Nothing but DRAMA!
Whew! It has been a while since I visited this forum. A LOT has happened in that span of time.
I got into my metal art, started a business, took on two business associates, opened six vendor booths, bought a building on the town square, opened a retail store for my products and others, fought off a greedy attempt to shake me down for $50,000.00 by those same associates, sold the commercial building, prepped for a nationwide motorcycle tour, bought a new Honda Goldwing, cut the tour short in Los Angeles to go to Chicago to care for an old uncle, moved him into Assisted Living, sold his condo and garage unit, bought a new F150 4WD pickup truck, sold three of my five CNC machines, and I attended FabTech 2019 where I fell IN LOVE with a KERN 50x100 400 watt CO2 laser table that I am desperately trying to talk myself out of, since that falls out of the "home hobby workshop" category.
I am currently in Virginia to do some software training. I use the PlasmaCam CNC tables and their 'Big Brother' the Samson 510 CNC table as both plasma tables and router tables. I am pretty good with the software, so I occasionally go on road trips to train other PlasmaCam owners on how to actually USE the software and the machine(s) to "Make Money In Metal Art!"
I just finished training someone in Florida. Virginia will be the next three days, and then I am off to Tennessee for another training session before returning home to Kentucky in mid' December.
I REALLY want that laser table, but at $174,000.00, I would have to buckle down and be MARRIED to the table, in order to justify the cost. Do you think I could generate enough work to make that investment worth it? Really ... I would see it more as a VERY expensive 'toy', but I sure could think of a lot of things I could do with it.
2019 has been a year of DRAMA. Sometimes, I just want to go into my house, close the curtains and CHILL. I am 61 now, and although I cannot sit around and do nothing, I also realize that I am 61 now. I do not have the energy I had 20 years ago.
I hope you all are doing well, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!