Everything is relative

I received the following story in an e-mail and want to share it with you. I don't know who the author is, so I can't give credit where credit is due. But it's one of those little vignettes that makes one smile with an "ah-hah" moment...

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Ford XR8 when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop, who was waiting for the service manager to take a look at his car.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?"

The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the XR8.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag, and asked, "So, Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $39,675 a year, a pretty small salary, and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The cardiologist paused, smiled, and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic, "Try doing it with the engine running."

Many thanks to Nitin Ale for his photograph of an automobile engine. He made it available at www.sxc.hu.

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