I thought this was a pretty good analogy to putting up a tower
(except for the last line). I hope you enjoy it.
> The Lord spoke to Noah and said, "Noah, in six months I am going to make
> it rain until the whole world is covered with water and all the evil
> things are destroyed. But, I want to save a few good people and two of
> every living thing on the planet. I am ordering you to build an ark."
> And, in a flash of lightning, he delivered the specifications for the
> "OK," Noah said, trembling with fear and fumbling with the blueprints,
> "I'm your man."
> "Six months and it starts to rain," thundered the Lord. "You better have
> my ark completed or learn to swim for a long, long time!"
> Six months passed, the sky began to cloud up, and the rain began to fall
> in torrents. The Lord looked down and saw Noah sitting in his yard,
> weeping, and there was no ark.
> "Noah!" shouted the Lord, "Where is My ark?" A lightning bolt crashed
> the ground right beside Noah.
> "Lord, please forgive me!" begged Noah. "I did my best, but there were
> some big problems. First, I had to get a building permit for the ark's
> construction, but your plans did not meet their code. So, I had to hire
> an engineer to redo the plans, only to get into a long argument with him
> about whether to include a fire-sprinkler system."
> "My neighbors objected, claiming that I was violating zoning ordinances
> building the ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the
> city planning board."
> "Then, I had a big problem getting enough wood for the ark, because there
> was a ban on cutting trees to save the spotted owl. I tried to convince
> the environmentalists and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that I
> needed the wood to save the owls, but they wouldn't let me catch them, so
> no owls."
> "Next, I started gathering up the animals but got sued by an animal
> group that objected to me taking along only two of each kind."
> "Just when the suit got dismissed, the EPA notified me that I couldn't
> complete the ark without filing an
> environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn't take
> kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of a
> Supreme Being."
> "Then, the Corps of Engineers wanted a map of the proposed flood plan. I
> sent them a globe!"
> "Right now, I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Equal
> Opportunities Commission over how many
> minorities I'm supposed to hire."
> "The IRS has seized all my assets claiming that I am trying to leave the
> country, and I just got a notice from the state that I owe some kind of
> use tax. Really, I don't think I can finish the ark in less than five
> With that, the sky cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow arched
> across the sky.
FAQ on WWW: http://www.contesting.com/towertalkfaq.html
Administrative requests: towertalk-REQUEST@contesting.com