This isn't a rant or anything like that, more of an observation. When I was young my dad and many other friends parents had workshops and garages and such like and they all seemed quite capable of fixing many different things, it was the norm, some tinkered about with cars, others built stuff out of all sorts of materials or were making new stuff for the home. I suppose in them days it was either the case of having no choice but to do stuff themselves or a lack of options to get it done by other means. I'm the same, I can do almost anything to a high standard, obviously I can do electrics but I can also plumb, do woodwork, vehicle mechanics, you name it and I will have a go at it, I recently change the timing belt on the van without breaking a sweat and today me and a friend found a knocking noise on his car and replaced several suspension components, its now sweet as a nut. I know this is a bit of a ramble but I'll get to the point, nothing phases me, if the engine blows up in the van I'll replace it, if the roof blows off my house I'll replace it and I'm sure many of the older generation would feel the same way about stuff. But come across someone under the age of say 30 or so, not only is the task of doing even a simple DIY job beyond their practical abilities but it would fill them with absolute dread if you suggested they even attempted to have a go. When did everyone become so impractical and how on earth do they afford to get stuff done all the time. They seem to get a man in for everything nowadays, how the hell do they afford it? either people who work in offices and such like are on a vastly superior wage to the likes of me or you or they save up for years and years just to get simple tasks done. How does someone who works on the tills in Tesco afford a tradesman to redo their bathroom at £200 a day? I would feel ashamed if I had to get someone in to change the plug on the washing machine, yesterday I replaced a CH timeclock for someone, it was a really easy task, couple of screws and 3 or 4 wires replacing like for like, it would have even slotted over the old backplate if I wanted, but the hipster bearded house holder just sat at his kitchen table tapping away at his laptop. I suppose he could have made 10K on the Forex markets whilst I was hunch under his boiler for all I know but it didn't look very manly at all. I'm really glad I can do all the stuff I can do and I'd never ever trade that for being a snowflake rich boy.