I am somewhat self educated. Graduated highschool did a little college got bored went to work got bored with that went to school got another job.... back and forth till I found drafting.... me likey alot. Worked in a sweat shop at US Elevator doing 100 drawings a week which included CARBON copy bills of materials and cut lists. All on paper. Got bored then went back and took pre Calculus... Some where in all that I must have taken Geometry because they asked me to tutor Trigonometry...
worked US Elevator about three years and got hired out on contract detailing hydraulics for a test stand. By then I was about 26 spent some time working in aerospace field then Aerospace left town... Not before I got to work on the Atlas Centaur commercial retrofit, Tooling for the C17, and Tooling for the 777. After that I had to learn CAD.
By the last job as a designer in 2000 I was actually doing Manufacturing engineering. and when that revolving door spun once again I was done. When I took a job as a cashier at an ARCO. Loved it.
Oh I went back at 48 and got my Associates degree at ITT. The only classes I couldn't have taught were economics and physics.
I tried again in 2006 but my heart wasnt in it any more. In 2009 I took another job wrighting engineering change orders learned alot about the requirements for: URL, CSA, ROHS, OSHA, EPA, FDA, and AMA for medical equipment.... All filling in the needs for ISO 9001 documentation and Document trail for developing components through the life of a product. I was good at it .... I hated it big time.
I didnt let the door hit me in the behind as they waived good by to me.
Now... I want to write, and craft, and Raise my birds and goats and horse.... Oh and a dog or two.
Wow, Deb! That sounds so very much like my journey but in my case it was (at the time) the infancy of the microcomputers. I was very fortunate to have an amazing (and very well known in the field at the time) mentor. I too went to work THEN to school, then to work, more school, work and school at the same time,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, fell in utter love with my choice until I hated it when they tried to force me to "climb the ladder". I was determined to not become another victim of the "Peter Principle". Finally threw all my IBM blue suits into a big pile, made a bonfire (literally) and went happily skipping back to my country roots. I could "fake it" very well but I always got along better with my critters than with people for the most part anyway (probably why I love my computers so much. Give me a hard time and you're a door stop, hehehehe)
I was fortunate enough to finally meet and marry my total opposite and soul mate 20+ years ago. (Kissed alot of frogs before I found my prince) How can you be more blessed than to get to spend the last chapters of your life with your best friend living in your own little cottage back in the woods, far away from the crazy world and all the noise with only the sounds of the woods and our own animals around us (and a laptop, 2 kindles, high powered desktop, satellite and lousy internet). Oh, and he has his "mancaves" aka several buildings worth, and his chainsaw. Yes, we really are ying and yang. (I did have to teach him how to be "country" tho ) Guess that's why we fit together so perfectly as equals.
I too have always been good with my hands and love creating things, gardening (master gardener) and of course the challenges of being successful at living in the middle of nowhere. I also often thought of writing, but then I thought, what if I were actually successful at it and sold something? Couldn't that possibly lead to my publisher forcing me into doing book tours, which would mean endless hours of sitting behind a table smiling and carrying on mindless conversations with total strangers? Never mind. Think I'll just put my talents to work convincing my best friend we really need goats.
I was programming in Fortran and Basic in higheschool on key punch cards.... I wanted to get into computers but it was a "mans field" they put me in to get a degree in computers for the office.... RPG was the language and it was for sorting machines. You programmed by pushing in switch board wires. Needless to say I forgot to go to finals.
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
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