Quoted from High_End_Pins:
Nice to see you back in here Skip thanks so much for the kind words I am not sure I am worthy of them but I definitely am trying to be.
There are many things I am not good at so I am really just lucky that I found a niche to combine the ones I am and make a living at it. So it’s very humbling.
I quit school in the 10th grade right around the same time my parents lost pretty much everything they owned and as a result anything I know or have I learned or earned on my own. No schools,no loans,no rich relatives or lucky breaks.
At 48 it’s not much different than it was at 18 I just get out here and work nothing more nothing less and the results of that have been beyond anything I would have ever imagined .Not so much financially but the ability to raise a family off a dependable income and build a good name and trust of myself amongst total strangers have been the biggest highlights to date.
For as long as I have known you and your involvement in the hobby you've been nothing but a class-act. You have given back to the community in so many ways and it is a better place because of you. This thread provides a great window to view you work as well as how you get there. Thanks for sharing.