Mueller once again the best advice any of us can give you is find out if there is a local community college or tech school that has evening classes in machine shop. And if there are shop classes available find out who the guys or gals are who take the classes repeatedly. Ask questions. And no you will not be asking "dumb questions". I have yet to meet any one who refuses to share their knowledge as long as you are willing to listen. With the exception of some square headed Germans when I started my apprenticeship
The optimist says the glass is half full, the pessimist says it's half empty. The paranoid in me says somebody put a hole in it.
Remember pessimists are at heart opptomists. They know things can and will get worse.