At that time for a short time I believed the country was going to go bankrupt because we had bankrupted our country by the Viet Nam War.
What I didn't understand was the friends we had made as a country in Europe and Japan who then loaned us money so we didn't go bankrupt as a country then because we had loaned them all money to get back on their feet after world war II.
So, it's important not to see countries as islands and standing alone like I did then because even then the world was getting smaller and smaller to the point now where it is sort of one country here on earth with many "City States" which is much different than it was before about 1980 here on earth.
I thought I would share some pictures of easy to build A-Frames for people in snowy country who don't want to have to shovel snow off their roofs all winter or when they aren't there. One of the harder things to do was to put the roofing on. We solved this problem by building ladders and two ladders at that which reached up to the top of the peak of the roof and then leaned our ladders up against the peak. Then we put a pole through the center first of our rolls of tar paper and green felt later. Then we tacked ropes to the ends of the poll through each roll. We tacked on the base and then pulled up first the tar paper up the side of the plywood sheeting to the peak and then lowered it over the peak to the other side. Then we tacked each piece of tar paper and and then green felt roofing until we were all done by working with two of us very high on these home built ladders reaching the peak of the roof we were able to first place the tar paper rolls and then the green felt roofing and then tack everything down correctly. This likely was the most dangerous thing we had to do while building the A-Frame because we were so very high off the ground doing all this. I think at one point we decided while working on the peak to rope into a nearby tree to stop our fall down a side of the A-Frame if we fell while working. So, even though the fall would have likely killed either of us we found ways to do the job and still remain safe doing it all until the A-Frame was done and completed. It's a great shape to shed snow where you don't have to ever shovel snow unless you have really extreme conditions to deal with like blowing drifting snow and even then usually the roof won't collapse because this design is very strong because it is not only an A-Frame but a triangle is one of the strongest shapes to build with because it can't give in any of the triangle directions so it is very strong.
Note: How did we build ladders big enough to reach the top of the roof? There were lodgepole pines growing on my land then along with Cedars and pines and oaks and Fir trees too. So, we just measured the height of the ground to the top and got 4 lodgepole pines taller than the peak. Then we flattened places to put the steps on the lodgepole pines which were becoming our ladders. Though they were heavy we also built them leaning against the top of the roof too so we only had to move them a couple of times from one side to the other. One time for the tar paper and one time for the green felt roofing. They were heavy but they did the job and they felt safe to be on. Often on aluminum ladders that tall you don't feel safe at all because they bounce when you least expect it. But, with the ladders we built they were very very sturdy and custom made so we felt safe with what we had built. We either used 1 by 4 pieces of pine or cedar or we just used 2by 4s of douglas fir. However, that many steps made of 2by 4s likely would have made the ladder too heavy to move so I'm thinking more likely we used 1 by 4 pieces of pine and just made the ladder about 2 foot between the lodgepole pines so it could carry weight more easily. The further distance you make between the two trees or wood you use the less weight it will tend to carry without breaking. So, if you do this be very careful how you design what you are doing. My father had been building things with wood since the 1920s by then in 1980 and so had a lot of experience with this kind of thing so I relied upon his wisdom and experience a lot from the 1920s to the then present 1980. IN 1980 I was 32. He was about 65 at the time but had been going up ladders his whole life as an Electrical Contractor and so was very experienced how to do this.
The trick on ladders is you try to hold on with one hand while you work with the other hand. This isn't always possible so then you crook your arm around the ladder while using your 2nd hand too but the crook of your arm keeps you from falling off the ladder. You never want to let go of the ladder with both hands because you can easily fall or die if you do this. Sometimes crooking one leg around the ladder for support can help too if you are co-ordinated enough. But, if you aren't very very co-ordinated you shouldn't be on a ladder in the first place especially not high enough to die like we were.