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    I have perservered so far in life I will see it through and I want to become something my parents can be proud of and I can be proud of. I know that I may not seem like I have it together at all but I do and I can do this but don't think I will be leaving you guys alone anytime soon if I decide to go foward with this you seem like a wealth of knowledge and we aren't even speaking in any kind of actual terms of the jobs criteria or basics. I thank you for everything and if you have anything else to say don't be a stranger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krmitt5 View Post
    Ok I honestly haven't really drank for quite a while and I don't intend to, I was baptized earlier this year I grew up a catholic and I decided to become a christian for obvious reasons. I don't drink I don't like drinking and I think it is idiotic. Too many idiots already, the buzz isn't worth the hangover... or worse. I have learned my lesson with booze. I have completed court ordered programs as a result of said convictions and paid fines yada yada. I'm not a dumb kid anymore I know right from wrong and being a booze hound is a stupid waste of life. Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: KJV I know wisdom sir. I want to know more.
    Quote Originally Posted by krmitt5 View Post
    I have perservered so far in life I will see it through and I want to become something my parents can be proud of and I can be proud of. I know that I may not seem like I have it together at all but I do and I can do this but don't think I will be leaving you guys alone anytime soon if I decide to go foward with this you seem like a wealth of knowledge and we aren't even speaking in any kind of actual terms of the jobs criteria or basics. I thank you for everything and if you have anything else to say don't be a stranger.
    Good posts... and the Scripture is inspirational! To have the conviction to post it is noteworthy IMO. Now:

    I am not trying to bust your balls... however walking out the Christian life is where the rubber meets the road. Here is some advise from a guy who has been there:

    Stick to your faith! Make time for your quiet time and prayer, Scripture and Prayer are what keeps our relationship with God strong... and that is the strength by which we live.

    If you can just make this the basis of your life... I think you can do whatever you choose to do.

    On to HVAC: Go to school, get your papers... get a job and grow. After a few years experience (and a clean driving record)... move your career along.

    And do not be a stranger, this place is FULL of folks who will help you along. When you get into school, contact 'Dad' (admin) and get access to the Educational Forum... well worth your time!

    Best of luck to you... however I think we both know it is more like 'walk out your faith'... God bless!

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  3. #29
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    No silver bullit or easy answer here. You made choices and dug a hole. Sounds like you have taken responsibility for those choices and chosen a different path. Good for you and god bless. Now your gonna have to work twice as hard to get a foot in the door. Agin your choices and your hole. Just do it!! Get out there and work twice as hard!! The rewards will be twice as nice. Never quit. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krmitt5 View Post
    Ok I honestly haven't really drank for quite a while and I don't intend to, I was baptized earlier this year I grew up a catholic and I decided to become a christian for obvious reasons. I don't drink I don't like drinking and I think it is idiotic. Too many idiots already, the buzz isn't worth the hangover... or worse. I have learned my lesson with booze. I have completed court ordered programs as a result of said convictions and paid fines yada yada. I'm not a dumb kid anymore I know right from wrong and being a booze hound is a stupid waste of life. Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: KJV I know wisdom sir. I want to know more.
    Good.

    Have you checked out these folks? We have a chapter at my church, and the folks with this need meet every Friday.

    http://www.reformu.com/

    If you have indeed taken your last drink, and have established a good record since, then I see no reason why you could not be a future success in HVAC. It will be a couple of years before you need to drive a truck, and there IS the maintenance position that is fixed at a certain location, too.

    When you get into your program (HVAC) get 15 posts participating in threads of a substantive (technical) nature and apply for Pro membership. That status opens up the educational forums, and there is a lot of good stuff there to help you in the HVAC walk!
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  5. #31
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    You should go to school. You could easily be hired to do apartment maintenance. Most of those jobs don't require driving a company vehicle.

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    I can't tell you if you should continue studying hvac. I can tell you the same thing that was already said. And that is that your second charge needs to be a wake up call. Just about anyone can get one DUI but it takes a special person to get a second. I should have gotten many DUI but for some reason, I did not. Right now it's been better than two years since your last charge. Depending on the decisions you make today, you could be one more day father away from your Last DUI, or you could reset to day one. That is up to you.
    If you don't want to deal with this I suggest making friends with like-minded people. As far as proving your attendance at meetings, it really can't be done. Anyone at a meeting can sign your attendance form, but if they are questioned they will not confirm you where there. Most groups that deal with staying sober are Anonymous groups.
    So if you are not drinking for a job I would recommend looking elsewhere. There are plenty of jobs out there that don't require driving. But if you think that you may have a problem controlling your drinking and it is starting to effect your life I would recommend finding help. That could be a rehab or just attending an AA meeting. As a sober person you will most likely be able to enter this field. At the same time, sober life may open opportunities that are unexpected.
    Either way, good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by earlburnermann View Post
    I can't tell you if you should continue studying hvac. I can tell you the same thing that was already said. And that is that your second charge needs to be a wake up call. Just about anyone can get one DUI but it takes a special person to get a second. I should have gotten many DUI but for some reason, I did not. Right now it's been better than two years since your last charge. Depending on the decisions you make today, you could be one more day father away from your Last DUI, or you could reset to day one. That is up to you.
    If you don't want to deal with this I suggest making friends with like-minded people. As far as proving your attendance at meetings, it really can't be done. Anyone at a meeting can sign your attendance form, but if they are questioned they will not confirm you where there. Most groups that deal with staying sober are Anonymous groups.
    So if you are not drinking for a job I would recommend looking elsewhere. There are plenty of jobs out there that don't require driving. But if you think that you may have a problem controlling your drinking and it is starting to effect your life I would recommend finding help. That could be a rehab or just attending an AA meeting. As a sober person you will most likely be able to enter this field. At the same time, sober life may open opportunities that are unexpected.
    Either way, good luck!

    This is falling by the wayside, as many more people want PROOF.

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  8. #34
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    First, find out how bad your driving record really is. Go to St. Paul and ask someone at "DPS" for a copy of your record. If there are minor things on there that are more than a few years old, you can set up an appointment to talk to someone about possibly having them removed or hidden from your public record. I have done this myself a long time ago. What school will you be going to? If Dunwoody, I would recommend reconsidering and finding someplace cheaper. Dunwoody is probably the most popular place to go for HVAC, but it is also the most expensive. You can save a lot of money if you go to another school such as Hennepin Tech, or Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Most employers won't care what school you went to, they will just care that you finished it and got good grades.

    You sound like a good guy. Good luck with whatever direction you decide to go.

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    Ok you guys are awesome for even wasting your time on me thank you deeply for all these posts it is really helping me decide what I should do If I could tell you my whole story I would then it might give you a better idea of the kind of person I really am but it doesn't matter the point is I have changed. The guy from here I am going to hennepin tech I will look into the DPS thing thanks. I am a little hesistant to do this but it's no reward without the risk If I don't go to school for this I don't know what I am gonna do I was washing windows today looking at this unit on the roof of this building and I can see myself doing this. Everyday. I got somone I can go to with questions as far as electrical but what else goes into It I am not prepared for. I can admit this. latent heat no clue. but I retain remember and can learn whatever I want to really. My childish perspective on the world is gone. This isn't an easy choice for me. I really don't want to waste my time and get hosed but the whole thing with the knowledge of the industry I'm sure I could find a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krmitt5 View Post
    Ok you guys are awesome for even wasting your time on me thank you deeply for all these posts it is really helping me decide what I should do If I could tell you my whole story I would then it might give you a better idea of the kind of person I really am but it doesn't matter the point is I have changed. The guy from here I am going to hennepin tech I will look into the DPS thing thanks. I am a little hesistant to do this but it's no reward without the risk If I don't go to school for this I don't know what I am gonna do I was washing windows today looking at this unit on the roof of this building and I can see myself doing this. Everyday. I got somone I can go to with questions as far as electrical but what else goes into It I am not prepared for. I can admit this. latent heat no clue. but I retain remember and can learn whatever I want to really. My childish perspective on the world is gone. This isn't an easy choice for me. I really don't want to waste my time and get hosed but the whole thing with the knowledge of the industry I'm sure I could find a job.
    Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And keep us in the loop as you travel down this road... be good to see a young guy succeed!
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    I most definitely will keep you in the loop and do whatever I can to help others if they have similar circumstances with my decisions and how they panned out I'm still not decided but I am leaning a lot more in that direction now. God shows me things sometimes in his way and It's hard to grasp but I had to walk this path I will see it through I just hope I can dive in head/heart first and not look back. I can almost see myself doing this already it's something that is right up my alley trouble shooting diagnostics testing solution. I can see myself being quite good If I can figure it out. I gotta make something of myself for those that are here and those who aren't to live with myself and die a happy man. satisfied with my time.

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    Anybody who decides to drink then drive needs to be aware that their possibility of having an accident increases when their blood alcohol content rises. Alcohol and other mood-changing drugs can impair a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle. Most folks see a xxxxxxxxxxxxxas a much more serious accident than a vehicle accident where the driver is sober. For that reason, strict laws were passed in the majority of states to severely punish drunk drivers who have caused DUI accidents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clairecoln View Post
    Anybody who decides to drink then drive needs to be aware that their possibility of having an accident increases when their blood alcohol content rises. Alcohol and other mood-changing drugs can impair a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle. Most folks see a XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX as a much more serious accident than a vehicle accident where the driver is sober. For that reason, strict laws were passed in the majority of states to severely punish drunk drivers who have caused DUI accidents.
    While this is true,

    1) I don't think it is new information to anyone, and

    2) I'm not able to see how it fits the ongoing theme of the thread, which is one's future after a DUI..
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