In eighth grade, I took compulsory Home Ec and Shop. I developed a weekly budget for a family of four, learned how to balance a checkbook, learned the difference between measuring dry and wet ingredients in a recipe and became pretty handy with basic household tools. Girl Scouts taught me how to cook over a fire I started, the basics of sewing and how to execute a successful camping trip. When I got my driver's license, my dad taught me how to check the oil, my tire pressure and what routine car maintenance consisted of. In short, the basic educational system and my parents felt there were some things that everyone needed to know.
It's been noted for some time, that Millenials generally are lacking in basic life skills. Whether it is cooking, reading a map, replacing a button , catching a fish or lighting a fire , poll after poll shows that the first fully immersed digital generation is woefully lacking. In one survey, half of the participants were unable to tie a basic knot. Thanks Velcro.
So I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry when I saw this Twitter post in my newsfeed. It is certainly indicative of the learned helplessness that so many Progressive nanny states create with ridiculous requirements and the lack of basic life skills that is becoming more common.
Then I followed the Facebook link . The news story talks about a new Oregon law that allows counties with less than 40,000 residents to abandon the requirement to have a fuel pump attendant. Oregon is one of two states that has prohibited residents from pumping their own gas. The other is New Jersey.
Read the comments yourselves, but it seems with this new freedom to pump your own gas in a select number of counties, Oregon will be subject to regular explosions, kidnappings and the death of elderly residents. Maybe there is an ongoing war in Oregon we are not aware of? I guess the rest of the 48 states must live in complete anarchy without gas station attendants. I honestly do not even know of a full service gas station within 100 miles of me. How do these people travel outside of the state?
Despite the new law, some eligible stations do not plan on letting consumers pump their own gas. This quote stood out.
"Our regular, longtime customers love coming here and talking to us while we pump their gas," said Shelby Perkins, a cashier at a 76 gas station in Prineville. She added that wasn't sure regular customers even knew how to operate the pumps.
Don't know how to use the pumps. Yup, that is some cutting edge technology right there folks. I'm sure it would take all of about 10 seconds to puzzle it out, but okay. Other stations have far more confidence in the relative intelligence of the residents of Oregon and will be going attendant free. They will likely also end up with a price advantage. Anyone want to bet how long it takes those folks Ms. Perkins worries about to figure that out that complex gas pump? I have faith in the people of Oregon and say, probably not very long. Capitalism at work.
But just in case, some hearty folks from the frontier, also known as the 48 states with residents well versed in pumping their own gas, are ready to help. For a fee.
Until Jim and his merry band of survivalists finish their work, avoid Oregon in the event of an apocalypse.