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Anyone care to share what they do for a living?
« on: March 13, 2019, 03:57:47 pm »
I'm a baker!
Up at 2am, home by 1pm
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Re: Anyone care to share what they do for a living?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 05:11:43 pm »
I am retired now. In my life I have had maybe 15-20 different jobs in a wide variety of trades. My last 3 jobs spanning 20 years were all related... working with the State Medicaid program and Social Services. I loved it because I was helping people, which made it more of a meaningful mission in life rather than work. Prior to that I worked 17 years for a power company in which 12 years I was a meter reader and then promoted to night dispatcher for 5 years. Prior to that I worked 7 years in the timber industry working as a log skaler and timber cruiser out in the woods buying timber for a large saw mill. My most favorite job I ever had was back in early 70's when I was hitchiking through Florida. I made a stop in the Keys to take work for 4 months working on a garbage truck. I rode on the back bumper and travelled through all the Keys everyday picking up garbage... this enabled me to enjoy all the great views of the ocean from Key West to the mainland every day! They actually paid me to have a great time taking in the sights!
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 05:18:45 pm »
I'm a baker!
Up at 2am, home by 1pm
Sounds sweet! Do you bake fish sticks? Sorry, I was being silly. Actually, my first official paying job was after school working at a small town cookie bakery. They were famous for sugar cookies, molasses cookies, and oatmeal cookies. I ran the large industrial mixer in which I combined lard & sugar & other stuff... I then dumped it into the bosses big mixing bowl where he mixed in flower by hand. I was 16 yr old and thanks to that job I was able to buy my first car and all my own clothes and lots of bell bottom blue jeans for the next two years. Ahhh the good life!

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2019, 08:09:30 pm »
I'm.a GP secretary for the NHS, and love my job ! 😁
Love anything medical and learn so much along the way.
Plus I like the caring side of looking after our patients.
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Re: Anyone care to share what they do for a living?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2019, 08:10:47 pm »
I'm a baker!
Up at 2am, home by 1pm

Great Job ! Do you bake doughnuts ? My favourite.

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2019, 08:20:32 pm »
I worked with kids keeping them on probation and in school. It was a fun job.
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 03:05:13 am »
I was working in housekeeping at a motel  the Maid...but now I am a house wife...but I do have all kinds of titles here...
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Re: Anyone care to share what they do for a living?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2019, 07:43:23 am »
Done lots of trades over the years.
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2019, 08:31:42 am »
My favorite job was one summer teaching horseback riding at a private camp. That was fun and got to work with some horses and kids. 
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Re: Anyone care to share what they do for a living?
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2019, 09:06:39 am »
I am retired now. In my life I have had maybe 15-20 different jobs in a wide variety of trades. My last 3 jobs spanning 20 years were all related... working with the State Medicaid program and Social Services. I loved it because I was helping people, which made it more of a meaningful mission in life rather than work. Prior to that I worked 17 years for a power company in which 12 years I was a meter reader and then promoted to night dispatcher for 5 years. Prior to that I worked 7 years in the timber industry working as a log skaler and timber cruiser out in the woods buying timber for a large saw mill. My most favorite job I ever had was back in early 70's when I was hitchiking through Florida. I made a stop in the Keys to take work for 4 months working on a garbage truck. I rode on the back bumper and travelled through all the Keys everyday picking up garbage... this enabled me to enjoy all the great views of the ocean from Key West to the mainland every day! They actually paid me to have a great time taking in the sights!

I'd expect nothing less from a man as adventurous and caring as you, Cowface. Lot's of others in here as well, very interesting lives.




I use to mow the neighborhood lawns between 9-13 years of age at $70/week. Not to shabby for a kid in the late 80's. Was able to buy my first car at 13 after saving up $1500.


13-16 I worked in the local paint store owned by a family friend.


Late teens- Retail for my first out of school job for a year, Super Kmart. (Dear, Lord..why?)


Early 20's- Local Sawmill for 3 years (grading shed, running the trim saw) We had a guy that committed suicide by front-end loader while I was there. From what I remember, he tied a garden hose to the controls, laid down under the bucket and pulled.


20's -Truck Driver


Mid 20's -Military service. MOS:19K - Crewmen on the M1A2 SEP Abrams tank. 


Early 30's- Auto repossession (good times).  Besides the 2 times my life was threatened by someone brandishing a firearm, this line of work was surprisingly fun. It had a cloak and dagger-esque fun to it.

 The one memory that sticks out is, and it's not really that eventful but for some reason after a decade has past it's the one I remember the most. Christmas eve (i know, what a horrible time to snag someone's car) I did a door knock to confront the owner about the late payment. This wasn't usual operating procedure, but I was asked by the company to inquire.  Well, a woman opened the door dressed in what was probably holiday best, 2 very young kids sitting around a table of food, decorations and Christmas tree in the corner and the smell of the holiday filling the air. 

Long story short, she immediately began to cry. Now, usually this doesn't effect me as I've seen and heard it all before at this point. But something struck me that I should just tell the lady I wasn't taking her car and that I'd be back in a week to give her time to make the payment. Now, I've done this a few times before over the years but this was the only time I never went back to get her car and  always told the company I worked for "I couldn't find it". 

No clue to this day as to why. I just didn't. Divine intervention, empathy? maybe both. Hopefully, one would like to think, it change her life in her time of need.  Like I said, it's somewhat uneventful but it's something  that "haunts" my memories still. Weird, I know.


City evictions now and then- 100$ for 5 min of work or 2 hours, for throwing people's stuff out onto the curb. This was a "side hustle". Few times a week to once a month, it just depended when they called you. Always had a sheriff escort, Bob, I forget his last name now. Nicest older gentleman you'd of ever met. Sadly I think he passed away some years back.


Mid 30's-  Started my own business selling scrubs (scrub truck) to nursing homes/hospitals.  I started by teaching myself how to sew (Yes, on a sewing machine), selling scrubs I had made by word of mouth to the nursing home a family member worked in. This helped supplement income for expenses while I started (business license, truck, insurance, stock) until I finally had enough to just buy everything at wholesale. I ended up selling this business after a few years. Money was good, but I missed working with my hands. Thus leading me to what I do now.



I'm an owner/operator of a small construction crew of varying size (5-15) doing local contractor work. I do remodeling, roofing, drywall, paint, concrete, landscaping, electrical, brick laying, tree trimming - the works.  No plumbing, not anymore. Not after I was working in some old 1950's house about 7 years ago with a backed up sewer line in the basement that happened to "explode", sending "stuff"  flying out in all direction and all over everybody in close proximity.   How did it "explode" one may ponder? ...let's just blame it on the "new guy" wielding a hammer and leave it at that.

 I do have a couple of the local slumlords on account, you'd be surprised at the amount of houses these people own in town/county. It's nuts. This alone keeps me busy most of the summer. Section 8, drug addict renters made me- Sadly. They punch holes in the walls, busted windows from being raided, steal the old original copper pipe to resell for drugs. It's a mess when they leave.


When I'm not on the job site and in my spare time. I do "word of mouth" car mechanical repairs on the cheap (heavily discounted) out of my garage at home for friends and family.



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Re: Anyone care to share what they do for a living?
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2019, 09:48:25 am »
I've been a welder/fabricator almost all my working life with a short stint in construction.
I've been a small business owner since 1992 , a fabrication shop specializing in Ford 4x4 parts.
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2019, 12:56:11 pm »
I've been a welder/fabricator almost all my working life with a short stint in construction.
I've been a small business owner since 1992 , a fabrication shop specializing in Ford 4x4 parts.

That's a hard job there Pete! I know someone in that trade and it's hard manuel work. Good for you 😁
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2019, 06:41:00 pm »
I'd expect nothing less from a man as adventurous and caring as you, Cowface. Lot's of others in here as well, very interesting lives.




I use to mow the neighborhood lawns between 9-13 years of age at $70/week. Not to shabby for a kid in the late 80's. Was able to buy my first car at 13 after saving up $1500.


13-16 I worked in the local paint store owned by a family friend.


Late teens- Retail for my first out of school job for a year, Super Kmart. (Dear, Lord..why?)


Early 20's- Local Sawmill for 3 years (grading shed, running the trim saw) We had a guy that committed suicide by front-end loader while I was there. From what I remember, he tied a garden hose to the controls, laid down under the bucket and pulled.


20's -Truck Driver


Mid 20's -Military service. MOS:19K - Crewmen on the M1A2 SEP Abrams tank. 


Early 30's- Auto repossession (good times).  Besides the 2 times my life was threatened by someone brandishing a firearm, this line of work was surprisingly fun. It had a cloak and dagger-esque fun to it.

 The one memory that sticks out is, and it's not really that eventful but for some reason after a decade has past it's the one I remember the most. Christmas eve (i know, what a horrible time to snag someone's car) I did a door knock to confront the owner about the late payment. This wasn't usual operating procedure, but I was asked by the company to inquire.  Well, a woman opened the door dressed in what was probably holiday best, 2 very young kids sitting around a table of food, decorations and Christmas tree in the corner and the smell of the holiday filling the air. 

Long story short, she immediately began to cry. Now, usually this doesn't effect me as I've seen and heard it all before at this point. But something struck me that I should just tell the lady I wasn't taking her car and that I'd be back in a week to give her time to make the payment. Now, I've done this a few times before over the years but this was the only time I never went back to get her car and  always told the company I worked for "I couldn't find it". 

No clue to this day as to why. I just didn't. Divine intervention, empathy? maybe both. Hopefully, one would like to think, it change her life in her time of need.  Like I said, it's somewhat uneventful but it's something  that "haunts" my memories still. Weird, I know.


City evictions now and then- 100$ for 5 min of work or 2 hours, for throwing people's stuff out onto the curb. This was a "side hustle". Few times a week to once a month, it just depended when they called you. Always had a sheriff escort, Bob, I forget his last name now. Nicest older gentleman you'd of ever met. Sadly I think he passed away some years back.


Mid 30's-  Started my own business selling scrubs (scrub truck) to nursing homes/hospitals.  I started by teaching myself how to sew (Yes, on a sewing machine), selling scrubs I had made by word of mouth to the nursing home a family member worked in. This helped supplement income for expenses while I started (business license, truck, insurance, stock) until I finally had enough to just buy everything at wholesale. I ended up selling this business after a few years. Money was good, but I missed working with my hands. Thus leading me to what I do now.



I'm an owner/operator of a small construction crew of varying size (5-15) doing local contractor work. I do remodeling, roofing, drywall, paint, concrete, landscaping, electrical, brick laying, tree trimming - the works.  No plumbing, not anymore. Not after I was working in some old 1950's house about 7 years ago with a backed up sewer line in the basement that happened to "explode", sending "stuff"  flying out in all direction and all over everybody in close proximity.   How did it "explode" one may ponder? ...let's just blame it on the "new guy" wielding a hammer and leave it at that.

 I do have a couple of the local slumlords on account, you'd be surprised at the amount of houses these people own in town/county. It's nuts. This alone keeps me busy most of the summer. Section 8, drug addict renters made me- Sadly. They punch holes in the walls, busted windows from being raided, steal the old original copper pipe to resell for drugs. It's a mess when they leave.


When I'm not on the job site and in my spare time. I do "word of mouth" car mechanical repairs on the cheap (heavily discounted) out of my garage at home for friends and family.



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This was a great read WLU! Very impressive and quite interesting... much respect to you. I wish you lived near me I could use you in our home remodel.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2019, 07:28:58 pm »
This was a great read WLU! Very impressive and quite interesting... much respect to you. I wish you lived near me I could use you in our home remodel.
And my windows need cleaning! :)
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2019, 07:29:25 pm »
That's a hard job there Pete! I know someone in that trade and it's hard manuel work. Good for you 😁
Thank you Jem. :)
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2019, 07:41:54 pm »
Thank you Jem. :)
Yep, our son wants to go into welding.
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2019, 08:49:12 pm »
Joined the Army Reserve at 17.  Worked at a Honda motorcycle factory paint shop for a coupe years after High School.  Went active duty in early 1990, just in time for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  Was in the artillery, first as a crewman, later a mechanic.  Got to drive the M1 Abrams once in Germany...1,500 HP Gas Turbine Engine, capable of speeds in excess of 70 MPH.  Pretty awesome.  After 16 years, separated from the service, built and tested electrical power distribution equipment and large 3 phase Uninterruptible Power Systems of 100KVA to 4 MVA.  Now partially retired, doing electrical, and fabrication work for the hell of it.
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2019, 08:56:23 pm »
I've been a welder/fabricator almost all my working life with a short stint in construction.
I've been a small business owner since 1992 , a fabrication shop specializing in Ford 4x4 parts.
I bought an old Hobart Beta-Mig 200 about 6 years ago...best welder I've ever used.  The liner is about shot, but I think I can get a new gun for about $200, which isn't bad.  That's pretty much a legendary machine in the auto body world, and it's done a damn good job for me.
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