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NAIL, A measure of length, equal to two inches and a quarter. Vide Measure.

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For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost, for the want of a shoe the horse was lost and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.
It's like the caveat from "For want of a nail"--the classic nursery rhyme in which the missing horseshoe nail causes the loss of the kingdom--but it's playing out for real in our post-9/11 world.
So, today, I sit at home with a lifetime's experience in mechanical design, with a portfolio of CAD knowledge (all but the current favourites), wondering about financing retraining, reading about the complaints of skill shortages and pondering on the story of the horseshoe nail, for want of which, a battle was lost.