August update

Not much to report this month. Things are moving along, slowly. I’ve been busy dealing with selling the house. Lots to do, more to be done. No time to type blogs….

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July is here

And I’m still in limbo. I have done some work over the past few months, but nothing big. It’s hard when you don’t have a set location. I have been working on it, but there’s nothing that is really exciting going on. I’m not 100% lately and I can’t get in over my head. I am losing faith in ever getting the shop up and running again. I have had so many disappointments over the years, mostly due to people I shouldn’t have trusted.

The last 2 hit me hard. One was a longtime friend who left me in the middle of the night, like a thief. He stole nothing, but he walked out on me when I needed him the most. To top it off, he was mad at me.

The last guy claimed to be a friend who wanted to help me, but what he really wanted was to use me for his own benefit. It stated out well. I got my own building to work in and was left pretty much alone, for a very short time. The deal kept changing, whenever it suited his needs to change it. It started out as my own business, which was the only way I would have done it. Shortly, it became “our” business, which was not ideal, but I was already moved in and working, and it seemed to be OK, for awhile (although I was quickly getting disheartened by the changes). All of sudden, it was “his” business, yet I was responsible for all the bills. How fair is that? If I wanted to keep the phone on, I had to pay for it. If I needed materials or supplies, I had to buy them. He was determining what jobs I got, which were all his friends, and kept paying jobs out by either pricing them way out of reach or just turning them away. Needless to say, that was the reason I am no longer there. All that place started to become was a money pit. It cost me to drive there every day and I was making absolutely no money, working on all friends’ projects. That never works out. Yet, the business genius thought it would. I was left to selling scrap metal for gas and food money. Not only that, but he wanted to add another airbrush artist at the same location and he thought it was a great idea. Everyone else I talked to about it said he was nuts, but he was right, no matter what.

Last I went by there, the place was rented to someone else and he was gone from his spot too. He had another shop down the road. Looks to be out of business. I’m not surprised.

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June update

As usual, not much to update. Between me dragging my ass, recovering from that damn hurricane that wiped us out (not to mention the ailments), to not having a workable shop at my disposal, things are moving s l o w l y….. Today was another in a long line of disappointments. Long story, short(er) version…. Got up at 8. Had breakfast. Sun was out, so I got ready to cut the grass (can’t do much before 9 AM if I want the neighbors to love me)… Get the lawn mower out, and you guessed it at 8:59, it starts to rain. So, I put the mower away and dance through the raindrops back into the house. I pay a few bills online, then try to install new website editing software. Big mistake. Some hours later, software is still not installed and the old version it replaced no longer works either. Then, I hear from a friend. We are working on a car at his house. It had stopped raining for awhile. He will be home at 12:30, but he’ll call me first. I mixed up some of the chronologics here…..

So, I go back to my software issue while it drizzles and stops (no cutting the lawn in the rain). My phone rings at 1:45 PM. He’s home. So, I get changed into my bodyork clothes and drive over. I get there and he’s out the door, heading to Manhattan. It’s OK though, by this time it’s starting to rain, again. No welding (or painting, which is other work I need to get done) in the rain. I decide to go back home and try to get the grass cut. Mother Nature must have heard me thinking, because no sooner do I turn the van toward home, it starts to torrentially downpour. Buckets …. There are two kids crossing the street. By the time they get from one side to the other, they are soaking wet, like they jumped into the pool in their clothes.

Next, I decide to go food shopping while the stores are empty. That’s the only thing that went according to plan, even though it wasn’t in the original plans for the day. I finally bought ice cream so the little spoiled rotten rugrat, I mean my wonderful nephew, doesn’t get mad at me, again… I hope it lasts until the weekend, or he’ll be mad anyway…. Back to the software issue.

It turns out my hard drive is getting full, which is the number one reason the software wouldn’t install properly. Time for a new hard drive. Then it’s back to installing software. I want to get Windows 7. I know, why not get 8? Most of my recording software is not compatible with 8, but it will work on 7. I can install it on one desktop and one laptop, so why buy 2 different versions?

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May is here

The weather is getting warmer, I see and hear all kinds of custom cars, trucks and bikes out there. This is the time I usually get slammed with requests to touch up paint that was damaged in winter storage or to finish projects that were forgotten about until the weather reminded the owner that they had a project they wanted to finish before spring. Once again I will say “why didn’t you think of this during the winter?”. I know, its pointless. Human nature. We don’t think of things until we need them. I only hope the trend continues. With the state of the economy these days, it’s hard to rely on anything.

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Same old same old…..

April is nearly over and I did not get done anywhere near the things I wanted to get done before the end of April. Am I surprised? No. Am I disappointed? You bet. I have a few jobs, but can’t seem to get them in. Some of them are waiting for parts they ordered, others are undecided on which way to go. None of that helps me, but I understand. I could have painted my dash this week, but I had things booked, so I put it on the back burner. I am going to paint it Monday, regardless.

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E-mail issues

My server updated their software again, and my e-mail forms no longer work. While I approve of updating when necessary, it would be nice to be informed that this was happening and that older scripts may no longer work. Now, I have to learn how php 5.3.15 and My SQL 5.0.96 react to PHP forms with database driven validation. I have to completely rewrite my e-mail forms to cohabitate with these software platforms. The last time this happened, all of my login scripts stopped working, so you can see why I would appreciate a heads up from the server……

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April update

Not too much to update. Things are moving very slowly. Still recovering from Sandy and then losing Mom, due to Sandy, then losing the van for a week (also due to Sandy). I’m not really myself, but I”m trying.

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Getting back to business

It’s been a tough year or three…. That said, it’s time to get things done. I have a few jobs lined up, and I have shop space to work out of. It is not ideal, but nothing is, unless I can win LOTTO and buy my own place, of course…

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