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ChipAtNight
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Loc: N.C. (Love the Blue Ridge)
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Kon Dealer]
      #5875242 - 05/21/13 07:15 AM

Retired USAF 1994 - did my years at Thule above the arctic circle (1991-92), moved on to computer programming, then one day/night decided that it was time for a hobby! Will retire again in Nov. this year and then attempt to camp in every national park in the lower 48. Lots of obeserving and macro photograph in my future.

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ubermick
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Loc: San Rafael, CA
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: ChipAtNight]
      #5875666 - 05/21/13 11:50 AM

I'm a creative director for a non-profit. Think Don Draper in Mad Men, only I'm ugly, drinking on the job is obviously a sackable offence, don't smoke, and don't have a creative team, it's just me so I don't get to boss anyone around.

Hmm. So nothing like Don Draper at all, really...!


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ensign
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Southwestern Ontario
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: ubermick]
      #5875756 - 05/21/13 12:31 PM

I've had 14 different roles/jobs in IT over the last 35 years ranging from programmer to senior management. I am currently a Database Administrator/Developer/Architect and spend my days analyzing and moving multiple terabytes of data around.

It's a living . . .


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YetAnotherHobby
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5875981 - 05/21/13 01:52 PM

24 years with the same company probably makes me an anachronism these days. Started in a factory job, second shift, building electronics. Got a degree, a job as an engineer, and watched all the factory work move overseas. Now I field calls from Asia in the middle of the night to troubleshoot electronics manufacturing hiccups . Not glamorous by any stretch, but it funds my addiction to expensive glass.

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csrlice12
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: YetAnotherHobby]
      #5876010 - 05/21/13 02:09 PM

I suck photons out of the night sky with my eyes....weather permitting of course....

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mayidunk
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5876083 - 05/21/13 02:36 PM

I was a Radio Relay Technician when I was in the Air Force. After that, I was a machinist. After that, I went into Information Technology, first as an IBM mainframe programmer, and then administering dimensional data warehouses and data marts on IBM mainframes, and Unix mid-level platforms.

After being in IT for over 25 years, I was forced into an early retirement, which was difficult to accept at first. However, I am now enjoying every minute of it!

Edited by mayidunk (05/21/13 02:44 PM)


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Silver Bear
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Loc: Brazos Valley in Texas
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: mayidunk]
      #5876192 - 05/21/13 03:26 PM

Was a lab tech, then an analytical chemist, for 25 years with the state. Retired early when medical issues became to great for the stress of a regulatory lab.

Am currently managing my investments while looking for another career to embark upon, while being kept busy by my family, scouts, and church.

Scouts tied me back into astronomy. I was looking into some scouts taking their astronomy merit badge, when I noticed the young man teaching it was giving some distinctly wrong information (like the number of light years a star is from earth is the number of minutes the light takes to get to earth...). After gently correcting him, I guess it made an impression on the scouts. Later, as the troop was deciding who was going to assist these boys in finishing their astronomy badge, to a scout, they jumped up and said I was the perfect one, as I knew more than their teacher did.

Hmmmm....should have kept my mouth shut....as by showing these boys the skies, I got hooked myself.

Now, after 30 years, I've taken up navigating the skies, and am currently hooked on double stars.

Edited by Silver Bear (05/21/13 03:28 PM)


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Phillip Creed
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Silver Bear]
      #5876194 - 05/21/13 03:28 PM

I design thermoplastic extrusion dies. Mostly profiles, with the occasional tubing dies thrown in for good measure.

Clear Skies,
Phil


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City Kid
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: mayidunk]
      #5876217 - 05/21/13 03:40 PM

Quote:

I was a Radio Relay Technician when I was in the Air Force.



Me too. By any chance were you ever stationed in Germany? 1st Comm?


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festa_freak
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5876231 - 05/21/13 03:46 PM

I worked a few jobs out of high school for money and paid myself through college and got a diploma in electonics engineering technology.

I am almost done my second year at my provincial power utility. I got into astronomy because I wanted a hobby that would be good up north where I may need to live for a while. All people do up there is drink and I don't drink, sooooo, needed something other than TV/movies/video games/reading to pass the time.


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The Planetman
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Loc: Western KY
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? new [Re: Phillip Creed]
      #5876251 - 05/21/13 03:53 PM

I started a paying job at 13 mowing yards and doing odds and ends for the little old ladies around town.
Since then, I've been a mechanic, asst. parts manager at a GM dealership, asst. manager at a lumber company, building contractor/custom woodworker, owned a portable planetarium (STARLAB), mayor of my small community (I wouldn't suggest that one to anybody...), and now I'm back at a previous position I held several years ago, Planetarium Director.
Along the way, I earned a BS in geography with an emphasis in meteorology and the only job I ever lost was at a weather office in Evansville in the early 90's. Had a job lined up and waiting for me after I graduated, but the Meteorologist in Charge called me during my last semester to inform me of the closure.
Oh well, I've had a lot of fun so far and I'm 46...


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BillFerris
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5876661 - 05/21/13 06:40 PM

I manage television production at a university in the Southwest US. I got my start in TV through a friend who worked on the student production crew at a major Midwest PBS affiliate. It dawned on me that I could get paid for making what I lik3ed watching in my free time. I started in live sports production as a camera op, eventually worked my way up to producing and directing. Since making the move to management, much of my focus has been transitioning our production facilities from analog SD to digital HD.

I was a longtime, active deep sky observer until the early 2000's. After my son was born, my body clock changed. The all-night observing sessions I used to pull off effortlessly in mid-week are no more. It's been ten years since I've needed an alarm clock to wake up by 6am. Seven years ago, I discovered a new obsession: hiking and backpacking Grand Canyon. When I was an active observer, I sketched what I saw. Now, I bring my DSLR into the canyon and photograph one of the most amazing places on the planet.

Bill in Flag


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slarsson
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Loc: Vancouver Island BC
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: ChipAtNight]
      #5876665 - 05/21/13 06:42 PM

Physician (radiation oncologist) in Victoria, BC

Meade ETX80
Celestron classic C8 on a CG-5


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GeneT
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Loc: South Texas
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: jpcannavo]
      #5876953 - 05/21/13 09:13 PM

Quote:

I'm an addiction psychiatrist/addictionologist.




I think there are lot of people in the eyepiece forum that could use your services.


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Phil1
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Reged: 11/06/07

Loc: N.C.
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: GeneT]
      #5876962 - 05/21/13 09:19 PM

Maintenance mechanic retired now and enjoying it more than any of the years I worked .

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s58y
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Reged: 12/12/04

Loc: Eastern NY
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: Phil1]
      #5877018 - 05/21/13 09:54 PM

About 40 years computer programming between 1966 and 2013, all with the same company (but interrupted by school and military service)

Retired May 1, 2013


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sslcm56
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Reged: 07/20/12

Loc: Montgomery, Al.
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: s58y]
      #5877117 - 05/21/13 11:03 PM

FedEx Home delivery driver. I ride around all day in a full size Chevy van with the AC on and listen to the radio. Some time I have to actually get out and give someone their package. I drive a rural route and cover 2 1/2 counties(about 325 miles) every day. Most of the time I see more deer and turkey in a day than I do people.
I'm 57 have a 13 year old son, a 31 year old daughter, 2 grandchildren, and the best wife.


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Gil V
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Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: s58y]
      #5877121 - 05/21/13 11:07 PM

I worked at Criterion for six years, then at an aerospace firm for two years. Then, 23 years as a planning manager in a sheet metal HVAC company. They closed. Three years at another aerospace firm, laid off.

Now, I'm living off unemployment and browsing the (poor) job market. I am using my telescopes a lot more, though!


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jrbarnett
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Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: CollinofAlabama]
      #5877133 - 05/21/13 11:14 PM

Texas isn't too hot. Well, maybe for a damned Yankee. But not for a proper gentleman. Seriously, though, I find 110F delightful. No wimpy moist mid-90s Austin summer is gonna slow me down. That's just cerveza and brisket weather, amigo.

- Jim


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k9yr
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Loc: Far North suburbs of Chicago
Re: Another poll -- what do you do for a living? [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5877166 - 05/21/13 11:31 PM

I'm a Field Specialist, conducting factory inspections and quality audits to verify products are built to UL safety standards. I also volunteer with a great Astronomy Club I belong to.

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