The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Laughing Matters

April 25, 2014

The Surgeon and The Plumber

- — A well-know and very dignified surgeon called a plumber to fix the flooded bathroom in his office. When the plumber arrived, he was carrying an extra set of overalls. The dapper, impeccably groomed and expensively dressed doctor smirked in a condescending way and said: "Do you usually need a change of OVERALLS?!"


      The plumber just smiled. When he was done, the plumber gave him the bill and told him he had to get some more equipment from his truck. He explained that he needed a new assistant because of all the work and was short-handed. He asked the surgeon if he knew of any friends who might want the job.


      The surgeon raised his eyebrows and pointed at his suit, his shoes, and his office: "Now, do I LOOK like someone who would have a plumber for a friend?"


      "You're right. A high class guy like you in a fancy suit would never know plumbers," said the plumber apologetically. He put the overalls down on a chair.


      "Exactly!" sneered the upper-crust doctor, as he checked his shoes to make sure the shine was still perfect and carefully tightened the knot of his tie.


      When the plumber returned, he entered the surgeon's office, and the first thing he saw on the floor were the doctor's brand new mirror-polished $700 Brooks Brothers captoe business shoes, but their owner's feet were not in them. A few feet away, he saw the doctor's black silk socks, also discarded.


      Next he found the hand-tailored $2,000 Armani pinstriped business suit that the doctor had been wearing, also neatly folded, with attached paisley braces, as well as the natty Hermes silk tie and the matching pocket square, monogrammed gold cufflinks, starched white shirt, silver tiepin and Rolex. His medical degree and briefcase were also piled up next to them.


      The plumber went in and there was the famous surgeon in overalls, lying under the sink with his bare feet sticking out. The plumber tapped on the soles of the formerly dapper doctor's feet. He looked out, with sweat streaming down his hundred dollar haircut. The doctor pointed at the bill and said "You found your assistant."

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