Monday, August 20, 2012


Just a short update as I am very tired. I was accepted into the welding course and I have begun the path to a welding career.

Two things I have noticed are: Everything in the shop came with the death and dismemberment speech and textbooks for college have gone up 200% since I have gone last. The math book alone was $182.00 which is a drastic increase since the 1990's when I could get one for $80.00. I did manage to "rent" it for $55 for the semester.

On the positive side we are welding starting tomorrow; which means I had to come up with $500 dollars worth of gear. But I am glad to get started quickly as I am more of a hands on person anyways. The instructor seems like the decent sort and he is quick to point out the things he does not want to see happen.

I will not be visiting as many of your sites as much as I have in the past. But I will endeavor to visit as many as I can in the months ahead.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Back to School

Looks like I have been accepted for the new VRAP(Veterans Retraining Assistance Program): in which yours truly will go back to college. Which is excellent since I can get another degree that has nothing to do with the one I currently hold.

I am entering the field of welding. Why welding you ask? We have a federal facility that is always is begging for new buildings and other projects that need welders. Plus if this economy ever picks up there is another Department of Energy partner that will need at least 4 years of building work out here. Lastly should the worst come to worst I will be able to modify vehicles with armor.

So I have requested transcripts from my former alma mater and my high school (which I am still scratching my head over) and I am studying to retake the math portion of the ACT test. I will say this; I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I am not the guy who you ask to calculate trajectories to launch missiles into space. While I can do algebra, I have to work twice as hard to get it to "click" to something I understand. I did find a good learning resource for either; parents who have children, or those are needing a math "refresher" please do yourself a favor and go to this website: they have a ton of useful classes that any prepper could use.

To say I am apprehensive is an understatement. This plan can go sideways at any point since there is only one slot left, pending a math test, transcripts do not make it in time, etc., etc.. I am cautiously excited for this new opportunity and it goes to show you that God always has a plan for you.