deathYou may or may not have heard some rumors about Pallas Athena closing up shop. Those rumors are true. It took a long time for me to come to terms with the necessity of this, and I’m going to admit to being sad, angry, and disappointed. But at the same time, I understand that it’s for the best, and that it doesn’t mark my permanent exit from framebuilding.

The Whys

There’s a few reasons for my exit from framebuilding. The first is something that I’ve been in denial about for quite some time, and that is that I suffer from ADD. I finally admitted to it several months ago, and it made it very hard for me to focus and function the way that I should — it’s something that has impacted every aspect of my life in a negative way. I’m in therapy and seeing a psychiatrist, and plan on getting this under control.

Secondly, there’s the matter of my family. They deserve all the time I can give them, especially while my boys are as young as they are. I want to be there for them and I want to make sure that my responsibilities there are being tackled before I am off brazing tubing together. Part of solving this whole problem is tackling the therapy and the ADD.

Last, my skillset. My skills have never been what they should be. To that end, I plan to continue to build frames for myself, and work my ass off to get better at it, so that when the time comes to make an attempt at being a professional framebuilder again, I’m more prepared. In addition to those frames, I’m also seriously considering going back to school for an AAS in Machining, and a certificate in welding.

So Yeah, That’s All She Wrote

It’s pretty sad, doing this. But I want to thank all of you that supported me early on. It means a lot to me. I’m still going to be updating on my skills honing process over at my personal blog. I hope you’ll follow along.

For now, this site will remain live — just this page, and the blog (for past reference). I’m planning on letting the domain name expire, and that will mark the closure of this chapter of my life.

Take care. Sayanora. Adios. Dasvidaniya. Auf wiedersehen.

Thanks for the ride.