We’re in the last week of voting for Best Of Regina, prairie dog’s annual reader’s poll on Regina’s neatest people, stores, activities and miscellaneous whatnots. Voting ends at noon next Thursday. Until then I’ll be profiling some of our new categories every day.

What’s up this frosty Friday? Best Plumber And Similar Boring Categories, that’s what.

Best Plumber sounds duller than dust. Look at the “services” section of our poll, there’s a lot of yawners: Best Roofer, Best Carpet Cleaner, Best Insurance Agent, Best Flooring, Best Electricianzzzzzzz. Why would anyone care?

You know what else is boring? Plumbing that works. Level floors in your home or business. An insurance provider that helps you when you’re robbed or there’s a fire. Not being electrocuted when you plug in a vacuum.

Most of us never think about a tradesperson,  contractor or  or service agent until we need one — but when we do, we sure need them to be good.

So please vote for the boring categories in this poll. Not just to give credit to the Best Plumber, Best Accountant, Best Roofer, Best Glass Repairer or Best Mortgage Broker — not that good people who do their jobs well don’t deserve credit — but to help your fellow prairie dog readers decide to call when they need something built, fixed, insured, landscaped, photographed, rented or managed.

Think of it as helpful consumer information for your fellow readers, who will — I guarantee — be calling the winners of this contest when they need help from a professional at something boring but really important.

Vote for Best Plumber! And all the other unsung heroes who keep Regina flushing along.