Nope, no plane, did 'that' for a living for; hmmm math, 36 years.. had to 'retire'. too many health issues, eyesight degradation, cancer after-effects, etc.. I can't hold a 1st class medical or any FAA medical anymore..
As for the 'toys' aka necessary tools
When a deal comes along, I try to take advantage of it. A good price, add some of my labor, I learn new stuff about new 'toys' and I then have some neat stuff around the farm..
someday, the estate auction held here will be a lot of fun for like-minded people. !!
Maybe I'll do the auction before it's an 'estate' auction !
I've grown up with tools in my hands, working on cars, lawn equipment, trucks, tractors. trailers, etc. so all that is 'natural' for me.. and fun most of the time.. however, changing a hydraulic hose at -10* real, with a 20mph wind,, that's NOT fun.. thankfully that hasn't had to be done anytime recently.
I went to college with the intentions of becoming a medical doctor, the human body is a fascinating machine !! and the tools those MD mechanics get to use are pretty cool too !! Life, growing up, earning a living, etc got in the way.. and I really, really needed a mentor to help me along.. I didn't have the self-esteem to approach either my doctors, or any others for 'help' and advise.. I wish I had..
And one of the things I do, and have done many times in my life it to 'mentor' young people who have the drive to do something with their lives.. I don't have any kids of my own, but I have DOZENS of surrogate kids. One of life's greatest pleasures is to hear from one of them and know you helped them along, a tidbit of advise here and there, a job for the summer,, a cheap car to get them by, then have them 'work off' the car, with chores and jobs, that 'surprise' they learn a new skill doing, and a new understanding of how things work... wow.. I'm getting all misty-eyed , but I have some wonderful 'surrogate kids.'
I thought about going back to school when I couldn't fly anymore, but I was prepared for an early retirement.. Hell I tried and wanted to retire 8 years ago!! .. but the realestate market collapse made my retirement account rather skimpy.
Well time to clean off the solar panels.. speaking of mentors.. Freddy mentored me with my solar projects.. And FReetown Fred.. aka 'anonymous age' mentored me, and via emails, PM's and the occasional phone call got me through the slate tile job on this house.. Rob, Yanche, Matt, Flyer5, Richard[the mayor], JC,
DAMN, I know I'm missing dozens of you guys and gals on the forum.. all have mentored me on various areas of interest.. I'm sorry to those I missed on the short list. OH, Gambler, he's not been around much lately, i'll have to email him, he's a strong guy, Smitty, he gets me moving and laughing daily. Steve Zee, Beemerboy? now that guy has some steel in him.
Funny, 80-90% of my friends are either from this forum, the Antique car clubs, or Diesel truck clubs.
OK, time to sweep the snow off the solar panels the sun poked through the clouds a few minutes ago and thumbed it's nose at me, most of the panels have 2" of snow on them.. not making any electricity that way !