I'm James Wheatley and I first bought my property decades ago, when it was out in the country, far from town and any industrialization. However, a few years ago the county proposed building a scrap yard across the street from my house. Our rural neighborhood fought it for as long as we could, but to no avail. Although there have been some major downsides, it has also provided me with a new hobby. In trying to make the best of the situation, I have explored the scrap yard many times, and I am now obsessed with all the objects that are there and the systems and machines they use to process everything. If you had told me years ago during the scrap yard proposal, I would have laughed in your face. But here I am, writing a blog about scrap yards and manufacturing and other similar topics that I now find fascinating.