Quick question; what do you do (or did you do) for a career?

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  1. Swedishchef

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    What ever happened to those .com days eh?
     
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    What a great profession! My grandfather owned a marina when I was a kid and there was nothing like my parents buying fish just off the boats, amazing. I wish I could get monkfish and skate! I used to be able to get both at my local market but now can only get it at an asian grocery store. Monkfish, "poor mans's lobster" and skate are my favorites. This year we were at the shore and the guys fishing were throwing the skate back! I told them how good it was but they didn't believe me.
     
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    The community I live in is partly a fishing community. Mostly lobster, crab and some other fish species. Gotta love living near the ocean!! I have utmost respect for you and your trade. Storms, early mornings, long hours as hard as hell!
     
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    Circuit city?

    There's not much stability in anything these days other than working as a funeral home director ... people will always die.....unfortunately.
     
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    I believe it's a tanuki. You may recall my traditional tanuki sculpture with the sake bottle, and the giant package.
     
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    Venture capitalists funding businesses that never had any hope of making a profit....
     
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    What do I do??
    I'll tell you what I do.
    Mind my @#@ own business, thats what I do..........
     
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    I always remember a giant package...the rest is sort of a blur though.
     
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    I hope to have my own business some day, too. I work too hard to spend my whole life working for somebody else!

    -SF
     
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    Going to try to explain this as best as i can.

    I was born with issues that prevent me from working a normal job. Currently thinking of a job from home but my internet is the problem. Anyway i get disability checks each month.
     
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    Tax Collector
     
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    When I was a freshman in high school I walked into the school auditorium and saw a huge scaffold set up in the middle of the house. It looked like the best jungle gym ever. I asked one of the older kids if it would be OK if I climbed the scaffolding. He said it would be fine, but I'd have have to focus the stage lights while I was up there. 27 years later I am a stage hand in the electric dept. at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. I pretty much ran the stage crew in high school and went on to study for BFA in theater design/technology. I dropped out after a year and a half and went to work in the business. I have worked in pretty much every aspect of "back stage". I worked on Broadway, dance, rock & roll, corporate events, feature films, TV, commercials. etc and worked for scenery and lighting shops. I also worked in construction a few times between jobs. I have been at the Met since 2000 and will most likely stay here through retirement. In fact most of the posts that make on this site are from my lighting bridge 40 or so feet above the stage during rehearsals or performances. For better or worse I am 42 years old and living the dream of a 15 year old. (sort of).
     
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    Funny . . . that's exactly what I remember about it as well. :)
     
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    Didn't seem that giant to me.
     
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    95% of our monkfish get exported to south korea so they can be a bit difficult to find. Skates are very difficult to skin so they need to be fairly large to yield a decent fillet so most sportfishermen regard them to be a bait stealing nuisance.
     
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    Thanks for the well wishes! Even though fishing can sometimes be a brutal and unreliable profession I wouldnt trade it for any other. Im very lucky to see and experience things most people only read about or see on tv.
     
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    [quote="Flatbedford, post: 1332406, member: 10479"0]...living the dream of a 15 year old.[/quote]

    Even when I was 15 and fit, fiddling around with light bulbs 40' above whatever I would fall on (unless it was water) would have made me a bit nervous. Today, at 64, I have no fascination with that concept whatsoever. As I've aged, my tolerance for heights has continued to decrease. These days, an 8' step ladder is about my comfort zone. You should post that pic you took looking straight down from up there in that old thread about "pics from your office", or whatever it was. That pic pretty much says it all. Rick
     
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    I found it (pic of the view from Flatbedford's office): !!!

    MET.jpg
     
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    Looking through old pics on hard drive I found this - Dec 2003 at Wells Fargo Arena jobsite downtown.I used a disposable 35mm camera kept in my lunch box for a while.Not bad pics for an $8 camera really.Didnt have my Minolta Z1 digital SLR until the following March,wasnt about to bring that to work,too much risk of it getting stolen or damaged.Arena was finished November 2004,company I was working for was done in late June.Top photo is about 95ft up,leaning over the railing on concrete forms/decking to alleyway/job trailer down below.Late in day if I remember,just about quitting time.
     

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    WHOA !!!....feeling dizy:eek:
     
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    That's why I got into this in the first place! You should have seen me when we went to the Grand canyon a few years ago. I almost gave my wife multiple heart attacks trying to find the ultimate cliff side perch.
     
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    Here's another. Not nearly as high off the ground, but perched on a lighting truss.
    0322081119.jpg
    Yes, I was clipped in.
     
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    That is amazing. Great story!! I am glad you followed your desires!

    LOL. Most posts are made while 40 feet up? Don't drop the phone/tablet!
     
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    You gotta feel comfortable with heights to be able to do that.

    It's like I once told someone: after 30 feet you're likely to suffer severe injuries and possibly die if you were to fall. So what's another 200 feet?
     
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    I know more people that have been injured falling from 6' ladders than from 40+'.
     
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