Random Thoughts October 26 2016 and Life Changes

When this article is being written, I am 48 years old, and getting close to turning 49.  There have been a few life changes on the past few years. Frankly, life has not gone anywhere near like what I wanted.  A large part of that is my own fault.  When I graduated high school I went into the work force rather than joining the military or going to college.  The older I get the more I regret those decisions.

At 17 and 18 years old I wanted to join the army and try out for special forces.  Some may call that a pipe dream, while others call it silly.  I call it having a dream. Par of life should be following your dreams. Rather than joining the army I got married and had children.

The other things I wanted to do, and have wanted to do all of my life is archeology and anthropology.

July 3rd of 2016 I quit my job on a tugboat. I got tired of working 100 hours a week, and I got tired of hearing grown men whine and complain. Working on a tugboat is like working around a bunch of high school teenage girls. Backstabbing, gossiping, always worried about what other people think,,, life on a tugboat was downright bad.

Life Changes

Now that my kids are grown it is time to live life for myself. I am going back to college for something to do with anthropology. It might be social work, or working with high school kids,,, just something to change pace.

Back in 1995 I went to Lamar State College in Port Arthur for a computer science degree. Things happened in life and I was unable to finish my degree. It was an associates degree in computer information system with a focus on Microsoft. I wish so bad that I had been able to finish that degree. I moved and went through a bad divorce. My soon to be ex-wife at the time drug the divorce out for two and a half years.

As I write this post I am on youtube listening to music videos.   I would like to share some of the videos I am listening to.


Over the next decade and a half I put off my education. That is my own fault and I regret it. Rather than going to college I developed websites such as this blog and the forum http://www.survivalistboards.com/. Instead of focusing on working for other people, I focused on what I wanted to do, while at the same time holding a full time job.

I am sick of working and getting paid a fraction of how much I contribute to the organization. When I was working at various welding shops in southeast Texas some of the owners thought a 25 cent raise was good.  While at the same time they bought a summer home, or a horse ranch and drove a Mercedes.  Screw that.

Rather than focusing on money, I want to do something that I am interested in.  Since I was 18 years old, 30 years ago, I worked to support my children.  What about what I want?  When do I get to do things for myself?

That time is now.

My kids are grown, my house is paid for, my truck is paid for, I have no debt expect a small credit card.  My bills consist of truck insurance, electric bill, cell phone bill, home internet,,, just your usual stuff. I am in a situation to finally be able to do something for myself. I make enough money on side jobs to pay my bills and have a few extra things.

I will be 49 years old in 2017.  I need to take this opportunity while it is available and continue my education.

Health Insurance

One of the big obstacles in following my dreams is health insurance. Open enrollment in Obamacare is not until November 1st, and then the insurance does not start until January.

Health is one of the life changes we all have to deal with.  We get a little older and have issues which must be addressed.

How is it we are a world superpower, we can put a nuclear powered rover on Mars, we can build nuclear weapons, Apple, Exxon, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM,,, all based in the United States. Yet we can not provide healthcare for everyone?

What is wrong with the United States that we allow companies to avoid taxation by setting up offshore accounts, and then let people die because they do not have access to health care?

President Obama said healthcare would cost as much as a cell phone bill. Buying insurance directly without going through healthcare.gov is would cost me somewhere between $500 – $700 a month. Going through healthcare.gov, around $250 but with a $6,000 deductible. Neither of which can I afford. I can not afford a $6,000 deductible, not can I afford $500 – $700 a month.

My cell phone bill does not cost anywhere near $250 – $700 a month, and then an extra $6,000 a year.  How are everyday working middle class supposed to afford that?

New Hobby

I have found a new hobby my fiancee and I can do together, and that is metal detecting. There is a lot of history around my area, such as old saw mills and towns that disappeared after the timber ran out in the early 1900s.

As life changes it helps to get a new hobby from time to time.

Metal detecting is something Samantha and I enjoy doing together. It is a team effort that we both enjoy.

So far we have found:

  • Very old axe head
  • Part of an old plow
  • Pair of pliers
  • Valve stem that was used on a model T ford
Old axe head found near a creek
Old axe head found near a creek

I often wonder if the parts we were lost or discarded. The axe head was in some woods between a field and a creek. Did it wash down from upstream, or did the owner lose it? If only those old parts could talk.

With a combination of studying history, such as the books I am reading – Life in a medieval village, Life in a medieval castle and I am currently on Life in a medieval city – and metal detecting, I hope to get a better understanding of what life was like in our recent history.  What tools are timeless?  What tools did people use in the middle ages and still use today?  Files, axes, anvils,,,, etc.

While metal detecting I am finding railroad spikes, which I can use for my blacksmithing projects.  But then again, should I use those antique railroad spikes for blacksmithing?  Why not just buy some new ones off ebay?

Things Are Going Good

Overall, I have to say things are looking up.  In all honesty I really disliked working on a tugboat.  I disliked being away from home and I disliked being around a bunch of whiny grown men.  I am glad to be home and glad that I have the opportunity to go back to college.

Things are looking up.  In closing I would like to leave you with this video,