Like many posting here, I grew up fixing stuff myself. By the time I was 13 I'd already stripped a motorcycle to the frame, painted it, and put it back together, put in a new piston in my dirtbike, mounted tires using screwdrivers (not the best idea...) etc. My dad dragged me into a "finish the basement" project where we took a bare, open cinder block wall basement and turned it into a game room, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom. We did everything, plumbing, wiring, frame up the walls, sheet rock, and painting. That was a long time ago, but now I do most stuff myself still. No one works on the bikes but me, and most of the problems with the house I fix.
It does seem like more and more the people I meet don't do this, and rely on someone else for even the most simple things. The world has become a black box for too many people, and figuring out and doing repairs yourself is becoming a lost art.
"The atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts."
- Werner Heisenburg
In memory of Nika: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=990697