Business Booming

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  1. Hi Amy,

    yes, it is very hard find some good worker, but I believe that was always the case. We have a lot of workers generally but very few good workers. We have quantity but not quality,and we are very lucky when we find someone who is very good in his job,and it seems those guys are great. Stay blessed Amy

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    1. Ben, these younger people today do not want to work at all. Natta. And yes it is difficult to find quality workmanship especially in a world that focuses on greed over that of quality. Have a good day. 😎

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  2. Yes Amy, this worlds younger generation seems to have lost something, and I’m actually not blaming them or their parents. The first shot fired was the push to have both husband and wife working to make ends meet, and the impact that this had on their children. It began an emotional isolation that is now coming to the surface as they grow up.
    But enough of that, and more to the point…you smile with your heart young lady, not a wrinkle for miles 😀 ❤

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    1. Mark, I get squirmy when I hear the “blame” word. I’m proof that even though I grew up in a majorly dysfunctional and abusive environment, I was determined … and still am …. to overcome those patterns. I have seen some truly magnificent young people who have a grounded head on their shoulders and with an attitude that they will work in order to achieve. They give me hope. Too many, however, have an attitude that everything is to be given to them. The “give me generation”. Those who run businesses have discussed how rude and how disrespectful these young people are who think they are Kings and Queens. One of my other commenters said that on “This Old House” this very problem of lack of apprentices is being seen and how they are trying to rectify this problem.
      And thank you about my smile. Oh yes smiling makes wrinkles too. LOL Have a great day today! 😎

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  3. Hi Amy 🙂 It is the time of year to get these things done. It is good that you have found a company to help you replace the siding on your home next year by seeing it done well on your neighbor’s home. That is the best kind of referral. Good luck with your own house and yard maintenance tasks. I am happy for the wisdom life and life lessons have brought me. 🙂 I think smart phones have their usefulness. Like everything, it seems, they have their pluses and minuses. I like that my family has a way to get in touch with me if they need to. I don’t participate in the “always on” aspect of modern life. I think it can distract people from living life. And as we all know, at least if we are old enough to be called Mame :-), life goes by really quickly. I hope you have a wonderful day! Love and blessings. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh yes, Sarah, this year is turning out to be a busy one for us! It feels good to be getting things accomplished. RE: cellphones … yes they are a good thing in many ways yet they have caused an addiction with far too many. There is a real growing problem in this Country where trade jobs cannot be filled … carpenters, plumbers, construction workers, roofers, siders …. all because the younger generation do not wish to work. Another commenter said that he watched This Old House where it was pointed out there is a real problem in the trades department. They are trying to get apprentices to fill jobs that are needed to be done.
      In the South Mame is common. Up North here not so much. I do realize it is a title of respect but it just struck home for me yesterday my wrinkles are showing. LOL Have a wonderful day!!! 💖💖💖

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    1. It is good to know that somebody out there is addressing this problem, Dan, because it is getting epidemic. We need carpenters. We need plumbers, we need those people who are willing to work with their hands to learn a trade and dig into hard work in order to create. There is nothing quite more satisfying to me then working with my hands to create something even if that involves seriously hard work. Thank you for your comment. I so appreciate your feedback!

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  4. What you described is what lil red dot has faced since 1990s. We hire workers from China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and Thailand to work here. They build our infratstructure. They build roads, dig trenches and are first to be samaritans at any incident or accident. With education, no one wants to take on this job.

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    1. GF, I was not speaking of jobs such as digging trenches. I was talking about trade jobs, qualified Carpenters, plumbers, roofers, … people who actually have to work with their hands in order to create. Another commenter on this thread said that he watched This Old House lately and they are saying the same thing, that they cannot find apprentices to fill the jobs. There is a real crisis in this country because of lack of interest in the younger generation.

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      1. Same here. We use foreign talent. Plumbers and electricians are hard to come by. Tradesmen are taken over by our foreign talent. These include engineers too. If I had a choice I would be a plumber and electrician.

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      2. They sure both make a good Buck let me tell you! That kind of money is nothing to turn away from. I am so satisfied within my soul when I create something with my hands.and if I could go back in time I would be a carpenter. I just love to work with wood. Perhaps next life?

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  5. One of the excuses Classic Fence used for absconding with everyone’s deposit, was the inability to find qualified workers. Of course, that doesn’t explain why they continued to accept those deposits knowing they couldn’t complete the work. I did notice, however, that our fence contractor’s employees were seasoned men who had obviously been doing the work for many years.

    There is a push on to bring the younger people into the trades. My daughter’s boyfriend is applying for an apprenticeship either as an electrician or plumber, and I hear the competition for these good-paying training positions is becoming fierce. Not all of the younger generation are lazy and unwilling to work, but the focus on college education has led many of them astray. How can anyone pay off those student loans when unable to find a job using an English Lit degree (for instance) and then having to take a minimum wage job at Walmart or Starbucks to make ends meet? I think finding decent work was easier in our day.

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    1. You are giving me hope, CM. When I was speaking to the owner of the siding business he mentioned they cannot find enough help to get the work done. They are snowballed under right now. This is why they are reaching as far as the Amish in Pennsylvania. Yes I do know there are some really great “kids” out there with their heads on right yet there are so many who do not wish to work at all. In our day, we were willing to do anything, at least I was, to get ahead until I could get through college. Again too many these days, according to a woman who is a manager at a store at a local mall, tells me that the attitude of these youngins are …. Hey, this is not my real job so I don’t give a sh*t about how I do my job. Trade jobs are paid a good buck and if you are good with your hands and have a quick mind, why not?

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      1. I had to laugh the last time I had our “preferred” plumber in (to do that kitchen). I think of him as a kid, but I’d say he’s in his mid- to late- 30s. At some point during our conversation, he said he was glad his helper called off sick that day because “those kids” don’t want to work that hard anyway and he was better off doing everything by himself.

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    1. There’s a lot of desperation going around lately, Holly. If these jobs, skilled labor jobs at that, cannot be filled work orders cannot be filled. I don’t know what it’s going to take for the turnaround to happen but there will be a turnaround. It is a shame that these businesses are frantic to get their work done. When I spoke to one of the owners if the siding business yesterday, I was told they are snowballed under and they have no way of knowing how are they going to get all the work done at this point. What a shame.

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      1. I agree with you in regards to the immigration issue, but I do disagree with you regarding the skilled labor issue. When it comes to skilled labor, those jobs that require hard work and hands on knowledge, this younger generation just does not want to do it. In my opinion, they are the ones who are losing out. My heart still goes out to these companies who depend on skilled Tradesmen.

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      2. I don’t have the answers, Holly. I just know that my husband for example, does have a college education and he was a highly skilled Tradesman. This world has gotten so crazy I don’t recognize it anymore. I pray that things begin to make sense again. The way things are going I highly doubt it though!

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      3. …. Hubby has a mechanical engineering degree which by no means is easy to achieve. And let’s face it, not everyone can fill a white collar job and not everyone is suitable for a white collar job either. People have got to come to their senses and realize what is for their best interest at heart.

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      4. Most young people know if they are able to achieve a college education or find out soon enough. My point was I am suspicious of anyone in politics discouraging higher education for future generations. . It’s not right.

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  6. I just heard that the lawn services are having a terrible time getting help because of trump and his evil deportation. People are afraid. As you said, that and a lot of people don’t really want to do manual labor. But kids are not going to school either, because they are afraid of deportation. People/children are being terrorized and that makes me sick. So, they don’t seem to understand that no one is ready to step into the jobs that are left by those who are sent out of our country. And I’m sorry, by I had to laugh a the thought of one and a half hours being a long drive. LOLOL When you live around here, and sit on an expressway that has turned into a parking lot, that’s not such a long time. It takes that long for a lot of people to get to work everyday and that’s without traffic jams. Rush hours start earlier and earlier. Everyday, you never know how traffic will be. Part of living here. It can take 20 minutes or an hour to get to the same place on different days. But there are going to be real problems with workers, because of trump’s stupid, idiotic policies. Maybe he can get his hands dirty and mow the lawn or put a roof in place.

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    1. I was mostly referring to highly paid skilled labor trade jobs, Gigi, with this post like carpenters, electricians, plumbers, rough framers, siders, roofers. These are not entry level low paying jobs but highly skilled “blue collar positions”. Even the men who did our driveway had to understand engineering and pitch and math. A lot of figuring went into the planning of how our driveway was to be formed.
      As for traffic, driving 3 hours every day for a job blows my mind. I’m just glad I live where I do. I will stop complaining about the increased traffic here because in comparison to other parts of the country it is nothing.
      We all understand the evils and corruption in the political world, my friend. No more need to be said about that.
      Have a good day. Just do what you can to make your small part of the world good and happy and beautiful. That is all any of us can do!!! (((HUGS)))! ☺️

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      1. Oh, I misunderstood. We need professionals in every field, no doubt about it. And believe me when I say that traffic drives us insane. You are definitely living in a more peaceful place, as far as that goes. City traffic is like a knot and even though we’re used to it, it can be frustrating, that’s for sure. We all plant flowers and do the best we can. Hope the cats are all doing well and please say hi from me. ❤

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      2. That’s okay, Gigi. Sadly, the younger generation are so focused on technology they no longer are willing to use their brains and hands in order to make a living. This is a widespread problem affecting all levels of jobs. As for a traffic I have no patience whatsoever for jammed stopped traffic leaving you driving on the road for hours at a time. I do not know how people do it. I take my hat off to you for living where you do. I will tell all the cats hi from you. Thank you! We have one that is experiencing problems that has to go to the veterinarian. All others are doing well thank goodness! 💕🐾💕

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  7. You have done very well indeed to find good workmen who are honest and turn up for the job. One day, an Englishman will realise that that is all people want, and he will make his fortune….or her fortune, which is, if anything, a likelier outcome!!

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    1. Word-of-mouth references are a golden gift, John. And as we watch what these workers do we know who we will be hiring to do our siding next year. It is getting harder and harder to find quality in workmanship these days. It is just so sad.

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    1. Yes it is. The younger generation does not want to work without a computer in hand or so it seems. And then there are the issues regarding immigration as other people have brought up. But that is not what this post is about in all truthfulness. I was speaking of blue collar highly-paid skilled Tradesman, a lack thereof. Thank you for your comment!

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    1. Unfortunately no, Erica. The apathy in this country and worldwide is very alarming. I don’t know where this is leading but my heart goes out to these people who run businesses who rely on skilled trade workers and others as well. For the siding company to go out of state into the Amish communities to find help, speaks volumes to me. I hope you are having a wonderful day today, dear friend! 💕

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      1. I just saw I made a typo… I meant “know” and not “not”. Sorry about that.
        Yes, definitely! People barely want to make their hands dirty… even those who could find a job that way. Have a lovely day, Amy 🙂

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  8. I completely understand people who have to work under the heat of the sun such as those roofers. I saw how they work over the baking sun, I can’t imagine one can go through for the entire day.

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    1. I understand your point, YellowCable, being that you live in Florida. Being on a roof in extreme heat must be very difficult to do. Not all are cut out to do this kind of work. I know I am not. 😎

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  9. I’m glad there is someone close to you that is not afraid of hard work and is skilled – blessings to you my furiend!😺❤️

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  10. I agree. I have been concerned about the same thing – the younger generation and trades. Lots of youth find jobs in supermarkets and such and don’t want to work. There is less and less youth going into trades. Here in the UK it’s the same – there is a huge shortage on workman – good workman. There is a dangerous push to get kids in school and program them into “higher” learning when lots of them may enjoy working with their hands more. Not sure what the future will look like???? Amish are great workers, good quality!! Much love to you!! ps don’t work too hard!!! LOL

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    1. Bless you for staying on topic. Too much got thrown into the mix with this post. Whew!
      Everywhere I go I listen while store managers, owners of companies, workers, all moan about how terrible this younger generation acts. It’s shocking when observed to see these young people act as if they are Supreme Beings. Another commenter said he watched an episode on This Old House bringing up this very topic saying they cannot get enough apprentices to train to fill the jobs. No one wants to work.
      Not everyone is cut out for school. Not all will be hired in white collared jobs. There is nothing to be ashamed of being a Tradesman. My hubby was one having a Journeyman Card, the highest status in his trade. And he made a really good buck, let me tell you!
      As for me working too hard …. of late I’ve been moving! So much rain here has led to my bushes getting way out of control so I’ve begun pruning them. Then it rains again so I hop indoors and get some hard cleaning done. On days when I feel like it I ride my bike or go hiking. It’s wonderful to be alive and feeling good, Donna. I am so Blessed to have my health again. I hope you had a great day and thank you for your wonderful comment. It was with great Joy I answered it!! (((HUGS))) 💖💖💖

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