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Old 11-22-2014, 09:17 AM   #29
Name: Monica
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Economics professor--really

I retire in May 2015 after 22 years as an economics professor. Somebody had to do it.

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Old 11-22-2014, 09:21 AM   #30
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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 --

D & D

I'm certain there are a number of us that would be willing to serve as support staff. I've only seen the northern lights 'live' once and they were spectacular. Happy trails

Norm and Ginny

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Old 11-23-2014, 05:20 AM   #31
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I went from Program Assistant to the County Executive Director for the USDA to a Program Technician to the same person and now that person is often referred to as a manager. I don't think I do much of what you could call "technical". Or is that "technically speaking, I assist the County Executive Director (manager) in the administration of Federally Subsidized Programs?
Living and working in the Oil Patch but home is still Iowa.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:13 AM   #32
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Thanks for the encouragement! It has been a bucket-list thing for me for many, many years.

I will take as many photos as I can.

Des---only in my dreams will I be trailering! No roads make that impossible.
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Old 11-27-2014, 06:11 AM   #33
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I retired this past July after 24 years as what I like to call "IT Dinosaur Wrangler". I was a rare animal, a Mainframe Programmer, working in COBOL, which I was told 25 years ago in an IT course was a virtually 'dead language'......
I eventually achieved 'guru status' with the old systems, and considered myself a 'digital paleontologist', digging up ancient dead programs and applications and bringing them back to life, when it was found certain critical files hadn't been getting updated in years when those applications were shut down, and necessary budget files were seriously in error. I got pretty good at bringing these long dead Zombie systems back to life. Saved the Department beaucoup dollars, got an occasional whispered 'attaboy' but no real reward.
Finally the top brass, having no idea that the mainframe systems are utterly critical to the budget, payroll and personnel systems of the department, began systematically downsizing us and trying to get rid of the mainframe with NO proper server-based replacement, until now we had four people doing the work that fifteen had done a couple years before. I finally had enough. I bailed. Enjoying retirement now.
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:16 AM   #34
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I love this thread. Always interesting to find out what paths other people took. Mine wasn't that interesting. 20+ years in a wastewater plant as a certified lab tech, operator, and truck driver. Might be ____ to you, but it was my bread and butter! Moved on and hope to semi retire this coming Oct.
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:37 AM   #35
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Senior Building Mechanical Inspector. Mostly 1-2 family SFD's and for a while 10 unit apts ( new construction ). A non work related injury cut my career short at 32 yrs., or I would still be working. Before that construction related sub-contractor, tree trimmer , did the head work for Racing Lab de Mexico which built Formula V put puts ( race cars ),etc . many jobs. We were winning the races, lol. On the horizon somewhere is completing my project and enjoying time ,....etc
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:47 AM   #36
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I raised 2 daughters, and while they went to school so did I (for Architectural Interior Design ). I work at a national mall developer in their Tenant Coordination group. I coordinate with the tenants designers from the time the lease is being negotiated, then review their design and construction drawings, and then follow up with them until they are open.
As for Retirement?? not yet, unfortunately.
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:31 PM   #37
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Hi: All... At the moment I'm a Time Study Technician. If the job is to technical, and I don't have the time, I study it!!!
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:14 PM   #38
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Nearing retirement.
Spent the first 25 years of my "working" life slowly segue-ing from architectural draftsman to technical illustrator to computer graphics specialist to desk-top-publishing.
Back to school at 45, before pursuing collision repair and/or car & truck restoration work.
Now 62, and 4-6 months from joining my wife in retirement. In retirement, I hope to return to making mountain dulcimers--made about 35 of them over a 10-year period quite a while ago, and hope that they'll make for a fun retirement activity and a little miscellaneous income.
But first, a lot of short to medium camping trips with my better half... and probably our yellow lab mutt........
Note: Little blue car will NOT be our tow vehicle.
Gary, in central Iowa
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Old 12-25-2014, 07:51 PM   #39
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Fascinating career Carol, wow. I'm sure you already know about it but if not, I enjoyed a non-fiction book by Max Hardberger Recovering Stolen Ships from around the world called "seized".
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:38 PM   #40
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Started out at 18 with a commercial helicopter pilot licence. Never did get a job at it. Moved out to Edmonton and worked for a local airline as a baggage handler for a year then did an apprenticeship as welder /fitter and worked at it for 12 years building some very big oil rigs. Blew out my back and reschooled as an electronics tech. Got a job as a copier tech and worked on everything from small printers to the largest machines Konica Minolta made. Did that for 25 years until this spring when I had had enough and the stress got to me. In hindsight I stayed about 5 years too long! I am now "retired" buying fixing and selling the odd computer and enjoy life. Life is too short to put up with BS. If you don't like what your doing then do what it takes to get out of there before it chews you up!
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:30 AM   #41
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I began my working career as a 12 year old entrepreneur mowing neighborhood lawns and shoveling snow, though I picked up these skills earlier working for free around our family home. I progressed to paper routes, selling Christmas cards, and a dozen other ventures; none of which led me to found Amazon or Microsoft. Thru all this I had always enjoyed woodworking as a hobby and my parents, thru either design or neglect, gave me full access to the basement workshop at a very young age. Then I was off to colleges and really enjoyed that, taking classes in nine majors and ending with a degree in Forest Science and Design. Several Summer factory jobs paid the tuition thru these years. (You could actually earn your way through college in those days with tuition of $150 per semester at the University of Illinois.) In 1975 on a graduation tent camping trip with my new wife I met Norm Peterson, a woodcarver in Winnipeg. I told him of my hankering for a woodworking shop and he said I should try it now, not wish I had in 30 years. So I did. And 40 years later I'm still at it as a wooden toymaker though my old storefront shop is now virtual and on the internet. Its been a delightful career and while my 101k isn't what it could be nice folks read books to me all day at work. (thanks Books-on-Tape and later Audible.com) Even better is the satisfaction of making something beautiful and lasting for children. And nowadays we have time to travel a few weeks a year in our Scamp. I have been very lucky. I have lived thru some great years in America.

Happy Trails to you, john
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:46 PM   #42
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John, I just checked out you web store. You are a true craftsman. You followed your heart and made it work. That is truly rare these days. Keep up the fine work. Of all of my sons toys, the ones we are hanging on to are the wooden toys. These we will hand down as treasures.

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