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Yukon wildflower arrangement. Yarrow, fireweed, chamomile & some tall gangly relative of the dandilion.


Also got my second shipment from PCDI (Ashworth). Workbook + pin tumbler lock & keys. Going to take apart, rekey, probably master key, put back together and eventually pick this lock. We’re going to get to know each other very well.

Current lesson is intro to master keying. Understand the idea, still working on the mechanics.


I admit I have been distracted by Skyrim today.


Lesson One – Job opportunities for locksmiths, types of locks & keys.  Done.  100% on the test. 🙂

I’m fully confident of my ability to do the bookwork.  Reading comprehension, are you kidding me?  Reading is what I DO.  It’s the hands-on mechanical part I have my doubts about.

Certainly not confident.  I do know though, that I tend to sell myself short in this area.  I know that when Brian shows me how to build or fix something, I catch on quickly and work with precision. I know I have good hand/eye co-ordination and the ability to solve space & logic puzzles.  (ie: Queen of Tetris).

I don’t know how to use most tools beyond a screwdriver and hammer.  I am definitely going to have to learn this.

I went straight-academic university-stream in high school and was raised by a hard-working single mom.  Nobody ever showed me how to use power tools.  I am going to have to learn.

Even if I don’t ever work as a locksmith, there’s a personal-challenge element to this.  It’s so foreign to anything I’ve tackled before.

The coursework is very dry so far.  In some ways blatently easy, in others highly challenging.  I’m learning to picture moving mechanical parts in my head, which I have not had cause to do before.  Classifications, lists, facts, very left-brain, but then the mental-image element which I find helps make it more interesting (and harder!).  All facts though.

I feel like I should read an hour of poetry every day to compensate.

1 out of 18 lessons done.  Of course I expect they made the first one short & sweet on purpose.  Nonetheless, only 17 to go.  It’s not that big of a number.

I got my locksmithing course materials in the mail today! That’s pretty good travel time to the Yukon.

Textbook, workbook and first lock to play with. I see as part of lesson 2 I’m going to have to take it apart, re-key it and put it back together.

Reminds me of when I first got my lab manual for biology class last year. Looked totally intimidating but was fine once I worked thru it. Course looks pretty logical, thorough and lacking frills. I’ll let you know how it goes.

In a fit of … I’m not entirely sure what…. I signed up for the locksmithing course through PCDI.

It’s essentially the pre-employment course.

This is distinctly out of character for me.  Mechanical things and I do not always get along.  Basically though, I’m tired of working for peanuts.  I don’t have a particular passion for locksmithing, but it’s a skilled trade I think I could do, and I haven’t found a way to get any of my passions to pay the bills quite yet.  I need a funding source for all of our crazy project ideas! (not to mention things like mortgage, electricity & internet access)

Now I’ve finally bit the bullet and signed up, I’m all impatient for the lessons to get here so I can start working on it!  Probably not til next week at the earliest, unfortunately.  Perils of living in the middle of nowhere.

I’ll keep you updated as I work through it.  I anticipate a fair amount of beating my head against the wall, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to master it eventually.  Worst case scenario it counts as more college credit and may come in handy someday.  Best case scenario I discover I have a knack for it and go on to get my Red Seal and make a good living.

Poverty is only romantic in books.