Some parents push their kids to become doctors or lawyers. I think my parents were like most. They just told me to do my best. My dad liked to say, “You can be anything you want. If you are a ditch digger, be the best ditch digger you can be.”
I got what he meant. Do your best. Put your back into it. Give it 100%. I also knew encased in that pearl of wisdom was, “If you end up digging ditches, don’t bother breeding because those won’t be my grandkids.”
Today I got a lesson in ditch digging when the plumber showed up to repair the main water line to my house. The leak was somewhere near the meter, probably a foot or more underground. The guy had a hole dug before he even rang the doorbell.
Locating and repairing the leak was pretty straightforward. The total came to $15 for parts and $190 for labor. It turns out, ditch digging can pay very, very well.
But this guy earned every penny. He dug a 2X2 hole in 30°F weather and repaired the pipe all while smiling. When I asked him questions, he gladly gave answers and that got me a bonus.
I pointed to something just outside the meter box and asked, “What is this?”
He replied, “The PRV, pressure reduction valve.”
I got very excited and said, “Can we crank this up while we’re in here? The water pressure in my house is pathetic.”
With a quick turn of a wrench and another twist of a screwdriver, the job was almost done. My yard is not only leak free, but I can actually knock the soap off my skin with my new, more powerful shower.
Yeah, this guy digs good ditches. He even back fills them. The $205 was money well spent. If I had tried it myself, I would have spent twice that getting my back straightened out. So here’s to digging ditches and digging them well.