Occasionally, I run into the young & dumb as a bag of bricks, but have such a decent disposition that no matter what stupid thing they do or say....It is OK, because they make up for it with attitude. The reason I wind up laughing is simply this. I have never considered myself the old man on the mountain, who has all the answers...But these green young folks come to me & ask me questions & I could tell them the most unbelievable answer & they will think it is gospel.
Not that I do that mind you. The ones who are genuinely concerned with wanting the knowledge & are willing to be respectful, get my full cooperation. Those who are simply turds....Well, I have a ball in devising ways to make them understand the meaning of respect.
I was conversing with a plumbing contractor last night who has been saddled with what they are now calling a "pre-apprentice". That means, they can't find anyone with the basic skills to be enrolled in an apprenticeship program. They actually had to hire someone who can't even read a tape measure & this individual I was talking to, it is his job to teach this person fundamentals that they should have been taught in grade school.
He told me (he is a little older than me) It is nothing like when we were growing up. I told him, yeah, I know. They want $15.00 an hour to work at McDonalds, yet without a register, they can't even make change. We were in agreement on the causes of the situation & how to rectify it.
But if you want to know that....
You have to go & get me a left handed pipe bender first.