Labor day weekend is such a drag for me. It spells the end of my annual freedom from work and yet another 9 to 10 months of mind numbing boredom as I go back to my lift and production line.
Since I continue to get paid for my annual Summer lay off I look forward to it and I spend each Summer getting pet projects finished. This Summer I built a new trailer for wood cutting, added on a huge amount to my garden and started a bee colony. OK pretty boring stuff unless your a hillbilly like me I guess.
One thing I always love about my projects is browsing hardware stores and small shops looking for just the right part or something that I can use. This year was no different in that respect but as I visited several stores and shops I did notice something missing..... Young Men.
Where are they all? Certainly there can't be that many young men overseas in the military. The local gas stations which used to be at least half or more staffed by younger men are now all female. Lowes was almost totally women with a few middle aged men working there. It was the same everywhere I looked.
Now that I think back on it I haven't seen a young male filter through the continuous flow of turn over within my own factory in well over a year.
Where are they?
I still see some after the local high school lets out but they seem to disappear after graduation and then show up again after they turn 35.
I haven't read any articles nor has an Internet search turned up any information. Maybe I am just not seeing them or maybe they leave my local area for lack of prospects. I just don't know.
Certainly I hope this isn't a trend.