posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 10:55 AM
I also stopped fixing my friends computers. I will almost flat out refuse to do so now. My one exception to this rule is catastrophic boot failure. I
will if I can make it start and tell them to back up, or how to fix it, I will go no further. I will not do the repairs anymore for free. It's just I
do empathize with losing files as its happened to me.
We weren't rich my family, and we did something called bartering. I really wish we could get the younger generations back into bartering. It could be
trading something simple like time, or one field of expertise for another. I fully admit this wasn't always an equal trade but it evens out in the
end. Looking at the monetary value isn't always how this works, you trade in essence your time, or something that is useful to the other.
I'll give you an example. Years ago in Oregon while on the road in a van we had a flat. Getting the spare out, we discovered it was flat as well, and
we were just sitting there without the funds to go buy a new tire, in some small town in the middle of nowhere. This old country looking man in a
pickup pulls up and points out we have a flat, to which we agreed. He asked about the spare, and we showed it to be flat too. Old man mentions his
friend has a garage down the road and he'd be happy to give one of us a lift to go get a tire fixed. We mention the financial situation and this old
man just does a sherlock scan of the van and points "friend mentioned he was needing a new tape measure." So I took a ride, a flat tire and a tape
measure and came back with a working tire. Solved.
Now that story is just good timing and luck, but the people involved had a different way of thinking I propose could be beneficial to society as a
If someone helps you offer something back, anything, make a damn effort. If you ask for something, always offer something back. Be it time, a hand, a
skill, or a small thing they might have use for.
Anyway that's my rant inside a rant...