Chapter 2

Even though I am finding myself coming around to life here in New Castle County, I am always going to represent Calgary anywhere and everywhere I go. That is where I was born and raised. It is as much as part of me as my DNA. The characteristics I carry are all very much a product of where I grew up. I am more sure of that now than ever before. With my new job, I find myself meeting other transplants like myself who hail from all across the continent. There is even a fellow Canadian working in a different department at my company who I met at a recent work function. This is a change from the makeup of my former company, which comprised of mostly lifelong Calgary residents. Working alongside such a diverse group of people, I am beginning to notice the nuances between people from various regions in the US and Canada. It comes down to more than just their accents or appearances. It is something that has bearings on their values, beliefs, interests, and personality. Of course, this isn’t applicable in every case and should not be used as a measure of a person, but it is something interesting to note. I am proud of my Canadian heritage, and I am equally happy to be able to live and work in the US. I want to make both these aspects abundantly clear.

Today has led me to believe that I can manage this with minimal effort. After giving my forearms a healthy amount of exercise over the last few months trying to make sure my kitchen tap was completely shut off after each use, I decided this was a plumbing issue and not just a fact of life I should have to deal with every day. Still being relatively new to the area, I had no idea which plumbing service I should call. I will be the first to admit that I am easy prey. I don’t know much about plumbing and I’m quick to trust anyone who can throw out a few big, technical words. It’s a flaw I am working on. Nevertheless, this is why it is important for me to find a reputable plumbing company that will not try to take me for a ride – because like a lamb to the slaughter, I will go in blissful ignorance.

I always try to solicit friends and family for their recommendations first. Being that I have only recently moved here and have no family in the area, my list of contacts was rather short. Instead, I turned to my coworkers. I’ve gotten to know them well enough over the past couple of months and I felt confident that I hadn’t given anyone reason to throw me under a bus. I knew I would get at least a few solid referrals.

My coworkers did not let me down. I find people love to help, especially when it comes to giving tips and advice. They were all too eager to share their list of trusted Delaware plumbers in the New Castle County area with me. There was one name that was on every list so that was who I called.

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