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I just turned 60 and have been off the rolls of "employed" for over two years now; that's not to say that I haven't been working or looking for a way out of this predicament. I have many skills, interests and talents in the areas of arts, crafts, trades (construction, designing, manufacturing, fabricating, cabinetmaking, handyman, jack-of-all-trades) and technology (computer maintenance & repair, AutoCAD drafting & design, digital photos & graphics). However, it seems my age and the fact that I've got some (apparent) minor physical limitations (and perhaps disfigurement/speech qualitiy) do not dispose me toward foremost consideration for jobs among all the younger and healthier candidates.These monor conditions stemmed from surviving a small airplane crash back in 1991 while sole pilot on a night flight and then again survived head/neck cancer back in 2006 after an 8-hr operation and six more weeks of radiation treatment subsequent to recovery from the surgery in 2006. Hey!...what can I say; life takes some interesting twists and turns. My "imperfections" just add to my character appeal. At any rate I'm also a licensed A&P mechanic and have working in general aviation for a number of years; I'm a fan of homebuilts and aviation technology. I'm looking for work and the chance to apply what I know and like to do (design, build, improve and repair things) toward helping other people and not wast time sitting at home worrying about my own problems. Life's too short and just taking care of one's self is not nearly as productive (or rewarding) as taking care of others. Does anyone know how or who I can connect with to get involved in a "research and development" type operation (job)? I can't compete in fast-paced, high-pressure, deadline-driven, quota-based operations but I can be productive where creative thinking, quality of craftsmanship and ethical/humanitarian concerns are important to the job. (For personal responses you can reply to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org also).