I've done big corporate systems analysis, been a dish washer, worked grunt construction jobs, sold real estate, worked 7-Eleven graveyard, and more. I've written for national magazines and been a writer all my life, but the thing that has given me the most pleasure is building guitars and playing them. It is incredibly satisfying to play an instrument that you built yourself! You should hear the Brazilian Rosewood/Coastal Redwood kit I just finished. It is sublime ... yours can be, too!