>In some sense, I think Grant may have gone a bit far in his lament of the demise of an occupation. I'd hate to have some of the interesting / creative aspects of my >job taken away too, but it seems he's recovered and found an outlet for his creative energy
I agree with the second part of your post, that's an exact example of what I was talking about.
In the first part, of your post, I wasn't expressing my "lament", but the "lament" Mr. Peterson expressed in the Bridgestone catalogs... but maybe that's what you are talking about, as I wasn't sure which "Grant" you were referring too. (There aren't many Grant's around so when someone yells that name, I usually turn around)