Rodney Dangerfield spun an entire career out of bemoaning the shabby treatment he received at the hands of others. It's unclear if dynastic plumber's union boss Larry Mazzola Jr. is hoping to traverse that rather narrow career path. But he's off to an excellent start.
In a terse letter penned to Supervisor Jane Kim earlier this summer, Mazzola -- like his father and grandfather, the head of the Plumbers' Local No. 38 -- manages to max out the Indignant-O-Meter. In four brief paragraphs, he packs in more indignation than experts say any reader should be exposed to in 10 or 15 angry letters. Proceed at your own risk.
The letter follows. For maximum effect, imagine, Joe Mantegna reading it:
Dear Supervisor Kim:
For the last two months I have been trying to set up a meeting with you to talk about issues relating to Treasure Island. I know that you have a busy schedule and, therefore, I have been trying to schedule a date through your aide. On numerous occasions she has told me that you want me to meet with her and I have responded that I prefer to meet with you as you are the Supervisor for District #6 and Treasure Island is in your district.
Friday she told me that you refuse to meet with me and requested that I meet with her. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am you would make me give my report to your aide and then have her repeat it to you at a later date.
As you know, I am a Director on the Treasure Island Authority Board and think I deserve the same respect that I would give to you. If you were to call me and ask to meet with me on any matter, I would not ask you to first meet with my assistant. I strongly feel that all Directors of the Treasure Island Authority Board should have an open door policy to the Supervisor of the District.
I hope this is all a misunderstanding and that we can move forward from here. If not, please let me know why you would treat me like this.
Larry Mazzola, Jr.