What do you do?

Discussion in 'Welcome & Introductions' started by Withak, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    I was just wondering about what folks here do for a living? I know some cover that in their introductions, but I'm newer here and haven't caught everyone's intro's, particularly some of the 'legacy' members of the board. So, if you don't mind sharing, what do you do? Working? Retired? Stay at home?

    I shared some in my intro, but I'll kick it off here again. I'm a journeyman wireman (electrician). I went through a 5-year apprenticeship program followed by a state exam to get my license. I then spent 10 years working in the field doing commercial, industrial, high tech and healthcare (hospital) work. I now work in an office where I have a variety of duties including project management, estimating, system design (nurse call systems, security, CCTV, paging, intercom and audio/visual) and programming. I'm also in charge of training our customers on the use of our systems. A large majority of the work we do is in the hospitals and medical offices around our area, so I spend a lot of time in those facilities. While I no longer work 'with the tools', I keep my electrical license current in the event that I want (or need) to go back to the field some day. When I'm not working, I have far too many hobbies and interests to keep me busy, slingshots being the latest. My job is such that I can pop on the internet from time to time during the day, during breaks and such so I can keep up on things such as this forum - at least until the IT gurus decide to block access to this site!

    So, who else would like to share their background? I know a few already, but I'm curious about seeing some more.
     
  2. xXdoomXx

    xXdoomXx Junior threadjacker ag. J

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    i dont have a job but thinking about architect and might do the 2 weeks where you try out a job in school in 9 th grade i might want to do blacksmithing architect or woodworker / tischler make beds and such :)

    j
     

  3. AngelicScars

    AngelicScars MILF of the board

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    Mostly a SAHM, but I work part time at a local retailer. There is a FB page, but I won't post it, just to make sure as to not ruffle any feathers. I earned my degree in business, but it's an associates and it means absolutely nothing nowadays.
     
  4. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    I was a framer by trade for some years till the cally housing market took a dump. after that i ran a handyman bussiness till that market got a little lean. now i take odd jobs when i can get 'em and have kinda turned into a male june cleaver, taking care of the house and cooking(cooking is a passion for me). my wife has a good job so this works for us. soon though, june cleaver turns to Mr. mom as my daughter will be here in late october(first one, yes i'm scared). i work on all kind of things in my shop from cars to motorcycles to the obvious slingies. I have a garden with a few food stuffs, we just moved so nothing this year but raspberries, the toms and beets didn't like the move. here and there i may display some hooligan behavior on the cbr600 but the impending child is curbing that, been a while since the speedo read 140+ on highway 50(the lonliest road in the world, they call it). Oh, i also like long walks on the beach and watching the perfect sunset,lol. my signature says it well.
     
  5. Tysonspapa

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    well, im an airconditioning technician since 15 years now, means i install and repair air conditioners, freezers, ventilation systems, etc. i was working alot in the us army installations in Mannheim and Heidelberg, but since most of them are gone, that part of my work unfortunatly runs out. anyway, i live in the countryside with my wife, 2 big dogs and a few cats. think thats it for now.
     
  6. Ghosth

    Ghosth Over the hill but still swinging!

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    Farm Boy that ended up Jack of all trades with emphasis on plumbing.
    I've done both construction plumbing (mostly fitting copper water pipe) as well as service plumbing (everything under the plumbing sun)

    In the past I've worked with local county hiway departments doing survey, signing, apartment maintance, to snow removal.

    Unfortunately I was not wise enough to find a low impact job, burned myself out rather badly. To the point that adrenal glands pretty much fully shut down on me back in the late 90's. Been retired due to health reasons since, spending lots of time on computer/internet. I'm happily married 17 years, have a step daughter 29, and 2 great grandchildren. Life is good!
     
  7. Cubanizm

    Cubanizm Junior Member

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    Public Health

    Columbia University (Hospital: nyp.org )

    Vaccine Development/ Experimental Trails / H.I.V. (funded by http://hvtn.org/)

    Also have my own business event management business....do work for NYC local government branches, nightclubs, fashion designers, entertainers etc...

    But I aspire to be an Anthropologist (Cultural or Linguistic ) some day... I plan on going back to college next year...

    FANTASY PROFESSIONS: Wizard, playboy millionaire, have a Doctorate in forestry/land conservation, zoologist, & marine biologist (in that order)
     

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    I'm an IT / computer support type guy... but a compulsive tinkerer in my off time. I think I've only got about 20 years left to retirement, then I can full-time tinker at fun things like working on rusty Subarus, youtubing, and making arts and crafts items such as slingshots :)
     
  9. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    I am currently in-between jobs. For the past six years I installed automated medication dispensing devices on hospitals all over the US (if anyone is familiar with Omnicell or Pyxis). I trained nurses, pharmacy staff and anesthesiologists on the use of the hardware and software.

    I am looking for work as a project manager, implementation specialist, implementation manager or something similar.
     
  10. AngelicScars

    AngelicScars MILF of the board

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    Forgot to mention that the store I work in sells hand crafted items, so I also make things to sell in the shop. Plus, I'm a Notary. :D
     
  11. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Some great replies so far. It's interesting to see if there are any common threads to the folks that like to build stuff. I see a lot of folks with some kind of construction background like myself, or otherwise have jobs and hobbies that involve some type of creativity, curiosity or tinkering. Thanks for filling in the gaps!

    My wife is a SAHM, but is as busy, if not busier, than me. She's involved in everything from our daughter's school, scouting and other volunteer activities. But she loves the freedom of being a SAHM!

    I have several friends that work/worked in the housing market and/or own their own handyman/contracting business. It's tough work. My father owned an electrical contracting business for years - I vowed I would never own a business like that - too much stress. One of our good friends had to bail from our area since his small contracting/remodeling business wasn't doing well. He headed to Phoenix and is doing very well there.

    What type of cooking do you like to do D? I love to cook, in fact I do most of the cooking for our family. My favorite though, is baking. I ran a cooking/baking blog for awhile in fact, though it's been a few years since I lasted posted anything.

    Enjoy your daughter when she gets there. Mine was a life-changer. Love her to death.

    Nice, I've got friends in the refrigeration business too. Work has been tough here as well. Nice to live out in the country. We're kind of on the line between rural and urban ourselves.

    I suffered from carpal tunnel about 10 years ago and had to have both hands operated on. I could continue my job, but it kind of led me down another path, which, thankfully has worked out well. I do miss working with tools sometimes though. Glad to hear it's going well for you regardless of the strain. Construction work is really hard on people.

    Well, I think you get the humanitarian award Cubanizm. And the type A award! You've got your irons in a lot of fires to be sure. I would expect Anthropologist would be a very interesting profession. I personally find archaeology fascinating, which in my mind, goes somewhat hand in hand with anthropology. Unless, of course you mean Anthropologie the store, in which case, I can't help you ;)

    Ah, an IT guy! I've got a number of friends in IT. Man, they work some crappy hours! And they're quite unappreciated for what they do. I've got a lot of respect for them though - as long as they don't block my favorite sites at work ;) I'm about 20 out from retirement myself. So, do you have a YT channel? I've got a small one with only a few videos so far. What are your videos about?

    I didn't even think to mention those whose current occupation is school! My bad. Blacksmith, architect or woodworker? That's quite a spread to choose from. As someone who works very regularly with both architects and engineers, I can say that it's a good career path. However, if you're skilled in the other areas, you could do quite well there too. Good luck in your schooling and choosing your field. Sounds like you've still got some time to make up your mind.
     
  12. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Well your post came in just as I was posting my other responses, so I didn't catch you on that one. Being that I work regularly in hospitals, I know Pyxis machines very well. We are sometimes called upon to install access control systems to control access into the rooms where the Pyxis machines are located. As someone who also trains nurses, techs and sometimes physicians on our various systems and software, I can appreciate what goes into that job. Good luck in your job search, I hope you find what you're looking for.
     
  13. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    My wife, and by extension myself, are fans of hand-crafted items. Whether it be a little craft store, a county fair or a seaside knick-knack store, we can't resist looking at what people have made. My wife is the big crafter in the family, she's quite good, and very picky about how things turn out. I guess that makes a foray into slingshots a very natural progression into hand-crafted items. Maybe your store would let you sell some nice custom slingshots someday? I'd love to come across handmade slingshots in a store - that would be cool :cool:
     
  14. AngelicScars

    AngelicScars MILF of the board

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    We have a guy that does some woodwork in our store. I mentioned that he should make some slingshots and he was seriously considering it. So, I hope he does, because I know what he'll make will be amazing.
     
  15. Mixerman

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    I've been a professional audio producer/engineer/mixer for the last 10 years, did it for free before that, love my job :)
     
  16. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    What I do

    Hi everyone,

    for I?m following the forum for 19 days now and your names appear frequently, here?s my story:

    I?ve been working with my hands for 35 years, refining skills, feeling for materials,
    design, physics and because of what you call "prepping", i adored the book:

    Living like Robinson (Crusoe)- 1000 tipps for adventurers

    http://www.amazon.de/Leben-Robinson...1378922316&sr=8-1&keywords=leben+wie+robinson

    which was 1982!!- the dream of re-building civilization with my swiss-army knife
    (in school they called me McGuyver) and later those by R?diger Nehberg..

    I ended up as a craftsman in an architects shell.

    Today i feel delighted to own a nicely supplied little workshop, (mostly for the suction all
    machines are attached to..) which allows me to build almost everything (and that?s a lot!!),
    a whole bunch of all kinds of power tools for all kinds of construction sites
    (which I often work on, e.g. our old house, furniture... to realize my ideas, save and also earn money)

    And to compensate for that computer-work!!

    (which is not true, for I owe that to my brain, of which 1/3 is built to control our hands,
    we owe our bodies to MOVE!)

    When I finished "my first real slingshot" my little three year old daughter came to ask:
    "Did you take that out of that TV? (laptop)". (Had been watching J?rgs videos a lot)
    Daddy?s best day! (also for slingshots being -non-violelently!- planted in her brain,
    "beanflipper" to shoot that carton!- I then built one little for the six year old..)

    What can I say? - wasn?t me - I was born that way!

    @doom: I should have focused, which I refused to and still do,
    because the systems we live in are somehow deprived of humanity- which is
    broad, richly skilled and needs to be walked like a dog!?

    I don?t know!- but trying to live all that?s inside is a hard way!- you don?t really fit in easily
    in that kind of "specialised" society...

    Because someone mentioned it:
    here?s how I feel ?bout my children- sandstone, medium hardness 14 hrs. with hammer and chisle.
    like at the little prince: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly"
     

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  17. Brazilviking

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    My name is Raul. I'm a human being (that is what I was told). I'm a doctor. Orthopaedic surgeon, post-graduated in Ilizarov's method for bone reconstruction. I'm the chief of the external fixation group of the municipal Barueri hospital and preceptor (teacher) of the federal medical university of Sao Paulo (where I try to make some double left handed students become surgeons). Also work at the Paulo Sacramento Hospital in Jundiai and the General Hospital of Carapicuiba (speak this 5 times fast...).
    I'm a second degree taekwondo black belt, retired this year from competitions.
    I'm on brazilian jiu jitsu, but just for fun.
    I use all the orthopaedic medical disposal to creat stuff, from art to weapons.....
    And I love animals. More than humans, mostly. I have a dog, named Patela. Patela has a pet dog....a god damn Pincher named Jezebel (I'll not admit that I have a Pincher!)
    I'm engaged with Fernanda and we are getting married 12 of july of 2014.
    I have no kids yet.
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  18. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    I have a good friend that is studying applied physics with an emphasis on sound. He wants to be a sound engineer for feature films. It's a fascinating industry.
     
  19. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Hey BV, now its clear!- Iknew you are a smart guy!- But you are wise indeed!
    Like the Glazier equipping all kids with slingshots and sockerballs :) :)

    taekwondo black belt, brazilian jiu jitsu, but just for fun...

    And the one to fix the bones!- Nice business plan!
    (-jokin mode off- I dont think you´re hurting people, to make that clear!)

    Greetings to that crazy double right-handed Doktor,

    Be
     
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  20. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    Etrain, my specialty is with the grill/bbq/smoker, pork ribs are my pleasure! I make my own rubs and sauces with whatever is in season. I believe the cornerstones of redneck bliss are pork and brown sugar. I bake a bit but thats mainly my wifes thing, best cinnamon rolls ever. I do a bit of everything from bisquits and gravy at breakfast to whatever my wife saw on tv the other day(big anthony bordais(?) fan)...what's this? the mailman just got here.... PM incoming.