For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
So, the other night, the wife and I were watching TV and this commercial for some insurance company comes on and Mom is telling us how glad she is that she has this insurance because her son got a flat tire and he would have been stranded if the insurance company hadn't come through... but because he had the insurance, he got home safe and sound...
REALLY?? This teenaged boy doesn't know how to change a tire??
What's happened to us?? When did we get stupid??
How stupid you ask?? The following is a list of things that the majority of millennials (children born after the 90's...) have no idea how to do according to an article by Mike Adams in "Natural News" I decided to test this theory with my nieces and nephew and guess what... they had no idea how to do a majority of these things...
#1) Plant a seed in dirt and grow an edible plant.
#2) Change a bicycle tire.
#3) Sharpen a pencil.
#4) Identify the name of any tree or bird in the real world.
#5) Check the oil level in any engine.
#6) Name a single star in the night sky.
#7) Change a blown fuse in anything (or even reset a circuit breaker).
#8) Drive a stick shift. (Many don't even know what "stick shift" means.)
#9) Navigate using a printed map without using GPS.
#10) Know how many stars and stripes there are on the American Flag or what they stand for.
#11) Repair a broken garden hose without throwing it away and buying a new hose.
#12) Stop bleeding with a tourniquet.
#13) Cut a piece of wood in a straight line using a hand saw.
#14) Know what "DC" means in Washington, DC
#15) Cook a real meal that isn't "instant" or microwaveable.
#16) Start a camp fire, even with a lighter.
#17) Sharpen a knife, even using a knife sharpener.
#18) Build a shelter in the forest by using only forest materials.
#19) Use a car jack without ripping the bumper off the vehicle.
#20) Chop wood for a wood stove.
#21) Locate and reset the ground fault button on an electrical outlet to restore power to the outlets.
#22) Dry clothes on a clothesline.
#23) Strip a copper wire.
#24) Securely tie a rope to anything at all.
#25) Calculate a 15% waiter tip in their heads.
#26) Make a broken bone splint out of anything at all.
In one case, my nephew asked me what a fuse was... and the maps in a road atlas blew his mind!
Why is this?
This is what happens when an entire society of teachers, parents and spineless community leaders tell young people they're "awesome" and "amazing" even when they're actually rather pathetic and clueless.
Most of the things on this list were things that I learned at my father's knee... things that he passed on to me because "You need to know this!" Apparently parents don't pass this basic skills on any more.
As you read this list, recognize that Millennials are just one event away from being removed from the human gene pool via natural selection following almost any disruptive event (power grid failure, natural disasters, war, etc.)
Read this and weep for humanity's future...
How to operate a clothes washer and dryer
How to open a garage door should there be a power outage
Be kind. We have the new version washer and dryer...I call my wife.
The other thing...have you tried to get gas out of one of the "new" gas cans? I was at my son's house and used his snow blower to clear the driveway and it needed gas. I found his gas can and it had all this crap as part of the plastic snout where the gas is dispensed. I gave up figuring it out and unscrewed the whole thing and used a funnel to get the gas into the snow blower!. At home I have one of those "old-fashioned" 5 gallon galvanized painted red gas can from the 70's that has the metal flexible snout that now cost about $50. just for the can. Many times when I fill up my old-fashioned tank at the gas station guys will come up to me as say they wish they had one like it.
The insurance ad just drives me nuts every time that I see in on the tube. The kids wonder why we refer to them as snowflakes etc. at the best. I use many other choice words that really ticks them off and end up being called an old fart a lot. I still can change my old tire and do know what a jack and lug wrench is.
The down sides sometimes is that I never figured a car manufacture would not put a spare tire or even a donut in a nice car. I leased my first Cadillac XTS a few years ago. It did not even have a jack or any type of spare. I went down to the local Cadillac dealer here in California to buy those items. The two young parts guy just thought that I was a crazy old guy when I wanted to order a spare and a jack. I explained that I tend to blow out tires around this crap hole area versus just a small hole. I asked them what the hell you are to do if you are out in the dessert here or in Nevada, Utah or Colorado or in Kansas where I grew up at. You can be stuck for a long time out in no man's land. I do carry a spare tire and jack with me at all times. My old Oldsmobile had both.
My new Cadillac XTS had an expensive option to have a donut and a jack. What a rip off.
Life does change over time and I sometimes wonder what type of diaper these youngsters are wearing.
Had a power outage one time....wife wakes up n I'm in the kitchen with some candles and drinking coffee...She naturally asks why the lights aren't on and I tell her there must be a power outage somewhere.I had dug some candles up from one of the drawers in the kitchen...All of a sudden she looks at me and says "how come we got coffee but no power??"
Told her I had run to the local 7-11 got like 3 large coffees bought em back and poured them in a coffee pot and set it over a couple of small candles...Power came back an hour later...
That's funny Stick and very ingenious!! We lived on a farm for a lot of years and power outages were pretty common, especially in the winter. We had a propane stove so we could cook and we learned early on to have plenty of candles on hand, a kerosene heater and an old fashioned percolator... the kind you put the grounds in and put on the stove. If you have heat and coffee, you can survive...
"Back in the day"....Not sure about the year but....I was like maybe 11-12 yrs old.
Me my Mom and Dad were living in Southern Illinois...A huge storm blows up....wasn't a tornado but was close.Our house was all electric...My Dad had just had a new furnace installed....new duct work and everything...First day was kinda hectic with road crews clearing fall trees and etc.Day 2 was a little faster and my Mom had come up with the idea of using a couple of the old heat vents form our old furnace and making coffee and even cooking on them.As a matter of fact one day she was making coffee and around the corner of the garage a couple of the guys from the power company walked up and asked if they could get a cup of coffee before the started....this turned into a daily thing...including breakfast for like 3-4 days till all the electrical componets were replaced and or repaired and everything was back to normal....actually onec the power was turned back on those guys from the power company were disappointed because they couldn't get any more of Moms coffee and she wasn't cooking on the little fireplace SHE setup in our backyard
Just flat scary fer sure , when you hear this stuff !!!!!!!
I tell these youngsters that low expectations will always lead to low results in life. Anyone can jump the bar if you put the bar too low. I have worked with a number of younger people to get them to try and raise that bar higher and just not be one of the pack. Peer pressure has been there for ever, but it seems to be drilled into these youngsters minds that it is bad to excel from the pack. A few get it, but most like being in the pack looking at the idiot buttons on their phones.
Most of us had to grow up fairly quickly when we joined the Navy and had one heck of a lot of responsibilities put on us at a very young age. I was 19 when I volunteered for the Navy and was around a lot of other guys of that age or even younger. We were kids in a lot of ways, but were able to step up and get the job done. It sure wasn't always a heck of a lot of fun, but we did what was right most of the time and did our service to this wonderful country.
Excuses have always been for losers. Winning and being successful in life is not bad even though way too many people always want to play the victim card and blame you for the success you earned in life. It is a lot easier to sit on you butt and complain about the welfare check not being enough rather that being personally responsible and earning your way in life.
I was thinking back on some of the posts and if I remember correctly...."BACK IN THE DAY" our AUTO SHOP teacher @ 1961 or 62' "MADE" each one of us take a tire off and put it back on....and yes we had a couple females in the group ....basically the teacher (ex Pro Chicago Bear) MADE us do it...as mentioned there were 2 females in my class....which I have no problem with or about.Of course there are those who couldn't screw a light bulb in without screwing up...male or female
I hear you Don - I joined the Navy when I was 18 and I think back and it boggles the mind how much responsibility we were given - A bunch of kids working on a flight deck jockeying around billions of dollars worth of hi tech (for then anyway... would deem kind of archaic by todays standards) equipment and doing it WELL!! Considering the environment, we were able to launch, recover, repair, maintain and fly a small airports worth of planes and then go back to the compartment to play pinochle and smoke cigarettes... a bunch of kids doing the job!
And no one really had to push most of us... they expected, we delivered...
We were pretty awesome...
That's right Bill....17-18-19 year olds were responsible for the up keep and maintenance of some expensive aircraft.IIRC these same men had the option of either saying the A/C was good to go or that it was in need of maintenance ...and NOBODY doubted their decision