posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 03:21 PM
Originally posted by gentledissident
Originally posted by LargeFries
maybe hands-on experience on a construction crew would benefit you greatly
I think you're right. The problem is construction and repair jobs are scarce in the recession. I also get the feeling that I'm not brown enough to
work or redneck enough to manage. I took a semester of HVAC before having to go back to work. I was so out of place among the good ole boys. This part
of the country, Oklahoma, is run by rednecks and neocons. I think the best thing I can do is devise a plan to get to Washington state. I'm a jovial
free thinking pacifistic vegetarian socialistic atheist. I just need to find a place that will tolerate me.
edit on 10-9-2011 by
gentledissident because: (no reason given)
here in NJ construction has been minimal for years now. you're right, construction is sweet in boom times/booming areas - but where are they these
days. there are a few projects, very few. and some fellows are working to re-build areas decimated by storms and fires.
my nephew went without work for 3 yrs here in NJ, he's is a professional, schooled painter with some 15 years experience. that man's life was
reduced to sheer poverty until he moved away. i heard the same stories from him re: work crews. he was one of the few people on the site with white
skin and English as a primary language. just an observation.
your idea to get to a larger, more hip metropolitan area is the way to go.
meanwhile, i did check my bookmarks but i did not have the online schools tabbed. a suggestion: there are some sites that help homeowners and DIY
folks, answering their questions. really nice, helpful, many of the posters are old pros. maybe lurking about such sites will lead you to advice or an
online site that will be beneficial to you. a site i used in the past, if i recall correctly, was titled Handymanwire(dot)com .
also, i've found in life money spent on books carefully chosen usually pays off large. i buy used books from eBay, eBay has a site called
Half(dot)com where it's books & a few other categories marked down low for purchase not auction. eBay also has a free-to-advertise on site called
Kijiji and of course there is always Craigslist. amazon has used book sellers and abebooks is a consortium of many book sellers online.
when you get where you're relocating to you may like to check out the Technical-vocational school choices. and yet another way to go is to get some
like-minded people and pool your change, buy a distressed place and renovate it. by seeking advice/help online and from friendly folks you could
minimize needless expenses and beginner's mistakes.
i wish you the best my friend. i think it's cool that you are starting an adventure. i'm a little envious!