Yesterday (Sunday) in frustration at what seems to be ever diminishing water pressure, I sent an email to the local water authority essentially saying that, although we understand the need to conserve water, maybe (in view of the widely known fact that the local dam is full) they could perhaps ease off on the pressure restrictions slightly. I expected the usual bureaucratic emailed response which said pretty much nothing.
Wrong. First thing this morning two blokes arrive and cheerfully announce they have come to find out what the problem is. They replaced the water meter on the basis that it was "a bit old" and did a couple of other things, and lo, there is a slight improvement in the pressure.
I was really astonished at this prompt attention and really appreciative.
Chatting to them while they worked - they were both in their 50's and have spent most of their working life doing this stuff - I was struck by how happy they were in their work and how proud they were when they appeared to have effected an improvement. It was also obvious that they liked and respected each other, though I'd guess even if they didn't automatically like each other they'd just "get on" anyway.
The episode made me wonder about our insistence on needing university degrees, and our determination to climb all the corporate ladders in search of "achievement". I just wondered whether these two blokes with their truck of tools and pride in their work, hadn't perhaps achieved more than many of us who have gritted our teeth in the competitive world of business.
Would be interested to know what others think.