... now people are patching their roofs instead of reroofing.
Ha! Just noticed a few missing shingles. I should be in a place now where I call a roofer and have a new roof put on, as it is
time for one. Instead, I put a tarp over the stuff in the attic under the hole, and will drag out the 40' ladder when it gets warmer, rig a safety rope, climb 30' to the soffit, then to the peak at about 45' up, at a 45° angle, and replace the shingles. I don't have the equipment to be that high up, and am way too old for this, but I just can't afford to pay someone to do it, and I can't let the house fill up with water.
I finally admitted last year that the business we had started was kaput, but I still have tens of thousands of dollars of loans from the business to pay off, and never know if I'll make it to the next paycheck. My job is good, but the bosses make unreasonable demands, and I am not sure when I might be fired without cause, just because someone got the idea to "streamline" or something.
In spite of buttloads more education and "prestige" than my father had, I have literally no hope of ever matching his lifestyle or retirement age. He works on his cars on a Rotary offset lift in a huge pole barn that he had built to his specifications. At nearly 50 years old, I lie on my back in my driveway, and protect my cars with tarps and bungie cords because I don't have a garage.
This is the reality of the declining standard of living from one generation to the next in the 21st Century, and my boy will have it even worse, I'm afraid.