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Old 03-21-2005, 09:22 PM   #1
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What Do You Do For Work?

This is my 500th post, and now I should be a Rivet Master.. a MUCH coveted title, even if it should be "Rivet Mistress." I thank you all for helping me in MANY cases, and "putting up" with me in others!


What do YOU do for work?

Is there a common thread between us, aside from being attracted to big shiny things??

Gary is a retired Construction Road Laborer and I am a retired Activity Director in Long Term Care , now we own our own business, an antique shop in Rockford, (northern) Illinois. (90 miles west of Chicago)

p.s. we'll keep this poll friendly and non-political :-)
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:30 PM   #2
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wow 500

Congratulations on the Rivet Master.

To answer the question we are retired and enjoying it.

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Old 03-21-2005, 09:39 PM   #3
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I work on fiber optic transmission equipment for a "major media concern back east". They do not like us using their name. Weird, huh? Lots of fun. Lots of laughs.

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Old 03-21-2005, 09:45 PM   #4
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I am a public school teacher specializing in Business/Commercial subjects and Microcomputer Applications that has included being a district-wide Technology Coordinator earlier in my career. After receiving a lay-off notice as a result of budget cuts last year, I have been continuing my education through graduate coursework at SIU-C.

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Old 03-21-2005, 10:18 PM   #5
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midwest utility, 18 years....

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Old 03-21-2005, 10:21 PM   #6
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In the Lubbock, TX area, I am a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), that for the past 25 years is in the business of positioning all types of life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, long term care insurance, pensions, and all types of annuities for individuals and businesses to manage their risk, and position-protect their assets.
Also, I am former Chairman and CEO of a Political Action Committee for agents in Austin, TX.

My wife, Kathy, is a Kindergarten teacher for the past 21 years.
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:45 PM   #7
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My husband and I are fully self-employed by our business

D & S Sci-Fi Toy World

Which we run out of our home, selling sci-fi tv and movie toys. I am currently checking out the forum just to take a break from processing the 300 cases of toys we received today in preparation for the opening of Star Wars Episode 3!

We've been doing this for ten years, though I was only able to leave my software design/programming job a couple years ago to work at the business full time. It's not making us rich, but it gives us free time to live, which the software jobs did not. Now I can't imagine working for someone else 8 hrs a day plus commuting time. I hope I never have to go back.

So if anyone needs any Star Wars toys, come help us out

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Old 03-21-2005, 10:49 PM   #8
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Congratulations, Kid! 500 is an awful lot of posts....

I've been a research scientist at Bayer Pharmaceuticals for almost 22 years. My speciality is making antibodies which is done by picking specific sites on a protein, synthesizing peptides from that protein and using those to generate make the antibody.

Working on my Airstream is more fun, though!
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:59 PM   #9
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500 posts - wow. That's a lot of time away from polishing.
I am a musician, CDs for sale an irregular concert schedule and a bunch students. I also own, with my husband, a sound services company we provide sound services for live music events, studio and production services.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:04 PM   #10
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I'm a retired Playboy photographer ... Petunia is a former nun.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:04 PM   #11
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Welcome to the 500 club!! For the past 15 months, I have been the Campus Director for a post-secondary educational institution that offers degrees in Visual Communication, PC/Networking, Game Design and Interior Design. We are a branch campus of our main campus in Tempe. I've held a number of positions within this college since joining the team in 1996.

I agree, aluminum is more fun. Think I'll retire early.

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I'm haunted by aluminum.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:18 PM   #12
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Strings and Tubes

I am self employed in the music industry. My company imports high end musical instruments from small specialty shops around the world ( mostly old world Europe) and distributes them to better music stores, and some collectors around the country. We also offer studio and tour support for major label rock bands that tour regularly. Our specialty are electric guitars, electric bass guitars, tube amplification for guitars, and bass amplifiers. My motto: If it's too loud, then I'm getting too old for it...
My office/warehouse is located in Orange CA.
My wife works as a corporate purchasing specialist at a large electronics manufacturer's headquarters in Irvine, CA.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:42 PM   #13
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I'm a Power Systems Communications Craftsman II. I maintain and install High density Microwave radio systems, Lightwave communications systems, Supervisory Control and Data Aqusition Systems.
Telemetry and Timing Systems, Primary Power Systems... and the list goes on.
Basically I work in electronics for Uncle Sugar.
I also own and operate a Sound company with Janet. Never a boreing moment.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:43 PM   #14
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Congratulations on reaching 500! Someday I hope to follow in your footsteps.
From reading all of the previous posts, it seems that there is a myriad of occupations here. That is good because diversity makes it all so interesting.
I am a "UAW Training Technologist". I teach industrial automation and electronics controls to Skilled Trades Electricians for General Motors. Anything that goes on or into your car or truck is made by something that I have taught on how to install it. repair it or replace it.
I also have a strange habit of doing hexadecimal math in my head. It scares my boss when I do it!
The wife is a former database manager for GM. She has been a stay-at-home mom ever since our first daughter, (we have two now), was born over five years ago.
My job rocks, but my Minuet rocks more!
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:44 PM   #15
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I'm a commercial interior designer...and until last month I was self-employed. I've always had a work hard/play hard attitude, now, having merged with a larger architectural firm, I'm only working 3 days a week to make time for all my Airstreaming... Been a hectic month getting everything sorted out, but it's all good!

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Old 03-22-2005, 12:40 AM   #16
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I'm an electronics tech specializing in keeping a local city government's police/fire 911 center, and their two-way radios in working order.

My wife helps out at our chuch about 5 hours a week. Otherwise she is a stay at home mom,which be both like. It's hard to do in this day-and-age, but its worth it
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Old 03-22-2005, 01:00 AM   #17
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Retired from my vet practice 9/04, after 31 years in practice (a lot of rectal thermometer use) .....also worked for Uncle S for 4 yrs in usaf during Viet Nam war. My better half retired at the same time as merchandising prof in clothing and textiles at Oregon State. We both hope to include AS activities at the top of our travel plans, since we've been tied down far too long!! Congrats on 500 posts.....I'm almost half-way there!
Thanks AS forums for being a great release for me in my retirement!

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Old 03-22-2005, 01:15 AM   #18
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I am a Manufacturing Supply Superintendent with GM @ the Fort Wayne assembly plant, and I have been with GM over 27 years. My wife has worked in banking, education, and she was a supervisor with GM. She left GM when our first daughter was born. She is just completing her second year of homeschooling our oldest daughter...while keeping the younger one happy, not a small feat. Toughest and most satisfying job she has had!
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Old 03-22-2005, 02:25 AM   #19
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Oh my gosh, I've been to Rockford, and my very good friends own a boarding and training kennel there. I'm an RN and my husband is a Construction Project Superintendent. I work in a child abuse prevention program for the State of Oklahoma after spending years working in a hospital. That's very hard on a body. Had to go on to management to save my back. Judy
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Old 03-22-2005, 05:01 AM   #20
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Gotta love it...I am a "babysitter" (superintendant) for a national roofing contractor.(read travel...a lot!) My specialty is Architectural Metals. I have 25 years in the building industry, usually in postions in the field, I hate being indoors in an office. My lovely wife is a Sr Flight Attendant with US Airways and owns a Bridal Shop, where I am IT, stock boy, and truck driver...we hope it is our way to an early semi-retirement.

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