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Asbytec
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5870396 - 05/18/13 10:15 PM

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Retired Military (1995), now an auditor. Was stationed at the North Pole for a year, not much else to do during the winter except to look at the stars....it was beautiful in its own way, but I was glad to get back to civilization....




Me too, retired military also stationed near the north pole in 1984. Maybe the same place?

We were so far north, you had to look south to see the northern lights. Far too cold to observe, for me, so my 6" homebuilt mirror sat in a box. Polar alignment was a bit interesting. Same with being stationed at 8 degrees north latitude, the milky way's center lay bare across the ocean horizon (beautiful) and the pole star between some distant trees also on the horizon.

Retired from the military, short stint in the bar business, another short stint in IT, and a term as an accountant (volunteer) with the Veterans of Foreign wars (post level.) Now I'm a self sufficient vagabond looking for entrepreneurial opportunities - be my own boss (so much nicer), maybe a fast food franchise, pool cue business, or selling health care suppliments. Not sure which, just yet.

Nice group, such diversity. I was an auto mechanic, too, for a while...trained to be a programmer but never employed in the field. I am working on my second marraige and wear size 10.5. Anything else?

Oh, golf, volley ball, basketball, and private pilot...and into amateur astronomy since pre teens over 40 years ago. That should be it.


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Reged: 05/18/05

Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Asbytec]
      #5870450 - 05/18/13 10:48 PM

For the past 11 years, I've owned a tennis shop. Before that, I was in the steel industry as a contractor ending up as a site manager before I decided that I had a gutfull of the corporate life.

This is part of what we did in many of the steel mills. The slag you see running down the hill is about 2500F.

Now that's hot!

David


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jrbarnett
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5870462 - 05/18/13 10:57 PM

I've been a mill worker, a janitor, a delivery driver, a farmer, a cook, a photo lab technician, a retail clerk, a bartender, a brewer and a lawyer. The last pays the best but was the least fun. Yes, that's right. Practicing law is *less* fun than cleaning bathrooms. I've been continuously employed on at least a part time basis since I was 13, save for one brief hiatus in 2008 when my company was bought out, and it was hard for awhile to get another in-house lawyer gig. I'm 48 now.

- Jim

Edited by jrbarnett (05/18/13 11:02 PM)


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Asbytec
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5870468 - 05/18/13 11:03 PM

No wonder you're the most interesting man in the world, Jim. After a long journey, you ended up not far from where you started.

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TL2101
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Reged: 09/17/10

Loc: Concord, CA
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Asbytec]
      #5870538 - 05/18/13 11:59 PM

Sold bikes, sold office equipment, sold financing, managed a sales force, sold mortgages. Always liked science but much better at sales. Now retired trying to learn the science I missed all those years selling stuff.

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Rocketlawnchair
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Loc: Toronto, ON
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Asbytec]
      #5870562 - 05/19/13 12:17 AM

Freelance documentary film editor for the past 20 years.

It was my working on a film about the Jesuit astronomers of the Vatican Observatory that re-kindled my interest in the hobby, and I bought a scope later that year. That was 11 years ago.


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linux
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Reged: 01/04/13

Loc: Evans, Ga.
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Rocketlawnchair]
      #5870609 - 05/19/13 12:55 AM

Electrical engineer; did some circuit design for a few years then went into management. I spent 25 years at Boeing and retired 3 years ago after a stressful stint on the 787 development.

Got interested in astronomy at age 12 when the guy next door let me look through his very large telescope and I saw Saturn's rings. Got the department store refractor and then forgot about it all until about 6 months ago when I happened to look up at the night sky. Now I'm hooked.


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Mark9473
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: linux]
      #5870786 - 05/19/13 05:36 AM

I'm in my 20th year of working for a plastic packaging manufacturing company. Started out in R&D and now handle the product safety aspects and lobbying the European Commission. By education I'm a Ph.D. in chemistry; these days I say that "I used to be a chemist" as I've turned into a legislation expert.

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av8or
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Reged: 10/24/11

Loc: Vista, CA
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5871137 - 05/19/13 11:00 AM

Welder/Fabricator. Been doing it since high school. I just love working with my hands and tinkering.

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CollinofAlabama
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: av8or]
      #5871260 - 05/19/13 12:20 PM

History BA and Spanish minor finishing @ UT in 1986, with various odd jobs in Austin '86-'87 (from construction clean-up to clerking in the AG's office). Took some CS courses and up to Cal III at UT and UAB. Moved to Ames, Iowa in 1987 and worked as a salesman for Beacon MicroCenter. This was a small to mid-size firm with two other locations in Des Moines and Mason City. Learned a lot about computers there when we started assembling clones at this Apple Dealer. I sold computers for one more year after moving to west Texas with the ex in 1992, but then took a job at Big State U as a tech in IT for the then budding field of Network Services (one of the rare people in west Texas at the time who spreche both DOS and MacDraw -- and could write). Learned a thing or two about Cisco routers, 3Com switches, modem pools, thinwire, 10Base5, fiber, and architectural drawings (particularly the E sheets). In 2007 I took a job in the 2-person IT group of the Math Department and that's what I've been doing since. Windows, Macs, and Linux, end-users and servers.

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herrointment
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: wirenut]
      #5871641 - 05/19/13 02:42 PM

I am a sawyer.

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Red Shift
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Reged: 11/09/11

Loc: Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: herrointment]
      #5871734 - 05/19/13 03:28 PM

Currently Disabled/retired and learning how to walk again.

Spent 5 years in Rubber Chemistry R&D and 2 of those also full-time in Electronics school.

Then I spent 35 years in Data Communications Field Service, Network Operations and Network Engineering working for the major news ( AP ) & publishing outfits ( Dow Jones/ Telerate ), some of the world's largest Banks ( Bankers Trust, Barclay's, Citibank & Bear Stearns ( as a consultant 2x ) and largest Computer & Communication Companies - Data General, and Lucent ( as a Consultant ), and AT&T as a consultant 2x ) prior to losing my leg last year to complications of peripheral artery disease.

Have been interested in astronomy, and observing on and off for almost 50 years.

Edited by Red Shift (05/19/13 04:42 PM)


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: herrointment]
      #5871867 - 05/19/13 04:16 PM

Quote:

I am a sawyer.




As in a roughcut sawmill?

David


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Niels2011
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Loc: UK
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5871922 - 05/19/13 04:37 PM

I'm a Clinical Psychologist - I'm rediscovering my childhood interest in astronomy and physics, and it's great to be able to get out into the wilderness, just in my back garden.

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philrod
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Reged: 07/19/04

Loc: Fallon, Nevada
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5871931 - 05/19/13 04:45 PM

Retired seafarer. Navy, Merchant marine, sport fishing and small craft operator for the Army. Took up astronomy after retirement. I'm 75, dealing with lack of energy & memory issues, but I still know which end of the telescope to look through and how to work Sky Commander.

Phil

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DM4 & GM8
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John Miele
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: philrod]
      #5872054 - 05/19/13 05:43 PM

I'm an Aerospace Engineer specializing in structural analysis. I have been lucky enough to work on many space programs like the Space Station, Space Shuttle, Spacelab, and SpaceHab. As a SpaceHab payload structural engineer, I saw Columbia launch and was at the runway waiting for the landing, but she never made it back ...Currently, I support repairs and upgrades of CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the US Army. It's been a heck of a ride. I'm 52...John

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Eric63
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: philrod]
      #5872060 - 05/19/13 05:47 PM

Im an Environmental Engineer. Spent 17 years in the private sector working on river rehabilitation and wetland projects, then moved to the public sector 10 years ago for lifestyle reasons. Im now a stormwater management specialist. Discovered astronomy by chance last year after my son bought a 6 inch Newtonian. I got hooked but he gave it up (girls were more important ). I'm 49 and a father of 2, divorced and re-married. That's about it.

Eric

Edited by Eric63 (05/19/13 05:55 PM)


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herrointment
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: Eric63]
      #5872167 - 05/19/13 06:34 PM

I was a head saw operator running mixed hardwoods for 2+ years. Now running a component saw in a truss plant, along with the saws in my home wood shop. Currently I'm teaching myself to sharpen a hand saw for good measure.

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cuivienor
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Loc: Tokyo, Japan
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: herrointment]
      #5872315 - 05/19/13 07:48 PM

product manager at a vendor of trading and risk management system for hedgefunds. Very interesting, but traders and risk managers can be extremely tough to deal with... still trying to find ideas to start my own business in Japan

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GeneT
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5872350 - 05/19/13 08:05 PM

I mowed lawns in Ely, Nevada because if I did not like the haircuts my mother gave me, I could pay for my own. The same for shoes. Mowing lawns, I also saved up $79.95 for a four inch Dynascope. At age 14, I got a job as a dishwasher at the Bank Club in Ely. At age 15, I was a 'yard man' at the bank club. In the basement, I made up huge batches of fried chicken, pancake batter, tubs of salad, salad dressing, straw berry shortcake and so on. I also drove all the stuff from the Bank Club to the Hotel Nevada across the street. The Vietnam War was heating up, so I accepted an Air Force commission in 1966. I served as a speech writer for general officers, as editor, AIRMAN Magazine, the official magazine of the Air Force, as the Editor and Publisher of the European Stars and Stripes. I retired from the Air Force on January 1, 1994 after serving about 28 years. For five years, I worked as a marketing officer with a major bank in San Antonio. I retired from all paid professions about 10 years ago. For the past 15 years, I have served as an ordained deacon here in San Antonio. I turned 70 on May 3rd. Life is good!

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