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
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
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
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
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.