Our new neighborhood depends -- in a fairly serious way -- on the moon. Being close to the water puts us closer to the moon, also.
At the end of our block, it floods. It's not a rare "heavy rain" thing. It's not a mistake in civil engineering or roadway maintenance. It's inevitable and predictable. It's a fact of life.
Indeed, in this neighborhood, we're close enough to sea level that the spring tides -- those that come from the new moon and full moon -- flood the streets.
The good news is that it isn't a lot of water. And -- of course -- they have an app for that. I have Tide Graph on my iPhone.
What's important is that we have to know the moon's phase. It's such a simple thing, but electric lights and indoor entertainment like the internet and television put a big distance between us and the moon, the tides and our environment.