I had a complete blockage in one of my veins in my heart, and a partial in another, causing a massive heart attack. It lasted about 5 hours before I realized I was actually having a heart attack, and it was another 5 hours before the ordeal was through. Modern medicine and an incredible cardiologist (also a veteran) saved my life.
Modern medicine and incredible cardiologists are incredibly expensive, like more than the cost of my house expensive.
Even with a very good employer health care plan, and a Health Savings Account, I have a ton of medical bills that need to be paid, and because of those bills, there is no way Marsh Creek can attend the National Narrow Gauge Convention in Maine.
It's such a disheartening experience, I don't like to talk about it. There are a lot of *IF, THEN* statements that could be made, like IF I had saved more money before, THEN I could attend. I'm not going to spend any time on that. Instead, I am going to continue to design models, and build up to bigger shows by attending smaller ones, and spreading the "gospel of HOn30, and the Psalms of 3D Prints"
The OTHER bad news is that the B-HDA parts I ordered from Shapeways for customers must have been printed by Stevie Wonder, because there is no way they are up to the quality standard that I demand. Nasty emails have been sent, and replacement parts will come, but it adds to delivery times, which is aggravating.
I'm not going to let any of this stop me.
I'm going to continue to build something awesome.