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What does every one do for a living?

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:01 pm



I know a lot of us know each other by posting, but what do we all do for a living.
I will start out by saying,I'm retired and spent most of my time developing two cycle engines
Chain saws, Tecumseh, Kohler 4 cycles and ran my own business for 20 some years.
Also a amateur Radio op (Ham )

Now I just putter in the garage.And summer time I fish out on Lake Michigan.
Age 72.



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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby GreenDragon » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:31 pm

I am retired from civil service as a firefighter paramedic, retired from the University of Cincinnati as a faculty member teaching in emergency medicine. I now teach part time at a local community college as an adjunct prof. I have also been a district manager for the old Standard Oil of Ohio, an inhalation therapist, home builder/re-modeler. And that does not include husband, father and volunteer.
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:56 pm

I've worked in computers for most of my life, had my first programming contract job at 17 years old, and that was quite a while ago. I've also got a background in electronics, and although I have worked for many companies over the past 25-odd years, my favorites were involving human-interface projects, where computers were interfacing with real-world machines. I've done a lot of work in the financial industry, as well as quite a few years in gaming (casinos), and I'm very familiar with the "employee tunnels" winding through quite a few of the casinos in Vegas as a result.

I have had two tech companies of my own, and would love to do it again if I could come up with another good idea. So in the meantime I now do specialized architecture and development for a large US corporation.

I'm a licensed commercial pilot, multi-engine & IFR, and an expired CFII.

Oh, and I've been riding motorcycles since I was 17...not a coincidence, as my first programming contract made me enough money to buy my first one (a 1984 750 Interceptor). I had a motorcycle before I ever owned a car.

I turn 43 in ten days. :)

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby 1CheeseLouise » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:27 pm

I sell drugs to underage pedophilic tiger fish. And I do that through my facebook page
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So, If you are (a) kind of fishy and have a stinging personality, check it out.

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:00 pm

I work in the micro electronics industry, designing memory compilers for use in wireless devices, I am also an amateur radio Op!! I am 47 years old and just enjoy tinkering with anything mechanical, but particualry like 2 stroke engines, I owned 2 RZ350's, 2 RG500's and a TS185 (all at the same time) but am now down to just 1 RG500 and a gold wing plus about 6 dirt bikes.

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:35 pm

If it's of interest,here's another post along the same "line" :)
http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=9062

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:21 pm

virgilmobile wrote:If it's of interest,here's another post along the same "line" :)
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=9062


I must have been sleeping when this was posted back then, I tend to do that at times and stay away to long
and miss a lot I see.What can I say....old age creeping up on me I guess.I lost my dog some time back and he would wake me up by moving my hand and then the screen would come back to life...

WA9FWT Phil

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby Al Waters » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:33 pm

I am a 31 year worker in the grocery industry. I could retire but the wife needs the benefits. I will one day also. Used to have an 1100. Put 280,000 miles on it and gave away for parts. I couldn't feel good selling it. Got out of riding for 20 years.

A friend bought a Harley. He didn't want to ride alone so he, another friend and I rented Harley's. We formed our own Wild Hogs. Went to Mammoth for a week. Then went to Bryce and Zion the next year. Then Jackson Hole the next. I ended up buying the best of cruiser bikes. A used 2009 Honda Gold Wing back in August. I am having the time of my life. I ride everywhere but to work. It will be Tahoe or the California Coast this year. When I can retire, I want to go back east where many of you are.
One of our riders is a video fanatic and does a DVD of our trips. Type in Bob Segar on tube and and you can find some of our trips.

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Postby skier » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:40 pm

I have worked in chip (IC) design for the past 15 years, mostly satellite stuff. Worked many years in electronic sensor development prior to that, building subsystem breadboards and doing field testing at Army firing ranges. I'm 62 later this year and starting to think about retiring, but my youngest is still in college. Been riding bikes since 16, back when Minnesota didn't require a motorcycle endorsement. Had to take some years off riding to raise a couple of boys. Have owned many bikes, including a '60s Bridgestone, a late '60s Vespa 200 (the big road bike!), '70s RD350 and RD400 two strokes (fast!), a couple of Honda inline fours, '80s XS400, XS650 and XS1100 Specials, a Suzuki VZ800 V-twin, and the '87 GL1200i with 106K on it. Bought the Wing for more comfort (shoulders are getting bad), and am thinking I have also bought myself a few more years of riding time.

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby actionpack » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:46 pm

i never amounted to a hill of beans , jack of all trades and master of none , worked for buick motor div , for 16 yrs , quit and moved up north in 1980 , we had a craft shop , mowing buisness , logged timber , milked cows , remodeling on homes , welding , wrenching , then all of a sudden i looked back and said where did my life go , retired now , and just puttering in life
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby wally » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:43 pm

I'm retired now, but was the Chief of Housing Rehabilitation for a local government administering Federal grants to low income homeowners rehabbing their homes, also licensed builder, building homes and remodeling them, now my sons are doing the construction thing and I'll occasionally work with them. Currently I'm working around the house finishing many undone projects and starting a few new ones.

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:38 pm

Retired now, but for 18 years worked in plastics molding. From the day I bought my '06 new I rode it to work (35 miles one way) every day unless it was raining. Lots ov jobs in the past; Army (drafted during Viet Nam), Chemical industry (Monsanto), and down here in Fl. many years in the marine industry.

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby Bogator » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:47 pm

Can't play a piano-------but I use to play a radio in a cat house------LOL----just kidding----I drive a dump truck now, spent 44 years over the road in 18 wheelers , then retired, got board, went back to work,local, -----ride when I can---thats what I need to do now , instead of playin on this computer- BYE
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby brettchallenger » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:09 pm

actionpack wrote:i never amounted to a hill of beans , jack of all trades and master of none , worked for buick motor div , for 16 yrs , quit and moved up north in 1980 , we had a craft shop , mowing buisness , logged timber , milked cows , remodeling on homes , welding , wrenching , then all of a sudden i looked back and said where did my life go , retired now , and just puttering in life


I would say that "hill of beans" amounts to a wonderful and varied working life. Well done, I am jealous!
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:15 pm

Puttering ...with the occasional throttle twist run-away. :) ...

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby Steve F » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:31 pm

Been a machinst all my life, a toolmaker for the last 37 of my 39 years with the same company. Program and run wire EDM, build machinery and process equipment, do design and Autodesk Inventor and AutoCad work, and make things once in a while for my Cafe' racer Honda. Am the emergency coordinator at work for the Emergency Services Organization, and the assistant director for Emergency Services and Disaster Agency in my home town. A husband and a DAD to 3, 2 boys and one girl, and the grandad to two boys :D
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:36 pm

brettchallenger wrote:
actionpack wrote:i never amounted to a hill of beans , jack of all trades and master of none , worked for buick motor div , for 16 yrs , quit and moved up north in 1980 , we had a craft shop , mowing buisness , logged timber , milked cows , remodeling on homes , welding , wrenching , then all of a sudden i looked back and said where did my life go , retired now , and just puttering in life


I would say that "hill of beans" amounts to a wonderful and varied working life. Well done, I am jealous!


I was thinking the exact same thing!

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby WA9FWT » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:05 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
brettchallenger wrote:
actionpack wrote:i never amounted to a hill of beans , jack of all trades and master of none , worked for buick motor div , for 16 yrs , quit and moved up north in 1980 , we had a craft shop , mowing buisness , logged timber , milked cows , remodeling on homes , welding , wrenching , then all of a sudden i looked back and said where did my life go , retired now , and just puttering in life


I would say that "hill of beans" amounts to a wonderful and varied working life. Well done, I am jealous!


I was thinking the exact same thing!

Ya, and how many can say they milked a cow !

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:13 pm

WA9FWT wrote:Ya, and how many can say they milked a cow !


I've milked a cow by sticking the vacuum things on the udders, but I've never done the squeeze-the-milk-into-the-bucket method.

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby Bogator » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:27 pm

Well I can say that I grew up in the 50's ----yes I've milked a cow ---and plowed a field ,behind a mule--raised hog's and butchered them in the fall---
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby vcdc » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:57 pm

I started working for Ohio Bell in 1966 as a lineman, then resident installer, plant assigner, then PBX tech. Left Ma Bell in 1991 to start my own telephone company. 20 years later and going strong. We cover Ohio installing VOIP and PBX systems and all types of low voltage cabling like fiber, cat 5, etc. www.capitalcommunication.net

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:13 am

i'm still working for ford motor company, 16 years now. 11 of them truckin for henry and the last five in the vehicle lease program for the executives
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby themainviking » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:36 am

WA9FWT wrote:Ya, and how many can say they milked a cow !


I was a farm kid, so did all that stuff. Milked cows, raised chickens and hogs and beef cattle and horses, and cleaned out the barn. Picked rocks out of a field so we could plant it. Plowed, disced, planted, mowed and harvested. Alla that stuff. Fixed farm machinery, which brought me to where I became a millwright. Worked for a lumber company, selling lumber and hardware, and building and selling sheds, granaries, barns, and even houses. Then I joined the army and did the soldier stuff for a while, till I got promoted and changed work fields. Took some schooling while in the army, and got a degree in Psychology, so got to be a diplomat for a while, for our government, working with NASA and the space program with GEODSS (Ground based electro optical deep space surveillance) for three years, then retired from the army and got a job in an airport weather office for the last 13 years of my working life. Got into computers in the mid 1980s and built and repaired them as well as programmed with fortran, cobol etc, as a part time interest. But I now have the best job I ever had, and I am really good at it. Retirement. I now do nothing for a living but wait for the pension cheques to come in at the end of each month, and ride around on my motorcycles when the weather permits. Been doing this fantastic job for 3 1/2 years now, and I friggin love it. My wife asked me this morning what I was gonna do today and I said "nuthin". She said that I did that yesterday, and my reply - "Well I wasn't finished yet"
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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:30 am

Were you with a weather office in Canada, or in the US at an FSS or something? If you were in a US FSS, good thing you got out when you did, there aren't many of those people left!

How did you end up retired in North Bay, of all places? I can think of some (warmer) places to retire to... :)

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Re: What does every one do for a living?

Postby themainviking » Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:10 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Were you with a weather office in Canada, or in the US at an FSS or something? If you were in a US FSS, good thing you got out when you did, there aren't many of those people left!

How did you end up retired in North Bay, of all places? I can think of some (warmer) places to retire to... :)


With a weather office in Canada, right here in North Bay. We took it as a contract when Environment Canada wanted FSS out. Weather for them was 12th priority. For us it was our only job so number one. We kept the contract for 13 years before we were underbid. It was time for me to retire by then so I just walked away. I ended up retired in North Bay due to my original retirement from the army, and the government diplomatic job went away, and I had been transferred here. There was a NORAD Regional Control Center here during the cold war, so quite a good sized military presence. I had done the job here too many times at too many different rank levels, so I told them to "take this job and shove it - I ain't workin here no more". I went back to work as a millwright, building motorcycles at night and on weekends, but this small city was too small to support it, so I lucked into the weather office as the contracts went out at just the right time. Being an ex government employee, myself and three other guys (same situation all) bid the contract and won. We managed to bid it good for quite some time, and made some decent money. When it was underbid, two of us left, the other two went to work for the new contract. Anyway, here I stay because my wife has a sister here, and she likes it here. I leave sometimes in the winter, with my bikes in an 18' double axle trailer, and find warmer climes to ride in, but this is the first year in a long time that I have been real antsy about it. One thing I did before doing the millwrighting, after retiring from the army, was, - I jumped on my bike and went for a ride - and got home thirteen months later. Hit just about every state and all the provinces as well as the north territories. Did not get to Hawaii, Delaware or Maryland. Almost lost the marriage over that one, :lol:


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