Take this job & shove it. I’ve retired from Accessibility Consulting

Happy April Fools Day everyone. Congrats to those who figured it out early. This post was just a joke.

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

This weekend, I made an important decision to change careers. Frankly, I’m tired of arguing with people about why accessibility is important. I’m tired of doing accessibility audits that show the same fundamental errors over and over, and I’m tired of the endless excuses people have about why they can’t make their sites accessible.

Following my passions

Those of you who really know me on a personal level know that I love welding. Every spring I’m giddy because it means I can weld (welding in cold is rather difficult with hobbyist’s equipment). I’ve decided to turn this hobby into an occupation. I don’t plan to join the Ironworkers union or anything like that. What I really want to do is metal sculpture, art, and custom furniture and decorations.

My first customer & project

What kicked off this new venture is when a relative asked me to build a custom bookshelf for them. Below are some photos I took yesterday of the in-progress project.

Here are the bookshelf arms, cut and waiting to be welded.

Close-up picture of my awesome Henrob torch. I love OxyAcetylene!
Welding one of the end caps on the bookshelf arms.
Here's the finished weld on the endcap. Only about 30 more to go!
Whole bunch of finished arms.

Next Steps

I have some really pretty pieces of wood for the shelves themselves. I’m going to finish the shelves, install this thing, and be done. Pics of the finished product coming soon.

BTW: Anyone need any welding work?

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If you or your organization need help with accessibility consulting, strategy, or accessible web development, email me directly at karl@karlgroves.com or call me at +1 443-875-7343. Download Resume [MS Word]

One Comment

  • Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:58 am   Permalink

    Good one, Karl!
    Well, the intro made perfect sense, and as the saying goes, in humor there are always some accents of truth!
    Anyhow, that would have been a terrible loss for the field — hopefully you can keep on welding shelves and ill-conceived websites!
    You wrote: I’m tired of arguing with people about why accessibility is important. Now they know you have a torch, and know how to use it… that may change their way to see things! ;o)

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