I was a shop foreman a busy Chrysler Dealership, left after about 8 years, now I hold the wonderful Shop Foreman job at a crazy busy Rv Dealership, playing with the things I love, and finding out all the things I dislike about the things I love, how weird is that.... Hobby and Job related, how lucky am I....
This is a very interesting thread -- one I hadn't seen before. Haven't been online for most of the winter months, but have already planned some trips for the good weather ahead.
I'm a physician assistant. I work in neurology and treat children and adults with headache. I also teach at the medical school in Portland Oregon.
Other than my obsession with things fiberglass, my favorite pastimes involve volunteer work with golden retriever rescue in Oregon & Washington. Our organization has adopted out 1600 homeless dogs since its inception.
I don't find much in the way of work photos, so I've attached one of one of our own rescue dogs named Homer, shot at Timothy Lake near Mt. Hood, Oregon on a trip in 2006. If you've met us at a rally, you've met Homer and our other rescue, who is Roger.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your point of view, my boss took a pic of me at our big yearly trade show today that did not turn out (Even in digital, this happens!) so here is part of what I do, without me clogging up the works.
Every year I help with set up of our "booth" and do installations of equipment and trouble shoot others stuff that didn't quite turn out right.
This is a small and quiet rig I had to hang off trusses to wire up. I would have lifted all that stuff up there myself, but I didn't want to embarrass the guys. (Yeah.. only thinking of them and their needs... )
After it was finished, I had to test it while on a ladder The "User" has a guy that can figure out how to reach the knobs himself.
Yes, they all are fully functional and used simultaneously.
I have been an electronics technician for over 25 years. Have worked for E.F. Johnson, a small Motorola radio shop and now work for Uncle Sam. Get to work on computer LAN/WAN equipment, fiber optics, access control, security systems and the best part of the job - working on radio equipment at remote mountain top sites.
Can't wait to retire so I'll have more time to go rock collecting
geocaching, ham radio, camping in our Casita, astronomy, etc. etc. etc.
Trailer: Bigfoot (25B21FB) / 2002 Ford F-150 5.4L V8
* drive-in restaraunt pizza boy (like girls on roller skates, but we were guys in little white jackets)
* miniature golf attendent
* steam iron operator in a garment factory (pressed a single seam on lapels of men's blazers all day long - after that job, time spent at every other job just seemed to whizz by)
* waiter (at several points in time)
* engineer for DoD
* attorney (patents, copyrights, trademarks)
Don't have any action shots of me lawyering away, but these come close ...
Love seeing how many of you are happy with what you do!
Ian and I were happy for 25 years (me, with time off for kids) and 30 years (him) working in the newsrooms of Canadian papers in Toronto, Neepawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Victoria, first in sports departments, then in news. First on typewriters, then on computers! And yes, we moved a lot. But then it got old, so it was time to start something new. We took a sabbatical year, spent a lot of time thinking about our lives, and never went back. We fled to our Gulf Island three years ago and started a property management business, taking care of places for absentee owners and doing odd job kind of stuff. Not answering to any bosses except each other anymore, and loving it. Figured out the only way we get a holiday is to get off our little island so bought the Burro. And then started meeting you guys.
My first job at age 17 was bus boy in a restaurant in Disney's Florida Magic Kingdom. That was summer of '87.
Since then I've worked all manner of jobs, including long stints at Whole Foods Market in every role imaginable,
and shorter periods selling auto parts, doing accounting, etc, etc.
I have finally launched my own business, Firewood Creative Ltd. I am designing and producing laser-cut
architecture for model railroads. This is a business that combines my interests in railways, architecture, computers,
and travel. I can do a lot of my work from the Casita, on solar power, and can administrate the website from anywhere.
is my brand new website. I have just nailed down my first product, and plan to offer many more.
Sorry if this post sounds like an advertisement, but I'm excited to finally go from the planning phase to "Open for Business"!
I'm a jill of all trades...many years in and out of resaurants,lot boy for high end cars, hardware and tool manager, accounts recievable, nut and bolt sales rep (favorite job), ran my own window screen repair buisness (sold it), bartender, (now private bartender only), currently waitress again as it's flexable...mother, wife, house slave..love to fix things, face painter, cat rescuer..foster cat mom...fisher gal..
In the late '50's, I was an IBM tabulator operator. Our 2 computers were each about 4' x 3' x 6' tall. They had their own air conditioners. Anyone remember the old IBM cards which had to be ironed flat if they were bent? We had 13 key-punch machines in their own sound proof room. After that, I worked for a large drugstore chain and retired after nearly 20 years in store management to move to the mountains of Southern California. Started my own business servicing heating, cooling equipment and sweeping chimneys for 25 years. Retired 3 years ago to finally remodel our 800 square foot cabin. It is now nearly double in size & includes a studio where my wife can indulge in her hobby of making teddy bears and other stuffed animals. Ann is also retired from working at Guide Dogs of the Desert and one of the largest Christian camps in the country. I'm still working on the house. I have to make a certain amount of progress before we can go camping, but that gives us time to save up money for gasoline.
To date, we've traveled in 10 states with "Nuestra Casita". We'll possibly add another state this summer on a 3000 mile trip to see the high school graduation of one of our granddaughters.
It is quite interesting to read about the varied lives we've all led.
Thanks for the opportunity to share, Kurt & Ann K.
Trailer: 2006 (25B21RB) 21 ft Bigfoot / Dodge 2500 Diesel
39 years as a scout leader (still going strong but the hills are getting much steeper now ) 33 years as a Past Grand Lodge Officer and I am just joining the Corps to keep me busy so I dont rust away
and a good old leader too ...
18 years as an adult Scout leader here and still going. Scouting highlight - Woodbadge Course Director
I'm a computer software engineer, network security, and communications specialist
I've written (and still write) books, magazine and newspaper articles about computer technology
I'm currently in the middle of a career transition, back in school learning to be an X-Ray Technician and to earn a degree in biology with minors in physics & chemistry. (Though it may wind up being a Physics degree with Biology & Chemistry minors).
i've done mostly factory work & assembly-type jobs...
i've work at two trailer manufacturers, but neither built fgrv's, just utility/boat/snowmobile trailers...
also worked at a leather tannery... that was a dirty, smelly job...
currently unemployed, working for my landlady to cover rent & living expenses... looking for full-time work... & attending tech school since i got my GED...
i also do freelance work in phrenological reverse-engineering... very reasonable rates...
It's good to hear from you again. Kurt & Ann K.
Thank you very much
...I'm sorry, but I don't know very well english, and this restrains me to write
I have made another forum of italian vintage trailers in Italy and this is laborious for me...
but I read always Fiberglass... and we are very nice
I'm a soon-to-be unemployed network support engineer; my last day at work is Friday March 21st. I've been with my present employer since 2004, and have been doing this or somthing very much like it since 1985