‘... family-run operations that had been around for generations ...’
That really ticks me off to think about it all over again.
I mean — their kids are now part of the conglameration of ‘me toos’ ...
“I’m a bank teller.”
“I’m a law student.”
“Me too. I really liked to build yachts, but our family went out of business.”
When I was leaving the Navy, I wanted to parley my expertise in ship design and construction into a job in the yacht industry. The new tax on diesel, when used for boating, killed my prospects.