Hello to everyone in BMI land! This month has been very slow on the technical side. There really haven't been any "Frequently Asked Questions" to speak of. So I'm going to do something a little different this month. Instead of trying to enlighten you on subjects that may or may not pertain to you, I'm going to share a bit of my life with you:
Last summer, my wife and I decided that we needed a four wheel drive to play with. We wanted something big enough for the kids to go up in the mountains with us, yet small enough to fit on the trails without wreaking havoc on environment. After searching around, we decided on a Ford Bronco or a Chevy Blazer.
It just happened that our editor (and my office neighbor) Carol, had a 1989 Ford Bronco that she wanted to part with. And after the last few months of working on it I can see why.
I was born and raise a "Ford Boy". My Dad always had Fords; my favorite of which is a 1966 Mustang that we are working to refurbish. I would say restore, but it's more of a modify than a restore. Anyway, I've also always been in love with the big Broncos. Just look at one. You won't find another vehicle on the road that looks more rough and tumbly, or rugged and manly, than a full size Ford Bronco.
Okay, so going in I knew this thing needed more than a little TLC. Carol was very honest and up front with me. I knew that it leaked oil from every pour it has. I knew the transmission needed to be rebuilt. I knew this was the project I was looking for!
Now, while I may have grown up in a garage watching my Dad and my uncles, I really hadn't learned much. I'm a smart guy, and can usually figure things out though, so I plunged in head first.
Just as a little side note: if you are planning on doing something of this nature, there is a natural order to things. Me, I missed that order on more than one occasion and found myself tearing things apart multiple times. It's okay though, it's all in the learning. Right?
What does this all have to do with the internet? I'm telling you right now, the internet has saved me time and money on more than one occasion through this little build up. I have found the parts I needed on ebay for a fraction of what they would have cost me in a store. I have found people that have been down this road before that I can talk to and get advice from. When I was finished putting my transmission in, I found that I was missing one of the pieces to the shift linkage for my transfer case. You can't put the rig in 4 wheel drive without this. Well, I was able to get online and talk to some people and found what I needed for just the cost of shipping.
As you can see, the internet is for a lot more than playing poker, or hearts. The internet can be used for all your outdoor hobbies as well. So we may not share the same hobbies. You may not care at all about my Bronco build. But that's okay.
Do you have a hobby? Have you ever been interested in learning about something and you don't even know where to start? Let me share some knowledge with you:
Go to www.google.com.
It's a plain and basic web site. There is one box for you to type in. Click in that box; type a keyword that you want to know about. Take gardening for instance. Type gardening forum in the box. You will come up with pages upon pages upon pages of people just like you. In most forums, registration is free and easy and you can talk to people. You can ask questions, answer questions, upload pictures. It's a great way to meet like minded people to help you along the way in your hobbies.
So get out there and enjoy yourself. Use the internet along the way to find ideas and people to talk to about what you are interested in. You'll find a whole new use for that paper weight we call computers.
Have a great June everyone. Wish me luck on my Bronco, and good luck on yours; whatever it may be.
If you have a suggestion for future articles, please feel free to let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.