Hello. I have always been intrigued by beekeeping. Have been a regular honey customer when I lived in rural areas and noticed hive boxes appearing in the corners of fields from time to time and then be gone again. So at 53 I figure I'll at least at this point learn all I can and begin to gear up for it. For now that will have to suffice. I am now two years in with my recovery from being hit as a pedestrian by a very drunk driver. Night of Valentine's Day 2019 I was walking alongside the road that my street connects to. I awoke from a coma a month later in a hospital trauma center. Usually when that sort of thing happens, car/pedestrian accident and the driver flees that's it, end of story because they are never caught. Our hero was caught. He went to prison. I went into the hospital for five months. Skull fracture, cheekbone flattened, nose broken and multiple other serious injuries. After that over a year of cognizance and physical therapy and I am still on the mend. Auditory nerve damage from the skull fracture has left me with likely permanent tinnitus, a roaring noise in my head which is near constant. Anyway, I will cope. I am having to reinvent myself, get used to this unplanned early retirement, etc. I will take right to it and swim in it like a duck. This old Marine is made of tougher stuff. Woulda flat out killed a lesser man, I'm tellin' ya! Ha! The hearing impairment has taken 40+ years of guitar playing away from me but I've got 20 years of blacksmithing under my belt which is my other love and part of my motivation to explore beekeeping. Beeswax figures prominently in forging as a "blacksmith's finish", beeswax, boiled linseed oil and a little Japan drier mixed as a paste wax and applied with a rag at a black heat, about 800°F gives excellent results in sealing the iron from air and imparts a nice luster. So this whole bee thing is looking pretty good to me.