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Old 11-29-2005, 09:16 PM   #253
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I am a professional major events large crowd estimator. I am sure everyone has heard "Paid attendance is 117,000 but it is estimated that 133,000 are actually present". Well, I'm the one that provides the estimate.

Most people think I am kidding, but it takes quite a while to become good at this. It is also very expensive to get your professional rating. I had to apprentice with a professional for almost five years. We used tall buildings at first, overlooking parks and stadiums. Numerous people (stand-ins) had to be hired. Fields had to be lined off in the beginning. Later on in the learning process the lines were not needed.

Radio communications are established on the ground and a 'stand-in' manager is hired to coordinate the movements of people into varied groups. Two people to 10' square alternating squares. Then every other five squares, six people to a square -- the people & squares are changed up, knowing how many 'stand-ins' are present one can actually get accustom to estimating the volume of people within a crowd.

Its not easy & takes a LOT of people, but after years of practice you can make a living out of it. Training is finished off with chartered helicopters because that is the normal position a pro estimator usually is in when working.

I tell ya'all about some of the most difficult jobs I've had, but don't want to type any more. Just thought this might have been interesting to some of you out there in 'Aluminum Land'.
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Old 12-23-2005, 09:29 PM   #254
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Old 12-23-2005, 11:26 PM   #255
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Old 12-24-2005, 09:31 AM   #256
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After 33 years in the Steel industry, I find my self "Laid Off" since Late June of this year (2005) from my Machinist Supervisor position. Due to major downsizing about 1000 jobs will be cut at our plant. According to seniority list I will then be the second youngest remaining employee and may be able to be a labor until I can retire (I am only 52 1/2 years old....too old to start looking for a new career and to young to retire ).
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Old 01-05-2006, 04:00 PM   #257
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Old 01-07-2006, 09:27 PM   #258
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Congrats on your Rivet Master status. I have 25 yrs under my belt as an RN working in a surgical ICU and looking forward to retiring in a few years. Diane is a Pharmacist working in a Women and Childrens hospital and is looking to retire soon also. We are looking forward to spending alot more time AS'ing .
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Old 01-07-2006, 09:55 PM   #259
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Old 01-07-2006, 10:00 PM   #260
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I am a professional major events large crowd estimator. I am sure everyone has heard "Paid attendance is 117,000 but it is estimated that 133,000 are actually present". Well, I'm the one that provides the estimate.

Most people think I am kidding, but it takes quite a while to become good at this. It is also very expensive to get your professional rating. I had to apprentice with a professional for almost five years. We used tall buildings at first, overlooking parks and stadiums. Numerous people (stand-ins) had to be hired. Fields had to be lined off in the beginning. Later on in the learning process the lines were not needed.

Radio communications are established on the ground and a 'stand-in' manager is hired to coordinate the movements of people into varied groups. Two people to 10' square alternating squares. Then every other five squares, six people to a square -- the people & squares are changed up, knowing how many 'stand-ins' are present one can actually get accustom to estimating the volume of people within a crowd.

Its not easy & takes a LOT of people, but after years of practice you can make a living out of it. Training is finished off with chartered helicopters because that is the normal position a pro estimator usually is in when working.

I tell ya'all about some of the most difficult jobs I've had, but don't want to type any more. Just thought this might have been interesting to some of you out there in 'Aluminum Land'.
Are there THAT many "major events" that one could make a living estimating attendence? And why is that information significant enough to warrent spending big bucks to find out? Just curious.
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Old 01-07-2006, 10:34 PM   #261
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I've been a custom goldsmith for 30 years after getting a Master's Degree in Engineering. Just didn't fit into 'corporate America' ,I guess. Started in the jewelry business soon after leaving the last 'real job' and never looked back. Had a major jewelry store outside NYC but got tired of the rat race and moved to Oregon with the new wife.

After 10 years there we sold the house, bought a 40'MoHo and headed to Florida for the weather AND business climates( I opened a custom jewelry studio that has been doing verfy well.) After fixing a lot of things on the MOHO and helping friends do it too, I decided to get some training on Rv's and found a school, got certified as a Master Tech by the RV Service
Academy and the RVIA/RVDA and have recently started my own RV service business here in Southwest FL.

ALso sold the MOHO last May and just bought an '06 International 19' to use as a base camp when I hit the road in May to head back to Oregon for the summer, fixing RV's in need along the way.

I also plan to attend the factory service tech program at Jackson Center to become an Airsrteam Certified Tech as well.
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:41 AM   #262
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I have a BSME (mechanical engineering) MBA and have spent the last 35 years in the plastics industry (product and materials development). Still do some consulting. Give away alot of free advice on forums for plastics and design projects. Been a member of WBCCI for eleven years and was president of Northern ILL local, VAC member for eight years and long term tent and pop-up camper before I bought my first Airstream in 1986. Also run some single family rental houses on the side. Wife is a retired school teacher. This is my first year neither of us have a W-2. Spend more time now with the grandkids.
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Old 01-21-2006, 05:28 PM   #263
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Saw the thread and decided to post.

I work for Carolina International Trucks, ( International truck dealer ) as a Partsman (Parts person). Been with International for 15 years, but have worked in various automotive shops before that including a couple years in a auto body repair and paint shop.

Parts is Parts.

I will second what many of you have said, it sure is interesting how diverse a group this is !
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:20 AM   #264
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I worked for International Harvester from 1968 to 1978. I worked for the Truck Division, Farm Equipment, Payline Division. I was a Company Rep for the Farm and Payline Division. then was a Parts Manager for a Farm and Industrial Store in Milwaukie, Or. Other jobs were Parts Manager at a asphalt paving dealer and a gipo truck repair shop. Another job was Partsman at a Public Bus Transit, a Matco and SK Tool Dealer and now I own a Dog Food Store.
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Old 01-27-2006, 05:21 AM   #265
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Hello. I,m a sculptor and painter for the TV, Film, theme park and museum industry.
We design and make everything from props, figures, sets, replicate works of art that are to precious to be seen.

Time to leave soon fancy a career change after 12 years of this not including the 5 years spent studying fine art.
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Old 01-27-2006, 01:45 PM   #266
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