posted 2018-10-28 09:53:43

The #1 skill that I need to learn is home repair and maintenance. If I knew basic HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, tiling, roofing, wiring, and other essential skills, I could buy a modest house in one of my desired locations right now. The biggest thing holding me back from pulling the trigger on one of these enticing $50,000 to $100,000 properties (before they get snatched up by real estate speculators) is lack of know-how that would result in me incurring tens of thousands in repair costs.

I can watch every DIY-related video in YouTube's library, but will never feel comfortable doing something until I have actual hands-on experience. Wanting to improve my handyman abilities, I volunteered with Habitat For Humanity a few years ago, but didn't learn a thing because I was assigned to do stupid shit like transporting debris out of the homes.

As expected, I've had no luck with my out-of-town job search, but am currently working a short-term assignment that will help pay for the $2,000 vacation I took last month. If I get desperate enough this winter, I may fly out to Vegas (or another city with a surplus of cheap motels), take up temporary residence there, perhaps get a new cellphone with a local phone number, and see if I have better luck finding work that way. We'll see.

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