(Why yes, I did get Ds in Latin.) Okay, fine: "About the Plumber." We use Ben Franklin Plumbing, a local outfit with a surrealistically catchy jingle and generally good results -- so far, they've been 4 for 5 with us and the exception was probably due to my not making it quite clear enough that I wanted a verdammt indoor shutoff for the outside spigot.
--Anyway, I was wondering what the American Prometheus might've said 'pon restoring drainage:
"Mr. Franklin, Mr. Franklin, what sort of drain have we got?"
"A republic, madame, if you can keep it."
And on that general line of thought, it occurs to me that the threat of administering caustic soda to politicians whenever they become so full of excrement that they're of little use is not so bad an idea -- oh, but alas, who could we trust to ply the plunger in a fair and even-handed manner?
Still-- Tempting, ain't it? With the drain auger in reserve for really bad cases.
In the meantime, voting: use regularly to keep our representative's courses clear.
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