I will not be surprised at all to see a major uptick in the U.S. economy, considering the generous flow of money into the months-long construction extending out from the back of our 1970 house (which we purchased in 1984). Not only is this a substantial addition (in terms of space) but also we are paying the price of over three decades of maintenance neglect (specifically the siding and trim) since we purchased our first in 1984, almost 31 years ago.
I feel your pain!!!!! We have lived in our home for about 30 years. I have always been a bit of a DIY. But I am now finding the more I work on projects that need to be done around the house, the more I realize how much needs to be done. The other reality of life is, I find I can no longer put in the day of physical labor that I use to........ One of the trade offs of retirement is, I now have more time, but It takes much more time to do just about anything.....
Chip, time to switch your job title to "Project Manager". After all, they don't ever do any real work. :-))))
I like your thinking
sidewalk supervisor motto: hard work never bothered me - I can stand and watch it all day.
Kind of reminds me when we moved here and I was doing a Government short-term job before I retired. I drove by this crew working on some minor road project in the morning and there was this young lady standing looking at those working. And then in the evening after a day of "hard work" myself I drove by the project again in the evening. There she was still watching them working. My problem: She might have been getting paid more than I was!!! :-))))
I was born in 1944. My parents married in June, 1942. Earlier than that, a lot of North Carolina people were lured by the prospect of paid work to build up Fort (yes, Braxton) Bragg (Fayetteville, NC). The story told by my father (one of the "carpenters" who went there to build) -- a worker carried a two-by-four (or other timber piece) on the shoulder and was seen walking through (over and over) - when asked what he was making - replied "seventy-five cents per hour" (which may be overstating it a bit).
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