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Mechanics Camp

bc-mechanic-nixon-100713.jpgThe law of the land states that people cannot discriminate against others on the basis of sex, race, religion, etc.  That principle of fairness has helped transform Canada into a much more fair and egalitarian society than existed when I was born in the 1950s.  Yet, rules that prevent barriers to entry being erected have not necessarily changed certain occupations from changing all that much.  Take auto mechanics, where women are as free as men to learn a trade that pays pretty good coin.  Yet, it still remains pretty much a male preserve.  Laws can change quickly, attitudes take longer.  But increasingly schools play a role in nudging those attitudes along.  Like this innovative camp for high school kids.  Diesel Class icon_video.gif

Souped Nuts

bc-cars-nixon-100711.jpgHere's are a few things I learned in the course of doing a story about customizing cars.  Most of the people who want to customize cars are men who have money.  Quite often, lots of money.  Quite often that means they are middle aged, and quite often they want to customize a car from their youth.  Quite often they choose a car that meant alot to them when they were young because of what happened inside it one night when the feeling was right.   Quite often this produced an intense memory that gives them great happiness whenever they recall it.  So as they age, and they get alot of money, they want to return to that happy time by customizing the kind of car that holds such importance in their lives.  A sentimental lot, car buffs. 

I confess that a 1962 Rambler American figures prominently in my own youthful memories.  But who customizes AMC cars?  That would be crazy!  Custom Cars icon_video.gif

Classic Car

Here's a story about some folks who decided they would not turn their backs on high school drop-outs.  They knew that once a kid leaves school before finishing grade 12 - there's not alot out there to help them get the training needed to obtain good, interesting jobs.