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Old 03-21-2009, 09:54 PM   #57
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:06 AM   #58
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From the age of 20, I was an IBEW electrician. In about 1980, construction work went to puke and I went into facilities management for about 4 years. Realizing this was a fast road to a heart attack, I got an electronics degree and went to work for 10 years at a local paper mill working on automation. Taught automation (PLCs) and industrial electricity at the local community college for 7 years. This was an adjunct position at night and during that time I went back to school earning a bachelors degree and then a masters degree.
From there I went to work for a career training center and taught construction electricity to high school kids. This was a real culture shock from my high school days in the 1950s. I did enjoy this and started many a young man on the road to becoming an electrician. Six years of teaching at this level and I was able to retire at the age of 60.
The wife of my youth retired three years later as an RN. She worked as a floor nurse in a hospital for her entire career. We have been blessed tremendously and feel we should give back to the society that has blessed us.
So for the past 5 years, I go into the inter city and teach reading in a program called PALS. It is the "Reading Naturally" program and I do this 2 days a week. Pay is zero but the bennies are great. I am able to see kids reach bench mark and above and turn into successful readers. Almost no greater joy in life than to see kids succeed.

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Old 03-23-2009, 10:19 AM   #59
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I've always found that I enjoyed working more when I worked for myself, hence my longest stint in the corporate world was 2 years with BOAT/US as an Asst. Mgr. of the Savannah, Georgia store, and 2 years with AT&T as a design draftsman (one patent in my name).

On my own I've had a flooring service company and a Harley Davidson aftermarket shop. I spent the better part of 20 years sailing the Bahamas and Caribbean and since 1993 I've made my living as a writer in the nautical guide genre (although I have just signed a contract for my first novel).

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Old 03-24-2009, 09:44 AM   #60
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:06 PM   #61
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  • 21.5 Years in US Navy in enlisted ranks, conventional diesel electric, then nuclear power plant operator in the Submarine Force, Electricians Mate, retired at the rank of E-8.
  • 22 Years as the Financial Manager for Trident, and SSGN Submarine Overhauls at a Naval Shipyard, retired as GS-13.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:30 PM   #62
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:37 PM   #63
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I started out as an Automobile mechanic for about ten years and spend two years Active in the Navy, and then 15 more years in the Naval Reserve (Construction Battalions) as an instructor, in Crew Served Weapons, Land Navigations, and Radio Communications. I worked in the Heating & A/C field for a couple of years until I became a Police Officer for a small city in So Calif. I then went to work with the State of CA for 26 years as a Criminal Investigator (Police Officer) until I medically retired in 2004.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:32 PM   #64
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:24 PM   #65
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:00 AM   #66
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My first job was with a tobacco company keeping records, making sure the tobacco was moved from the warehouse to storage then shipped to another location. I had to keep time for the help and pay them. That was a lot of responsibility for an 18 year old. Then I tried college, but that did not work very well so I quit. I then went in the apprentice program at Cherry Point MCAS in the Naval Air Rework facility. I was drafted into the Army in June 1967. I was able to go to electronics school at FT. Monmouth NJ. I the spent a year in Thailand at a communications site. When I came back to the US I was sent to the Pentagon to work at the Pentagon Telecommunications Center for a year.
I went to a community college on the GI Bill and received a 2 year degree in Electronics Technology. I started working for the Chemistry Department at East Carolina University in 1973 as an Electronics Technician and am still here after almost 36 years.
I have been a Volunteer Fireman for almost 32 years and I also volunteer with The Amateur Radio Emergency Service. I also do volunteer work with the NC Baptist Men's disaster relief service.
It has been an interesting journey and I am looking forward to what life has in store for me in the future.

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Old 04-09-2009, 10:29 AM   #67
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Hi Ho: I am a retired electrical engineer (primarily wireless communication systems). I started out designing stuff for the military (mostly classified systems). Then worked for about 5 different companies, worked as a consultant for about a dozen more, and about 6 years ago started a research and development company using a technology that a friend and I dreamed up, filed a bunch of patents, and hired a bunch of enginees.

About 3 years ago I retired and spent 1 1/2 years in Germany. I am fluent in German and love the German people, but still prefer America.

Have done some consulting last year, but am happy traveling and puttering in my shop. I still fly my Piper Turbo Arrow, but don't travel in it as much as we used to.

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Old 04-14-2009, 08:12 PM   #68
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Retired Elementary School Principal. When I retired my blood pressure went down and my Doctor took me off almost all of my meds. He thought that I must have been under a great deal of stress with my job. Little did he know. Now I teach some Advanced Placement Government courses online and enjoy life without stress.
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:12 AM   #69
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Teaching is my hobby, i take tutions(classes) for school children and i enjoy teaching

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Now I investigate industrial fatalities for three major Insurence Companies. Keeps me busy enough. Going completely out in September when Mamma retires. Then it's filler up and let's go.

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