Basically the discussion was
Older white man: Kids these days think missing 12 days (a year) is acceptable. When I was starting out I didn't miss 12 days in the first 15 years I worked.
Younger white man: Yeah, I don't think I've missed 12 days since I started working.
Me Thinking: That's not something to brag about. We work to much.
The American puritanical work ethic is not something to be proud about. It is something we should actively be working to get away from; especially in today's efficiency is key business world.