ren, that's the beauty of the interwebz..You don't actually have to know anyone locally to learn stuff.
I don't get out much and have only lived here about 3 years. I know people, but from what I can tell so far the few people I actually know don't really know one end of a hammer from the other. I'm sure they could all teach me how to open a beer can with an ear lobe or something, but actual useful stuff? I'm guessing no.
I've learned far more from this site than all the local yokels here combined.
I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.