A mate of mine had a flat in Marino on Dublin's northside back in what now seems like another lifetime. One evening there was some persistent ringing at the hall door and he eventually, reluctantly, went to answer.
He opened to be faced with then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who beamingly introduced himself as the local TD for Dublin Central, and asked if there was anything at all he could do to boost the locality.
My friend's curmudgeonly side prompted the answer: "Yeah. Why don't you p*** off back to Government Buildings and run the country?"
But more happily, he put his polite side out and replied non-committally about all being well, gently sending the nation's leader on his merry way.
The anecdote comes to mind again as we learn that the current Taoiseach is donning his white coat one afternoon a week to do a bit of doctoring in this time of coronavirus crisis.
Dr Varadkar, aka An Taoiseach, told us yesterday that he's basically manning a phone one afternoon per week giving coronavirus advice.
Imagine phoning up to hear the voice of An Taoiseach asking about how persistent your cough is, whether you have fever, how's your breathing pattern?
You'd be bound to say: "I'm sure I know your voice from somewhere. Do you be on the wireless or the telly from time to time?"
So, Leo Varadkar's 'Doctor Kildare' moment has stoked a debate with strong arguments on both sides.
In the 'V' corner you get: He's a recently qualified medical doctor following his own injunction to non-practising medics to re-engage. He's the son of a GP and a nurse, both his sisters and their partners are medical care workers, his own partner is a consultant doctor. What's the problem?
In the critics' corner you get: This is political gamesmanship and tokenism at best. He already has job enough leading the nation in time of crisis. In such situations there is a simple rule of thumb - do the job you have.
So, who is right here - the 'V' corner or the critics' corner? Well, the real answer is it depends on how things pan out in the coming weeks.
Varadkar and his Fine Gael colleagues have got a new and deserved lease of political credibility from the official response to the coronavirus crisis.
But much depends on where this one lands, and on how soon a semblance of normality returns.
And, crucially, on what the economy will be like in the aftermath.
This little diversion comes amid big questions about the quality and quantity of resources available to our health services.
Coronavirus resource and funding pinch-points show the perils of thank-yous, bouquets and parliamentary rounds of applause.