A post completely unrelated to anything sci fi...just want to say that I have recently developed an appreciation for those that work in the skilled trades.
...Living in Canada, I suspect it's less capitalist then the US, but here too, the wealthiest people are the ones that pursue their masters degree in business, your Wall street
types, big banks, insurance companies, real estate etc. These are the people that get the highest rewards and drive around in their Beemers and Lexus's...but what did they do? What did they actually produce or contribute?
Skilled trades on the other hand...these guys create something. there's an end product that you can see and touch and appreciate, and I have a lot of respect for these guys.
A few summers ago, I built a nice deck in my backyard. Then, I started to finish my basement...put up the drywall, got a book on electrical stuff and figured out how to install and wire a new circuit/lighting/plugs etc.
Learning as I go. The section in my basement is done...now, I'm creating a built-in medicine cabinet into the wall of my bathroom. Next up, the powder room on the main floor could use a new sink and granite countertop...I'll take that on once I find some more cash.
So, while I keep my day job programming computers, I will secretly wish I was a professional contractor. I'm not particularly good at the moment...it's hard work, but satisfying. This is my new hobby. What's your hobby?