No clearer example of the decayed and decaying relationship between the Department of Water and Power and the L.A. City Council exists than the Pong-like battle over watering rules in the city of Los Angeles.
It's become like Pong because it's just outright boring. (If you never played Pong, it's like Activision Decathalon, when you would have to just shake the joystick back and forth for about 15 minutes to run a marathon. If you don't know what either of those two things are, well, you're not a Gen X-er who had an Atari 2600, and you probably never read the Sears catalog like a novel either.) So maybe another metaphor for it is this: imagine two people straightening a picture hanging on a wall. The first time it went on the wall, it pulled out some plaster; they were using the wrong hook in the wrong place. But now that it's secure on the wall, they're each nudging one corner, one on the left, one on the right, each saying saying his way is straighter.
My old law school roommate used to say the same thing over and over again while he was studying: "Make. The Bad Man. Stop." I'm starting to know how he feels. Los Angeles, are you even still paying attention anymore? Will you follow these rules? Do you even know what they are?
Beep. Pong. Your turn!