It's time to find out who's behind this website. Well... it's just me, Jeff (Hipshot).
Hipshot was the name given to me by an old-timer I used to work with (that was his nickname... old-timer). We worked in the oilfields of the Permian Basin in West Texas at the time. He said I reminded him of a comic strip character (I never heard of him).
The name just stuck. Actually, he gave everybody at work (about 40 of us) a nickname. Foot, Button, Pot, Newboy, and Mako were a few that I remember. I guess Hipshot is not too bad, since I didn't get to pick it out.
Here is the short version of my story. I grew up just outside of Kansas City on what used to be an Indian reservation. My ancestors (Swan Creek band of Chippewa) disbanded in the early 1900s.
I went to college in Phoenix and then worked in the oilfield for 10 years as an engineer. I have been teaching school since then (1989). My wife and I have 2 grown children and 3 Granddaughters.
We all live within several hours of Austin, Texas, so I get to see them regularly. My wife and I have not decided exactly where we will retire yet (sometime within the next 5 years). But, where ever it is, it will only be a short drive to Austin.
In case you don't know, I do love BBQ. That has been my hobby, my relaxation (my passion really), for as long as I can remember. And because of that, I love working on my website.
Now, I think to myself, I should have done this a long time ago.
You know how it is when you do something that makes you feel good, or something works out better than you expected and everything falls into place? Well... Don't you? You wish you had been doing it all along. You ask yourself, "Why did I wait until now to try that? If I would have only done it sooner."
I don't necessarily mean working on the website (although, it's nice being able to make money by doing that). I mean writing about something that I love to do... BBQ. That's what I mean when I say, "I should have done this a long time ago." Just check the ezinearticles link at the right. I've also written articles for other places on the internet, too.
I have even written a few E-books on Amazon.
I've always been on the lookout for a better way. I never really knew what that meant, but I was looking for it. Most of my adult life, (in the background of whatever was going on), I was either looking for, or thinking about, a different career, better paying job, part-time business, home business, multi-level marketing, etc.
Over the years, I've even tried some of those things.....and you guessed it, I lost money. So, as a result, I became even more critical and skeptical of opportunities.
On top of all that, I am very picky about what I'm willing to do anyway. Let me lay it out for you (personal opinion here). This is me talking about me.
I don't want to work too hard.
If I do decide to put out a little extra effort, I want to see some results (a little extra money)
I don't want to sell.
I don't want to deal with customers (the public)
I don't want to mess with shipping, inventory, or billing.
So you see, I was resigned to the fact that nothing out there was good enough for me (remember, I'm much more skeptical now than I used to be).
Then, while I was surfing the web for "the better way", I stumbled onto
That is the company that powers my website (see logo at the bottom of the page). I read a little about it, and then left the site thinking this can't be right, it sounds too good (skeptical, remember).
I researched it for about a month before I decided to build the website. And you know those things I listed for you that I don't want to do? I don't do them. Remember I said earlier that I love working on my website? That's the best part. I love what I am doing.
What SBI! helped me finally figure out, is this. If you can forget about the money (by far, the hardest thing for me to do), and concentrate on finding something you know and love, the money will come. The reason is that what you are writing is authentic, useful, and valuable to other people.
If you had a job doing anything that you wanted to do, what would it be? Don't think money... think what would you do? Would it be a drag to go to work every day? If it's something you love to do anyway, it wouldn't even seem like work, would it?. You might even think that you would get to go to work.
Those of you that are already doing what you love to do... congratulations! I now know the feeling. I even find myself putting off things I need to do, so that I can add to or improve my website.
So, this is the end of my little page on who I am and how I got here. As for me, I'm going back to working on my website. And you... if you like the idea of doing something you love, find out more by going to The Website.