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Old 03-22-2005, 06:36 PM   #71
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I have two full-time jobs, work as a Computer Sales Engineer for a company and also have a full time Hot Air Balloon Ride business in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. If you saw the Dec. issue of the Blue Beret, that was one of my hot air balloons on the front cover we put up for the rally this past fall.

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Old 03-22-2005, 06:49 PM   #72
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well if you held a gun to my head I'd tell you I'm a helicopter pilot. Would muc rather be out on the road camping and rigging up the flyrod.....

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Old 03-22-2005, 07:14 PM   #73
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I hope to continue running around Pennsylvania for the next couple of years selling corrugated boxes, unfortunately, they don't pack Airstreams in boxes!

After that, I hope to join my lovely wife Jan in sharing our retirement years touring the country in our Airstream. Jan deservedly retired last year after 35 years of teaching second grade.
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:31 PM   #74
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Kudos on the 500 posts

you are either a sponge for knowledge about Airstreams or you are a wealth of Airstream Knowledge.

That is a loaded question...When I am not playing on the computer, surfing for the perfect Vintage Trailer or restoring this or that my serious responsible life has seen me do 15 years hard time with a Provincial Amateur Sport (5yrs) as an Executive Director & (8yrs) as their Technical Director. Then moved on to six years as the Training and Education Manager for Kwik Kopy Printing Canada Corporation. Best of all I took over my Dad's publishing business 5 years ago and now work about 3-4 months a year publishing 2 books. Sure does make it easy to get my vacation requests approved - just have to bribe myself with a bit of chocolate. But it is the Board meetings that are tough - we can go around for hours trying to decide what to do

Peter on the other hand the poor working stiff - does the 4hr daily commute 4 days a week for the City of Toronto - in the Parks & Rec Dept. as their Promotions and Communications Officer. Although he has held several positions during his 22 year stint - he is looking forward to his retirement just a short 8 years away.

I am hoping to expand the publishing business with the intent on Peter going part time - so he can ease into retirement and do lots more work on the Trailer - work as in hook up and drive off into the sun set for a few days everyweek!!!!!

ps good thing I don't proof my own stuff - can't spell worth beans! actually it is that my fingers can not keep up with my brain....
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:34 PM   #75
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I am an engineer by training, having a Masters in Electrical Engineering. Before retiring a couple of years ago, I was in technical sales/management in the Electric Power Industry for a number of years. Before that, I was a career Air Force Officer.
Now, I am quite involved in the stock market, trying to keep what I have - an maybe make a few $ in the process.
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:57 PM   #76
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Your 500th and here's to my FIRST! Born and raised on a Cattle Ranch in Northern Wyoming I was very proud to become a Journeyman Cowboy. Then after earning an engineering degree and completing 35 very rewarding years in management at Caterpillar Inc. I have now retired with excellemt health and a broad range of interests and hobbies. I have now come full circle, and as often as I can, I am proud to be a Cowboy again!

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Old 03-22-2005, 08:18 PM   #77
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I'm an academic political scientist turned university vice president; Frank is a physician who practices and teaches in a medical school. Tom
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Old 03-22-2005, 08:33 PM   #78
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Congrats on reaching the great 500. That IS posts and not race miles? Right? It is interesting to read of such a wide field of diversity we have on the forum. Probably what keeps me coming back here almost every evening. I like to think I have the most demanding work of those listed & that is to look busy when the wife is around. Now that's not easy for an old guy like myself. For 33 years I worked in the natural gas field, assigned in various job classications, from ditchdigger to line manager with responsibility for operations over several cities and several thousand customers. Unlike Anne I have no degree in nursing, however Endoscopy could also be my field of expertise. It is one in which I have and continue to be actively involved. I am proud to say that I am a loooooong time stomach cancer survivor and it is the milestone I ( and the wife)worked the hardest to achive. After 30 years of toil, my wife has but 20 working days till retirement as a county Financial Worker. At last the world now appears at our door step and wouldn't you know gasoline is near $2.50 a gallon.
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Old 03-22-2005, 08:45 PM   #79
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Work, work, work

I am an engineer and patent attorney and commercial pilot by training, and manage a sales contracts organization for a large electronics test and measurement company in Silicon Valley... Like most, would rather be wondering about places to stay on cross-country Airstream adventure than pondering how much harm Carly Fiorina did to former employer and patriarch of High Tech - HP... Children are young adults and living and working in southern Calif, and Dianne does homemaking plus 4 part time paid jobs and 1 volunteer job as pink lady in local hospital maternity section.. Someday tech stocks will make a comeback, and there'll be more time for toys and adventures..

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Old 03-22-2005, 08:55 PM   #80
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I have worked as a dentist at the local VA Medical Center for a very rewarding 30 years. I avoided becoming an 'entitlement drain' on our gummint last Labor Day -- still spending too much time at work. Mebbe a year from now... (Remember me on April 15th.... )

Susie is a social worker in mental health and needs the release provided by traveling. For ten years we have volunteered leading Sierra Club outings to Hawaii most every year. We spent half of February on Maui leading a trip focused on helping a local group clear an archaeological site. That's hard work so I'd better get this Argosy project pulled together!

We met at the University of Minnesota while I was rebelling against my Texas roots. My great-great-great-great-great grandfather wishes he could dream of Airstreaming from the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

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Old 03-22-2005, 09:37 PM   #81
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I'm a Program Manager for Sun Microsystems working on their Customer Relationship Management project. Nine plus years and it's still a great company to work for. Leon is an Electrical Designer (read Electrical Engineer without the degree) working on large commerical/industrial projects. Our jobs are great but they do not define us, it's what we do in our personal lives that is the most important to us: I love cats (we have four), gardening, snowmobiling and most of all traveling with our Airstream. Leon loves farming, tractors, snowmobiling, boating, fixing things, traveling with our Airstream and doing what I tell him (yeah, right).
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:42 PM   #82
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:44 PM   #83
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I've been with Oregon State Parks for 15 years as a Park Ranger and Maintenance team leader. Building campgrounds and recreation facilities. This pic is the latest project, a new Bridge over Spencer creek @ Beverly Beach State Park.
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Old 03-22-2005, 10:31 PM   #84
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I run a telephone answering service, Answer Center, with my partner Bob Krause. We also own Mail Depot in Virginia Beach - a good place for you to get mail if you're a full-timer. Some people have the vision of Lily Tomlin from Laugh In as "a typical answering service", while others are surprised that the business still exists - you know, sort of like "Oh, Are they still making Airstreams?"

We provide virtual receptionist service - which if you're a full timer, means we can be your "office staff" and transfer calls directly to you anywhere in the US or Canada that has cell service - without the caller knowing that you are actually playing hookie! We also do overflow services for businesses that have daily or seasonal spikes in their calls, and most importantly provide emergency backup answering for customers who may experience power or phone cable outages. We also provide 24 hour service for clients whose businesses provide after hours services - plumbers, hvac, tow trucks, and of course doctors. We even take orders from people who are internet-phobic, run special seasonal campaigns (A friend of mine does the "Butterball Turkey Hotline" every year from November through Christmas using regular staff and temps.)

Of course we also provide voice mail service, stand alone or integrated with live operators.

I'm 56 and really relish the thought of retiring - but I'm kinda over working 60 hour weeks, too. I do consulting with other answering services, acquire services if their owners are interested in quitting, and participate in conventions for the industry. I'm sick and tired of flying - and the whole airport drill - and I'm going to start tagging some "me" time onto my business trips. I've always enjoyed visiting small towns, touring historical houses, etc. so my goal is to make the journey as interesting at the destination.

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