Seems the Wall Street Journal – like any number of people in this crappy economy – is in search of something positive to pass along. The local recipient of that search: would you believe, Roger the Plumber?
That’s right, Roger. Forget about Joe the Fake Plumber. This is serious journalism, not pure propaganda and these folks do their homework.
“Here’s the story,” Roger says. “I got a email last Monday and someone at the Wall Street Journal wanted to have a talk with me.”
The plot thickens…
“So she asks me some questions about me and says, I’m writing an artical about a survey Gallup did,” Roger says. “They asked people around the country how happy they were and they found out that business owners are the happiest people. So she went on a quest to find business owners that have gone through some challenges – I’m sure that won’t be hard – but they’re (still) happy.”
The type of challenges Roger has faced over the past two years?
“The challenge I’ve had is I’m in the emergency business,” Roger says. “If someone wakes up and their drain is clogged or they don’t have any hot water or they have water dripping through the ceiling – that business is still good because we’re fast and well-equipped.
“But then there’s the other business we did a lot of and that’s upgrading. people didn’t like their faucet or they have a crappy flushing toilet or they might want to add a bathroom to the basement. These are all optional things and they’re putting that kind of thing off. Even people who haven’tlost their job or taken a cut in pay. I think they’re worried about the future and the media hype. I mean, some of them can afford to do (something) and they’re not. And that has affected our business.”
So heRoger’ss happy because why exactly?
“It doesn’t take away from me as a business owner,” Roger says. “I’ve done some things to cutmy overhead – cut back on some advertising – and our Christmas party was at (my) home instead of at a restaurant. But even with those adjustments, it doesn’t take away that I’m still in charge and that’s the real joy. You know, I’ve got great customers, great employees and a great family. I’m not like a worker who puts bumpers on Pontiacs and suddenly they don’t make Pontiacs anymore, and through no fault of my own I don’t have a job.
“So as business owners, I think that’s why we’re happy. There’s not a lot of uncertainty in what we do. We’re going to do whatever it takes to make things work.”
ETA on the WSJ story: “I think the story will be out Wednesday or Thursday,” Roger says.