So I've found a coop here in Houston called Houston Makers Space that looks to have a very nice metal shop in the works. I live in a loft so owning a welding rig isn't really an option. The coop is only a mile and a half from my place and costs $35 a day, or more for extended periods.
Tonight I'll be taking my first welding class! The class is taught by the guy that runs the metal shop at the coop. I will still have to test on the coop's equipment before I'm let loose though. Tonight is the first step towards having this equipment at my disposal.
We'll see how I do. I've only tried to mig weld once with flux core, and that was years ago.