Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha


Skills: ya gotta have ’em, if’n you want to be self-sufficient. Most preppers I know, have ’em. Not all of them mind you (skills or prepper) heck, there just isn’t anyway for one person to know all there is; the more I learn, the more I realize how much more there us TO learn. I will admit to one weakness: electronics. I have some electrical skills, like wiring houses, wiring in cars, diagnostics of systems, as well as power systems, like generators etc. I was trained on power generation by some engineer from GE back in the late part of the 90s, and he had likely forgotten far more than he readily knew. When it comes down to the solid state stuff, I’m not clueless, but likely dangerous because of a certain lack of understanding. Knowing that, I tend to leave it for others and try to make sure there is some other in my circle that does know it. I can rig up a receiver system for RC aircraft, even fine tune that side of things, but recreating such, never gonna happen cuz I am trying to flesh out knowledge across the board, and that is one area where dedication is a necessity. That is basicly the idea behind “no man is an island” concept.

I am a jack of all trades, master of none. I will be the first to tell you I don’t know something, and likely the first to try and find a workaround as a solution. Jerry rigging/redneck engineering is my forté, and as my boss has commented on occasion, I do not like thinking inside the box (his comment was “outside the box!?!?!, shit J, your in orbit around it!”.

Where my contemplation comes in is about working. I lie my ass off when applying for work, if you consider leaving skillsets unmentioned a lie. Why? Because I have talked myself out of a job by explaining things I know how to do, have done, do, or even goals for some of my projects. I actually talked myself out of a machinists position by describing one of the jobs I had done on a private scale. The owner of that business didn’t know that you could do such with a standard lathe, so I guess felt intimidated; he even said as much, though did not say that was the reason he wouldnt hire me.

My age is a factor too. Between experience and age, many places around here will hire a young n dumb over age and knowledge, due to pay. Most of ’em dont want to pay a lot, and most places I see offering positions barely compete with McD’s in scale. And thats for skilled labor positions. The grunt labor jobs are worse. I have taken one or two of those slots, just to have a regular income for budgeting reasons. It sucked, and the dumb I was working with was just astounding. It seems like those with a brain either lay low ( I did) or just find other means,(I’m doing that as well)

I have also found that extra schooling immediately raises a flag on you. Sometimes good, but often bad. And that just flummoxed me, the first time I encountered that in the negative. I blame the libtard colleges for this, and have seen where any degree that wasnt 100%STEM based was immediatley rejected.(and having seen the curriculums for some of those degrees, understand completely. ) Even then some engineering degrees are questioned hard. (Mining engineers around here have a whole shitload to prove before acceptance. I think there was a school or two “giving them away” and have met one who was so flipping lost about such basic concepts, like hydraulics,,,,) (side note: I downloaded an engineering test app, just for giggles. I have taken 4 of the 10 tests and my average has been 87%. I havent delved into the electrical engineering ones for reasons mentioned above. Point of fact, I didn’t go to school for engineering, and yet, I can achieve a passing grade for the tests I have taken ? And those tests would qualify me for a mechanical engineering cert? Hmmmm. Makes one wonder: is it the testee, or the test? Have the standards been lowered like they seem to have done in so many other areas? )

I don’t know. It seems every year we grow further and further from the highly technical world I recall, into a more idiocratic world where failure and stupidity are rewarded, and the cogs that make the world turn, suffer.

Has anyone else seen such?


2 responses

  1. Yes. Injection molding shop in town here was afraid a recent applicant with machining, metrology, and electronics experience was somehow going to “take over the company” if hired. Another manufacturer in same town pays minimum wage and will only hire unexperienced applicants.

    May 16, 2018 at 10:18 am

    • One thing I have noted is the attitude shift from when it was the Personnel Dept, not the Human Resources. Things started going fuzzy about the same time IMO.

      May 16, 2018 at 5:57 pm

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