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Location: Harrisburg, PA
Hi all: I'm the proverbial jack-of-all-trades/master-of-none. 56 years old and gone threw 40 jobs, many hobbies and pursuits (but few women -- a few years ago divorced after 30 years - wonderful girl: she said "My feelings have changed" - yikes -- almost miss the "clean up your room" line). -- I like to make art (oil paint, marbles, pottery) and have always loved beautiful wood (refinished some furniture) but don't really know jack -- except I'm a sanding fool (love to get that shine -- not sure the best way - I've just used water to raise the grain and keep sanding till the wood becomes level and get beyond the 600 grit to where the bare wood shines). I'm interested in lacquers but am only real familiar with polyurethane. Epoxy is my favorite glue.
Been with the PA Dept. of Labor & Industry for the last 20 years as a computer programmer. Worked a bunch of menial slave labor jobs, restaurants, construction & remodeling, welder, machinist, Orkin exterminator, managed Gordon's Jeweler's and Burger King, machine operator making chain, made coffins at York Casket, cut dough at the pretzel factory, drove tractor-trailer with my brother for six months -- to name a few. Working with contact cement on a 4x8 sheet of Formica in bathroom remodeling was a learning experience (get it right the first time) - working the vertical is harder than the horizontal. But counter tops is about all the router experience I have (zip-zip, you're done) .
Enjoy playing golf, am a very good chess player and pool shooter - play guitar and write poetry/songs. Have life stories that can bring tears to your eyes (but I figure everyone has that). Enjoy friends and downing a few brewskies on the weekend. Made some pretty neat marbles but as with the paintings, have given them all away. The stuff I make I like to give away. I'm not efficient enough to make it pay (like Norm -- well, if I had a million dollar shop like that maybe I could).
Looking forward to learning some tricks of the trade.
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