Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Slow days, scruffy me, upcoming plans and a list... coz I need stuff more than I need pride


It's been a rainy, slow couple of days. I need to shave and haven't been to PS1 since Sunday, but I'm going tomorrow evening for bicycle clinic (open to the public! Come see, maybe bring your bike if you need a tune-up? I'm out of practice!) and Cable Access Jammers if that's happening this week.

CAJ is Jennie's brainchild, but she's out of town... there are others who have participated but I don't know if we're organized enough to make it happen without her. So, I figure, I'll plan to go for bicycle clinic and see what else is happening.

I'm still trying to not talk myself out of this. I know, I know, I go on and on about it both ways; the problem is that I'm so poor that I have to count every penny invested in anything I do, and I can afford about pocket change when it comes to that. BUT there's plenty of scrap wood, some metal, various other materials. BUT I don't know what kinds they are or which kind is good for what. I need to start small, and I should probably ask dumb questions about what is what. I also need to just set a day with someone who knows the shop... probably Andrew... and spend some time cleaning and putting stuff back so I get a feel for just what is where for the parts and hand tools.

Hmmm... maybe that could be a group thing for all us newbs...

I still need ideas, insight, materials, tips, advice, whatever. Also, I'm trying to get a feel for what I REALLY should have, and I'm starting a list now. If you can help, your help would be GREATLY (and probably publicly) appreciated! To wit:


  • Eye protection, that will fit over my glasses. They have some there, but what is available can vary, so I'd just like my own pair.
  • Cut resistant gloves, just for general protection. I plan to get into the wood shop a lot if I can maintain my confidence; I also plan to keep all my fingers. I'd like to think these two goals aren't in conflict. Maybe I'm just na├»ve.
  • An acoustic guitar. I very much want one to learn on. This whole thing has lit a new fire in me for this.
  • A bicycle. I already have a bit of input on this. I need to be able to get it TO PS1, though... once I have it there, I can assemble, repair and tune it myself as needed, and Jeremy (from the main Power Racing team) has already offered to help me learn to ride it. This is a game-changer, here, probably #1 on my horizon, as it would significantly impact major aspects of my day-to-day life.
  • Concomitant to the above, a decent bike lock. PS1 has a lockpicking hobby group (TOOOL.us) whose focus is to make people aware of the risks inherent in various locks; talking with a couple people who are in this group has made me wary of cheap locks.
  • A laptop. This is a big deal, both in my looking for/asking for one and what it would mean to all of this. PS1 has wi-fi, a laptop would allow me to spend more time there while also keeping me connected to any resources I may be using for whatever project. I don't need a new one, but I could really use a strong bare-bones laptop (good case, mobo, processor) from at least Windows 7-era (note: I don't actually NEED Win7, that just gives a tech-era point of reference), and the rest I can add myself as parts are needed and become available. With a decent laptop (probably using Ubuntu, there are plenty of people there that can help me with it), I could go to Jewel-Osco and get some groceries into PS1's kitchen, then spend all day there whether I'm working on something, tinkering, writing or just reading.
I'll say again... I LOATHE asking for help. But this... this is a BIG DEAL. To me, at least. I'm still trying to work out my 2015 taxes and how I'm going to afford the health care I'm trying to get now, but this is the kind of thing that could change my life, and I'm really trying to just swallow my pride and ask for what I need to ask for instead of being stupid and just giving up.

Heh... the TL;DW Notes for this are much, much more involved than the video, which I just made to touch base, say I'm still alive and grumble about trying to not give up.

Let me know if anyone out there has anything to contribute... supplies, advice, tips for woodworking or metalworking, For-Dummies level instruction on... I dunno... electric engines or acoustic guitars. Everything... everything... helps.

Be excellent to each other!
Jonny friggin' Panic

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