But, then I came here.
Now, I happen to label myself a "Jack of all Trades, Master of None" and this website really pounds that fact home. I have encountered the most
serious people here at ATS. Serious people with serious talent, education and the ability to really focus their energy to solving some of the big
wonders in life.
I am not able to do this. Not like some here. There are threads here I don't feel qualified to read, much less answer or reply to. I read a heck of
a lot more than I post. (This, I wish more people would do)
If I don't agree with the thread, I tend to:
1) Wait, maybe more info will be added as time goes on.
2) Ignore the post altogether.
But, there are also threads where I say to myself "WOW, I always thought that!", but, having gleaned yet more info on the subject from just that
thread alone, I think to myself "What the heck can I even ADD to that thread that will be beneficial?" So I don't.
Now, I'm no newbie to the forum world. I have been on the friendliest, most helpful forums in the world in the Scale Modeling Genres. Wow, what a
great bunch of people, only on the forum to give and receive answers and helpful information.
It's not here though. I've come across more people that speak hurtfully and with malice, just to derail a thread they disagree with. You know what
I am talking about. The....the....damn, I can't thin- Trolls! Yeah, that's it, Trolls! What's up with that mindset? Can somebody answer that
question? Any home-psychologists wanna tackle that little gem?
So, what I intend to add to ATS is my wisdom. Wisdom comes with experience, not a book. My ol' Lady and I were talking about the difference between
Intellegence and Wisdom, and we concluded that Intellegence is the ability to learn and retain information. I have both, to a degree, but, I rely so
much more upon my wisdom in every day life. Let me give an example of my Intellegence vs. Wisdom theory.
In 1995 I worked as a maintenance engineer (HA! (You'll understand that "HA!" by the end of the thread)) at Turtle Lake Resort in Union City,
Michigan. I did it all. From cutting 5 acres of grass to changing lightbulbs to full rewiring jobs on the clubhouse. I have a lot of experience in the
carpentry, roofing, drywall, plumbing, electrical and masonry trades. My intellegence on these matters were very important when the Jones' in Rig 210
called and said "Our tap in the Kitchen is spraying water all over the room" My Intellegence will get the job done quickly so the Jones' can get
back to their vacation with little distraction.
My Wisdom says that I should ALWAYS have eye-to-eye conversations while working at Rig 210 with the Jones'-because Turtle Lake Resort was a Nudist
Resort and although Mrs. Jones looks awesome in any light, Mr Jones is 6'2" and can benchpress Mobilehome Rig 210 if I need to get at the plumbing
underneath. Eye-to-eye conversations were practiced because, darnit, staring was rude.
Great Job, lots of wisdom learned. Had an AWESOME time at Nudestock 95.
I kept the Levi's on, before ya ask. I only worked there. But, that's only one example of the very diverse life I've lived that has bestowed upon
me a wonderful cache of stored wisdom that soooo helps me out more than the intellegence I possess. And I'm fairly smart. Just not enough. (But, who
is?) I'm here on ATS to impart some wisdom and lead by example, and to learn. Maybe I can be smarter as my wisdom tells me I can.
I will impart the smartest thing I ever heard to you all now.
"The decisions we make, dictate the life we lead."
Danny Devito told that to the soldiers he was teaching Shakespere to in the movie "Renaissance Man"
To the Trollers, and you know who you are, have at me. I can take whatever you dish out, but, be warned. The second smatest thing I've learned
"Tact is for people who aren't witty enough to be sarcastic!"
Yeah, you guys are gonna love me.