The problems with the supply chain for goods has been discussed ad nauseum. It looks like the issues are slowly resolving, at least to my eye.  Stores seem to have an abundance of marginal merchandise these days.

At my age, goods have become less important than services, with some notable exceptions!

Our water heater recently stopped working.  It didn’t die a gradual death, it was quick 😊.  So, we needed a new water heater ASAP.  We checked in with our trusty HVAC provider to get fixed up.

His response:

We don’t have the manpower to install water heaters.

Jesse, Sunset Air

Fortunately, he had an alternative vendor in mind and they quickly fixed us up (for an arm and a leg).  We knew that water heater replacement wasn’t a DIY project and needed a skilled worker to do the job.  Ours is gas and he had to change out all the fixtures to meet current building and safety codes.  He did a great job and we are happy.

But the point is, skilled workers are increasingly scarce and we need them!

There are many examples of a lack of workers in retail.  My friend recently went to Macy’s. The store was a mish mash of unrelated merchandise and there was no one who could assist her.  I have been there as well and it is tough to even find a staffed register for check out. And we all know of restaurants with reduced hours due to a lack of staff.

When I was working, I vowed to not go out to eat/shop during the noon hour or at 5.  I wanted to leave that time for working people who had no alternative.  When I go out to eat these days at 1 or later, the places are often packed with ‘working age’ people.  I’m not sure if they have jobs with very flexible schedules or???? 

I truly don’t know what happened to the workforce during the pandemic. 

I just know that there aren’t enough skilled workers out there to provide the services we need or will need, such as:

  • Caregivers
  • Mechanics
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters
  • Retail
  • Food service
  • And the list goes on!

It is kind of scary to contemplate the future!

A skilled worker, regardless of the job description, remains a treasure.

Madeleine M. Kunin



4 thoughts on “GOODS & SERVICES

  1. We are experiencing some of what you’re describing. Any work on your house must be planned and scheduled way ahead of the time. Of course, that doesn’t work for emergency situations. I often hear people expressing appreciation for patience because service levels are compromised by the lack of staff. I have noticed in recent weeks a significant number of tourists which we haven’t had since prior to Covid.
    On another note, I send you appreciation for your friendship and wish you and Rick a joyous season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m so thankful for our continued friendship and the opportunity to communicate on a regular basis.
    Much love and hugs😍


  2. We’re experiencing somewhat the same problems but not to the extent of a water heater going out. Our electric gate went out, faucets drip, new toilets needed at the cabin etc,etc. Les and Tessa are going to the cabin for Thanksgiving and I hope that they can make them work for a day or two. Happy Thanksgiving!


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