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Old 03-22-2005, 11:46 PM   #85
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I'm retiring this spring from middle school English teaching. Grading, papers, latest "new program," I'll not miss those. Times have changed. Seems like I teach lots more "character" than I do English anymore.
That I believe! Scary world and amazing how uninvolved so many parents are, and yet so demanding. Hooee that's a whole 'nother thread on a different board.

I taught that age for one year. I learned that I am NOT a middle school teacher. Any other age, fine. But you middle school personalities are so rare and valuable. I will never, never, never, never, never do it again. And I have the history/english credential so I'm always getting asked.

Never, never, never, never again. I'm so glad we have you!
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Old 03-23-2005, 05:08 AM   #86
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My goal is to spend more time working at living, and less time living at work… OK, back to reality.

For most of my adult life I have been self employed. The first 15+ years I owned and operated a cabinet manufacturing facility in the Northeast which specialized in custom storage cabinetry... which has helped me in my Airstream endeavors. I designed, as well as built.

After closing down the business and moving to Florida (the land of retirement and Airstreams) to be closer to family and such (long story) I shifted careers and was in the industrial waste recycling business. No, not the mob. I represented a line of industrial waste grinding machinery that oddly enough, I sold to mostly manufactured housing companies and RV manufacturers. That job led in to the corporate world of waste management where I was sales manager for a number of years until the little fish kept getting eaten by the bigger fish, and so on and so on. From there I happily moved in to the aluminum extrusion business as GM of a good sized company that supplied store front aluminum to the country’s largest retailers. 3+ years later, and a bout with nepotism and employer psychosis, I happily and on my own, moved on, and out of the corporate world. What a nightmare! A year or two of kicking around doing odd jobs to keep my Airstream addiction afloat, has led me to the quieter, more gentle world of paint. I am now doing all the residential sales and estimating in a 2 county area for the local office of the nation’s largest residential painting contractor. Great fun, interesting people, and what could be better than talking about the wonders of paint? Aside from the wonders of Airstreams.

I still don’t know what I want to be when and if I grow up, but things are good. If you would like your Airstream remodeled, I can be had for a song… and a dance… or cash. All I need is a warm place to park my trailer, full hookups, and a nice space for all my tools. Oh, and $65 per hour.
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Old 03-23-2005, 05:58 AM   #87
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I am an elementary school teacher. I've taught a bit of everything from grade 5-8, but specialize in Science and Information and Communication Technology. After teaching for 17 years I am enjoying a year off through a deferred leave program. This allows me to work at a reduced salary for up to 6 years, and then have the money paid back while I'm one leave. It effectively spreads 6 years of salary over 7 years. Our school board administers this. The money only earns about 3%, but there is an advantage in that you don't pay tax on it until it is paid back to you during your year off. In September I'll be back in the classroom.

This year I am enjoying spending more time with my 4 kids aged 7-12, traveling, working on the house we've been building for 10 years and fixing up the Airstream.

My wife is a food scientist and elementary school teacher, and has been a stay-at-home-mom since our first child was born.

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Old 03-23-2005, 06:08 AM   #88
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Old 03-23-2005, 06:38 AM   #89
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:14 PM   #90
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work for a local water utility - engineering technician designing watermain replacement projects and project manager - the pay stinks, the works hard - take a while longer to get my airstream - I surf this website to research what I actually want.
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:56 PM   #91
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Great thread! Really nice to know what all of us do when we're away from our Airstreams.

After years in wireless telecommunications I now work for myself. Back in the telecom days I was a network design engineer, manager of a regional operations group, and then an operations director for one of the many PCS carriers out there (course they're all buying each other up now).

Now I make custom cycling maps, kayaking maps, and do some photography of moose that chase me while I'm documenting new maps. As a sideline I also do small business network installations and troubleshooting. I still consult in wireless now & again to fill up the Airstream trip funds. With luck our business will grow in the coming years so we can operate from anywhere our Airstream takes us.

My wife Erin is a unix administrator. She has recently swapped positions from one of the big financial companies to a smaller company that allows some more time off for our trips. Erin isn't as interested in the bicycle mapping work I do, but she loves finding great moose to pose for a photo or two, not to mention finding friendly loons to paddle with for a day!

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Old 03-23-2005, 02:43 PM   #92
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I retired as a Park Superintendent within the Ontario Parks System (yes - the big green one on the Ontario/Minnesota border). Since then have been contracted to complete Park Management Plans for several far northern parks with land use issues. On the home front I spend some significant time in "slave labour" when my true boss needs a hole dug or dirt hauled in her garden - or - my son needs a nail hammered or board cut in his house. My wife is retired from teaching but still spends a lot of volunteer time within the education system and is also very active within the church community.

The Bambi is parked in the driveway - soon to be de-winterized - ready for the cycle to begin anew.

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Old 03-23-2005, 05:10 PM   #93
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Amazing thread to have this much interest and this number of posts in just a matter of a few days.
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Old 03-23-2005, 06:13 PM   #94
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I just got off active duty from the Marine Corps for the Reserves where I was the Information Management Officer at 2d Marine Division, II MEF, Camp Lejeune. I am now a contractor for the Marine Corps working on a software application called Command and Control Personal Computer. My goal is to use my BS and MS in Math to teach at the high school level in New York.

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Old 03-23-2005, 08:17 PM   #96
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:03 PM   #97
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Self-taught pizzamaker, aspiring pizza mogul (someday).
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Airstream was crazy idea to create family moments and educate our our children.

(So far Dad is the one getting the education .)
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Old 03-24-2005, 07:05 AM   #98
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Self-taught pizzamaker, aspiring pizza mogul (someday).
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Darling wife is employed full-time raising our future legacy (7 children).

Airstream was crazy idea to create family moments and educate our our children.

(So far Dad is the one getting the education .)
I don't know if you were old enough to remember the 60's and 70's when there were contests to see how many people you could get in a VW Beatle?

I know we have "6xBlessd" as a forum member, and now that I see you were 7x Blessed, I wonder who holds the record for the most children in an Airstream???

Incidentally, I enjoyed seeing your family photos.

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