In the earlier post, I said I am not a quitter, but, I am a quitter. Vince wants me to take the Ham radio license test . . Saturday! He told me day before yesterday . . Saturday. Sunday he printed off 90 pages of stuff I’d literally have to memorize because not one thing on those 90 pages makes one bit of sense to me. Volts. Current. Calculate this and calculate that. I spent about two hours reading it last night and cannot tell you one single thing that I read. Why do I need to know all that stuff just to talk on a radio which I’d probably never do anyway? I might listen but I can listen without a license.
Vince was trying to explain to me why I needed a license. I might want to build a radio or build an antenna. I should know how it all works! I told him .. I have a driver’s license and I don’t know how a car engine works. I know the oil needs to be changed every now and then so I take it somewhere and have it done. No driver’s license test ever asked me at what RPM the car shifts into second gear!
This morning it was quiet, my mind was fresh so I started reading through the material again. The same material I read yesterday . . didn’t remember any of it and it made no more sense today than it did yesterday. I told him . . NO! I am not taking that test. I did tell him that if he gets a radio set up and working and he uses it often and gets really involved with it (I’d be surprised), then I’ll reconsider my decision about taking the test. I don’t need another time drain hobby and why would I want to talk on a ham radio when I have blog readers I can talk to?
So . . I quit before I ever got started. I handed him back all the papers he had printed; asked him to put them in a safe place (trash can works for me) in case I ever decide to try again. It feels good to walk away from something you really don’t want to do.