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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. loadstarken

    loadstarken Member

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    Thanks man! I am soo glad that we made the choice for me to be a stay at home dad! One year when we were doing our taxes and we got the statement from the child care and it was $32k for 2 kids! We then decided that I should stay home with the kids instead of paying them that much! Then 2 weeks into being a stay at home dad my wife received a very sizable raise. So it was almost like we got 2 raises within a month!

    I originally bought this truck to transport one of my other trucks on the bed but have decided that it will be better to pull a trailer with the truck on it instead.
    I am working on getting some bed sides figured out so then I can make some huge hauls of scrounges or from the tree service i've been helping out.

    Here is the day that I picked it up and ready to bring it home.
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  2. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    That is one sweet truck! I gotta see if I can find one like that. At least something with a flatbed and dualie.

    Most people think they can't afford to have only 1 income when in fact it's the CHOICE that they make. Having a $400 000 house is not a requirement. Kids don't know how big a house is. they think a toilet is huge!!! As I said, i lift my hat to you sir and appreciate what you are doing for your kids!

    Andrew
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  3. Scols

    Scols Burning Hunk

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    "Having a 400,000 house is not a requirement". Unfortunately here on LI the areas with houses in that price range are the only areas that are safe and have good schools.
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  4. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Scols: I understand. I guess I should have mentioned that houses in my area are around $250 000.

    What a difference between small towns and bigger areas..."safe and have good schools" is not something we worry too much about in Canada other than Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

    You could always move somewhere else, no?
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  5. n3pro

    n3pro Minister of Fire

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    Missed this thread somehow. Property management - day job and Newspaper, Magazine, and periodical delivery overnights which is my play money. Day job is the family business which started early in the 80's. Dad met a Realtor through a friend after complaining about his investments. Now it grew to 70 units. My brother, dad and I are the maintenance team, rental collection specialist, etc. My sister is the paper pusher and I also take on anything office work that require a computer since being 34 I grew up around computers and my sister 52 refuses to learn. Hours can be long, schedule can be unknown and time off is a difficult task.
  6. Scols

    Scols Burning Hunk

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    I misspoke a bit. I forgot about some towns on the north fork of LI. Theres some nice places that can be had up there in the high 200's or low 3's. But for me being a commercial fisherman,I need to be somewhat close to a port with good infrastructure,meaning fuel,ice,boat haulout facilities,and fish packing docks so I can get my catch to NYC.This means Montauk which is in the high priced Hamptons. I live about a half hour from there so the commute is fine, but if I lived further away my 14-18 hour days would get longer so I pay the higher price for a home.Besides the schools are good and the quality of life is too.
  7. DJB

    DJB New Member

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    Excavating, a small company started by my grandfather 80 years ago. It's just my dad, uncle and myself, which makes me the laborer, equipment operator, mechanic, welder, etc, etc. We mostly install septic systems, dig foundations, and underground utilities, plow snow in the winter. Most of my firewood is collected from job sites. loading wood with an excavator with a thumb is quite a luxury :cool:
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  8. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I used to talk about my main employee in this way "If the world ended in a nuclear Holocaust, he could rebuild the entire world close to what it is within a few decades with just the tools in his garage and his capabilities".....

    I think we see 1000X that here on Hearth.com! Wow, talk about both capabilities and diversity!

    My resume is looking pretty weak in comparison...luckily, I was good at making money. That part is simple "buy it for a dime, sell it for a dollar and pocket your 10% profit" or something like that!
    ;)
  9. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I suggest moving at at 58.
    Something happens to the body and mind right about there.....and that gives you some time before it REALLY goes down to do something else.

    That is, unless you truly look forward each day (at that point) to getting up each morning and slipping into the uniform.
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  10. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Hey Webbie.

    I will certainly debate my options once I arrive at that crossroad. I am very career driven do it depends what is happening. However, lots of people I know retire and work another job that usually pays just as well for 2-3 years and save a nest egg for retirement. However, considering I am only in my 8th year service, I have a lonnnnnng way to go before even thinking about retirement.
  11. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I agree. There seems to be quite the diverse and able field of talent on this forum.

    So if the workd goes down the crapper I say we all get together to try and save mankind.

    A
  12. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Daksy will make us up some howitzers which we can mount on Scotty's locomotives in order to bring the fight to those Mad Max Characters threatening our new way of life.
  13. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Like these!!! the-humungus-mad-max-2-the-road-warrior.jpg

    DAKSY is coming my way this summer with his HOG group. Hopefully I can provide insight to places to see/stay and things to do for him.
  14. rover47

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    Actually i have owned several. Ranging from 1993 back to the one I currently own. a 1971 series 2A. looks like it should be on safari! Tyre on the hood and all.
  15. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    I'm a Supervisor of Buildings, Grounds and Operations for public school district here in NJ.

    My wife and I also own a Heating and Air Conditioning company.

    Lastly, I'm a Dad, 4 kids, a dog, 2 cats and 2 pigmy goats...

    Great thread!
  16. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Nice! I just wish newer ones were as good as older ones. Like Volvos. Things are simply no longer built to last like they were. Too many electronics and not enough mechanics. Land Rovers are sweet rides but they're not the off roading vehicles they used to be (in my opinion..which isnt worth a dime. lol)

    Tom: 4 kids?! !!! Congrats! It seems you are one heck of a busy man. How are the goats as pets??

    Andrew
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  17. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    My brother made the move at 57, and never looked back....no regrets...enjoying life
  18. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I will have to wait and see what life brings me. I am 25 years away from that. That's almost the entire amount of time I have been in this world - ahead of me! Ok, gotta stop thinking about it. Happy thought...happy thought!
  19. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    12 more years. That'll put me at 56. Just about right in my opinion.
  20. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    I run an appliance parts store.September will be my 19th year in the business. Before that I was a Jarhead.
  21. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Shoot, we have about the same amount of time left. Depressing some days. I try not to think about it. I was born to be retired; I know that's my real calling in life.
  22. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I am sooo stealing that.:cool:
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  23. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Me too! I could get so much more done if I didn't have to spend all this time at work!
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  24. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I hear ya. I love my job but can think of 10 000 things I would like to do if I had the income to stay at home.
  25. bmblank

    bmblank Minister of Fire

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    I'm an engineer. Mechanical. For the last 4 years I've been a testing engineer for a company that makes lightweight shelters and containers, mostly for the military. It sounds like a great job, crashing and breaking stuff... But i can't stand it. If i got fired i wouldn't be at all upset, and this is coming from somebody building a house, so a paycheck is important. I'm not sure if its the job or the company i despise. I mean,i know i don't like the company and i wonder how it stays in business, but still.. Anyway, I'm ranting on the internet, which is like kissing your cousin. It may feel good at the time, but you wouldn't want to tell anybody about it.
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