By Joseph James
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Tried to back out. However, as his previous abrupt halt had forced me to do likewise, he crashed into me and almost overbalanced. He did a quarter-turn to the left and, at the same time, a quarter-turn reverse-march all over my feet, which was painful to say the least. There we were, reverse-marching to the foot of the two steps. I was unceremoniously bundled up the stairs and it was then that I saw her. What inward passions a woman can trigger off, for all I could see was a lovely face and the top of two heaving breasts.
Then you would crawl, sometimes ripping your knees, arms and face. If you had to travel on your back, it was one hell of a game and extremely uncomfortable if you crawled over a clinker. Nine times out of ten it planted itself right between your shoulder blades – very painful and exhausting because these jobs went on all day and the next, until the pipework was finished. Needless to say what a job it was. Having arrived at your destination, you then had to screw the pipe into position. I suppose I was very fortunate to be with a plumber with a sense of humour, who managed to get tears of laughter rolling down my face.
Common sense can only be applied on what you are told. The English language being what it is, one can understand, or be excused for, some of the clangers that are dropped day to day. I was told, “Fit all the gutter together matching it best you can” and boy I did just that with speed and confidence. Alas, all was wrong as I soon found out when the plumber stepped back on the job. ” I said, feeling very proud of myself. The old gentleman was still leaning on the wall in the background. The plumber strode up and then down looking at the gutter which was at about shoulder level.
Above the Water Line by Joseph James