After years of working in the grocery industry James Colozzo became a self-employed video system designer and also operated a mail order video supply and repair business. In the late 1980’s he made the decision to take care of his dad and mom when they got ill. He spent so much time taking care of his parents that he had to close his business. He then made a living by doing handyman work and selling items online but soon even this would be impacted. James spent over twenty years of his life caring for his father and mother and almost fourteen of those years were 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In 2016 Mr. Colozzo wrote a book about his caregiving experience, “You Got To Do What You Got To Do.” Available on Amazon, it is an international seller and is a collection of situations, procedures and techniques from his caregiving experience. Being a caregiver was a life changing experience that affected James forever.
James Colozzo was in his late-fifties and still trying to put his life back together by selling items online and doing handyman work. When he was making a payment for one of the mini storage units he was renting, the manager asked if he could repair a door that had a missing rope bracket. A few days later he received a phone call from the storage facility owners and started working 3 days a week keeping the facility clean, working and safe. Mr. Colozzo learned a great deal about the operation of the storage facility and the industry itself. One Sunday the facility had a break-in and the video system recorded thieves breaking into units using a small bolt cutter they had in a back pack. Since James Colozzo had years of experience in the video industry the owners asked if he could look at the security video and make some still images for the police. It was a simple task and he was able to supply the police with very good images of both vandals and they were arrested and went through the legal system.
After the break-in James Colozzo used his troubleshooting and problem solving skills and started looking at the door hasp to see how it could be compromised. Looking at the hasp Mr. Colozzo immediately knew what the problem was and how the thieves were breaking into units with a strong disc lock. The lock was not the problem it was the door hasp’s design.
Mr. Colozzo was ready to launch the StorageJimmy Theft Deterrent Over Lock in 2020 when the Covid 19 pandemic struck the country. In early 2023 James was again ready to launch the StorageJimmy Theft Deterrent Overlock, unfortunately he was not able to afford the high cost of Product Liability Insurance. Stung by that fact, Mr. Colozzo decided to sell his product idea to companies that make similar products. That too turned out to be a bust because basically with the contracts forwarded by companies they stated, if you submit it, they own it. The product idea was shelved.
Needing to survive, he started applying for several jobs. Being self-employed for over 40 years does not help when people want to verify job history. Unfortunately James never received any responses.
With the thought of having his life completely destroyed because of new state laws and rules governing self-employment and handyman services, Mr. Colozzo had to think of what he could do with years of self-employed work experience. James came up with the idea of “Ask A Old Timer.” Over 45 years of experience and knowledge from an old timer that worked in many areas over his life time.
Ask A Old Timer is based on the old fashioned way people have been paying for advice for many years. In the old days you had a cup of coffee with someone that had knowledge and you were seeking advice. If you needed more advice you had a piece of pie with the coffee as you picked the brain of an experienced old timer. He would answer your questions until you understood. If the answer really helped you out, the next time you saw the old man you bought him something extra.
I spent a lot of time drinking coffee and having a piece of pie with an old timer.
Now it’s my turn.