your next scuba vacation: the Mexico City sewer system!

Divers keep vast, smelly sewers flowing:

In the darkness of the sewer, Barrios could see nothing. He doesn't bother to carry a light, because it would be of no use in the thick waters. He inched forward in his bright red suit, an airtight model that sealed away the disease all around him, feeling his way with his rubber gloves, listening in the darkness. He could hear the powerful, whirring pump that pushed the flow through a six-foot-wide pipe. His mission was to clear away the debris around it so it wouldn't back up into city streets. Thousands of homes have been flooded in the past by dammed-up wastewater.

"I've got it!" Barrios said as he pushed away bottles, plastic bags and other junk he could not identify by touch. At least there were no human bodies today, like the two he found floating by recently.

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7 Responses:

  1. whizard says:

    Hah!: Two years ago, he gave up a career in accounting for this which, he noted, says something about accounting.

  2. ultranurd says:

    I think it's in India where one of the Untouchable castes has to clean out sewers by hand, with no protective gear. Yum.

  3. tjcrowley says:

    I'm going to Mexico City in November, although not to job hunt.

  4. jhf says:

    I think I'd rather do what he does than my own job. It almost sounds like fun.

  5. thirdwired says:

    The appropriate quote would've been:

    "Now Barrios was singing. 'I live in the water, lah-deh-dah-dum.' It was a popular children's song, 'The Pretty Little Fish,' and Barrios sang it like he couldn't possibly have been happier. He loves his job. Two years ago, he gave up a career in accounting for this which, he noted, says something about accounting.

    ...Just sayin'.