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Online Texas Pete

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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.
I got a Millermatic 250 I bought in 1995 and I need a liner too! lol
I got another gun I can change to.
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I got a Millermatic 250 I bought in 1995 and I need a liner too! lol
I got another gun I can change to.
Used a MillerMatic 250 about 4 years ago when I was repairing 53 foot intermodal chassis.  Good machine.  Only problem I had was going to use it once, and it wouldn't fire up. Took the top cover off, wiggled a few wires, and a terminal on a thermal circuit breaker let loose of the wire,  Pretty easy fix.  I think Miller bought out Hobart many years ago, but if you ever run across a Hobart welder, I think it's a good investment.
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Retired for eight and half years...

 My first paying job was moving pipe where the wheat was taller that I was and you would sink to your knees in mud in the tater fields. Then I moved on to a farm hand. Next I got a high school job busing tables and washing dishes at a Mr Steak restaurant. I got promoted to cook before that gig was over. I then went into the Marine Corps for four years. After the Marines I worked as a auto/diesel mechanic. In 1980 I got hired by a now hated major chemical company starting out on the bottom tapping furnaces. (this is the same as tapping slag for steal ~ Hot! ~ only this plant made elemental phosphorus) I moved on to condenser operator in the furnaces for a couple of years then changed departments becoming a dryer operator. I then moved to the "yard" driving heavy equipment for seven years. (992, 988 loaders, Kress pot carriers, D9 cats, graders, 767 cat trucks, and a cat 245 track hoe) Then I moved to industrial maintenance as (of course) a mechanic for the last 16 years. 
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Retired for eight and half years...

 My first paying job was moving pipe where the wheat was taller that I was and you would sink to your knees in mud in the tater fields. Then I moved on to a farm hand. Next I got a high school job busing tables and washing dishes at a Mr Steak restaurant. I got promoted to cook before that gig was over. I then went into the Marine Corps for four years. After the Marines I worked as a auto/diesel mechanic. In 1980 I got hired by a now hated major chemical company starting out on the bottom tapping furnaces. (this is the same as tapping slag for steal ~ Hot! ~ only this plant made elemental phosphorus) I moved on to condenser operator in the furnaces for a couple of years then changed departments becoming a dryer operator. I then moved to the "yard" driving heavy equipment for seven years. (992, 988 loaders, Kress pot carriers, D9 cats, graders, 767 cat trucks, and a cat 245 track hoe) Then I moved to industrial maintenance as (of course) a mechanic for the last 16 years.
A great read... quodos for the great man jobs! I love reading all the careers of everyone... very cool.

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Yep, our son wants to go into welding.
My youngest son did, he's doing very well.
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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!
LOL, goof!
We make about 15 different breads from scratch. Today I mix which is actually making the loafs and our famous buttercreme  icing. The baker scores and bakes all the breads, pastries, pies, cookies .... woof! Baking keeps you running with 2 very large, rotating ovens going all day till about 2pm.
This week I baked twice and got two burns for my efforts.
But I really enjoy this job.
My first long career was in cosmetics. That was a fun job also.
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Great Job ! Do you bake doughnuts ? My favourite.
Yes we do! And they are baked not fried
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I worked with kids keeping them on probation and in school. It was a fun job.
I was a private nanny for 5 years for 4 kids.
Loved it too.

I have been lucky with working and at 58 I have a few good years left
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I was a private nanny for 5 years for 4 kids.
Loved it too.

I have been lucky with working and at 58 I have a few good years left
My first job was working on the family farm, setting tobacco, chopping it out, bringing it in, driving the tractor to help with hay, work in parent's garden, helping with the cows and anything else my parents could come up with on the farm.
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My first job was working on the family farm, setting tobacco, chopping it out, bringing it in, driving the tractor to help with hay, work in parent's garden, helping with the cows and anything else my parents could come up with on the farm.
Very impressive and a lot of hard work. Kudos!

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As a kid I caught krickets, and dug red worms, and hunted nightcrawlers at night with a flashlight after a rain. I kept what I needed for my own fishing and sold the rest to local fishermen.

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Belly dancer, dance instructor, model, MUA. Also taught a class on modern, western culture, 2018, for female Syrian refuges in Leiden,Netherlands. Taking a break from all of that to devote most of my time to my infant son during his first yr.
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My first job was working on the family farm, setting tobacco, chopping it out, bringing it in, driving the tractor to help with hay, work in parent's garden, helping with the cows and anything else my parents could come up with on the farm.

Ewww  :) ;)
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Couple years ago I took 2nd job night shift at K-Mart seasonal for Christmas. I wanted to pick up some spare Christmas money. It was an experiance working with younger people. My own seniors work ethic was new to most of them. That K-Mart is now closed, a skeleton on the highway.

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Couple years ago I took 2nd job night shift at K-Mart seasonal for Christmas. I wanted to pick up some spare Christmas money. It was an experiance working with younger people. My own seniors work ethic was new to most of them. That K-Mart is now closed, a skeleton on the highway.

Every Kmart I know of has been shut down, hard to believe there are some still in business. Kmart is a thing of the past, so is Sears.

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Every Kmart I know of has been shut down, hard to believe there are some still in business. Kmart is a thing of the past, so is Sears.
And many others in the works of closing. They are calling it the apocholypse of retail

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And many others in the works of closing. They are calling it the apocholypse of retail

It is the concept that is dying, started back in the 1950's as a suburban phenonomen to get out of the crowded downtown area. Many Walmarts are like shopping malls with several unrelated businesses and restaurants in the building and even taking out the grocery store. We have a Kroger in the region closing, I believe they will be out of business within a decade and they go back to the late 1800s- early 1900s..

Montgomery Ward and A&P were once tops in retail back in the day and no longer around...

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It is the concept that is dying, started back in the 1950's as a suburban phenonomen to get out of the crowded downtown area. Many Walmarts are like shopping malls with several unrelated businesses and restaurants in the building and even taking out the grocery store. We have a Kroger in the region closing, I believe they will be out of business within a decade and they go back to the late 1800s- early 1900s..

Montgomery Ward and A&P were once tops in retail back in the day and no longer around...
I hope Kroger doesn't go out... we buy all our beer there.
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