Man vs. The Man

Douglas Holub

Copyright 2022 by Douglas Holub


Photo of the house at Johnson City.
Photo of house at Johnson the author.

Here are two stories about some amusing encounters with "the powers that be":

We bought a small house in Johnson City, Tennessee back in the 80's. It had a dirt/gravel driveway, and the water meter was located in that driveway. We soon discovered that the water meter leaked so that a small, steady stream of water would constantly trickle out of the meter hole and down our driveway out into the street. So there was always a little muddy mess in our driveway.

I called the water department, reported the leak, and asked them to come out and fix it. After a few weeks and no action, I called them again, but still no response. So I wrote the following letter and mailed it to the water department:

                                                                          June 13, 1986

Dear sirs, 

I've called a couple of times to request that my leaking water meter be repaired because it was making my driveway a muddy mess. I'm writing this letter now to let you know that there is no hurry to make that repair. I have determined that the leak is on the city's side of the meter, and I've found that I can siphon the water out of the water meter hole with a garden hose and use it to water the trees in my front yard. I would appreciate it, though, if you could make the repair sometime before winter, because I'm afraid the ice forming on the driveway could be a safety hazard.

Best regards,

Doug Holub

I am not making this up: two days later the water department came out and fixed the leak.


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