I went thru a real rough patch a few yrs ago-had to close the doors on my cabinet shop, move in with my little brother, basically start over. First time in my life I didn't work. Spent months on his couch. Was a scary time for this kid. I will forever be in his debt for him sticking by me & believing I would get it back together.
A little over 2 yrs ago he got me a job where he has worked for the past 28 yrs- a major defense contractor. Now I am basically a glorified handyman. The work sometimes sucks but it is a great job. A constant 40 hrs a week, flexible schedule, decent pay & benefits you can't believe. And ZERO stress. Which is very very important to me at this point.
I have after 4 yrs of not building anything custom finally started doing some nice woodwork again. Another benefit of working for a large company like this is the fact that there is a client base right there for side jobs. Clients that are all top dollar engineers, that most have really nice houses.
The guy I am working for now just bought this house in Rolling Hills Estates (very exclusive area of Los Angeles) on 1/2 acre lot, 6500 square foot house, got it in a short sale or something, paid 1/2 price for it- six million frickin dollars. The cabinetry was never completed, as were a lot of little carpentry items. First item on my list of chores here was drilling for & installing knobs on all the cabinet doors throughout the house. Two hundred & thirty seven knobs!! I've worked on a lot of really nice houses, but 237 frickin cabinet doors & drawers? geez...
Anyway, I don't know how I got off on this tangent, what I ment to write about was the fact that life got better for me tonight. Here I am, finally loving life again, doing work that makes me feel good about myself, riding the bike of my dreams, got a neat new lady friend... how could things get any better you ask?
Well, let me tell you. Look at the picture below. I discovered this stuff 12 yrs ago when I was doing a lot of travelling for work, building the cabinet display areas in Home Depot stores. Was in Bend, Oregon, & had 1/2 a day off cuz of material not showing up, so me & my helper walked downtown Bend to see what we could find. What we found was the nectar of the gods. I only saw it afterwards in one restaurant & a few liquor stores in & around the pacific northwest.
Now it is in Southern California bottled in handy 12 ounce containers!! Life is SOOOO good my friends!!