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“Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This past week the temperatures in Gainesville plummeted into the twenties – farenheit.  Because of the cold, the local news channel decided to do a short segment on how to keep your pipes from freezing.  They went to one of the larger plumbing outfits in this town and interviewed one of the men there.  I happen to have first hand knowledge of the interview since the person interviewed was my husband.

Now I must preface this story with some facts. Fact # 1 – When my hubby took his licensing exam, he studied diligently, took his exam and passed.  When the time came to go downtown to secure his license, everyone in the office stopped working to see the person  paying for a license.  My husband wondered why everyone came out and was looking at him, when someone finally broke the silence and began clapping.  I guess by then, question marks were flying from his facial expression.  One by one the worker came to shake his hand telling him he scored the highest anyone has every scored on a licensing exam.

Fact #2 – My husband also teaches plumbing to students at a 4 year college, and he is affectionately known as Mr. Codebook by students and faculty alike.

Back to the news story.  So, during the interview, my husband explained how to keep the pipes inside your home from freezing, as well as how to protect the exposed plumbing under your  home and around the exterior of your home.  He ended the interview with a chuckle saying:  “If you don’t take these precautions, maybe your pipes will freeze, and maybe they won’t; hopefully they won’t.”

When that segment of the news came on, the broadcaster gave all the tips my husband told in his interview, and the only part of the interview with my husband they aired was the very last sentence he spoke, “If you don’t take these precautions, maybe…”.  Talk about twisting words!  If anyone dares tell me the news people are not biased, that they are reporting the facts and showing the facts, I will make sure they hear about this interview where they made my husband sound like he didn’t take his trade seriously!

I’ve always know to take what the news says with a grain of salt, but I now know first hand how words can be skewed to change what someone said.


About Mme Jocelyne

Hi, I'm a transplanted northerner–(born and raised in New York to French immigrants–Oui je parle Francais)-living in Florida for 20 years. In the 70's I worked as a realtor in the Bronx – City Island to be exact. Then I started a family and didn't keep up my license. I aspired to a career in architecture, so I went to New York Institute of Technology for three years, moved to Florida and finished my degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After 10 years of working in my dream career I sustained an injury to my shoulder. This injury never healed because I was constantly on the computer doing cad design. I finally decided to make a career change – something where I could use my training as an architect. Needless to say, I was worried – where will the money come from? How will I be able to afford my career change? But, I put my faith in God and went for it. It’s the best move I ever made, other than my husband, children and dogs.

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