I've read through this thread and there's nothing really wrong with it. Jim aka Dr. Olds made comment referring to Brad's reference to a rotary buffer as a buffing wheel and I doubt Jim meant any harm.
The term "wheel" or "buffing wheel" is an old school term
for a rotary buffer or rotary polisher
Usually when I hear a guy describe a rotary buffer by calling it a wheel, or buffing wheel, or if he says he's going to "wheel a car", I normally expect to see someone in their 60's or older because it's normally old guys that use that term.
Nothing wrong with the term but lots of old school guys that use a wheel also do seem to be the guys that think they can buff everything out swirl free using a wool pad
on a rotary buffer. At least in all my years in this industry that is exactly what I've seen and I've met a lot of guys in my life that wheel cars
The guys posting in this thread are good guys and they can be good friends too and offer great advice. The big pictures is you being a detailer actually have more in common with them than differences.
You can't always get the exact meaning a person is sharing via text on a forum like you could if were were all standing around in a garage shooting the bull. So before making judgments or making a hasty replies take everything with a grain of salt.
Give others the benefit of the doubt and if you have any doubts then simply push away from the keyboard and do something else.
My former Manager, peer and friend Mike Pennington always says, Take the high road...
It's good advice and advice I practice myself...
Now lets get this thread back on topic and I'll start by saying that from what I've read it sounds like you're ready to either seek employment elsewhere or start your own detailing business.
If you decide to start your own business you'll find this forum a great resource because we have so many talented and experienced detailers that are always willing to help others to become successful.
So hang in there and take the high road...