How bad is it…

…when you steal your inspiration, which is desperately needed because you still like crap most days, from a guy who is undergoing multiple procedures to save a kidney? Or a guy who is slightly older than you and 10 times as busy?

Actually, there are a lot of things I could write about, even though I’m still fighting The Yuck. But they can wait. Consider this a couple of important Public Service Announcements.

Peter, the Bayou Rennasaince Man, has a post on “Sobering reflections on our lack of preparedness for a true emergency” that merits your time. I suspect that most who stop by here are in the top 1% of folks who are prepared for bad times. That’s great. But are you prepared enough?

Yeah, let that thought keep you up at night for a while.

Eaton Rapids Joe has one of the better commentariats in the blogosphere. He mined them for this doozy of a post, From the Comments. The whole post is worth reading, but if you know a college-aged kid, yours or someone else’s, here is a list where, if you only addressed 10% of the items on it, could make a dramatic difference in that young person’s life in the next few years.

Can the typical new college graduate:

  • Fix a toilet that keeps running
  • Change a light bulb
  • Reset a tripped breaker
  • Fix a leaky faucet or clean the aerator
  • Clear a plugged drain
  • Clean a bathroom
  • Dry out flooded bathroom or laundry room
  • Find a wall stud to hang a shelf or artwork
  • Fix a hole in the dry-wall
  • Paint a wall 
  • Change a wall switch or power outlet
  • Change the filters in their HVAC unit (do they even know what HVAC means)
  • Clean a dryer vent
  • Find a gas leak
  • Move an appliance
  • Bypass a power garage door opener that is on-the-fritz
  • Clean the gutters
  • Mow the grass
  • Shovel the walk
  • Dig a hole
  • Divert water run-off away from your foundation
  • Pour a slab of concrete
  • Call tradesmen for quotes
  • Hire a tradesman when appropriate and be able to communicate the issue and expectations
  • Tighten screws to fix loose doors, strike-plates, hand-rails, etc.
  • Lubricate a lock or a hinge or replace a door-handle
  • How to set a mouse-trap? Where to set it? How to bait it? How to remove the dead mouse?
  • Deal with a bad neighbor

We really do stand on the shoulders of giants. Now if that just allows me to see farther sometime soon…

2 thoughts on “How bad is it…

  1. It baffles me that anyone, teenage and up, would not know how to use a shovel, or mow the grass, or tighten screws, but I guess I live too isolated from the Outside World. I used to say I was born with a snow shovel in my hand. My father always had a large-ish vegetable garden. Mom always cooked, no takeout was available back then, and no restaurants nearby. We couldn’t afford them anyway. I could at least peel and cook potatoes by age 10, make scrambled eggs, and watched Mom bake cookies. I helped Dad in the garden (not much, I mostly just carried hand tools and fetched things), and ‘helped’ stack wood at 5 or 6 years old.
    I thank God I was raised in the country life, and not a city.

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