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Post Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:23 pm

Posts: 990
Location: Washington
Hello has been a long time since I last logged in....long time since I have taken repairs.

There was some very picky customers that were unhappy and after refunding their money,paying out of my own pocket to mail their finished tiles back to them I had to walk away....

As many that know me over the years I repaired over 1000 tiles with only 4 unhappy always I did the best I could with the shattered tiles.

Well sadly after 14 years of employment my job ended last week due to my own mistake,I violated a company policy and had to such no unemployment.Luckily for me I have been frugal with my money since my divorce and have enough to keep the bills paid till I find work.I also will be going out starting tomorrow and doing day labor to keep money coming in while I wait for interview calls.

I would be interested in taking repairs again,I am no longer a collector,lost my whole collection in the divorce but I still love the people and tiles very much,I even still have 6 on the wall.....all are broken ones that I was not able to repair and were donated to me......

The cost of materials and shipping has gone up quite a bit since my last repairs and I will need to raise slightly the cost of the repairs from a flat rate of $20 to a based on damage per tile cost.As many know I spent many many hours working on tiles for $20 a tile and I just have to raise the repair costs to make it worth the time it takes on each one.

At this time I would prefer not to take on shattered tiles,and may not even in the future,but will take repairs based on a tile by tile basis.

I still can somewhat access the email but please send any requests for repairs to my email as that one is the one I use these days,the siddoctor email I can only access from my phone and it is hard to see pictures and even to respond to emails from as most come out as spam and get blocked.

Well as for my life now.....I am doing much better emotionally,physically,and financially since the divorce.

Joe will be 18 in May,but still in High School as he just has a tough time in school,always has,but when he turns 19 plans to goto Jobcorps and get a career trade going.

I am still building my show car,even though it is now on hold since unemployed....which I hope is not for long.I am a skilled Building Maintenance Technition and there is a lot of work out there for that trade so I doubt I will be out of work for too long.

I moved from the 1 bedroom apartment I was living in with my son after the divorce to a nice home that my friend owns,and renting it till I get life totally straightened out...amazing how a divorce can mess a life

My Mom is on dialysis and lives with me and Joe now and is not in the greatest of health,if you ever met anyone on dialysis you understand,it really can beat a person up.I am hoping she is able to be with us for many years to come but it is not truly a reality and we kinda just take it day to day....

I have been by choice single and not dating for the last nearly 2 years as I just did not have time for a relationship in my life.But I did finally meet someone......well....we have known each other for 25 years,but she lives in Crowley Texas and me in Washington....but we kinda fell in love I guess....still a long road to go there as she has her own kids 17 and 22 living at home to contend with and so god willing someday we will actually even get to be in the same room together....weird falling in love with a person who you have never even shook hands with....but somehow we did....

So much has changed in my life for the better the past few years and this losing of my job of 14 years to me feels like a new start,a closing of the door on the past and who knows how the mysteries of life will take us....

I apoligise for not being on here more over the past couple of years,but it was really heartbreaking to lose my collection,marriage,and pretty much everything I owned to keep the tiles a part of my life....well it hurt....

So please contact me if there are tiles in need of repairs as the extra money will go a long way and as always I will do my best to make them as close to new for you and also that they will always return home to their owners.

Brian Zinn aka Siddoctor
Beer...........It's not just for breakfast anymore.

Post Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:26 pm

Posts: 460
Location: Vancouver, BC
Bzinn, so excellent to see you in the house. The community/forum has missed your prescence, knowledge, humor. I know you're up to whatever life throws at you. Stay thirsty my friend.

Post Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:55 pm

Posts: 990
Location: Washington
thankyou very much.....yes it has indeed been such a long time since I have been on here I had to ask Robin what my ID was
Beer...........It's not just for breakfast anymore.

Post Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:28 pm

Posts: 934
Location: BC, Canada
Welcome back Brian.
It has been a while & you have been missed here. I'm so sorry to hear about your job situation. Hopefully it turns out to be an opportunity to find something better. All the best to you. :D

Do you still have your dog? :dog:

Post Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:47 pm

Posts: 990
Location: Washington
High Clare

Yes i still have Bella.....she is my bestest is indeed good to be back and I hope to be able to contribute once again to the community.....

I am sure the job situation will work itself out soon enough,I am very skilled at my trade and would be a good person to pick for the job by any company.

I have some calls to make to a few companies that I worked with that serviced our buildings....the main one is Johnson controls....I may be able to get on with them pretty easy even though I do not have refrideration certificate they do know me and have a lot of openings in many parts of the trade.
Beer...........It's not just for breakfast anymore.

Post Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:20 pm

Posts: 363
Location: New Zealand
Hello Dr Brian

I also am sorry to hear about your job situation but I am sure that when one door closes another opens which will be better. I still look at my PQ15 that you repaired for me in total amazement. I personally think it looks better now than before it was smashed into 100's of bits :)

It is great to have you back - keep smiling :flowers:

Michelle :)
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Post Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:53 pm

Posts: 990
Location: Washington
It is good to be back.....the tile repairs were a huge part of my life for so long and it was very hard for me to give that up....

I am having a very emotional evening....not in a bad way....I got a couple of calls from friends in the car club and they are hittgin up their employers to help me locate work....the last one is at University Of Washington doing pretty much the same work I was doing but for much much more money....I am not used to people reaching out and offering help....

Those that have known me for years know how hard my life has been,I have always been candid about it.....and never will stop being so.....

I am feeling really good about the future,even with the uncertain job market I know there is a good job out there for me,I just have to find it and go do it....

today was weird because I went down to a temporary work agency that has work and you get paid same day and such and they have lots of jobs in my field they have trouble filling.It mostlike ly pays crap wages but money is money till I find a permanant point on sittign around till my savings runs out right....every bit I can make gives me more of a chance.

I have great friends around me and my mom lives with me now,she is on dialysis and in the final years of life and she too is helping......she is so tough it is inspiring....she has been sick all her life with Chrones and kidney failure and other health problems and yet she never quits....guess I know where I got it

Been gettgin emails all afternoon about repairs so that too helps more than anyone can imagine.....
Beer...........It's not just for breakfast anymore.

Post Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:41 am

Posts: 168
I was so glad when i saw your thread "Siddoctor is in....". I have sure missed you. Yikes, time flies...i can't believe Joe is 18. Please keep us posted on the job front ...your skills are in demand and i am hoping that there will be a job opening at the UW! :smiling:

Post Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:49 am

Posts: 1162
Location: Brentwood, TN
Hiya Brian...

So sorry to hear about your mom being in poor health and you job situation, but trust that everything will work out for the good. It's just another milestone in this thing we call, 'LIFE.'

Although we are friends on Facebook, it's good to see you back in the "ole' stompin' grounds." Hopefully, there will be people with broken tiles that can made new again by you. We all missed the "Siddoctor" and glad that he has returned.

Take care and all the best to you, my friend.
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Post Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:24 am
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As I told Brian the other day, he surely has been missed around here. I always get emails about repairs, and had no idea where to send collectors. I know some basic stuff on repairing scratches on the sides and backs, but only Brian can take something beyond repair and make it beautiful again.

He truly is an incredible artist! Below are some examples of the damaged blocks he has repaired.





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