Rooting Around

I don’t care what sort of modern electronics, nice cars, furniture, or home you own, when the outlet pipe from your house gets clogged with roots, you have a problem. Plumbers, especially plumbers with big-motorized-root-grinding snakes, will always have work.

I’m supposed to be his first stop tomorrow, I’ll bet he has a nice truck.

An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing just because plumbing is 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 philosophy will hold water.
– John William Gardner