Well, here I am 4 am on a Sunday. Woke up this morning and could not go back to sleep. All of the sudden "worries" just started to engulf my mind.
Just recently my wife and I came to a big decision making moment! We have been doing Hector's Shop On Tour 4 years now! Got to visit so many facilities, we've helped other technicians, OTHER TECHNICIANS HAVE HELPED ME!! we have temporary filled in while in search for new technicians. We have helped clean and organize maintenance facilities. We executed the first ever in this industry an "Extreme Shop Makeover", and shared many other technicians ideas via Hector's Shop videos. Now, I am not saying all this to give myself a pat on the back, far from it.
I had a selfish motive in doing what we did. I wanted to spend more time with my family! My children were growing up so fast I felt like I was loosing out on so much! I wanted to do something crazy with them that they would never forget. We have been to so many places, have gotten to do so many things and built so many memories. And here we are 4 years on the road and now the time has come...It's time to park the RV and start establishing some roots.
It came down to either I get back to wrenching full time at a golf course and stop doing Hector's Shop. Or we stop turning wrenches at a golf course and do Hector's Shop full time. One thing we learned is we cannot give 100% to both! One thing I have always told my children is, Find something you love doing and you will never work a day in your life.
I love working at a Golf Course, I love seeing the sun rise, I love the challenges that it brings on a daily basis, I love grabbing old pieces of equipment and bringing it back to life. I love grabbing a stack of metal and making something useful out of it, so much about being a Golf Course Mechanic that I love.
But, there was one thing that Hector's Shop has taught me...I absolutely love helping other technicians.
I absolutely love helping other facilities realize the potential that their "Old" shop has. I love the looks you get when you help a young tech realize the potential they truly possess. I love creating these videos that help other techs, its so awesome when I get e mails saying how this vid helped them do this or that, how they have gain confidence to tackle what they thought was difficult.
Could I make a full time living from Hector's Shop? Could this actually work? One thing I am NOT and that is a "Business Man". Well, My Wife and I have decided that we are going to do this Hector's Shop thing full time what ever it is. I do not know what our future holds. One thing is for sure we are ready to park this RV. Where? dunno. So many unknowns...are we doing the right thing? I don't know...how is this going to work? So many questions...
But, you know what this is the kind of crazy stuff we do...I guess this is why my wife and I get along so well, she is just as crazy as I am. lol
I want to thank you all for the support through out the years! Thank you for your encouraging e mails.
Now, its time to find a place to call home and get this thing pumping!!
We have GIS to attend, then we are off to Idaho, then South Dakota, then Kansas, then Washington DC. So we are starting off with a busy year. Hopefully we can find a place to call home along the way.
What an exciting year this is going to be at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego 2019!
Debuting this year will be a full blown maintenance facility 'Inside The Shop' at booth 5929. You will get to tour and see how we take this modest space and make it work.
A day 'Inside The Shop' would not be complete without getting your hands dirty so we lined up an all time favorite, The Tactical Technician Hands-On Soldering Techniques where you will learn how to make proper electrical wire repairs and connections, all while creating a fused jumper wire that participants can take back to their shop.
Brush up on your grease gun loading skills because we will have a "Remember Keep Those Zerks Greased" Contest. Here is your chance to take home a brand new Lock N Lube Grease Gun with a tube of Swepco Grease to go with it. You will have two opportunities to win. There will be one contest each day the trade floor is open. Check out the schedule for "Inside The Shop" here. You must show up on time! We only have room for 10 contestant per contest so it's first come first serve.
A huge thank you to our "Remember Keep Your Zerks Greased" Contest Sponsors
We will be giving away reserved spots for the contest on social media so make sure to follow us on Twitter @HectorsShop and on Instagram @hectors_shop. Turn on your notifications as these opportunities will randomly be announced on either social media. If you are not able to attend the Golf Industry Show, you will still have a chance to win a Lock N Lube Grease Gun so be sure to follow us on social media!!