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Old 06-11-2009, 08:44 PM   #99
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:12 PM   #100
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Originally Posted by robert h View Post
Rocket scientist---- apollo program; space shuttle; cruse missles etc
So...when someone at work is making something seem harder that it really is, you actually can not use the phrase "come on, this is not rocket science!"

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Old 06-14-2009, 06:22 PM   #101
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So...when someone at work is making something seem harder that it really is, you actually can not use the phrase "come on, this is not rocket science!"
It was a great ride; but I was glad to get out of it.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:44 PM   #102
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:58 PM   #103
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I saved up money for college showing old movies in the retiree hotels in "God's Waiting Room". a/k/a South Beach, Miami. All of those hotels are now trendy, upscale, full of young people, and pricey.

I sat in parking lots at college making sure no one stole anything. Froze my arse off, I went to school in West Hartford, Connecticut (Go Hawks!)

With a college degree, I taught Creek Indians how to make television shows. I worked for an independent TV station in Albany, Georgia. I met an Air Force recruiter who came in one day to drop off some commercials, he signed me up for a career in a blue suit working for the Air Force in the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. I did radio announcing, television master control, and television reporting in Spain, Turkey, Germany, and The Netherlands. While overseas, I made side money dubbing commercials and other videos from the host country language to American English. Great money there, I could make more downtown than on base most months. When stateside, I escorted VIPs on tanker refueling missions, gave briefings, shmoozed with the local politicians, wrote press releases, and did whatever else the public affairs officer and the base commander told me. I was small time famous and a legend in my own mind.

My wife and I run our own business since I retired (?) She is a professional pet groomer. She grooms dogs and cats, I do everything else from keeping the books, maintaining the grooming van (we're mobile, and even service residents and visitors to the region's many campgrounds and RV parks) to doing the print and TV advertisements and maintaining the company web site.

It has been said that we are put on this earth to accomplish a certain number of tasks. I am so far behind that I will never die.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:12 AM   #104
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This thread is truly full of ....

AMAZING stories

THis is a diverse group that defies stereotyping
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:54 AM   #105
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[quote=grayelk34;513694]U S Navy 1959 through 1959. quote]

Guess you did not like the navy too much
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:56 PM   #106
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She grooms dogs and cats
Tell your wife I think the world of her. One of my favorite sayings is "You'd rather try to shave a tigers butt in a phone booth."

Grooming a cat can't be far off that mark.
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:17 PM   #107
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It should have read 1957 through 1959. I liked the Navy a lot, but I more than doubled my salary by taking a civilian engineering job. I spent several more years in the Naval Reserve both in Birmingham, AL & New Orleans.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:00 PM   #108
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:03 PM   #109
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:36 AM   #110
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Educated a s a Mechanical Engineer, I spent the first few years out of school as a Long Distance Telephone Operator (on a cord board) with Pacific Northwest Bell in Vancouver, Washington. I was one of the first male operators in the Northwest. After a couple of years and a lot of fun with the gals (the other operators) I transferred to the Pacific Northwest Bell Business Office as an account representative. I wanted to get into installation or the switch room but the company was and had been filling predominately male positions with females and vice versa.
I moved to Chicago area and became the maintenance supervisor for a dry sausage manufacturer for 5 years. After that, I went to work as a Conceptual Design Engineer for a company that manufactures packaging machines. I spent 20 years with the company. I had the privilege of working in all but a handful of our beautiful United States as well as the UK, Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands.
I did a lot of the early design work for the recloseable zipper packaging and share a co-patent for one of the processing components used to manufacture the Serenity Adult Incontinent Diaper.
After that, I spent a couple of years as a Manufacturing Consultant and the integration of ERP software.

Now, I am retired and waiting for my dear wife to finish up with her career, which will be somewhere between Jan and June of 2010. Then it's going to be an on the road adventure for us.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:06 PM   #111
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20 years in the AF, VN Advisor, 28 years in a business that I started from scratch. My Son asked me one day, "Dad, what did you do in the AF". I found out that he had been telling his friends that I painted the chairs in the Missle silos.........That hurt...........
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:44 AM   #112
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20 years in the Navy, 20 years with an Oil company starting as an electrician then into process control programming then into the IT dept. Retired again and moved to Florida. Worked 18 months for a mom & pop chemical company bringing them into the 21st century. Got the RV and started work for Lazydays finally retired for the last time in 2005. Didn't like sitting around so I now in partner with several others in owning/running a railroad. Now hold a federal license for locomotive engineer. Commute 750 miles to the railroad in Oklahoma from Tennessee. Love it. Keeps me young. My conductor is a 50 year old woman who loves the shortline business too. I figure another 3 years and then I'll take it easy, maybe.

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