Dad is 75, very active. he does a lot of fishing on his boat, only a road divides his home for a large river that leads into the ocean some 10 miles away. A past time of his when he's fiddling around home, he is always rebuilding some outboard that someone blew up and was throwing away. He calls it wrench therapy. His new wife is rather high maintenance (most trophy's are), and wrenching in his shop is how he works out his frustrations.
When I think of what my father can do, at his level in everything, I feel lucky if I can even stand in his shadow. His generation was hands on, do it yourself. His abilities reflects that of a generation and the one before, that built a country that produced goods worldwide, true tradesmen, skilled in many areas. Self sufficient is how I would describe him. He's never in my lifetime, ever hired someone to do anything, just as my grandfather taught him.
The world as I knew it growing up has almost disappeared. Each new generation is faced with a different set of problems to solve. But the foundation, good habits, and a "can do" attitude, anyone can be a version of a "carpet bagger" and survive anything. Dad was never unemployed, but worked in electronics from it's birth, through 2011 when he retired age 70, and when the field went into cyclic slumps, he was prepared to fall back as a plumber, auto mechanic, carpet layer, or marine mechanic.
Some of you guys would like my old man, he never would buy a GM truck either, and I never hear the end of it.