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colt45
01-11-2004, 10:33 PM
What do you do for a living?

Me....

By Day... Technology Coordinator at a private school here on Long Island, NY... also coach Football and Golf...

By Night/Weekends(Sundays)... Direct the Adult Choir at my church... It pays worth a crap but my degree is in Music Education... with minor in Comp. Sci.

so? what do you do?

rbinms33
01-11-2004, 11:24 PM
By day.....Systems Training Advisor/Coordinator with FedEx for the past 3 yrs. This was a career change after being an aircraft mech for the 12 years before that.

parrothead
01-11-2004, 11:32 PM
I am one third owner of a contracting company. We specialize in engineering work for cable companies. My customers are Charter, Time Warner, Cable One, Comcast, etc. We help in the final stages of a rebiuld by fine tuning everything, finding bad cables, bad workmanship etc, and activating the return path for 2 way communications (high speed internet for now and soon to be telephony). Been in the industry pretty much since college (Electronic Engineering). We work all over the country, which is why I travel all the time. Currently, St. Louis, Memphis, Somewhere in Idaho, and a new job starting up in Fargo next week.

That pretty much covers it.

P.S. Don't tell my mom, she still thinks that I play piano at a whorehouse.

chad
01-12-2004, 08:00 AM
IT peon for the state of Florida by day. Did 4 years with TX Attorney General in the IT area, too.

Retired Air Force MSgt is 1993 -- just meant I had to get a job at 41 :D Did intel work for 20!

Did a two year stint as a manager for Luby's Cafeterias.

Caterer up at the church - no pay but I get to try out lots of recipes.

ckkphoto
01-12-2004, 01:40 PM
College Student at 37 years old. Will finish a Biology Undergrad in november. Better career options than my 15 year career as a catalog photographer. Shot for product Marshall Fields, JCPenney, KB toys, Amway, Trane Air Condtioning etc. etc. etc. Loved being a photographer, but don't miss it.

OpusX
01-12-2004, 02:05 PM
Civilian IT guy for an Air Force finance squadron. 2001 AF retiree. Working on an MPA for a career change.

brdbbq
01-12-2004, 02:20 PM
In case you have not guessed I'm a Profeesiaonal **** stirring stick. Part time job is a engineering Technician in DLP products a division of Texas Instruments. HDTV portable Projectors etc.....

chad
01-12-2004, 02:57 PM
Civilian IT guy for an Air Force finance squadron. 2001 AF retiree. Working on an MPA for a career change.


Hey Opus;
You at Mountain Home??

I only visited there a few times back in 1989 getting ready for an elint exercise using the Navy ships during Pacex-89 -- I had two airmen with me from Mountain Home. They dept the emitter working and I took care of the elint intel and reporting.

Never got to play tourist out that way.

OpusX
01-12-2004, 04:08 PM
Hey Opus;
You at Mountain Home??

I only visited there a few times back in 1989 getting ready for an elint exercise using the Navy ships during Pacex-89 -- I had two airmen with me from Mountain Home. They dept the emitter working and I took care of the elint intel and reporting.

Never got to play tourist out that way.[/quote]

Yep, Mountain Home. I was active duty here and tending bar down time part time when you visited. The Navy pilots were great tippers compared to teh tightass AF pilots. Joined the AF from Cenreral Florida. Big Bucs fan. I was stationed in Tampa for 2 years at CENTCOM, went to every home game. It's also where I found the great Opus X cigars.

Saiko
01-12-2004, 04:15 PM
Clinical Application Specialist for ******, which manufactures Anesthesia Machines, Anesthesia Monitors and Information Management Systems. Basically I fly around and make sure docs don't kill anybody when they are trying our equipment during clincal evaluations, then I train the staff if they buy it.

edit: decided to remove company name, probably wasn't a good idea.

MikeG
01-12-2004, 04:16 PM
Controller Bush Hog LLC. Been here 30 years as of this past 3 July.
We make Rotary Cutters, Loaders, Tillers, Hay Mowers, ZT mowers, rear blades, landscape tools etc. Great company with great people..That's my job and I'm sticking too it. :D

Solidkick
01-12-2004, 04:52 PM
31 years retail, but none of it in sales. 29 of which were back room, processing and 2 years pricing and signing. I supervise 6 people.
I also maintain all the PCs in the store. I've been looking at making a career change, but with no college degree and all my experience at one place of business, I have a nice stack of rejection letters. Saving them for chimney starters this summer.

I'd really like to get more involved in the PC industry, but don't know really where to start, and am scared to death of going back to school.

I forgot to mention in my original post that I was a semi professional musican for 34 years. I'm a drummer (hence Solidkick) and now only play at church when I'm not at my regular job. To be quite honest, to be almost 50, I can still get around a set pretty darn good. I did the road and touring thing in my younger years and weekend shows up until 2002.

2Fat
01-12-2004, 05:39 PM
Graduated college about '70 or so but then life took a little turn---spent about 8yrs or so kinda drifting the west on motorcycle--working when I had too--enjoying life to the max--could call it pre job retirement or something I guess

While traveling through Wisc met present wife and decided it wasd time to settle down. Started working(yea working) in a steel foundry--been there 25+yrs(married the same)--life ain't bad. But probably the only one in college class that rents his work clothes--needs grease buster on hands and isn't earning his age!! Of course retirement savings ain't much--planned date is when youngest daughter finishes college which she starts next year. But retirement does depend on wife keeping her job in a paper mill that is continually downsizing.

Now that is a whole bunch more than anyone really wanted to know I bet :)

see yas
Buzz

chad
01-12-2004, 06:51 PM
Now that is a whole bunch more than anyone really wanted to know I bet


Nope, I appreciate the insight -- from everyone's posts. Sounds like all of us are working stiffs of one type or another -- trying to make ends meet, raise families, and have enough time, energy, and $$$ to cook some 'que.

Cuelio
01-12-2004, 08:08 PM
Went to college and law school straight through (87-94). Started practicing law in '94 in the Public Defender's office. Represented anything from speeding tickets to murder and rape. Clients ranged from kids in child protection cases to the head of the "National Socialist Movement" - better known as the American Nazi Party - I'm so proud! Four and a half years later started practicing at a firm in downtown Minneapolis, doing mostly corporate insurance defense - the other side of the personal injury plaintiff coin. I would have gone against the guy who sued the cable company cause his wife's too fat . . . and that kind of thing.

Now I work at our state university, mostly representing students on immigration and nationality law (our intenational scholars). I also teach part time at a local law school and still do some criminal defense for fun.
I'm also an astronomy geek and have two telescopes that I take out whenever I can.

My dream, though . . . to Q' my way into the hearts and minds of all who know me. :wink:
Cue'lio

parrothead
01-12-2004, 08:38 PM
My dream, though . . . to Q' my way into the hearts and minds of all who know me.

I think that is a thought we all share.

Bill-Chicago
01-12-2004, 08:44 PM
by day, MBA finance type for a large Chicago Industrialists Family.

by night, a drunken zoo keeper with 2 rotten bratty ass kids.

by weekend, farking crazy

24/7, a pain in all your asses.

BBQchef33
01-12-2004, 09:00 PM
Started as computer programmer in 1979 at Grumman Aerospace. Worked on F14 weapons systems, A6E Electronic Warfare(jammers) systems and space shuttle ground communitcations. A load of both scientific or business programming stints in between then and now. 25 years later, here I is, a Stategic Planner for Northrop-Grumman IT. Oversee different aspects of PC network operations for about 24,000 workstations, asset managment and technology refreshes. But the most important job.....

Webmaster of the Brethren!!

Bigdog
01-12-2004, 09:33 PM
I am doing my second tour of duty as a teacher. Worked for 12 years in an elementary school. I taught 6 subjects, my own PE, coached all sports for 7-8 grades, ran the computer lab and worked my ass off. Took 8 years off and owned my own clothing store. Worked too many weekends so I went back to teaching, but this time in a middle school witn no extra duty. Now I have time to smoke on the weekends.

brdbbq
01-13-2004, 07:26 AM
Started as computer programmer in 1979 at Grumman Aerospace. Worked on F14 weapons systems, A6E Electronic Warfare(jammers) systems and space shuttle ground communitcations. A load of both scientific or business programming stints in between then and now. 25 years later, here I is, a Stategic Planner for Northrop-Grumman IT. Oversee different aspects of PC network operations for about 24,000 workstations, asset managment and technology refreshes. But the most important job.....

Webmaster of the Brethren!!

Was in Defense 15 years myself, mostly supporting FLIR work. If anyone goes to buy a HDTV talk to me first. We have a lot of opinions arond here which transfers to ........

stlmike
01-13-2004, 07:57 AM
Was in Defense 15 years myself, mostly supporting FLIR work. If anyone goes to buy a HDTV talk to me first. We have a lot of opinions arond here which transfers to ........


That wouldn't have anything to do with foward looking radar on F4s would it?
StL Mike

Bill-Chicago
01-13-2004, 07:59 AM
Like peanuts burned into the plasma

brdbbq
01-13-2004, 08:15 AM
Was in Defense 15 years myself, mostly supporting FLIR work. If anyone goes to buy a HDTV talk to me first. We have a lot of opinions arond here which transfers to ........


That wouldn't have anything to do with foward looking radar on F4s would it?
StL Mike

Not sure about the F4, but probably in one way or the other.

brdbbq
01-13-2004, 08:17 AM
Like peanuts burned into the plasma

Plasma TV's are a joke, the power supply is big as a car, and the display burns out quick. You won't see that in the Best Buy ad. But it's your $10K not mine.

Mark
01-13-2004, 11:58 AM
I'm considering an LCD projector for my home theater rather than plasma. Most of them little bulbs are too damn expensive though. Still wqauiting for the prices to drop as forecast.

Oh yeah; what my job is. Lately, I am mainly a policy analyst specializing in energy efficiency. Way over educated; maybe like Richie's worst nightmare. Blame it on the GI Bill and the fact that I had too much fun while collecting degrees in Northern California.

Attached is a picture that explains my theory of economic relativity; big dogs eat first.

Mark
01-13-2004, 12:20 PM
Also attached is a laymens summary

midnight
01-13-2004, 12:42 PM
Wow!!! I feel kind of like the stupid guy around here! I dropped out of college to chase women, caught one....and have been paying for it for the last 12 years :wink: I spent 8 years on the road as a sales rep for a plumbing, heating, and well supply wholesaler. Covered South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Got tired of not ever seeing my wife and kids, so took a pay cut with a new job as a floorcovering salesman. Now I make less money but spend more time at home with the bandera.......I mean the wife and kids :lol: And I have more time to cook and enjoy the outdoors. Also working on becoming a full time caterer specializing in BBQ.

stlmike
01-13-2004, 12:47 PM
Midnight,
What is the name of the small town in South Dakota you are from? I used to do a lot of hunting in a small town in the Eastern half of South Dakota calledd Howard. It's not far from Sioux Falls.
StL Mike

Bigdog
01-13-2004, 01:28 PM
I'm considering an LCD projector for my home theater rather than plasma. Most of them little bulbs are too damn expensive though. Still wqauiting for the prices to drop as forecast.

Oh yeah; what my job is. Lately, I am mainly a policy analyst specializing in energy efficiency. Way over educated; maybe like Richie's worst nightmare. Blame it on the GI Bill and the fact that I had too much fun while collecting degrees in Northern California.

Attached is a picture that explains my theory of economic relativity; big dogs eat first.

The Bigdog agrees! 8)

BigAl
01-13-2004, 02:13 PM
Was in Defense 15 years myself, mostly supporting FLIR work. If anyone goes to buy a HDTV talk to me first. We have a lot of opinions arond here which transfers to ........


That wouldn't have anything to do with foward looking radar on F4s would it?
StL Mike

Not sure about the F4, but probably in one way or the other.

I started my first job at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis and was at site operator where we dropped F4's on the floor to test landing gear and later was involved in a Top Secret Program in California. Built and raced a 54 Studebaker drag racing car on week ends.

Left there ( 6years later) to do a computer startup company in St. Louis. 6 years later left there to work for GE. 10 years later, left GE to do a start up Sales office for a Telecom/Data distributor. Won A sales contest and won a Rolex. Left there and went to MasterCard Int, Director of Global Network Engineering....that is why your cerdit card works. Left there after 10 years.

Was asked to come to Denver to be Director of Network Engineering for Galileo, global air line reservations systems. Had USA Network upgrade done and about to start rest of word when Galileo was bought out by Cendant. They laid all Directors, VPs, Chairman/CEO off and wrote off and removed $50 mill of CISCOs latest MPLS equipment.

Now I build charcoal baskets for the Bretheren and look for a real Job again. My life in a nut shell! :roll:

midnight
01-14-2004, 11:45 AM
stlmike,
Town I live in is Leola,SD (population under 500) about 45 miles NE of Aberdeen, SD and just 17 miles south of the North Dakota border. If your a duck hunter you might know the area as the start of the Praire Pothole region that extends way up into Canada.

brdbbq
01-14-2004, 11:53 AM
Sounds cold.

stlmike
01-14-2004, 03:36 PM
Yea,
I have a general idea of the area. When I hunted up there, I didn't get too far North. The area I hunted was and probably still is, the best pheasant hunting in the Midwest. That was a long time ago for me.
StL Mike

badger
01-14-2004, 03:40 PM
I dropped out of high school around the 11th grade. Moved up to Northern California to live with my brother and learn the automotive field. Had alot of different automotive jobs, IE: tire buster, parts man, and assist manager of the Newark Grand Auto. Then I got into the wharehousing field (forklift driver), never had any experience driving one but I scored 100% on a fork lift operator test at a head hunting place, which landed me a job at the Toyota plant in Fremont. I had way too much time on my hands (only had about 2 hours of work for a 8 hour day) so I started teaching myself computers by reading books and farking around with them all day. Quit my job at Toyota to do contract work for a small computer company, and worked for other small computer companies as a contractor. Then I landed my first corporate IT job at Adecco in Redwood City working desktop support and then managing the desktop support team. Then I moved into the server (NT, HPUX) team. Now I am a Unix systems administator for Oracle in Redwood City. I have been in the IT field for about 9 years now. My wife does not work, she takes care of our kids (two boxers), she is a stay at home dog mom. :)

Ohh yeah, I did get my GED a year after I moved up to Northen Cali.

slat
01-14-2004, 05:51 PM
I got a GED at 16 and worked many different jobs till about 21 then I went to college for a couple of years. I then worked in power transmission field for a bit then to my present job making eyeglasses. Been doing that for almost 11 years and worked my way up to lab manager. I've been married for almost 7 years and have 2 kids, one boy, 8 and a girl 4 and a half.

fivelombardis
01-14-2004, 07:10 PM
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 1990 and started working in Law Enforcement almost right away. I am currently a State Police Officer that regulates all aspects of the
alcoholic beverage industry in Texas. I currently hold the rank of Sergeant... BUT, I'm number two on the list for Lieutenant. So hopefully, before too long, I'll be off night shifts and working a straight 8-5 M-F...finally a normal life...i think! MORE TIME FOR Q!

buckarmadillo
01-14-2004, 10:25 PM
I am a mailman. I did two years of college on a full ride pre-med scholorship but got bored. I joined the Navy and did submarine duty as an Electronics Tech. Then I became a mailman. That is what I do. Actually, that is what I did do until last year when I became a Delivery Supervisor. Now I want to be a mailman again.....because that's what I was born to do.

BBQchef33
01-15-2004, 01:18 AM
I joined the Navy and did submarine duty as an Electronics Tech. Then I became a mailman.


So this is where you got the mask and snorkle urge??

http://tinyurl.com/yr6zk

brdbbq
01-15-2004, 07:10 AM
Explain this Tiny URL stuff that is popping up lately ?



When you gotta post one of them reallly long URL's that dont fit on one line, go to www.tinyurl.com. Paste the long URL into the box and it inserts a tiny URL onto your clipboard. Then yua just gotta paste the tiny one in your post. those are the ones you've been seeing.

brdbbq
01-15-2004, 07:11 AM
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 1990 and started working in Law Enforcement almost right away. I am currently a State Police Officer that regulates all aspects of the
alcoholic beverage industry in Texas. I currently hold the rank of Sergeant... BUT, I'm number two on the list for Lieutenant. So hopefully, before too long, I'll be off night shifts and working a straight 8-5 M-F...finally a normal life...i think! MORE TIME FOR Q!

We couold have used some regulation at B2. But don't worry I did Texas proud. Traileeeerrrrrr

tommykendall
01-17-2004, 03:32 PM
Great idea for thread although I'm not typically a shop talk kind of guy. Director of Contracts and Financial Operations for a $85+ billion student loan portfolio.

brdbbq
01-22-2004, 08:14 AM
Explain this Tiny URL stuff that is popping up lately ?



When you gotta post one of them reallly long URL's that dont fit on one line, go to www.tinyurl.com. Paste the long URL into the box and it inserts a tiny URL onto your clipboard. Then yua just gotta paste the tiny one in your post. those are the ones you've been seeing.

Not sure who edited my message but thanks. Looks useful. I'm a URL kind of guy.

redfishrandy
02-10-2004, 09:20 AM
I'm a union pipefitter from Florida U.A local 123 Tampa
Enjoy fishing alot and bowling....does anyone do this anymore?
Have a wife and a 16yr. old daughter(oh woe is me) taking her this afternoon for the dreaded driving on her own test......insurance skyrocketing.....she will work to pay for insurance.
Also enjoy to hear the resounding pleasure my friends and family get when they eat the bounty off the bandera.

Redfish Randy

parrothead
02-10-2004, 09:31 AM
Also enjoy to hear the resounding pleasure my friends and family get when they eat the bounty off the bandera.

Just wait til you get those pillow fights in honor of your food.

jt
02-10-2004, 10:02 AM
15 years in Radio/TV/Video before I decided to make a decent living. Now I'm a Systems Support Analyst (read - I fix things, show them where to plug in the PC, how to use the mouse, etc).

I also got tired of trying to find good Q so decided to try it myself. My first attempt disappeared in about 5 minutes at a family party. Guess they liked it...

Been married to a great, understanding (she needs to be!) woman for 18 years and we've got a rowdy (where'd that come from?) son that's almost 2. The wife is learning to like Q - the boy loved it from the start!

nthole
02-10-2004, 10:50 AM
I'm too young to have a storied career!

Triple major from Indiana University, School of Business, started at PriceWaterhouseCoopers out of school. Taught new hires programming basics for a year, then did data warehousing for 2 years in the auto industry. Spent past three years at Pharmacia (now Pfizer) doing PeopleSoft and Oracle for their HR/Stock Options/Recruiting systems (for those who don't know what Pfizer is...we make dick drugs, along with many other actual medications).

But I'm really just waiting for the phone to ring from either the NHL or the PGA. I'm not picky, I'll go with either.

chad
02-10-2004, 10:53 AM
You and Happy Gilmore :D

nthole
02-10-2004, 10:57 AM
He's my idol...

except I can skate! :lol:

Bill-Chicago
02-10-2004, 11:31 AM
Neil goes both ways

Mark
02-10-2004, 12:32 PM
15 years in Radio/TV/Video before I decided to make a decent living. Now I'm a Systems Support Analyst (read - I fix things, show them where to plug in the PC, how to use the mouse, etc).

I also got tired of trying to find good Q so decided to try it myself. My first attempt disappeared in about 5 minutes at a family party. Guess they liked it...

Been married to a great, understanding (she needs to be!) woman for 18 years and we've got a rowdy (where'd that come from?) son that's almost 2. The wife is learning to like Q - the boy loved it from the start!

Welcome JT. Howsabout filling in some more profile information.

Thanks

Mark

stlmike
02-11-2004, 09:04 AM
Enjoy fishing alot and bowling....does anyone do this anymore?

Yea Redfish, I still bowl. I have been bowling so long on Wednesday night that I don't even think about putting the bowling bag in the truck anymore. I just take it out when I get to the lanes.
StL mike

shock
02-16-2004, 03:34 PM
But the most important job.....

Webmaster of the Brethren!!


YEAHHHHH! Woo Hoo!!

shock
02-16-2004, 03:56 PM
I joined the Army at 17. Was on the Bomb Squad (EOD) for 4 years. Got out and discovered college!!! WOO HOO!!! I spent the next 8 years in school for an associates degree from a tech school and a bachelors in geological engineering from UM-Rolla. Worked as an explosives engineer right out of college. I made more money playing with computers so I jumped ship.

I currently own a small portion of a small company that sells custom e-commerce software for insurance companies (pretty boring).

I'm waiting for Anheuser-Busch to call me. I said I'd work for beer.... They probably didn't appreciate my resume on the back of a Bud label....

Mark
02-16-2004, 04:46 PM
I'm waiting for Anheuser-Busch to call me. I said I'd work for beer.... They probably didn't appreciate my resume on the back of a Bud label....


Yeah, maybe so; but that's cool around here.

BTW: I was a deep sea diving officer with the Corps of Engineers,
Trained some with EOD folks (or were they seals that went to EOD shcool?). Got tired of the BS and resigned my commission.

kcquer
02-24-2004, 08:11 AM
38 days after graduating HS entered the Air Force as an aircraft comm. tech. Spent a year in Indiana, 3 in Alaska, TDY time in Panama, Hawaii and NoCal. Did 4 yrs active duty and 4 reserve as a armament systems tech. (A-10 gatlin gun mechanic). After active duty framed houses for a couple years got tired of not getting paid whenever the weather interfered ended up in a cabinet shop. Worked for lousy bosses for 10 yrs before jumping out on my own. "Anything Wood" has been up and running for 5 yrs in Sep. Aint goin' broke, aint gettin rich and aint building particle board junk anymore. I dont do spec houses just remodel and custom builds. I'm one of the % that does 90%+ of the cooking at our house so most of my waking hours are some how related to kitchens. Prefer building furniture but kitchens keep the bills paid.

shock
03-18-2004, 02:08 PM
BTW: I was a deep sea diving officer with the Corps of Engineers,
Trained some with EOD folks (or were they seals that went to EOD shcool?). Got tired of the BS and resigned my commission.

No that's ****ing cool!! EOD was awesome. I got paid to blow **** up for a living. Man I miss those days. I 'll have to find some pictures and get them posted!

Heath
03-18-2004, 07:00 PM
Try scuba diving under the polar ice cap. Been there, done that. Once in a lifetime experience thanks to Uncle Sam.

Bigdog
03-19-2004, 11:48 AM
kc,
I'm planning on building a wood outdoor storage cabinet/cooking prep. table. Any ideas?

kcquer
03-19-2004, 01:50 PM
Big dog, be glad to help you out, PM or E-mail me and we'll hook up in the chat room or by phone. Don't know how far west you are but I can hook you up at my cost on materials as far west as Salina or so if that will help.

Solidkick
03-19-2004, 01:58 PM
Brothers helping Brothers.......ain't life grand?

parrothead
03-19-2004, 02:07 PM
Group Hug

Bill-Chicago
03-19-2004, 02:43 PM
Big dog, be glad to help you out, PM or E-mail me and we'll hook up in the chat room or by phone. Don't know how far west you are but I can hook you up at my cost on materials as far west as Salina or so if that will help.

You two get a room.

And Selena was a hottie.