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Scale Modeling Tips & Tools Monthly, Issue #036-- "Year Ender"
December 15, 2009
December 15, 2009

As 2009 rockets towards extinction, we know the world has experienced unprecedented difficulties and unfortunately it has not left the world of modelers unscathed.

We all know modelers who lost their primary source of income during this past year either through their own design or at the behest of others. There are several modeling company names that have disappeared from the landscape, some good, and some bad.

This year’s priority in Washington has been improving the nation’s economy and increasing the number of available jobs. The effort hasn’t been a total failure, but this will likely be the 2010 priority also.

Those who succeed in this economic upheaval are most likely those who take matters in their own hands milking dollars from as many sources as possible including self employment and working as independent contractors. For retirees, this is a “must do” formula as many had retirement savings swept from the board in stock losses.

Since I have yet to hear anyone discussing plans for a “Scale Modeler’s Stimulus Package”.

If you are going to get stimulated, you will do the stimulating. I got off the 9-5 “gravy train” five years back, and had to develop my own income sources. Here is the monthly portfolio I have built:

Retiree Do-It-Yourself Stimulus Portfolio

       Social Security Check

check$1,500 covers the rent and some utility bills

Independent Contractor income  $1,000 plus

checkCar and clothing budget.   You Can Do

Website Income  $550 to $750

checkScale modeling costs, dining out, entertainment    You Can Do

 Quitting smoking 2 years ago, now saves $225 per month

checkNo Medical Costs thanks to the Veterans Administration

No, it is not as much as I made from my 40 hours-per-week, (totals to $2,400 monthly, but not bad at age 70-plus.

A side benefit from earning my own way is it keeps my mind active, keeps me moving and alert and to relatively good health.

It does a lot more for me than sitting back and saying, “I can’t”.

Got a Senior Citizen on your Christmas list?

It's a strain on the brain to think of the perfect gifts for seniors. An expressionless "thanks” reveals that they have no use for the gift that has labored your mind. It's time to think on their level and consider gifts for the elderly that will turn their free time into fun.

Either parent or sibling, spouse or distant relative, you can solve plenty of gifting problems by introducing them to a hobby. This gift can pay a big bonus by desensitizing health issues.

It is important to realize, particularly as we age, that there are natural, non-drug and non-surgical cures for almost every illness and disease.

Here is a 10-point checklist to keep in mind when you are shopping for Seniors:

1.Hobbies are dependable prescriptions for physical health.
2. They challenge dexterity.
3. They teach resourcefulness and patience.
4. They are alleged to increase longevity.
5. They keep mental faculties sharp and lively.
6. Hobbies distract from worry and stress.
7. Hobbies reactivate your social life.
8. They expand your personal knowledge base.
9. Hobbies give you a reason to get up in the morning.
10. They allow you to go slow and do things right.

The more we advance in our "Boomer" years, the simpler this whole process becomes.

You can beat the crowds and save yourself some time by stepping into the Modeler's Mall.

2010 Modelers Resolutions

It’s a pretty good bet that at some point in your life, you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution – and then broken it. As 2010 comes to center stage, you will get another chance to make good. For modelers, here are 10 ideas to get you started in coming up with one that will stick.
1. Start the next project by first reading the instructions
2. Paint and Age BEFORE ASSEMBLY
3. Eat more chocolate
4. Vow to finish one project in 2010

63% of people say they are keeping their resolutions after two months
67% of people make three or more resolutions

People make more resolutions to start a new habit than to break an old one.

5. Clear 12” spot on workbench each month
6. Eat More Chocolate
7. Say “NO” more often
8. Take up a new hobby
9. Eat more chocolate
10. Learn to be resourceful by collecting more junk

Take a few minutes right now, pick your resolution(s), make an implementation plan and remember

    Take Action

Action precedes motivation, not the other way around. People often think that they should wait until they are motivated to start doing something good for themselves, but it doesn't work that way.

Let's Make the StreetTwo-Way

Making daily decisions involving for the past 35 months has led to the creation of over 375 pages of articles on the various facets of scale modeling, this monthly e-zine and a host of modeling questions answered.

As we get ready to embark on our third year, I am hoping to open the site up to input from other scale modelers. You may have noticed the Navigation Bar has been sub-divided into the major hobbies covered.

Each of these sections now has one or two pages that invite participation with questions, tips and pictures regarding your various modeling endeavors.

We want to hear from you as do the other 25,000 modelers who log onto this site monthly.

As I get ready to roll into my 71st year, I can’t believe how much I have learned about hobby activities In the past two years. I have heard from other modelers with similar experiences.

To help me develop and maintain my website your comments on its content are essential. You can send me your comments by visiting the “Voice Your Opinion” feature at the top of the Navigation stack in the left column on each page.

It was never my intention to make this website a one way street as my knowledge is no where deep enough for me to be termed an “Authority”. I hunger for your feedback, comments, ideas, tutorials, plans, pictures and even your negative comments if considered constructive.

The Internet and that includes

work best when they are interactive and that is collaboration only you can provide. It has been a pleasure serving as your guide for these past two years and by no means am I throwing in the towel, for I honestly believe the building and maintaining of this website are instrumental in keeping my mind active.

I want to open up this site in the fast lane. That is your part of the two-way street.

Until Next Month er Year

Make It Your Best Effort!

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