Let me tell you what is probably not going to make this column go viral: Me writing about infrastructure. But you know what Im about to do? Write about infrastructure. Thats because, even though a journalists livelihood has come to depend on generating traffic, tweets and sticky, sharable content, somebody somewhere in America has got to do the boring stuff. Today Im that person. Hopefully soon, Congress will join me in doing boring too.
Boring stuff, by definition, is so much a part of our everyday lives that nobody pays much attention to it. Its turning on your water faucet and seeing clear water flow from the spigot. Its going to the store for groceries and driving on a road thats so smooth you never worry if youll complete the entire journey. Its crossing a bridge and never thinking twice whether youll get to the other side, or plugging in your phone to charge it overnight and assuming youve got enough power for the job, because you want to have enough power for it.
For every daily, supposedly boring task you complete in a day, youre welcome, America, because an army of skilled workers did the thousands of logistical, technical, electrical and highly engineered infrastructure projects that made them possible … and then Congress helped pay for it all, most if it with little fanfare and much of it before you were born.