Growing up I started helping my dad restore cars before I had the strength and dexterity to remove a nut from a bolt. We also built model cars, and that is where I learned to be meticulous. We didn’t just slap the parts together with glue, we sanded, shaped, painted and fitted everything. Then we started building model planes. When I was a preteen, my dad surprised me with an old Cessna to restore. We bought parts in stock at New Century Components. They had the things we needed to do everything from restore the engine to replacing the wiring and cables. The plane was essentially brand new except for the fuselage, rudder, elevator and both ailerons. It had been parked on grass, so we had to replace the wheel assemblies of the landing gear.
We had it inspected over and over again as we replaced components and reassembled the aircraft. Since there was no pulling off to the side of the road if it broke down, we wanted everything redundantly checked. read more
There is a Dutch company in the city where I worked. I always wondered what they did. I found out that they make blast furnaces. It used to be a big steel area where I live. Now, there is a hope of it coming back. The dutch company stuck around, because there are still places buying blast furnaces, and they have to be made somewhere. When I lost my job, I took some language courses and got some verkooptraining. That is dutch for “sales training.” I wanted to work for the company and sell hoogovens.
They had people working for them that only spoke English, but knowing Dutch and already knowing German and English helped too. Over time I was even picking up a lot of Japanese. read more