Charles Dickens wrote Tale Of Two Cities in 1859. It begins, “These are the best of times, these are the worst of times”. I have to say these are the strangest of times, that’s for sure. The economy is strong yet we hear the word recession daily. Unemployment is the lowest in 50 years and yet there are so many companies trying to find workers. The US economy added 223,000 jobs in December. The pandemic is still with us, but I guess we have learned to live with it. Congress is in a complete meltdown with the House struggling to name a Speaker and the climate itself is telling us we’d better take note or we’ll all get washed away. Oh and try to find a handyman or a plumber (rjgrahamplumbing.com) or a carpenter who will show up and then actually come back to finish the job. The skill trades are hurting for recruits and the younger generation is not interested. The application rate for young people seeking technical jobs like plumbing, building and electrical work dropped by 49% in 2022 compared to 2020. Bob Villa, where are ya when we need ya?