DIY Attitude

Kids These Days

I’m really getting to that age where I see myself sitting on a rocking chair on my porch yelling at the neighborhood kids to turn down their darn music and to get off my lawn. Just going to throw it out there, I’m not quite that guy yet. The younger generations really don’t bother me (too much anyway) and I don’t think I’ll every be like Clint Eastwood’s character in Gran Torino. I guess I would say I am more worried about them then annoyed by them. I feel like everything is being handed off on a little satin pillow these days and no one is learning any new skills or hands-on working experience. Everything is about technology and sitting in front of a glowing screen all day just taking care of everything (even banking!!) online. Am I insane to think people are crazy to do their banking online? Maybe I am getting too old…

Slowly Becoming the Lazy is Good Generation

I guess what I am trying to say is that we are raising a generation to be lazy. I would be willing to bet that 9/10 kids under the age of 18 wouldn’t have the slightest clue on where to begin if they needed to jump start a car with a dead battery. I was listening to a radio show the other day, and hand to God one of the members on the show called 911 because he had a flat tire. Read that again and let it sink in. Want to know the worst part? They actually sent an officer to help him. That sounds like a good use of our tax dollars. Let’s make an officer on the clock take the time to come and teach some dummy how to connect two matching colors together. Everything these days is a click of the phone or computer away to make all of your problems go away, and it’s only getting worse.

This will not be my kids, you can count on that.

My Roofing Disaster

So as you may have pieced together by now, I like to do as much as I can on my own and don’t like hiring people to do the work for me. It keeps the gears in my body and lord knows I’m not getting any younger as the days go by.

There was one time about 4 years ago that I did what I could until I threw in the towel and called for some help. To make a long story short, there was a very small portion of my roof that collapsed from the inside. It was a nightmare. My brother Phil and I worked for 3 days straight but just couldn’t get the insulation to cooperate so I did what everything in me stands against. I got help. My brother is just like me and has a lot of friends that are blue collar workers like us and knew some friends of a friend that came out to get me out of this mess. I almost went with http://www.grandrapidsroofco.com/ and was hoping I wouldn’t need whole new insulation and thought I could basically patch it up. But that was definitely not the case and ended up dropping thousands of dollars to get it done. But who’s kidding who; it was kind of nice sitting back and watching for once.

I continue to try and keep my kids motivated and excited to learn new skills but with all the distractions and friends playing their video games all day, it might be harder than I thought.

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