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Old 12-26-2014, 08:30 AM   #41
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Trailer: Scamp 13
Madison, Wisconsin
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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.

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Old 12-26-2014, 10:46 PM   #42
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Trailer: 1998 Casita 17 SD
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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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Old 12-26-2014, 10:53 PM   #43
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Trailer: Bigfoot 25 ft RQ
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I am an adventurer. It doesn't pay much but it can be pretty exciting.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:16 AM   #44
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Trailer: 2009 Trillium 1300 "Homelet"/2014 Subaru Outback "Rosie"
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Smile Dear Adventurer:

Where do you adventure?

My wife's boss is a world traveler.

Have you heard of Moutain Travel Sobek?
A charter member of the Buffalo Plaid Brigade!

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:29 PM   #45
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Trailer: Escape
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I designed scientific instruments (spectrometers) for biochemists, mostly DNA analyzers. Biochemists want to know what DNA is in the bottle and how concentrated it is. The easiest way to find out is to dye the target DNA with a fluorescent dye and measure the fluorescence. They hire physicists like me to get the optics to work. For the last 12 years I was an independent consultant, doing computer simulations in my home office. I retired in October and want to experience the world directly rather than simulating it.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:56 AM   #46
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Trailer: Play Pac
New York
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Originally Posted by Jon Vermilye View Post
Nope. I haven't done much with home systems, if fact, I'm ashamed with my own home system. You know, the cobbler's kids don't have shoes.

Now if your home theatre seats 500...

I'm going through my old posts and found this. I never saw it and I REALLY want to share my theater:
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:34 AM   #47
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Trailer: Airstream Sold, Nest Fan
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So many impressive careers!

Trained in law enforcement
Trained as an auto mechanic
30 year career as a tech at Big Blue.
Freedom 50.......busiest career of all.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:35 AM   #48
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Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
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Seven Eleven Clerk
Power Line-man
Electrical Cartographer
MRP Data Tech and Drafts-man
Controls Tech.
Compressor Field Service Tech.
Inside Sales - Instrumentation.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:10 AM   #49
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Trailer: 2015 Escape 19 "Past Tents" 2018 F150 Lariat 2.7L EB SuperCrew
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Unusual Occupations

Air traffic controller (10 years)
Car salesman (1 year)
Paint company - colorist and formulator (4 years)
Hotel security director (4 years)
Police officer - small town ( 1 year)
Police officer - university ( 1 year)
Police officer - large town (5 years)
Network engineer - defense (6 years)
Network engineer - corporate ( 6 years)
IT Security Consultant / professional services engineer (current - last 3 years)

Don't know if any of them are "unusual".

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Old 09-01-2015, 11:14 AM   #50
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Me: pro tennis player and instructor; ad agency creative director, events director, hypnotherapist.
My wife, with a degree in journalism and a second in nutrition: interstate truck driver; fishing boat captain in Alaska; magazine editor; ad agency account supervisor.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:56 AM   #51
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Trailer: 2003 Casita 16' SD
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Here's an oldie thread (2005 through 2014). Some unusual jobs in it.

Without adult supervision...
Quando omni flunkus, moritati.
I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:11 PM   #52
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Trailer: Outback (by Trillium) 2004
New Brunswick
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Meant to do this a while ago..actually had thought--mistakenly--that I already had.

I've attempted to post some photos from my first 2 trips to Nunavut to work. Had a fantastic time and will leave again soon for another 8 week assignment.

The photos are in an album in my profile-thingy.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:30 PM   #53
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Trailer: 28' Bigfoot Silver Cloud
Woodstock, IL
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For us (Kevin A and CindyL), we've been in education our whole working lives. I taught elementary school and coached high school sports for 11 years. Then, I was an Iowa regional consultant, a district curriculum director, a college assistant professor, an assistant superintendent, and now a district superintendent of schools just outside Chicago. Cindy has been a secondary teacher, special education consultant, and college associate professor in special education and technology for instruction. This is year 40 for us and retirement is still about 5 years away. We camp when we can!
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:50 PM   #54
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Name: Wendy Lee
Trailer: Scamp 13' Standard
New York
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Hi Kevin and Cindy,

I'm a teacher also! I've been teaching both fifth and fourth grade for 15 years. Prior to thIs, I was a board certified lactation consultant, bank teller, veterinary nurse, passenger service agent for British Airways in London and full time US Army soldier.

Not to mention my best and most fulfilling career: proud momma of two grown kiddos. A daughter who's 23 in college and a son who is 20 and presently at Sheppard AFB in Texas proudly serving our US Air Force!

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