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January 24, 2019
And it is sparkies and plumbers today with their own arcane knowledge of how things work, each respectfully deferring to the other as their tasks cross hands and they perform the dance of installing a new water heater. There was the mandatory sucking of teeth, and the staged frown, as they reviewed the job and asked who quoted it: was it the young bloke, Derek? Reeling at the cost, I hadnít asked his name. After three days of cold-water showers, I am sufficiently submissive, but I note their rituals, the courtesy when approaching and their jaunty steps as they depart.