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So there I am sitting on the floor with my head under the sink.
The question: what am I doing there? is the wrong question. The answer is plainly obvious, since I am surrounded by the bowels of plumbing: two outlet pipes and a u-bend.
The question: what am I doing there at eleven o’clock at night? is also the wrong question. And, had it been asked at the time, I would have said, it is also somewhat irritating. It is quite obvious what I am doing: I am cleaning the drain.
However, the question: do you know how to fit these pieces back together again? That question – however hurtful in its tendency to cast aspersions on my mechanical ability – is entirely relevant to the problem in hand. Bulls-eye!
You could then continue and ask: But shouldn’t you be in bed? Or: Won’t you get cramp sitting on the floor like…
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