In HK we can't get a repair man who charges reasonably (the repair charge of manufacturer after warranty is as much as half the newest model with more functions!) to repair our old appliance (we buy a new one...so wasteful!) because people can't make a decent living that way. Some people take an interest in doing their own repair (I did for simple things too). Once in a while, local news would report a brave guy burned his appliance during repair (in rare cases also his flat), afterall we are all amateurs without proper training. But no complaint, boxers got head injuries. Fighting is fun and so is appliance repair.
In China small appliance repair is a dying industry (dead in HK). I chatted with one owner once and he told me that he could feed his family well with repairing old appliances "But I like my boy to go to University and earn more!" Sure he does. "Do you teach your boy to do repair?" "I am eager to, but he aspires to be a pop singer! I hope I can find an apprentice...."
In case any of you have kids who are good at mechanical things and who are interested to learn old appliance repair and don't mind to be an apprentice at a small shop in China, there will be lots of opportunities. Monthly salary: RMB1,000 per month (give and take 100). Free room and board. Buy your own flight ticket.
Paul's comment: The above was my feedback to the author.
It reminds me of my learning experience in meditation: You still have to tackle life's problems when you are out of meditation; using methods other than meditative techniques. We all have our own specialty. Gurus and experts should understand their own limitations, unfortunately professional self-importance sometimes bars our better judgment.
Though I agree with the author's response to my feedback "(but) this is a worthwhile project", with one caveat, an option for a modern man to spend during his spare time.
|The happy repairman|