Loving the blog. I thought it would be interesting to write one seeing how I have always enjoyed writing.
At this time in my life I certainly have no shortage of stories and trying to choose one is the quandary today. Maybe I'll explain how I got here and where I am going.
I took metallurgy and machining in college. Worked in steel shops and fabricated a plate steel safe. I also built dune buggies and structural steel. This is when I really started to think about owning my own business one day.
In 1992 the steel shop closed and that was when I decided to learn about locks. That safe I built needed a lock and I wanted to put a safe dial combination lock on it. Took a correspondence course and got a part time job at a lock shop. Finally got that safe up and running, went full time at banks, locks and safes. Quit that. Thought about the business idea but then was hired by another lock shop.
I guess I just wasn't ready and this new company ended up being a great place to work. The idea of starting my own business became tougher and tougher. I had a great job and it is hard to leave a great job.
Eventually my self guilt and selfishness took over. Thanks to some friends and mentors, I had to do it.
Registered a business name in October 2015 and put it on a shelf. The new year was going to be a big change. Announced my retirement in January 2016 and by late February I finally became one with myself. Life is too short and adventures await.
The direction I am heading seems to be continued lock and safe work under my own supervision. However, I now have the ability to learn about new products and applications and try some new jobs, stretch my horizons and help other people.
Part of my new stretching exercises will be this blog. I will try to keep it interesting and relevant to the locksmith trade although my thoughts may wander from time to time. Maybe a couple of pictures here and there will keep some people entertained as well.
The bottom line here is I don't know unless I give it a try. So if you have read this blog up to this point maybe it is worth it and I will try and get back here again soon.
For now I don't know of a word that rhymes with safe but a catch phrase we have developed is Be Sure Keep it Secure.