January 22nd, 2010


Habitat Renewal, part n in a continuing series

John William Gardner [W] writes:
    An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

Some of you have been to my house, and have seen my kitchen sink and tap; some of you have used my kitchen sink and tap.

Well, now there's a new kitchen sink and tap, in gleaming stainless steel, and with a tap that you can actually turn on and off easily. This is very pleasing.

The plan was that the boss-guy (a general builder who also does plumbing) was going to come out and fit the sink and tap, and then advise me on all the other things that needed doing (like re-wiring, and replacing the roof on the conservatory). However, what actually happened is that he sent a plumber-who-only-does-plumbing-and-gas-fitting, and so we didn't get to have that latter conversation. After the weekend I'm going to give the boss-man a call and invite him over so I can point at things and he can suck his teeth and write large numbers on bits of paper for me.

Still. New sink! New tap! Woo-hoo!

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