Todd and wife Kara stand next to a Model A during the Prohibition-themed party.
Todd and wife Kara stand next to a Model A during the Prohibition-themed party.

   When you’re a small business owner, sometimes life can go from glamorous to grunt work in an instant.

   One minute you’re living it up in a three-piece suit, and the next you’re cleaning No. 2 out of a sewer line.

   Just ask Todd Weir.

   “It’s quite often where you’re out and about and they’ll come up and say, ‘I don’t mean talk business, but ...,’” said Weir, owner of Pinnacle Plumbing in Green Lake. “As a business owner, I can’t think of anything better than that.”

   Such was the case Aug. 4, when Weir visited the Green Lake Association’s annual gala, held at Shoreline Marina.

   He and his wife arrived that evening dressed to the nines for the Prohibition-themed event.

   “She’s in a flapper dress, pearls, long cigarette. I’m in literally a three-piece pinstripe suit with two-tone black shoes,” Weir said.

   Not typical plumbing attire, to say the least.

   That’s when it happens.

    “[Shoreline owner] Ryan Meiborg comes up and he says, ‘Hey, we’ve got a problem. Can you take a look at it?’” Weir said. “I mean, they’re loyal customers. Ryan and his family are personal friends of mine, so [I said], ‘Yeah, we’ll take a look at it.’”

   Turns out, it’s a plugged toilet in the women’s bathroom, right in the middle of the shindig.

   And Meiborg doesn’t have a plunger handy.

Read the full story in the Aug. 30, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.