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

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

  1. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    Interesting how many have been through a wide variety of work experience.

    Also been through a few occupations: Facilities maintenance, printing press operator, restaurant server in Vegas casino, glass etcher, welding and bronze casting instructor, college shop tech. Got a BFA in sculpture along the way. Currently apprentice electrician.

    I appreciate having a range of experience, but sometimes I'm jealous of those who picked early and stuck with it. Usually means they retire early as well...
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  2. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Usually
  3. Swedishchef

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    Pfft. Everyone seems to be riding the freedom 75 train and no longer the freedome 55 train.

    I have an amazing pension (2% of my wage per year service plus after 25 years the pension is indexed with inflation) but I will likely work until I am 65. I could retire with a full pension at 58. By the time I retire a loaf of bread will cost $7. lol
  4. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    My union has a pretty good pension too, but I didn't get into the plan until I was 30. No early retirement for me.:(
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    If you were staying until the fat lady sings you would have had to leave on the third day. ;lol
  6. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    We've got fat ladies singing all the time here! Matinee starts in 15 minutes.
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  7. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

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    I work in the oil & gas industry.
    Basically the guy at the wellhead responsible for all production and maintenance of oil and gas wells.
    I pump 66 wells spread throughout about 300 square miles. Typical day it is me and the dog, might not see another person all day. Usually see my boss twice a month. Good job, great pay, winter time is more than a huge challenge. Between frozen wells, brutal working conditions and just getting to your locations. Not for everyone for sure.
  8. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I could put up with some pretty brutal working conditions for that.
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  9. bfunk13

    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

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    It is pretty nice, the field i work in has elk, deer, antelope, badger, coyote, eagles and more. I probably see a human to animal ratio of 1/1000
  10. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I've seen your pictures. Pretty awesome scenery out there. Are you still smoke free?
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    bfunk13 Minister of Fire

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    YES! Thanks for asking
  12. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Good news! Judging from my experience, you should be good for life by now if you want to be. ;)
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  13. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I just looked up you quitting thread. You are more than a year now. Congarts! I knew that if you really wanted to, you could.
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  14. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    yeah, we don't tolerate smoking here of any kind;)
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    From up high in my perch: (Scary, ain't it?)


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  16. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Don't look down!!!
  17. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    /me looks down. GAH! Same view!
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  18. madrone

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    you guys are tied off, right?
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    Wish my relatives would kick the habit,visiting them is like perching on my chimney before the afterburner is engaged. Pure torture.
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  20. fespo

    fespo Feeling the Heat

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    Well I grew up in the family owned landscaping business, work there till I was 35 or so. Thing were getting bad with everyone working out of the back of there truck. Found a job on line joking around. They call me in hired me that day. That job was a maint. tech job for Prologis in Chicago. Great job at first, company truck, tools, and everything else you would need. My manager that hired me said I won't last more then 2 years right in the interview. He said I wanted more then the company could offer me. I lasedt 4 1/2 years. Oh ya they sent me to HVAC school too. That took my 3 1/2 years of night school a night a week. Then I seen an add in the local paper for maint.tech,with grounds and snow plowing exp. I put in my resume, I got an interview and 2 weeks later I was working, at my local school dist. were my kids go to school as maint tech. About 2 or so years later, they split things up. Now there was inside building maint. and outside grounds. I took the outside grounds supervisor job and never looked back. Great benfits, great pay, 6.5 miles from home. Im outside everyday, good or bad. Im doing what I like, playing in the dirt.
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  21. Swedishchef

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    Sounds like you have a great gig!!!! Gotta love working close to home. I have lots of friends working in Montreal and spending 3-4 hours a day in traffic. I have had numerous opportunities to work there but have passed them all up because of the loss of time in traffic. No thanks!
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    I'm a stay at home dad with lots of manly hobbies. Hehe
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  23. Swedishchef

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    AWESOME!!!! I am currently on parental leave and my wife stays at home (will go back to work in 4 years once the kids are in school)

    I can tell you one thing: that is hard. Taking care of kids is something that in this day and age not many parents want to do: they would rather ship the kids off to daycare so they can have 2 new SUVs, 4 trips down south a year, etc etc etc. Consumerism has taken over their lives. I know of people my age that take 2 weeks vacation and send the kid to daycare for 1.5 of it.

    All that to say I raise my hat to you buddy, it's not easy. Lots of work! way to go!
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  24. Flatbedford

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    Post some pictures of that '78 Loadstar!
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    Not to mention that I am yet to see a person say "I wish I would have shipped my kids to daycare more often" however I have heard many people say "I wish I would have stayed home longer or spent more time with my kids". The child pahse of a human goes fast. Take time to enjoy it, raise your kids with your values and morals and things will work out great for them down the road!
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