At the age of 10 I started tinkering around with tape recorders, intercoms, walkie-talkies,etc. repairing my bicycle and helping my older brother build hot rods. My father worked with Cryogenics at Hughes Aircraft in Malibu, California and he took me down to the Lab on a saturday and showed me the Cryostat that he operated and froze a flower in liquid nitrogen and shattered it. Still I was mainly interested in electronics, so in the 11th grade I signed up for a Skills Center class in electronics. That class was full, my alternate choice was Refrigeration Service. My Instructor had been a fighter pilot in the Cuban Air Force (his name was Al Gomez) and when Fidel Castro came to power Al defected, flew his Jet to Florida and somehow wound up on the West Coast teaching this refrigeration class to high school kids. Al took a shine to me and suggested I take the advanced class in summer school, so I did. I was really impressed with Al Gomez and his desire to help high school kids find a good career, I think that inspired me to have a career in this field and also to help train young technicians. We were troubleshooting and repairing domestic refrigerators, freezers and window air conditioners. I was just 17 when I replaced my first compressor in that class. Halfway through the summer course I had to take a week off to Drive up to Oregon with my Dad. He had a new job 1000 miles away in Clackamas, Oregon. Finished school with excellent grades and 2 Certificates of Proficiency in Refrigeration Service, It took until the Holidays to sell the house in L.A. and took me until March to find an Apprentice job at a small mom & pop shop in Gresham,Oregon. So at 18 I was working as a service tech. Within a year I was running service calls and was paid on commision just like the journeymen there. Several years later I was at SEARS SERVICE learning Oil Heating Systems and Heat Pumps. In 1999 I switched to Commercial Hvac and I have always enjoyed my job. The first shop I worked at, I saw an ad in the paper, that guy interviewed me 3 times, hired me and let me go 2 months later. My next job I listened to my Fathers advice and walked in off the street, asked to talk to the boss, and asked him if he needed an apprentice. He said to me "How do you figure wattage". I said "Amps times Volts". He said come back here in the shop and talk to my partner. I worked there 4 years and everyone in the company came to my wedding, It was like a second family.