Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Life is Messy

Life is messy. You hear this all the time, but often it's associated with things that are aggravating, but in the scheme of things, really not that bad.
As I write tonight, I can testify that in fact, life is messy. Recently, our toilets began to flush slowly.
I didn't dally, but called my personal plumber (my brother-in-law) Ricky to seek advice.
"How long has it been since your septic tank has been cleaned out?" he asked. My mind feebly ticked backwards, and I finally said - I think it was 1985. 
He said they should really be pumped out about every five years. Hmmm, I did the math in my head. 2012 minus 1985. So, I should have had it cleaned out five times. 
I had that conversation last week and today the septic tank guy arrived just before lunch. Thankfully it was only 96 degrees, when we began digging around in the back yard trying to located the tank that was placed in the ground when Carter was in the White House.
When we found it, I got the tractor and helped dig 30 years of earth off the tank.
I won't go into the details of the next few steps of the operation, but suffice it to say, I wouldn't do what these guys did for $425. 
When I asked the guy how long he'd been in this line of work, he said over 25 years. His father did the same thing and he took over the business.
I have a great respect for this guy. He does an honest days work, treats his customers with respect, and makes life less messy. 
I love America.


  1. Yeah, I fear we need to do the same.

  2. After reading this, I am truly glad for a sewer system which, sadly, I've always taken for granted.

  3. And that is a special kind of mess. :)

  4. Not having your septic tank cleaned regularly? You are a real risk taker, buddy. You wanna look danger right in the eye. I beg of you: Do not wait that long again.


    P.S. When we lived in Maryland, our septic guy's truck was called "The Honey Dipper." tee hee


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