Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

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New friends and helpers

Bob is very excited that he found a young man, grandson of one of our neighbors, to help him with yard work this spring.   We have 10 yards of wood chips to put down, shed to paint and some other clean up tasks. Jeremy is a good worker and makes Bob’s life so much easier.

I assumed we would spend “life part two” with folks like us, over 65 and retired and that is partly true.   Little did I know we would also be making new friends in the “maker” world that are 12 and up – in middle school, young adults, energetic entrepreneurs.  Add in teachers and lots of people with Dr. in their name title as well as new people in the business world.   All because of the 3D printer and the e-NABLE hands.   Really quite remarkable.

We have been able to enjoy some nice spring days but the pollen count is starting to go up and I expect in a week we will be covered in the yellow pollen that is such a mess.   Oh well, I will still choose that over freezing temperatures and snow and ice.

Here are most of the members of our Steam tech TeamSteam Tech Team

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Fay and Bobs new look!

We continue to be very active in working with middle school students to tell them about printing hands with a 3D printer to give to kids who need a hand.   Check out   This international organization is only a couple years old, is in 30 countries with over 4000 volunteers.   Last year they made 700 hands.   Our volunteer group has a name – S.T.E.A.M Tech Teams and a website and we now have business cards.   We are looking for more volunteers since the Upstate is quite a large area.

Furman University outreach area asked us to be at their tent next Saturday for the iMAGINE Technology Expo in downtown Greenville so we are really excited and honored to be there.

Here are Fay and Bob in their new outfits from eNABLe holding a couple hands made at Gettys Middle School in Pickens.


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Kids and Technology

Bob and I had the great pleasure of hosting the IT2PI group at our house on Sunday.  IT2PI is a local non profit. “iT2Pi provides free technology and soft-skill training for Greenville’s youth seven to seventeen years old. Through project-based learning modules, with the guidance of peer leaders and adult mentors, participants are able to progress from information technology to programming inventors. iT2Pi’s goal is to increase social mobility by educating youth in the community, especially those in under-served communities, and increasing access to technology.”

They are a very talented and fun group of young people.

They were not only interested in our technology like the 3D printer but also very interested in the woodworking shop.   Bob and I and three of our friends from our e-NABLING the Future group showed them our “toys”.   Keven Ven Deusen from Computer Source in Inman came in with 5 different 3D printers and other gadgets.   What a find he was.  I showed them the workshop and how to make and assemble a pen, that was a big hit.   Bob showed off the quad copters and the new raspberryPI 2.  It was hard to get the kids away from both these things.   Our friend Reid had printed some fun educational toys for them to try.   We had about 10 kids and four parents.  It was really  a wonderful afternoon.   Most of them stayed from 1 – 4.   Kevin brought a “BIG” hand he had printed, about 2 feet long.   That was pretty cool.

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Middle School Students making hands at Getty School in Easley

Bob, Reid and I went over yesterday afternoon to help the after school group at Getty School in Easley put together the two hands their teacher had printed on their two 3D printers.  There were about a dozen very excited mostly 6 graders there.   What we didn’t expect was the Principal, representative from the group that donated the printers, two tv stations, the assistant principal who is missing an arm and another young man who is missing an arm as well as the publicity person from the Pickens School District!   While Bob and Reid worked with the kids I met with all the other people.   A very exciting afternoon to say the least.   Here is a link to another TV story

I haven’t found the second story yet.  Maybe they are doing it today?   Our neighbors are calling us to send good wishes and we just got another request for a fourth middle school to be trained.   We will probably meet with the original other two schools ASAP.   This is so fun and rewarding.

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3D Printing hands and used in schools

I haven’t posted for awhile because much of what we are up too is on facebook but this is too long for face book.

Bob and his friends have been busy working on 3D printed hands and he was on tv again yesterday.   Check out .

They had a couple tough acts to follow.  Ali Henderson from Gaffney , a beautiful young singer who is on American Idol this year and after that they had a two month old German Shephard and collie mix puppie!

Big things are happening after the article in the Travelers Rest online newspaper and the Fox TV story a couple weeks ago.   If you missed that one here is the link .

Since that we have been involved with three middle schools in Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg counties to teach them how to use their 3D printers to print hands and build a curriculum around the printing of the hands.   Pretty exciting stuff and moving extremely fast.   Bob is thrilled that he can work on some other brands of printers.   It is so wonderful to see how excited the schools are.  Their group of 4 people who have been meeting at our house is growing with three more people added on and they are learning how to build hands and hopefully go out to the schools when they are at that point.  We sure didn’t see this coming!  

The international group http://enablingthe , which is only about a year old, now has over 3000 volunteers, has built over 700 hands and is on five continents.  Can’t wait to see where this organization goes.   Every day there are so many interesting stories coming in.   Yesterday was a story about how someone in Columbia, SA built a hand for a young man specifically so he can play his guitar.  Check him out

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Not all theives are stupid

I sure learned some things with this article.


Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

2.. GPS:
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen ..

I never thought of this……. This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says, “I received your text asking about our Pin number and I’ve replied a little while ago.” When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:
a.. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet “family and friends” who text you.

A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children’s seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf… wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returni ng home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.

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Southern Weather

One big reason we left MN was because of the long and very harsh winters.   Toward the end, I couldn’t stand being cooped up from October through April, that’s 6-7 months.   I knew SC would be warmer in the summer and much nicer in the winter.  Pretty much there is no winter here, not by my standards.  Don’t get me wrong, ice storms can really mess things up because we could loose power for a week or so, not that this has happened since we are here and we have a back up generator.  Most of the time I just wait a couple days for the ice to melt.

The last three summers we were in drought, up until this summer and it was a challenge.   I told myself this summer I would not complain because 90 degree days are the trade off for no 0 degree days.   Until the last few weeks I have done pretty well.   I do have to admit that the last three weeks of mid 90 degree humid weather has made me irritable.  I’m usually pretty upbeat but find myself snapping at Bob, can’t concentrate and really want to go be outside for just a few moments in the morning or night.   Finally today the weather broke and it is in the mid 70’s, light breeze, all windows open, air conditioner off.   I am loving it.

I know we still have a few more 90 days but now I can look forward to my favorite very long season FALL!   Have a couple fun adventures planned, including a trip to the Carolina Renaissance Festival  which looks to be the same size as the MN Festival.  Going to make it a couple nights at a bed and breakfast on Lake Norman, take a boat trip on the lake, visit some wineries and of course the Festival.



After several months of 80-95 degree weather and living barefoot or in sandlas, shorts and tank tops, when it is 75 I now have on socks, long pants and a shirt with sleeves. Soon I will need a blanket too!



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