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Obsolete Man Skills

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Germany lead the way on that, or may it's the UK which has case law where office tenants can be charged for 'excessive' damages around toilets. It was a story awhile ago.
I don't see the problem here. If my tenants damage stuff beyond normal wear and tear, I'd expect to charge them for it. This is generally what the security deposit is for. (yes, I know in MA that's tricky and out of fashion, but that's not the point.)

If I were a commercial landlord and the lease included cleaning of the toilets, I'd absolutely charge the tenants if the bathrooms were constantly smeared with shit.

Are there more details to the story that make this policy objectionable?
 

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Fashioning your own buggy whip - definitely an obsolete skill. Unless your boyfriend likes it rough, of course.
 

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You'll be pleased to know Boy Scouts hasn't changed much in 40 years(really). My kids finished with Boy Scouts 3 years ago. Except for the tents, boots and rain gear being more waterproof, it's the same. They still go on real campouts, make fires, carry knives, swing axes, eat their own awful cooking (Though I learned adding Sprite to bbq sauce does make it better.), camp in the cold and rain, etc. They still have merit badges for riflery, shotgunning, archery, fishing, survival (spend night in shelter you made), hiking, etc. The kids also gain more leadership skills than they are aware of. The only thing noticeably different is adults have to use the buddy system and never be alone with a kid (Protects adults from false accusations as much as kits from molestation.).

For me the jury is still out on allowing girls in. The most recent thing I read from the BSA sounded like once the kids are close to puberty (advance from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts) they will have girl troops and boy troops, not co-ed troops. The scout master I talked with last year is hard core, old school, but he didn't seem to concerned.
 
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I once had a roommate who didn't know how to add windshield washer fluid or how to change a light bulb in his room. True story. He was ~22yo at the time.
 

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I once had a roommate who didn't know how to add windshield washer fluid or how to change a light bulb in his room. True story. He was ~22yo at the time.
Some people never learn the stuff and get a bad example from their parents. Buddy has parents who must have a money tree somewhere because they contracted everything out. House Cleaners, Meals, Maintenance, Yardwork, etc. Once he got a new office chair and I drove over because they had 0 tools and he didn't know how to put it together.

He has told me he wished he knew how to do a bunch of stuff that I do, I stopped pointing out to him that it was all blindingly simple things. You have a professional job and wish you knew how to use a hammer? Uh, you have the means to go to the store, buy a box of nails and a board, and then watch youtube and nail the two boards together.

It is 100% apathy though. My mother tried to teach me how to spackle holes and I always ended up doing a barely passable job. Cracks and holes in my house, you would have a hard time finding the old ones (hahaha old house, always has new cracks) because I took the effort to try to blend it all naturally. Of course then my wife had me prime the patches, I DGAF, and she points out the stripes of primer where the paint now looks different.
 
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Some people never learn the stuff and get a bad example from their parents. Buddy has parents who must have a money tree somewhere because they contracted everything out. House Cleaners, Meals, Maintenance, Yardwork, etc. Once he got a new office chair and I drove over because they had 0 tools and he didn't know how to put it together.

He has told me he wished he knew how to do a bunch of stuff that I do, I stopped pointing out to him that it was all blindingly simple things. You have a professional job and wish you knew how to use a hammer? Uh, you have the means to go to the store, buy a box of nails and a board, and then watch youtube and nail the two boards together.
Yes and no. I don't know basic electrical and wish I did but it's not something I can just experiment with at home.


How many years ago? Was YouTube a Thing yet?
YouTube was a thing. This was maybe 5 years ago?
 

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Yes and no. I don't know basic electrical and wish I did but it's not something I can just experiment with at home.



YouTube was a thing. This was maybe 5 years ago?
Yeah I was talking about some bottom of the barrel stuff, the "can you fight your way out of a paper bag" level. Electrical, I am a bit more wary though something like switching out a light fixture isn't on the same level as moving outlets so there is a spectrum.
 

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I had a roommate who couldn't cook for himself and ate out every night. I suggested he buy a box of mac and cheese because who can screw that up. He boiled the water, poured in the macaroni and then dumped the powdered cheese powder right into the boiling water. They are out there people, and this was 30 years ago.
 

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Though I can, and have literally built entire vehicles from the ground up, custom fitting things that aren't supposed to go there in......I'm a ham fisted moron when it comes to carpentry. My parents were both journeymen union carpenters in Boston, and the genre obviouslydidnt make it through. My dad just makes fun of any building project I attempt.
 
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I was in the car business years ago (sales), and I began to see tools become overly specialized: my first WTF was I asked a tech, "What's up with this bent box-end wrench, did you find a nut that wouldn't move?"
It turned out that the wrench had a curve on about a 30-inch radius, so an alternator bold could be reached. A straight wrench, or a ratchet would not work.
It's called a starter wrench and they've been around forever, just saying. Starters have always been a PITA to access on a lot of cars.

Dont worry.....the dems will introduce a bill before long to ban urinals
True story- I live in a brand new dorm at college in MA, and the dorm (and class building below it) does not have a single urinal. I do a double take every time I walk into a bathroom, and I've lived here for months.

I'm willing to bet it was a political thing, but seeing as the fire alarm system kept malfunctioning and sending the entire building out into the rain at midnight, the lighting system has been reprogramed multiple times, the elevator gets stuck on the second floor (the elevator has no doors on the second floor, but had a button and pushing said button would strand you on floor 2. The school fixed it by removing the button and leaving an empty space) and the architects or builders forgot water fountains (all this and it only cost us 50 million) it could also just be a gross oversight.
 
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Though I can, and have literally built entire vehicles from the ground up, custom fitting things that aren't supposed to go there in......I'm a ham fisted moron when it comes to carpentry. My parents were both journeymen union carpenters in Boston, and the genre obviouslydidnt make it through. My dad just makes fun of any building project I attempt.
Think how proud they will be the day you finally manage to weld those two boards together...
 
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It's called a starter wrench and they've been around forever, just saying. Starters have always been a PITA to access on a lot of cars.



True story- I live in a brand new dorm at college in MA, and the dorm (and class building below it) does not have a single urinal. I do a double take every time I walk into a bathroom, and I've lived here for months.

I'm willing to bet it was a political thing, but seeing as the fire alarm system kept malfunctioning and sending the entire building out into the rain at midnight, the lighting system has been reprogramed multiple times, the elevator gets stuck on the second floor (the elevator has no doors on the second floor, but had a button and pushing said button would strand you on floor 2. The school fixed it by removing the button and leaving an empty space) and the architects or builders forgot water fountains (all this and it only cost us 50 million) it could also just be a gross oversight.
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