21 January 2021: It’s a New Year


I was born in 1945, which means that by some measurements I am old.  As is true of most of us, as we age we learn.  And what we learn should change our outlook and our behavior.  In my case, one of the things that I’ve learned is that I’ve had too many interests in my life…I’ve not focused enough on the primary things.  During 2020 I slowly came to the realization that I should focus on just three things: 1) Myself (happiness and health), 2) My Wife (I need to be as supportive and as loving as I’m capable), and 3) Automata.  I’ve spent time and energy in 2020 disposing of and or ending relationships or activities that don’t support one of those three primary focal points.  As I enter 2021 and the remainder of my life I’m going to stay focused on just those three things.  By doing so I believe that my quality of life will improve and that my impact on the planet (for what it is worth) will be more positive.

My two automata categories of focus have been Product Spinners and Jim’s Gym automatons.  I’m adding one more category…Earth Awareness.  I admit that I don’t have even one automaton in mind yet for the Earth Awareness category…but I also believe that automata can increase awareness of how we should be inhabiting this planet.  I think that it is vitally important that we properly inhabit this planet…this space ship.  We need to learn how to do it.

In my automata world, Auger Lift #1 sits on my workbench completely disassembled as I carefully apply coats of paint to each component.

The Auger Lift #1 Electrics Panel has just been painted and reassembled. January 20, 2001.