Looking for an Apprenticeship

Hello all,
Please excuse this if it's spam; I've been lurking for a few weeks and it doesn't seem terribly inappropriate to the group. If it is, I'm sorry!
At any rate, I've just returned from yet another teaching experience overseas, and I've come to the decision to stop the living-abroad thing which I've been engrossed in since 1997. I've had a long-standing fascination with the locksmithing trade, and I'm hoping to make a go of it.
If anyone is looking to take on the burden of an apprentice, I can offer the following: 1) I'm a fairly quick learner. For whatever it may be worth (which, I've come to believe, is very little) I've got BAs and MAs, and a proven track record of being able to absorb and regurgitate information. I can even, sometimes, implement this information in reality. 2) I've had a semi-commercial leather hobby/business for a number of years, and I'd like to think I have the ability to pay decent attention to detail. 3) I'm work-horse sized and able and willing to lift heavy things. 4) I speak a little bit of Korean, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Not enough to fully interact with Korean, Mexican, Chinese or Vietnamese customers, but enough to make them think that I'm able to fully interact with them and/or to ask them where the restroom is. Whether or not this is an asset is unclear.
What I expect: 1) Long hours. 2) Low pay. 3) A binding no-compete contract/clause/prenup.
I'm currently in St. Louis, but I'm able and willing to relocate anywhere, anytime. (I once moved to Taiwan on three days notice.) I'm financially secure enough to weather the first months and won't be asking to sleep on anyone's couch.
If anyone is looking for someone to help and/or complicate their efficiently running business for a while, I'm ready. Please e-mail me at stloutom at gmail dot com and we can continue the conversation.
Thanks, Tom
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On Sat, 18 Feb 2006 06:59:37 -0800, xcb wrote:

Tom, you show all the signs of a classic underachiever with a touch of narcissistic behavior and low self esteem thrown in for good measure.
Why the hell would you want to be a locksmith?
You are obviously far to well educated to waste your time in a seedy profession that is dying like locksmithing. BTW there is no such thing as an efficiently run locksmithing business. You will always be behind the 8-ball, having to constantly purchase new tools, gizmos and jigs to work on the ever changing locks.
The only people in the locksmithing business that are making the real money are the wholeslaers who are selling all this crap to locksmiths. At highly marked up prices BTW.
Become a plumber, you'll never be out of work and make more money than you will know what to do with.
Just my advice.
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Larry Locksmith wrote:

Hi, Man is only happy doing what he likes best. I learned it LONG time ago. Who know? he may invent some fancy lock and become rich as well. I am a retired EE but I was a hands on type not desk bound. I enjoyed my career 110%. Keeps you happy and healthy.
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On Sat, 18 Feb 2006 19:40:36 +0000, Tony Hwang wrote:

That's good advice!
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---snip the troll---
get a clue tony, before you run your clueless mouth and try to talk about something you obviously know nothing about...
no real need to reply tony <ploink>
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