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About HomerS

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  • Birthday 08/06/1965

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  • Location Ohio
  • Full Name Jeff Minks

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  1. HomerS added a post in a topic I had a reality check. Leaving the hobby.   

    My father has dementia as well so I feel your pain.  His mom had it too but passed of an aortic aneurysm when she was 72.  Dad turns 79 next month.  He's had the onset before my mom passed unexpectedly of a stroke almost seen years ago but it went South big time last year.  He was living on his own with an aide coming in three times a week but we had two walk away moments in one day so his living independently was over immediately.  I moved him into a nursing home which started out great but their quality of care went from very good to deplorable in about nine months so I had to move him (which you do NOT want to do with a person with dementia!) He's been there coming up on two months and he's had tremendous improvement.  He'll never be able to live on his own again but I know he's safe.  I'm an only child but I do have a wife and a teenage son who have been helpful more than words can ever convey.  
    You can put them away for a while but don't sell off your kits.  They are a great escape from the stress of dealing with the day to day life of watching a family member's decline.  Go grab a snap kit....something that won't take days/weeks to complete.....it's kept me out of the local bell tower with a high powered rifle!
  2. HomerS added a post in a topic Barnes & Noble and MCM   

    Barnes & Noble on Fields Ertle (just South of Kings island) had six copies this morning.....well, five copies now
  3. HomerS added a post in a topic Your First Ride   

    1973 Plymouth Duster......$450.  A dent in every panel but that slant six would never die!  Option list:  Power steering. 
  4. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    OMG....my father went into a nursing home earlier this year so I applied for his DD214 (discharge paperwork) to see if he qualifies for any VA benefits.  It came today.....SEVEN months after the request!!!!
    Dad was deployed to Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall but the VA doesn't consider this as 'hostile'/combat area so he doesn't qualify for the VA nursing home.  He went into the Air Force after high school (too late to qualify for benefits under Korea) and discharged seven years later (too early to qualify under Vietnam).
  5. HomerS added a post in a topic British supercar from RoG in 2016   

    I could go for a TVR Tuscan
  6. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    Once again my home town complains about how the town is going into the dumper, but EVERYONE (mayor and all six council members) was re-elected...and it wasn't along the party lines. 
  7. HomerS added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    AMT AHC-100 Camaro ('75-77 Camaro).....sealed inside for $30.
    Fifth grade field trip was to the Cincinnati area (Norwood) plant to watch how the 1:1's were built
  8. HomerS added a post in a topic More bad LHS news - Hobby Town Gilbert AZ   

    As a commercial property manager for 20 years, the laws vary from county to county in my State regarding eviction/reclaiming the space.  Call the number on the leasing sign and ask to speak with the property manager.  The Landlord is now in possession of stuff they don't want (especially paint due to disposal regulations) and they would like to recoup some of their back rent.  Reach out to the local model club and see if you can join forces to make a deal on all of it.  They want it out and prep the space for showing/leasing.
  9. HomerS added a post in a topic What's Everyone Profession,etc..job,   

    I'm a degree'd accountant but I've spent the last 28 years as a commercial property manager (19 years) before selling out to be a facility manager (for just one tenant  but several locations) for the last 9 years.
    Why the career change?  I was an auditor and later an accountant but in dead end positions when I started dating a young lady whose father was in the commercial real estate industry (thank you Sheri!) who said I had the personality to be a property manager.  I have to be careful how I share this story as that young lady is not my wife....8^)
  10. HomerS added a post in a topic What are your other hobbies??   

    Customize Matchbox vehicles (and a few Hot Wheels but most have out over-sized wheels and inaccurate dimensions.....
    Collect give minor league hockey giveaways (bobble heads, trading cards)...mostly ECHL, but some AHL
    Die hard Bullwinkle fan!!  
    ...and stepfather to three rescue K9's.  A 7 year old Jack Russell/Sheltie (Turner), a 3 year old Australian Shepherd/Pekanese mix (Miss Bear) and a 4 year old pure bred Australian Shepherd (Jamie).
  11. HomerS added a post in a topic Most fun you had in a car. KEEP IT P.G.   

    1993 Dodge Stealth.  Nothing makes an insurance agent cringe than writing a policy on one of these to a single, male, under 30 driver....even with a spotless record.  (25% surcharge for the SE and RT (due to the 24V engine) and my carrier wouldn't one for the RT Turbo for ANY age driver).  Always had the sensible car before this (but kept the Dodge Rampage as a second car as the hatch was only about ten inches deep).  Front wheel drive so it was great in the snow.  Even the base model had enough to break it into triple digits (common sense went out the window and took it up to 130 mph).
    Getting married and having kids made me re-home it as now i needed something with a usable backseat. Wife hated it as we pulled into a parking space on day and view out the passenger side window was the 16" wheels on a Ford F250 4x4.  Bought it with 13,xxx miles and sold it with 110,xxx
  12. HomerS added a post in a topic Dumpster Car   

    If you need some ideas of how to accessorize the interior, I can post pics of the inside of the wife's SUV. LOL
  13. HomerS added a post in a topic Are We Model Hoarders?   

    Be careful using a local auction house. 1) Two in my area charge a commission of 40%!! 2) I recently bought a lot where the auction house just lumped models together from an estate without doing any research. One lot of 20 (costing me a little over $3/ea) yielded a sealed Jo-Han Maverick and another lot of 40 built (costing me less than $2/each) yielded a 70 MPC Cyclone and a 74 Impala.
  14. HomerS added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    I've been waiting two plus months DD214 (military discharge paperwork) from the VA to see if my father qualifies for a veteran's nursing home. In digging through his files I actually found it! He enlisted right out of high school in 1955 (four months too late to qualify under Korea) and was discharged in 1963 (six months too soon to qualify under Vietnam). Although he has proof of deployment in Berlin during construction of the Wall, that doesn't count as 'hostile' territory.

    My father has dementia and needs to be in a memory care unit
  15. HomerS added a post in a topic There are some odd double standards in our society about model building...   

    My oldest son was in the 3rd or 4th grade and I was an assistant coach in what was a little league for basketball. They played an away game at a city where they took it much more serious than we did. They were running the score up on us and my kids were not having fun......until I pulled our team over and told them "you get five fouls....go use four!" Those fast breaks, run-n-gun and fancy lay ups stopped pretty quickly when bodies started flying.

    No one got hurt and now eight years later my wife still gives me grief over it. My sons friends still laugh about it.