There’s just something satisfying about clearing up things that are clogged. Clogged sinuses, clogged throats via the Heimlich (someone spews a giant piece of steak across the restaurant), clogged toddlers (like when you get the lego out of their nose), or traffic, or backed up plumbing! Pathways, passages and just about anything that requires movement or travel has the potential to get clogged, and it is only natural to be relieved when the clog is fixed; just the sound of the verb “unclogged” has a glorious ring to it.
What happens next is the wonderment, at the thing or things that caused the clog in the first place.
Enter here, the fascinating world of a plumber.
Disgusting, yes, but fascinating it remains, when a full grown man or woman unclogs a drain and holds up the giant, tangled, revolting mess of whatever it was that had clogged the pipes up to begin with.
Sometimes the culprit of the clogged drain is so large and terrifying you have to wonder how it ever got that big, and how it ever fit into such a narrow pipe, and how the plumber ever removed the monster safely without being eaten alive by the beast.
I didn’t realize this, or even think about it, until I came across some pictures in an article about plumbers, holding up the guilty bandits of formerly clogged drains, as if they were trophy fish. Giant monster prizes that were so unimaginable that the successful plumber just had to have someone take a picture of them, with their “catch” so to speak.
The proud plumbers then share these pictures, and compare their trophy catches, with other plumbers and with the internet, so that people like myself can stumble across them and marvel at their incredible feats of willpower and skill. I assure you, this portrait culture exists, and it is truly a thing to behold. Plumbers stand proudly holding mats of hair as thick as their fist, and seemingly as tall as they are. There is a picture of two men, holding up a giant monster of a clog that looks like it contains seaweed and root stumps, and possibly large teeth?
Looking at pictures like this makes me wonder how they survived the job? It makes me wonder if there had been a moment when they thought they wouldn’t make it out alive. If they thought to themselves that something might just be alive in that clog, sleeping soundly until they go to pull it out of its comfortable home and disturb its slumber, so that it awakens and tries to bite their arm off. Plumbers have become something new in my eyes, something bold and heroic. Just take a look at these pictures and see for yourself! And if you have a picture of your big “Catch” Submit it at the bottom!