And it occasionally teaches you things you can use later.
When I was a kid, my circumstances were … not affluent. As I joked this afternoon while someone was complimenting me on my ability to fix horse-cart tires on the fly, “I rode bicycles when riding bicycles wasn’t cool.” And I patched many a worn-out tube by the side of many a road.
You spend your life picking up skills, whether you realize it or not. When you live on a subsistence level, as I do, you never know from one day to the next which of those skills will come in handy. It just helps to be handy.
Oh, and I got paid with some really nice cast-off ring-flourescent light fixtures, which I dropped off at Landlady’s house. I’ve already got lights, and anyway these pull a tiny bit more current than mine do even though they’re nicer than mine. So I’m hoping she can use them.