I could not tell you how often I told my mom and some others, that I wished I had a good mentor in my life. Sure, my mom was great and dad has his points, even had a friend who was into buying a home and flipping it. I helped him a little bit and learned a lot of DIY things for homes, cars, yards from them. But I never had anyone to teach me fishing, camping, woodworking, metal work, glass work, how to get out there and find the good deals/horse trading...anything I am able to do, I mostly taught myself.
Okay, since 1997 I have been off work and ALL these years trying to figure out how to make some extra income because I don't even have enough for groceries sometimes. And I have gone bonkers without things to do.
I did self teach myself HTML and when I was going to go to college to take a German class, I accidentally got accepted to financial aid and work on my diploma. I was going to go for a Web Master degree and this got my German for free, so to speak, and then EVERY semester, the head of the financial aid department put a stopping block in my way. EVERY semester I plodded through and got to the next semester. At the end, she was stopping me from finishing and the help of faculty didn't even work. I finally wrote a letter asking to just take classes to finish up the diploma and start from scratch. I ended up with an Associates in General Studies-NOT conducive to becoming a Web Master, which I could have done from home on my good days/hours. Mind you, to this day I NEVER met this woman in person. She would not see me face-to-face, would not talk to me on the phone, didn't even respond to E-mails. It was always printed out letters or through someone else trying to relay her messages.
I forgot to explain. I was going to college outside of high school to get my biology degree and was going to get my foot into the door of the local USDA working with mycotoxins. But finances and health interrupted a lot of my life. So when I did get that degree mentioned above, it was my 25 year anniversary for a 2-year degree. If you can say one thing about me, it's that I don't give up.
Moving, put me in a bind-credit card, and NOTHING fits in this flat. EVERY piece of furniture/storage was based on the other flat. I am like, this place finally feels like home and I have to make it that way. Well, things are MUCH more expensive now and usually fake, plastic, thin metal and so on. And there's not much storage here. So I needed to figure out more DIY techniques to figure out a way. And I just read on one of the threads about going to construction sites and looking on Craig's list for free wood. Well, that is 100% up my alley but without transportation...
Anyway, I am starting to think in a different direction with all of this and have started actually drawing out a few things for future plans instead of keeping them in my head.
I have started thinking on cheaper ways to get around certain things and still accomplish something decent.
I am even thinking about this thing on Sundays where if I could make a handful of really nice things (unlike that etsy coat rack hahaha), and actually renting a table/space ($10) and see if I can do anything. If I can, then maybe I can start to take off. This would help me in getting better bench top tools, make better items for my flat and help me get things I am seriously in need of and have something to occupy my time when I am feeling good.
It's amazing how you can get an idea in an instant and other things takes years, but hopefully I have quite a few years left and can make a difference with them.
Tom, I wish we lived near one another, cause I would love to learn the craft and problem solving and the comradery of another person interested in something I like. Speaking of which, noticing a lot of woodworkers offering scrap wood but we are talking 1-3 hours away! If only I had a vehicle-and then I could talk to these guys, too!
But, as it is, I have been reading a lot of posts and then going to google and have bookmarked a list of things, as well. It's getting my wheels turning at the very least!
Last edited by 197761; 07-03-2017 at 06:23 AM.
Reason: added something I forgot.