First off I want to say I'm sorry. If TDH was a person I was friends with I would be a bad friend. I haven't called or written in ages even though I think about it a lot.
My life over the past few years has taken a lot of twists and turns. When I first started browsing this board I was very young not even in college yet. When I finally signed up in 2006 I had just graduated college and moved to Chicago for my first Job. That is when my quest for the Fett started. I ordered countless parts for numerous members and worked for many hours while I was in Chicago.
I was living with my then girlfriend and I really felt I was getting somewhere in my life. Then, more or less out of the blue, I was laid off. Everything in my life slammed to a halt. All of a sudden I didn't have enough money to pay my rent or bills. I was forced to move back home to New Jersey with my tail between my legs. That would mark the end of my Fett building days for a long time.
After 6 months of unemployment I landed a gig in San Diego. I packed up my life and girlfriend into my car and drove across the country to what I thought was a bright future.
After about 7 months I was finally getting acclimated to life in San Diego and my new job. I was once again living with my girlfriend and I was planning to purpose to her the summer of 2008. All my money was going toward saving for a ring. Though I always had my hobbies in the back of my mind I was determined to get the perfect ring. Less than a month away from the planned proposal and less than a week away from buying the ring my life slammed to a halt again. My girlfriend cheated on me and left me. This shattered my entire world and my vision of the future I saw before me. To this day nothing has shocked me more in my life.
I went through some heavy depression for about 6 months. When I finally pulled myself out of it I moved closer to the beach in San Diego. It's been the best decision that I have ever made.
About a year and a half ago I met a wonderful girl that I am now living with. As October approached she asked me what I wanted to be for Halloween. She suggested that I be Han Solo and that she would be Princess Liea in Slave garb. I agreed but that suggestion set a fire under my ***. All of a sudden I found my self on the RPF researching Han solo blasters and google and ebay for han solo costume bits. I ordered a decent package of soft parts (not screen accurate but not **** either) boots and a baster kit for a denix mauser. All of this triggered me thinking about my long forgotten Fett project. It reminded me of how much I loved working on it and wanted to get it going again.
So tonight, after years of stagnation, I dug out my half completed sgt fang bucket and sanded all the paint off of it. This little helmet and I have been through a lot together. I have made mistakes but now is the time for them to be remedied. With renewed vigor I will finish my first fett helmet as soon as I can. I will work on my armor and finalizing my soft parts. I will attempt to scratch-build a jet pack.
It's not going to be easy, and honestly its probably not going to be quick either. All I wanted to say I'm back and I'm sorry that I ever left.
Thanks for reading.
Sorry for blathering on about my life. To all those not interested sorry for wasting your time.