ok, well the "talking to the father" has been done. I talked to my dad yesterday, and I showed him some of the threads on here going into the "being able to put chemistry down the drain" topics, which is his main concern.
so far, not a definitive answer, but I think that he might give me a chance to show him what I've been wanting to do.
keep praying that I can actually do this, cause I really want to!
trevor, thanks, I still need to get my clamp lights for my safelight and 7.5 watt bulbs.