I dont know if I should respond to this but I am one of the guys that was left in the cold by a so called mentor, and I cant attend any of the local club meetings because of the shift that I work. None of the older gentlemen in the local club would change the routines to meet with me. The person that I got my first 3 hives from, gave me the old " If you need any help, just call or come back and I will help with anything". After the money exchanged hands, it was see you later and unless you are buying something, dont bother me. That was my first big sting.
If it was not for the massive stack of books, magazines, and of course, this group of people, I would have been up the creek without a paddle. In the area that I live in, there are not many beeks and the ones that you find are pretty tight lipped about their methods of success. I dont understand why they are this way. I am not trying to take anything away from them. Just trying to absorb any information that I can. Lord knows that I am not in it for the money. When I look at all that I have spent to make my first year a success. What I did gain was the satisfaction of looking back at one of the comments that I overheard one of them say," He'll never make it past Summer with the set up that he has." Well, I did. I went from 3 nucs to 9 full and healthy hives.
I have hung out in the shadows, of this forum and a couple of others most of the year. Most of the time trying to get up the nerve to ask a question but to afraid to do so because I did not want to sound too stupid or to take one of Finsky's thrashing. But I did post and did not get treated like an idiot. If it was not for people, like you, I would have failed BIG TIME. And the people that I mentioned above would have had the satisfation of saying that I told you so.
To close and not to get too deep into my rant, I am glad that there are people like you that are willing to share their knowledge. I am looking forward to the day when a young wipper snapper comes to me, asking for help. I will be more than willing to help, anyway that I can. Michael Bush, Understudy, Robo and all of the others that have answered my questions, no matter what. All that I can say is Thank You!