I know you said sorry union guys but.......I am a Union Guy
I belong to the largest Fire Sprinkler local in the country. That's what I was referencing to as a skilled tradesman.
At age 55, I can get an early retirement and find a part time job that I like doing. The contractors prefer the younger guys because they are faster than us older ones. It's heavy and fast paced work,and with construction money as tight as it is,speed now seems to be the priority. Quantity not quality,Although our apprentices go through a 5 year training program and are the best skilled labor money can buy!
As far as home remodeling, I know enough to fix up my own home and help out the neighbors and in-laws with small tasks.
After 31 years of back breaking,heavy lifting work (which my body is paying for now),I'm ready to let it go and work for Bass Pro or some thing easy-peasy! Just got to make it to 55.
Every minute you fish or ride,adds an hour to your life!
Age 52 Dx age 53 daVinci surgery
prostate volume 32 grams
Biopsy 12 cores with 7 positive
Gleason score of 7
1st PSA 38.7 10/05/2010
2nd PSA 49.9 11/23/2010
RRP on 01/25/2011
PT3a -40% involved
margin involved-Left anterior
lymph nodes -clear
1st post op PSA-0.26-03/16/11