Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Peoples Socialist Republic of Kommiecticut
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I didn't go to traditional high school, I went to a state vocational-technical school. You learned your trade in two years, and got your 4 year high school education in two years. When we graduated (1980), employers were lining up to hire us. I thought I would go on and get my Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering. I lasted a semester and a half, because the program was designed for normal high school kids. I was doing the same crap I did as a Freshman in high school, it was nuts, and a waste! I quit, went to work full time, and never looked back or regretted quitting. I am stunned by younger people that don't know how to use common hand tools, power tools, how things are put together and work, etc. I worked with a guy on my last job that had no idea how to use a cordless drill/driver. I am able to fix or fabricate almost anything I need to. Stuff I can't make (due to lack of material and/or equipment), I am able to draw up detailed plans or effectively communicate what I want. I am also able to assist those that may be doing that work for me. I have learned on my own: carpentry; both framing and finish work, as well as sheet rock and roofing. Plumbing; PVC, sweating copper, and PEX. Automotive; old and new school. Appliance repair. Gunsmithing and ammunition re-loading. Probably a few more I've forgotten about and just take for granted.
Nobody owes me a job,and I have been employed steadily since 1979. Every job I've left, it was to go to a better one on my terms. I got where I am on my abilities and skills, not a piece of paper from a place of "higher learning." The scarecrow got one of those from the Wizard of Oz, he still really had no brain.
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