I knew right around 2 p.m. that my basement was going to flood. Living in Hamtramck, you get used to it coming every August: A heavy rain that floods you out. If the downpour lasts just a half-hour, you’re OK, but if it persists for an hour, you’re going to get backflow in the basement. If it persists for two, three, four, five hours, you’re going to get it … bad.
It’s a quirk of the early 21st century that everything that’s doesn’t involve a microchip is suddenly being called “analog.” It’s as though 99.999 percent of human heritage is now relegated to being the exception in our shiny new digital world.