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Old 11-21-2014, 07:54 PM   #15
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I manufacture skis and snowboards. I'd guess that there's fewer than 200 of us doing this in the US (individuals not businesses). Not many jobs where you cram; steel, aluminium, wood, fiberglass, carbon fiber, rubber, UHMU and polyurethane into one item with no moving parts.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:10 PM   #16
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I'm a Certified Child Life Specialist......any others???
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:12 PM   #17
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Previous work experience included sales of Harvestore silos, running a business that provided parts and service for silo unloaders, and route sales for Jewel Tea Co.
Small world we live in - Jewel paid for my first semester of college as I was on the "management path" having worked for them through high school. Also lived in Janesville, Wisconsin - where Harvestore silos were made!
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:18 PM   #18
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I make toothpicks.----out of titanium.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:20 PM   #19
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I make toothpicks.----out of titanium.
Don't know how one could possibly turn titanium on a lathe that small. Not going to believe this one.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:09 PM   #20
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I had based my early life and career around an interest in nature and animals.
I had an Aquarium design and maintenance business for several years. Anything from a small tank in a dentist waiting room to 500 gallon reef set up in a bar.
That led me to working in a public Aquarium for a little over a decade. Designing and maintaining their freshwater displays. Transferring around at the Aquarium I had the pleasure of working with most of the fauna at one point or another. I attended an animal training school in Florida and returned to utilize those skills at the Aquarium for the last four years.
I've since moved on. It was a great life experience but a small future career. I still keep in touch with that aspect of my life by volunteering with the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, bird watching, training my dog and of course.. camping!


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Old 11-22-2014, 12:14 AM   #21
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I was a heavy equipment parts trouble shooter, a PartsManager, A Purchasing Agent, Sold Matco and SK Tools to mechanics, owned a dog wash and dog food store, retired play with trailers, sell parts for Molded Fiberglass Trailers.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:40 AM   #22
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Cool What interest!

I see I didn't give enough detail on my career.
Attended Marquette University studying Electronic Engineering.
Couldn't compete - they marked on a curve - but I did meet my wife there.
Looked for a machinist apprenticeship. At Chain Belt, the personnel guy said that they usually hired 17/18 yo's right out of high school. I was 21 and washed up!
Finally did get an apprenticeship at Artos Engineering who made wire stripping machinery, downspout and gutter machinery, and machines that make shoelaces!
After finishing my apprenticeship, I looked for a job on the drafting board. I applied at Waukesha Motors (Waukesha Engine) who builds industrial engines the size of cars and brags about how many horsepower they made in a year. I obtained a job on the design board at a company that made more horsepower than Waukesha Motors, Briggs and Stratton, designing engine parts.
Then I took a job at RTE Corp designing small power pole and pad type transformers up to medium power transformers where I regressed back into the shop for $1 an hour more.
Then took a job with The Boeing Company in the 757 division, starting out on an engine lathe and ending up in tool design and finally, liaison when I was laid off and took retirement.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:20 AM   #23
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Lactation Consultant

Before becoming a NYS certified public school teacher, I was a board certified lactation consultant. I conceptualized, directed and ran a nursing mother's support group at a local hospital, provided consultations to new mothers, at home visits and also sold breastfeeding supplies such as pumps and other needs for the baby and mother. In addition, I offered classes to pregnant mothers and families on breastfeeding.

I was in the army in my 20's, and then worked as a veterinary nurse and passenger service agent for British Airways while living in England. Then I returned to the US, and worked as a bank teller. That was boring, so I had my own kids..then life became really hectic! Then started the lactation work...
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:59 AM   #24
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37 years as a registered nurse. Will officially retire Dec. 11th from my present employer....but not from nursing. Am heading out on a new adventure the next week, going to work in Nunavut.
Have always wanted to experience the northern lights in a northern locale....
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:19 AM   #25
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Way to go Theresa! We know that you won't be trailering, but how about a few words now and then about life in the True North?

Wishing you happy adventures --

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Old 11-22-2014, 09:41 AM   #26
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Don't know how one could possibly turn titanium on a lathe that small. Not going to believe this one.
How about chucked in a Dremel and using wet sandpaper in varying grits.
If you try this make sure to wear a mask, it is not good to breathe titanium dust.

You can also use 1/8" 7018 welding rod.
I don't recommend trying this stuff unless you have a working knowledge of metal.
I'm a certified welder.
Some metals are dangerous to work with.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:45 AM   #27
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I've had several full time jobs in my work history that ended with my retirement (YAY!) this year.
First was as a topographic surveyor right out of high school, then 24 years as an Air Traffic Controller in the USAF.
After that I drove city buses for the city of San Antonio, TX, worked as a mail carrier for the US post office, and was an insurance claims specialist at USAA insurance.
Ended up with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developing instrument approach and departure procedures for pilots to use in bad weather.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:50 AM   #28
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Rodger - great thread idea - fun to read. Folks with some real interesting work history!

Theresa - Please post photos of your next journey. Would love to see them. Very cool.
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