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Still Learning

This old man is still learning things every day. Lately it’s how to have a life after being so incredibly intense making tools and equipment for all the fine weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists for so many years. It’s a struggle to feel ok about not working as I’ve been doing. Since the last total sale of everything left to one dealer, my time has been first full of packing everything so that it could be picked up next month. A few tasks making my shop more usable after such intense production like properly storing tools, bits, blades, plans, samples, and a thousand other things. I’ll be at this for a long time…….
A project here and there presents itself such as today Cat and I installed a video cabinet that the TV, DVD/BLURAY player, VHS deck, and every tape and DVD we have area stored and available to pick! We have hundreds….. It took me a few days to make the cabinet…. Yesterday I made a cart for Cat to use in her gardening. The wheels are pneumatic tires, and two swivel to allow moving about. The container on the deck is an old stainless steel barrel from a dead shop vac. This is very useful to her and will make her gardening easier. Since the former platform for the TV and decks was a fine board of Cypress that originally would be parts of benches I used to make that sat on the top of two GIANT old school speakers that were with my old school stereo system with a CD Deck, receiver, Cassette Deck, Reel-to-Reel tape Deck, and a Studio Turntable. Now, those speakers are in my shop soon to be installed and the whole system, already on a stand I made for it, will all be connected and made operational! Yes, I could continue to use an IPOD and the deck for it, but I long for the power of a big time extreme stereo system. So, you have confirmation that I’m OLD, not just old school……
I’ll be doing some gardening, believe it or not. Years ago I had the most astounding iris, roses, vegetables, grapes, apples, and so on…. Not going that big, but I’ll be doing some just for fun. Welding and metal sculptures WILL be a big part of my future too. Such as a HUGE spider web out of rebar and metal rod to the top of the Bike House to the ground with one or two of my huge spiders and several smaller ones. My interpretation of animals such as birds, pigs, roadrunners, and perhaps a very large snake. I’ve picked out a new large wood lathe that will be a huge part of my activities. I’ll be making larger Nottles – large diameter interior as well. And, so many other things. Yes, Grasshopper, focus…..
However, it’s the fact I have no “driver” like the business any more. I had been working so hard all my life so far to gain “acceptance” – something that ONLY Cat has given me in a way that I can understand. I have a remarkable friend in North Carolina who has been counseling me on putting my ducks in a row……………….. I’m going to be better, but right now it’s a daily struggle.
The ’41 Ford will be complete next month!!!!!!!!!!!! That will give Cat and I such JOY, too! We did take a drive in the Corvette to Datil for lunch to celebrate installation of the video cabinet at a VERY quick trip. That car is such a joy to drive and ride, except for the almost constant failure of the air conditioner and seat cooling. I’ve had more than a dozen brand new Chevy’s – but I’ll not in the rest of my life have another. I’ll get to the point of selling both the Corvette and Silverado. The Silverado is also another that has an issue that has haunted me from the day it was delivered – the heater failing constantly. I”m thru with the Reliable Chevy and Casa Chevy in Albuquerque screwing me over these two vehicles – having them for weeks, pretending to “fix” the issues, and especially JOY RIDING the Corvette. Both those dealers have done that repeatedly. The dishonesty of them is repulsive. They are the reason this person who used to be a Chevy Man will not EVER buy another GM product. Looking back, I’ve not ever had a Chevy/’GM product that was RIGHT. Not a single one. Pardon the expression, but screw ’em. The OWNER of Casa Chevy and operating partner said to me “We’ll make this right”. They lied thru their teeth. I’d recommend any human or organization to avoid both these dealerships, and bigger, ALL GM products………………………………………
Off my rather sturdy soap box. I’ll go and shower, read the paper on-line because the Abq Journal quit delivering papers West of I-25 a few years ago, and have my one daily Dr Pepper, while watching Judge Judy then the news. Unfortunately the news is far far too full of the orange headed fruitcake who’s on a chosen path to world destruction.


2 thoughts on “Still Learning

  1. Oh Jim, I love you. Your humor. Your intolerance of the stupids out there. Your dejection. Your enthusiasm. Take heart. Your plans for a different phase of life are excellent. Change is inevitable. A smile and willing heart will take you a long way. You ARE busy. Just in a different way. Hugs.

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