splashing through much smaller bodies of water:
a small amount of water or other liquid,
especially rain (my emphasis)
that has collected in one place on the ground
Or on the asphalt, I guess.
A puddle is generally of a size to invite commentary like: “Don’t step in that puddle!”, because it’s so small you might not have noticed it. But this puddle is eminently noticeable: It is not small.
How not-small is it? Well, accurately estimating length-so-long-it-verges-on-distance is not my long suit, but here I can first estimate the length of that metal container and then scale up. So: fifteen feet? Twenty? It turns out I have changed the problem but not, you know, solved it. This is often the way of things.
On the other hand, nothing here really rides on precision. Let’s go with the 20, and guess that the length of this puddle is, oh, 70 feet. That lines up with what I can see of the fence: There look to be about 9 sections and I’m assuming a standard 8-foot length. Close enough: We’re not commissioning a nuclear plant. We’re not even making a watch.
You might be wondering what we *are* making. Just another entry in my OMG list.
I first saw “this” puddle last year. The quotes are because presumably it wasn’t this water, but it was water in this location. I was surprised then. I’ve moved up to astounded.
Everywhere I have lived and travelled, the parking lot is the weak sibling. Their stingy layout (cleverly creating an apparent abundance of parking spots, but each one just a little too tight) and their generally poor maintenance indicate clearly that developers put parking lots in the “Meet the Minimum Specification” category. But this year-over-year neglect of standing water takes that strategy to a new level.
Last year, I assumed that the heavy rain of the day before had temporarily overwhelmed the parking lot’s drainage/runoff capacity. This year, after only a modest rain shower two or three days before, I wonder whether years of uneven settling have completely overset the intended drainage patterns. Is this now a Permanent Puddle?
When you have a bug you can’t fix,
highlight it and call it a feature.
– Software development axiom
Me, I would accept that my parking lot has a new feature, hold a naming ceremony, and put in some water plants. Bring in some chairs and umbrellas, throw up a lemonade stand, and the whole thing could be a revenue source, if not quite a profit centre. This is the desert, for goodness sake: Water visibly collected in one place, even on asphalt, is at a premium. And hey. It’s not like there would be any fewer parking spaces.