TIM HAZLEDINE: Scraping Paint and the Meaning of Life

Tim Hazledine
Mon, 29 Jun 2020

Tim Hazledine
Mon, 29 Jun 2020

Raise high the roof beams, carpenter! Ralph Lattimore and Tim Hazledine admire the view from the new barn, Wanaka, February 1995

When I’m down in Wanaka, up on my nifty portable scaffold, scraping loose paint off the weatherboards of my barn, I feel sorry for rich folk who can’t afford to do this. Why can’t they? Because their time is too valuable. An hour on the scaffold is an hour not running your company or billing your law firm’s clients or doing dental implants, and if you are such a person this means your paint scraping is costing you hundreds of dollars an hour in lost income.The ‘opportunity cost’, as economists call it, i...
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