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  •  online mom & pops, lost technologies.... (0+ / 0-)

    You can search "vacuum cleaners" online and come up with a bunch of specialty stores that do nothing but sell vacuums & accessories.  Some of those are small mom & pop outfits in their own small towns.  Call 'em up and talk to them.  If you reach some generic call center that only takes orders, try a different place until you find one that's operated by the owners and you can talk to someone who knows what's up.   I had to do that to get some appliances.  It's no big deal.  It's just a locally owned appliance store that's a few hundred miles away.  

    As for deck screws, a quarter inch isn't going to kill anyone.

    Yes, we've become spoiled.  The big box outfits seem to have "everything."  There's a certain dazzling effect that comes from walking into a store and seeing huge aisles full of "everything."  Reminds one, subconsciously, of the first trip to the toy store as a little kid: this big place all full of toys, wow!  

    But there was a time when you couldn't get "everything," and people had to figure out how to live with what they could get nearby.  People were more resourceful then.  They even knew how to repair stuff.  Read about life in WW2.  Americans were smarter and stronger, or at least more adaptable.  They passed the Darwinian Challenge of their times so we don't have to say "Heil Hitler" in our times.  

    Wonder how the Egyptians built the pyramids?  Ever hear the term "lost technology"...?   That's how it took us 2,000 years to figure out how to make concrete, which the Romans did all the time but the technology was lost until some guy rediscovered it around the end of the 1800s, and it took another thirty years to figure out how to make it strong enough for tall buildings.  

    "Fixing things" is starting to become the latest lost technology.  

    But not to worry.  Just wait a few years when peak oil is an acknowledged fact and the cost of long distance transportation starts to go up... and up.... and up...   and the dollar goes down... and down... and down...  yeah we'll start learning how to fix things again.  And how to make do with what we can get nearby.  

    Or perhaps this time we won't, and we'll fail the Darwinian Challenges of the 21st century.  

    Silly humans.  They never recognize when they have it easy.  

    Turn off the light.  Sit in the dark for a while.  Try taking a cold shower.  Don't wipe your bottom next time you poop.  Try sleeping on the floor with nothing but the clothes on your back.  

    Yep, we have it easy, don't we?  

    •  I don't know for sure a quarter inch won't matter (0+ / 0-)

      Probably not, but why should I take a chance?

      •  if you drive an automobile.... (0+ / 0-)'re already taking a chance with crashing the planet in the climate crisis.  Why should you take that chance?  

        And I don't say this from holier-than-thou because I drive, though have been reducing it via telecommuting.

        Consider comparative risk.  For the sake of minimizing certain types of personal risks that have low probability, we engage in other behaviors that drive up collective risk to a near certainty.  

        The numbskull who drives an SUV because they think it's "safer" for their kids is a classic example.  But buying stuff at the big-boxies is another because it supports the paradigm of economic growth (the local store grows until it reaches a stable mature size and remains there; the large corporation is legally bound to continue growing limitlessly as a condition of maintaining shareholder value) that will shortly come to a screeching halt when Ma Nature blows the whistle.  

        You takes yer choice & you takes yer chances.  

        And the best part (!) is, we're all going to get to find out.  Soon.  

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