I know I havenâ€™t added much content to MachinistBlog lately. I havenâ€™t lost interest or permanently abandoned my self-imposed goal of trying to add at least one new post to the front page each week (on average). Itâ€™s just that Iâ€™ve been really busy and I have to make this web site a lower priority for now.
Iâ€™d love it if you could help me keep it from getting stale by becoming a guest blogger. You can write about almost anything that is metalworking, tool, or workshop related as long as youâ€™re not doing it to promote a product or service. And donâ€™t worry if youâ€™re not a great writer because Nate, our copy editor, just told me he needs more to do. You could also do a photo essay if you want.
Iâ€™ve been busy for a quite a few reasons. The biggest one is that Iâ€™ve become very passionate about getting a maker space started and I built a web site for one. RochesterMakerSpace.org still has a lot of rough edges and it needs some more meat on its bones. So I wasnâ€™t planning on publicly rolling it out this week but thatâ€™s what I did when a discussion about maker and hacker spaces came up in a discussion group I run. And now, ready or not, I need to keep moving forward with the project until we either get something going or determine that thereâ€™s not enough interest right now.
Iâ€™ve also been busy working on my CNC router again. I neglected it for at least several months and I wasnâ€™t happy with myself for letting that happen. So Iâ€™ve been trying, not always successfully, to get at least one small thing done on it each day.
On most days I only have enough spare time to work on either it, this web site or some other project. I usually choose the router because I want to be someone who does things and not someone who just talks about doing things. Iâ€™ve finished making nearly all the parts for it and pretty soon itâ€™ll just a matter of putting them all together, like a kit. So you should at least see some pictures of it later this month.
Iâ€™ve also been trying to find 6 hours each week for exercise. I ran or biked regularly until about 2 years ago when I quit almost completely because I was too busy with other things. Well, in early December I realized that I felt like crap, looked like crap and was risking serious health issues because I wasnâ€™t exercising.
So I started going to the YMCA 3 times a week and mostly just walked as fast as I could around an indoor track. But it made a big difference in how I felt and a few months ago I started running again.
Iâ€™ve been a runner almost all my life but I gave it up about 5 years ago and switched to bicycling because I was afraid running would eventually ruin my knees. Iâ€™d never had any problems or injuries but Iâ€™m very tall so I already had a poor power-to-weight ratio to begin with, and like most people I was getting heavier as I got older.
But bicycling didnâ€™t do it for me and I really missed running, especially each Spring when the weather began to get warm. So I pre-registered for my favorite 10K and started training on treadmills and cinder tracks because they put less stress on your knees than pavement.
Five years ago I could go out for a long fast run and it wouldnâ€™t affect me very much afterwards. But thatâ€™s not true any more because Iâ€™m still out of shape, still at least 10 pounds heavier than I used to be and of course Iâ€™m older. Now a hard run can ruin me for the rest of the day, tiring me out so much that I spend my evening goofing off instead of trying to accomplish something useful. Hopefully Iâ€™ll get into better shape soon and that wonâ€™t be as much of a problem.
And finally, the arrival of warm weather brought more opportunities to spend time with friends and family. And Iâ€™ve always made doing that a top priority.