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Where to start? I’m retired (I highly recommend it) and living on the fringe of civilization in semi-rural Oklahoma. After graduating form Oklahoma State University in 1968 (wow, I’m old) I worked for the USAF as a programmer/analyst for several years. In 1976 we were living in Utah and my wife was homesick for Oklahoma so when my father, who was a land developer and home builder offered to take me in as a partner, we moved back home and I honed my skills as a home builder for 5 years. The economy in the early ‘80s caused me to rethink my career path and I returned to programming. Programming can be very intense and people tend to want to move on to something else. I was no different and after 12 years of being lead programmer and supervisor, I moved into the PC networking arena. I put in (off and on) 7 years as a network analyst with an east coast consulting firm. Counting my last 12 years in the government and the consulting work, if I never set foot in another airport it will be too soon!! During the consulting phase of my life, I took a year off and built our current home. One reason we built in an unincorporated area was so I could more of the work. See the pictures and wordy description in my projects. After this INTENSIVE year-long effort, I wasn’t really interested in woodworking for quite some time afterwords. Finally, last year the sawdust gene asserted itself again I was motivated to get my tools out of storage and start re-learning. Most of my tools dated from the mid ‘70s and my allotted part of the garage was not very well organized for convenience of use. I am presently involved in an ongoing modernization of my workshop and tools while simultaneously remodeling the utility room and kitchen cabinets.
-- Klpete45, Oklahoma