1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

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

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Swedishchef, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    2,593
    Loc:
    Quebec, Canada
    What ever happened to those .com days eh?

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2012
    Messages:
    852
    Loc:
    Pt Pleasant, PA (SE PA)
    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.
  3. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    2,593
    Loc:
    Quebec, Canada
    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!
  4. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    2,593
    Loc:
    Quebec, Canada
    Circuit city?

    There's not much stability in anything these days other than working as a funeral home director ... people will always die.....unfortunately.
  5. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    I believe it's a tanuki. You may recall my traditional tanuki sculpture with the sake bottle, and the giant package.
    Delta-T and Jags like this.
  6. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Messages:
    3,330
    Loc:
    Holliston, MA USA
    Venture capitalists funding businesses that never had any hope of making a profit....
  7. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2010
    Messages:
    1,844
    Loc:
    mid-ohio via St.Croix USVI
    What do I do??
    I'll tell you what I do.
    Mind my @#@ own business, thats what I do..........
    wazzu likes this.
  8. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2008
    Messages:
    3,125
    Loc:
    NH
    I always remember a giant package...the rest is sort of a blur though.
    firefighterjake likes this.
  9. SlyFerret

    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2007
    Messages:
    1,440
    Loc:
    Delaware, Ohio
    I hope to have my own business some day, too. I work too hard to spend my whole life working for somebody else!

    -SF
  10. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Messages:
    2,241
    Loc:
    Soutwest VA
    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.
  11. granpajohn

    granpajohn Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2007
    Messages:
    656
    Loc:
    Central Maryland
    Tax Collector
  12. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    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).
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,668
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Funny . . . that's exactly what I remember about it as well. :)
  14. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    Didn't seem that giant to me.
  15. Scols

    Scols Burning Hunk

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    242
    Loc:
    Springs New York
    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.
  16. Scols

    Scols Burning Hunk

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    242
    Loc:
    Springs New York
    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.
  17. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    10,330
    Loc:
    Bend, OR
    [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
  18. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    10,330
    Loc:
    Bend, OR
    I found it (pic of the view from Flatbedford's office): !!!

    MET.jpg
    MasterMech likes this.
  19. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Messages:
    4,206
    Loc:
    Central IA
    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.

    Attached Files:

  20. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,731
    Loc:
    Connecticut
    WHOA !!!....feeling dizy:eek:
  21. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    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.
  22. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    Here's another. Not nearly as high off the ground, but perched on a lighting truss.
    0322081119.jpg
    Yes, I was clipped in.
  23. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    2,593
    Loc:
    Quebec, Canada
    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!
  24. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    2,593
    Loc:
    Quebec, Canada
    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?
  25. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,235
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    I know more people that have been injured falling from 6' ladders than from 40+'.

Share This Page