I have actually had to teach a young man in his early twenties how to sweep...using a broom, ya know?
And when you buy something for $3.83...and you give the cashier $4.08...and they are dumbfounded, paralyzed, stupefied, bewildered, speechless...unless they have a cash register that they can enter $4.08 cash tendered...and then the superduperpooperscoopercomputer tells them that they owe me $0.25 in change...or as they say in the south "one round quarter".
I remember the days when any good carpenter could cut rafters or build stairs using a framing square, or a calculator. Now, a "carpenter" is someone who has a hammer and a nail bag - and that's about it. True craftsmen (in any trade) are few and far between.
Things like "common sense", "abstract thought", "initiative", "pride in work", "curiousity", "thirst for knowledge" seem to be lost in the past...figments of my imagination?
Uh-oh...am I being negative again?