I’ve had some people ask me a lot of questions about my delve into electronics – so I thought that I might (if the supreme blog overlord allows it) post here to a general audience, with some of the FAQs that I personally receive about my skill sets, life, and gaming.
What go you into electronics repair and who taught you?
This is a fairly cool question. I grew up in a very small town smack dab between Chicago and Indianapolis – maybe 100 people lived there – maybe. Luckily, my mom grew up in that same town AND my grandparents still lived there when I was a kid. My grandpa was blind, chain smoked, and talked on his CB radio to the passers by. My grandma worked for a car battery manufacturer as a bench tester. Grandpa’s CB player gave up the ghost one day, and I happened to be there. This was my first time seeing the guts of anything electric/electronic in my life – I was hooked! Colors, shapes, wires, just everything – it was a whole new interesting world. So, my Grandmother (in her 60’s at the time) taught me how to solder at the tender young age of ten.
Fast forward a few years and real life was creeping up on me – time to decide on what to do with my life. My dad, a Navy vet, strongly suggested the Navy – and my recruiter asked – “What do you like to do?” – the answer came quickly – I wanted to work on electronics. So, I took a test to become a Nuclear Electrician – failed by a point, and instead became an Interior Communication’s Electrician. I worked on navigation, communication, distribution, phones, TVs, you name it – I’ve seen the guts of it at one point or another.
The schooling and training in the electronics field was intense and exciting – for me it was cool to see a practical and REAL LIFE use for math. I =E/R. P = IE. It just made sense. Learning about how logic circuits work (or don’t) and how that repeatedly pressing on a crosswalk button isn’t going to do anything except make a bunch of noise (same with elevator call buttons people!) was really interesting – to see that electricity really does flow, and to sadly feel that flow more than a few times, was, and still is, one of the most useful things I have ever learned.
About three years into my time in the Navy, I was home on leave and I saw my old NES – not working correctly – and I was determined to fix it! Needless to say I took it back to my ship where it was loved and treasured, and when I left that command I gifted my NES to a guy I worked with with the promise it would always be part of the shop – it’s still there 16 years later!
I love getting things to work and saving money (my toaster, my microwave, multiple TVs – mostly fuses people! don’t chuck things!!) and fixing found stuff by dumpsters, while upsetting people around me, just excites me like nothing else. Breathing life into something that is lifeless – there is no greater feeling.