My name is Sam and I’m very, very, very, etc…, old (63 years, 11 months, and 29 days). Fortunately, I still have a great learning curve but I have something called major depressive disorder which causes anxiety which, when combined, caused me to develop ‘adult onset attention deficit disorder’. It’s embarrassing but the stoopid stuph is severe enough I am no longer able to work and was forced onto disability almost 9 years ago with an additionally depressing prognosis. It also means if I’m not interested in the subject matter at hand, it can take me a month to read the first sentence in a guide. Even if I’m totally in love with the subject matter, I’m not always able to accurately predict which days I will be able to apply myself and which days I can’t in advance.
But I love to learn new things anyway.
I am a Christian and have a great passion for the Christmas Season and have been building elaborate outdoor decorations with synchronized RGB LED pixel lights for years. I taught myself CAD and we bought a 3D printer.
That got stolen. Then I taught myself how to weld so I could build a nine foot wide, nine foot tall angel with 1,200 pixels to ‘guard’ our Nativity. With the help of incredible software, I was able to teach myself how to program the pixels to such a degree we can literally select one red pixel out of a million and change its color for 1 one thousandth of a second, and not affect any other pixels.
What I need:
There is a thriving world-wide community of Christmas light pros and every one of them is twenty times smarter than I am. BUT, they don’t seem to be able to think outside the box so truly new things are rare. Every year we see in our forums how one of the best in the business had an accident and was severely injured or even killed. So I have designed some safety products, as well as decor items, and I don’t know where to start. When I found Makerspace I immediately realized there are smarter people right here in my back yard I can ask and better equipment I could be utilizing to prototype and then perform appropriate due diligence with the results.
The worst thing that can happen is I can continue fighting my illness, learn new things, and find there isn’t a market for my ideas. Makerspace seems like a dream.
Clearly, I can’t have anything ready before this Christmas, but with the right tools and support, maybe I can help someone not get hurt next year. I mentioned my disability, and it has created one more difficulty that interferes with almost everything I do. Insomnia. I never know if I am going to get as much as an hour’s sleep at night, so I always arrange my schedule to where I don’t make any promises to be somewhere before noon o’clock.
Please do not think I’ve been patting myself on my own back. Ego was the first thing I had to give up when I got sick. Everything I have been privileged to do has come with awesome support from incredibly altruistic people. I may be “disabled” in the eyes of the rest of some doctors and the rest of the world but, in fact, I don’t see how I could be more blessed. If anyone has survived this self-serving diatribe and is willing to take some time some day to show me the facility and explain the possibilities I promise no one will ever be more grateful. The best they can do is to be AS thankful. Not more.
I have no doubt there must be a ton of typos in the dissertation above, probably didn’t explain myself entirely, and sometimes have a tendency to cut and paste without making sure I actually pasted whatever it was, but at my age few people can make me go back and proofread what I’ve written. Hopefully, I made enough sense.
Wishing you all health, happiness, and safety during these difficult days, and thank you for your time and patience with me.