Professor, a nickname some of my friends called me when growing up. I had it seems the ability to fix and understand things. Though I never knew him, it was something I received from my father. My mother gave me patience! She could set for days or weeks making anything out of yarn! My friend, one of them I called 'pick and shovel Joe' taught me to work. I found then there was little a man couldn't do if he was willing to work for it. Older friends, even today when they open their mouths, I listen.
I joined the Navy right after high school. My gct/ari (entrance exams) came out at 137! I did well enough to go to Nuclear power, and so I did and ended up in submarines. Over 500 days underwater, 8 patrols! I learned many things there, one was that I never wanted to spend time incarcerated! Actually, it was a great place to learn. Cross rate training means you learn in depth each mans job! Just to keep busy, anything and everything was fair game to be tested on.
I made things there by hand, and found I liked puzzles. When you have all the time in the world, hard puzzles become a welcome thing. After leaving the Navy, a friend introduced me to the greatest puzzle, alchemy. The alchemists said that in a century, perhaps one or two men would solve this puzzle! I now believe them. If I have solved it, still in some ways remains to be seen! I can remember saying, "I am not going to spend my Life doing this." but in fact I did!
Alchemy is alive and doing well. My forum which is to work with this book (web address included), is doing well. People all over the world are learning this understanding. All questions have answers, and this work brings out many of them! This was the greatest puzzle of my life! It is though time for man to move on, and this knowledge just may make it all a little easier. It is a gift of the past, it is your heritage, treasure it!