spinning my wheels and not accomplishing anything (at home, anyway).
I did get that job that I was hoping I would, got out of turning wrenches in '05 and its like I never left...
Some may know but I now work for the State of Illinois as a fleet mechanic, as of 3/1. cars and trucks/vans to 1 ton. I was a auto mech for 18 years ending in 05 for a living, much of that 18 years was 2 jobs at a time.... I now drive farther for work than I ever have (45 miles ea way to work and back home) but the "package" I got was hard to turn down. I never left wrenching for lack of desire or being "tired" of it, but at the time I left, it was because of wages going "flat line" while bills went up. Back then I was mainly a front end alignment/suspension/brake guy, for most of those years. but did varying amounts of "everything automotive", at one time or another.
Since '05 I went into Industrial maint in a steel mill for a couple years, made such good money there (LOTS of over time was available, and I was as "OT hungry", as the company would allow me to be) as to be "spoiled"; that was, til I had a chain saw kick back while taking a stump out in my own front yard, nearly cost me my right foot in Sept of 07. I wound up on SS Disability shortly later because of it, that was as far as I could get from where I wanted to be, then at 40 YO.
I wound up going back to school for AG Business, graduated May of '12, "high honors" It was weird going to school with (among others) 3 kids that my son had just graduated HS, with 2 years ago.
I figured that with my industrial/mechanical experience, liking working outdoors as much as possible, plus the fact that "we gotta eat" I would have no problem finding work in that field. but since I had no direct ag related job experience I found that nobody would hire me at any wage. Growing up in a
"farm town" and hanging out at your buddy's farm wasn't "enough" for any employers around me and I live smack dab in the middle, of ALOT of farmland...
so I was looking around on the computer one day and saw the State was looking for a couple of wrench turners; so I took the test to qualify and got a call for an interview ~6 weeks later, 2-1/2 months after that, I (finally) started working there. With today's job market, you are "stuck" whether you like it or not// there is no career change happening in your 40s these days. Good thing I still like wrenching, so far these last 6 weeks have been like I never left. One thing I didn't miss then and still don't, are the tool bills. Back then it was Snap on Mac and Matco trucks to pay every week, now I am scouring Ebay and Amazon for deals on tools that went missing and others that I didn't seem to need back then. I was hoping I could go back in pretty well "set" in that department. I was sure wrong there.
Leaves $0 for tractors and such for now,...til I get a few more paychecks, anyhow. I did manage to get the new battery for my Woods ZTR and get the oil changed and all the grase fittings greased, just gotta sharpen the blades and it should be ready to go for another year, gotta fire up the Troy Horse and the push mower I use for the ditches in the next few days. I have a neighbor across the road that I anticipate needing his garden tilled after spending the last month or so in a rehab after breaking a hip.
Aside from that, I did a side job on another neighbor's Jeep (replaced trans and clutch) been working on my Apache camper, got my 2 post lift ready to put up, something I picked up on Craigslist for too good of a price to say "NO" to, last Fall. Then I can work on my own stuff without laying on my back any more, just like I do the cars at work.
Just gotta finish cleaning my obstacle course of a garage so I can put it up.