For want of a nail, a shoe was lost.  For want of a shoe a horse was lost.  For want of a horse a rider was lost. For want of a rider a message was lost.  For want of a message a battle was lost.  For want of a battle a kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

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It's about the seemingly unimportant little things that can cause huge differences in the world, both good and bad. Suppose the Titanic had been 100 yards South of the iceberg on it's route across the Atlantic.

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The little details are important!

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Will_Janitor Will_Janitor OP


The little details are important!

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Will_Janitor Will_Janitor OP

Yup! Very true indeed. That's why every job should be done the best we can do - no short cuts, no skimping. I can think of a zillion building code violation stories that ended in the loss of life - and the original offender, that one that let things slide was never even spoken to about the breach.

People are way to quick to buy on the cheap and complain when first rate results are not achieved.

I got off on a tangent there - but I love the post!

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Budwick Budwick

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I also like the post, and the tangent. Now, please allow me to be devious and go off a tangent off your tangent. Sorry for hijacking your post, Will!

What you say is true - what seems cheap and fast now can actually be very expensive in the mid-long term.

Anyway, off to the tangent -- that reminds me of something that happens in my country. Public construction work is done by subcontractors. Unfortunately, like practically anything related to the government here, it's riddled with corruption. Often, budgets are intentionally overestimated, and people buy less than enough material and stay with part of the money. This sometimes has fatal results, like whole structures collapsing. It's really sad and infuriating.

My dad has worked for one of those subcontracted companies, and one of his jobs was to plan and buy material for a specific construction work. It was not construction for people to live, though; it was related to TV and radio infrastructure. Anyway, there were people constantly trying to convince him to get into the corruption game, but I can proudly say that he never accepted it. The construction and installations under his command were always impeccable.

Once, an inspector came. Due to the corruption that riddles this field, this inspector was so used to poor work that the first thing he did, upon arriving to the place, was to literally scratch his hand through the wall.

Do you know what happened when the inspector did that with the walls under responsibility of people other than dad? The material shamefully came off.

Do you know what happened when he did that to my dad's wall?

My dad tried to warn, "Are you crazy? Don't do that!", but the warning came too late. Dad's wall was so impeccable that the inspector's hand came out all bloody! :D

Again, sorry, Will, for hijacking your post. :P

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primeiro primeiro

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No problem. It was a good story, and I can tell that you tell it with pride. 🤗

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Will_Janitor Will_Janitor OP

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Great story! You must be very proud of your father. He sounds like a great man.

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Budwick Budwick

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Thank you. :) And yes, he is a great man, indeed.

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primeiro primeiro

Yep, sometimes apparently insignificant things can cause huge effects:

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