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Carl Stone here... AKA ModernDayEdison, I am an inventor and entrepreneur
who learned only a few years ago that I have a higher degree of formal education
and industry experience than one of the most noted inventors in the history of
Ameican Industry...... Thomas Alva Edison.
This was a stroke of good news after a string of Industry layoffs as a skilled
Drafter / CAD Operator and Machinist because it has opened the door to some
exciting opportunities for me as an entrepreneur.........not just as an employee.
The Stone Motor Company
Applying Alternative Energy based Solutions
of Tomorrow... Today.
Since my last industry layoff I have been running an online fund raising effort
to try and raise the needed start-up capital to locate and setup my new shop and
engineering office where this will all take shape, but it has been less than fruitful.
But that isn't about to stop me in the least bit.
I am a man on a mission, and that mission is to keep at it until I succeed.
That is why Edison never failed on a development project once he began
working on it. He systematically resolved issues or problems until he had
a working invention. 1,830 U.S. Patents on the books are a testiment to
the effectiveness of his methods.
Raising necessary start-up capital without going into
debt over one's head is no exception to that rule.
Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Metal detecting.......and turning worthless
drift wood into valuable fire wood and material for walking sticks,
craft projects, tent poles.......and what ever else comes to mind that
can be sold at Flea Markets for cold hard cash.
I live near the Mississippi River.......it's banks are loaded with goodies
that most people never give a second thought, like aluminum cans,
drift wood (Lots of it.), and all sorts of things that are worth money just
as scrap at a recycleing center. I found out that an old outboard motor
for a john boat is worth between $125.00 - $250.00 depending on the
amount of cast aluminum in it........just as scrap alone.
It's all "Cash in Pocket" for who ever wants to go out there and get it.
And so far........I don't see anyone out there doing anything besides
fishing or waterskiiing. No one else is even out on the banks with a
metal detector either........go figure.
I used to be into "Micro-Salvaging" or Treasure Hunting as a Cub-Scout
through my teenage years but got out of it once I started working long
hours in the Design and Manufacturing Industries.
And then here last year I saw the Cash and Treasure Show for the first time
and I was hooked, it all came back to me. Now I have the bug again, thanks!!
No but seriously folks, I found out that prospecting is how Andrew Carnegie
avoided the lenders in the financial industry when he needed to expand his
steel business to support the Westward Expansion of the Railroad.
While everyone else had Gold Fever, he and his men were cleaning up
in the precious stone, coal, Iron Ore, Copper, Carbide, and Silver arena.
It allowed him to be his own banker, and at one point he was even wealthier
than the U.S. Treasury Department, which instigated the formation of the
Department of Natural Resources.......no joke, true story.
I figure he had 150 steel mills to locate and build across the country.
I only need one inventor's shop.
The feasibility analisys and the decision has practically been made for me.
I just recently purchased an Entry-Level Low End Metal Detector from a local
tool store.........and I am surprisingly pleased with it's performance. I found
a car muffler nearly 2 feet deep through wet sand. It could have just as easily
have been a wood chest filled with gold coins. Though it wasn't, it told me
that the thing works and it works well.
Now that I am working full-time again......I am working to put the necessary
outdoor camping, backpacking, metal detecting, and other Treasure Hunting
gear together........in case I find myself unemployed again and need a change
of scenery to a more lucrative region of the country. Wink, wink.
Even if I don't get rich off of it..........it's an interesting and exciting hobby
at the very least........something to do when I'm not working at my day job.
I'm checking the local rural papers for bargains on aluminum or fiberglass
canoes.......a ten foot flat bottom canoe would make searching lake shores
and river banks more productive.
When I locate and set up my shop....I plan to specialize in electric cycles
specifically engineered for recycling aluminum cans and dumpter diving.
These cycles will be electric but they will recharge their own batteries
while in operation. (I can't say anymore on the subject until after patents
have been applied for and granted.)
I know that aluminum can collectors and dumpster divers have caught
allot of slack from middle-class America over the years.....but I believe
it is the dumpster divers that will have the last laugh.
They play an intrigral part in the recycling effort that has emerged in
recent years.......and they will be making a decent income compared
to the rest of us once our economy heads South farther than it already
has thus far. They will thrive......while the rest of us who have been
making fun of them all these years......will be wondering how to survive.
It's kind of sobering.......isn't it.
I would almost bet that I am the only man in America that has thought
of catering to this group by creating a line of products and light efficient
vehicles specifically designed for what they do.
Their going to be the ones with the money......it only makes sense.
You won't hear or read the above anywhere else on the internet,
on the news, in the papers, in magazines, and Lord forbid that
it ever be uttered out of a politician's mouth.
But it's the truth.
I am on the Salvage scene for good....as an entrepreneur,
as an inventor, and as a life-long student of industry.
In case you haven't noticed......I'm pumped and raring to get rich
with cold hard cash after a string of industry layoffs and a pretty
messy divorce that's taking half my income in Child Support.
I love my daughter, don't get me wrong......it just means that I have
to work that much harder to overcome the adversity that I have
been delt in life as a divorced father.
A challenge that I am more than capable of addressing.
Just one parting note:
Thomas Alva Edison's first marriage ended in divorce as well,
and he had two children by his first wife......I wonder if that is what
drove him to the level of success and achievment that he attained.
Never the less......he didn't do too bad for a guy who
only possessed an Eighth Grade Education and never
attended a College or University.
A true historical fact that can be corroborated
through due diligence in historical research.
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