In reply to # 13820 by Britmog Lorne, I agree my Nephew is a Master Pipe Fitter, he works all over the world is never out of work and commands an executive salary. Currently working in the US on a major refinery project managing a team of 10, all expenses paid, expat status in the UK and earning $250,000. They just can't find the skilled workers anymore, he never went to University but took an apprenticeship straight from school, he's aged 39.
If I told you what my 33 year-old son-in-law makes with his plumbing comp, you would be nauseous. The point is that human skills have become very rare..at least in the western world. I have a clear perspective of that because I live in Canada, in a remote primary industry environment where large machinery must be repaired, in South America, where they repair everything, and lastly, the Morgan. In South America, expats come to spend the happiest years of lives, and stay only until their last light fixture, domestic machine and toilet stops working. Then they go back from whence they came, their dreams crushed. The lack of repair reflects their lack of the local language, the strangeness to the locals of their common necessities, the way new stuff is made, and the utter lack of skills. Honestly, we have the only residence, local or expat, that I know of where EVERYTHING functions. To that I credit my ownership of Morgans. Picture that behind the luscious photos of expat living abroad!!!.
A hint as to why would be helpful here. When we arrived years ago, my wife wanted a washer/dryer. Though you can hire labor for such things at a pittance, she is used to doing laundry herself. We find servants an invasion of our privacy. They had two almost identical models from the same manufacturer, one digitally operated and the other with rudimentary mechanical switches. I was curious as the prices were very different, the mechanical one costing 30% more! I chatted up the salesman and asked why. He explained that the digital one was, practically speaking, unreparable. When it broke, they would have to send away for a part, which would cost a huge amount and only arrive, (if I was lucky) 6 months to a year later, or more commonly not at all. In contrast, the mechanical one could always be repaired with locally available parts, new or used..most often from other devices. The machine should be good forever. Sadly, the manufacturer would not allow them a mechanical version unless they bought a digital version as well.