I am sure that Deb will appreciate this subject. Where did you expect to be 10 years ago? Did you end up where you thought you would? (opps…wood.) Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
For me, 10 years ago, I was in the middle of the internet boom working for the monster, UUNET. I was living in a small two bedroom townhouse, with the wife and son (my daughter had not even come to mind yet.) We had been struggling to get by but for the first time, we were beginning to get ahead. We were dream of a house in the country, a small piece of land. Woodworking was just starting to itch again. I kept it at bay with fishing, and being a cub master for my son’s pack. I would build something small and useless every now and then but didn’t have much more than a hammer, nails and circular saw.
Now I find myself in a big 4 bedroom house in the ‘burbs of DC, UUNET has been eaten up by the Telco Giants, I have changed jobs about five times, some by choice, some not. Have had heart surgery before I turned 40, son had a brain tumor removed, been out of work for 9 months at one point and found God again through it all. And to top it off, I finally got my tool collection started. I have made the rookie mistake of buying cheap tools and what brands to avoid (just ask about my craftsman bandsaw that sears doesn’t sell blades for.) In my line of work, (I am a proposal manager for Verizon Business) I deal with the Internet everyday, but never really thought how best to use it in woodworking. Now I see that the sky is the limit.
Where do I want to be in 10 years? That’s easy, out in the shop, doing what comes naturally to me, working with wood. I should be approaching the point where daughter will be starting college, so its not quite time to strike out on my own yet. But getting closer. I would like be doing about 6 commissions a year.
-- Greg - Charles Town, WV