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Old 04-29-2012, 08:00 PM   #155
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I graduated High School in 1965 and went to work for kmart. That September I I had the choice of going to college or getting drafted or enlisting. I chose the latter and since I was tired of schoo at the time. Dad had spent 20 years in the navy and convinced me that the navy would probably be a better choice than the marines, good advice. Spent 4 years in the navy as an electronics technician on an aircraft carrier. Loved it. Came home and got a job as a copy machine repairman. Moved on to driving a delivery truck to the docks in NY. Moved on and went to air conditioning school and moved to Miami. AC fell though and I worked as a short order cook for a few months until my friend got me a job as a wrecker driver for a couple of years. Moved on to work at installing the trade shows in the hotels and convention center. Then I went into business with my brother in law installing fences. My wife at the time convinced me that I should find a job with a future and benefits. I drove a cab for part of the time while I was in Nursing school and worked as a nurses aid for two years until I graduated. I have been an RN for 35 years now and will retire June 8. June 10 we are leaving on a 2 1/2 month tour around the country in our class A visiting friends and catching some of the highlights. Its been a heck of a ride and I am definitely looking forward to the next episode.

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Old 04-29-2012, 08:30 PM   #156
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First job at 15 1/2 was working at a gas station. The old kind. I pumped gas, washed windows, checked oil. Money was in my pocket and I made change in my head.

Graduated in '77. Went to tech school for drafting and worked part time at JC Penney's in their auto department. Yes, in 1977 they still had their auto centers. Tires, batteries, tune-ups, brakes, etc. Yep, we did it all. Changed a LOT of tires.

1 year in tech school and off to my first full time job. Drafting for a Consulting Engineering firm doing civil work. Lots of ink on mylar drafting. Got married.

Moved to Phoenis, AZ a few years later and went to work for a larger firm, doing the same type of work. Ended up changing firms and got into structural drafting.

Along came computers and AutoCAD software. I took to it lke a fish to water. Convinced the firm to do their first big job in AutoCAD and it went great. Stayed in Phoenix for about 10 years. Lost the first wife and found a second one.

Been doing the same work for 33 years now. Several job changes, all by my choice. Latest job now for 14 years and still going great. Still have the second wife, see is a keeper.

I have drawn plans for bridges, sewer plants, houses, hotels, office buildings, airport terminals, prisons, theaters, performing arts building and too many others to mention.

Love my work, like my job.

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:59 PM   #157
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My wife and I were a husband and wife team on private yachts. I am a licensed Captain and my wife a good chief. On some boats we were the crew.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:46 PM   #158
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Corpsman in the navy for six years, studied X-ray technology and licensed in NY 1968-1972. Went to Physicians Assistant school at Stonybrook, NY, graduated 1974, worked in Internal Medicine for 35 years. Now retired and seeing the country at leisure. We have met a lot of GREAT people at cg's.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #159
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Have been in the offset printing industry for over 20 years. Currently running a 10 color Komori Super Perfector. Also teach Martial Arts, and hand gun/carbine classes. Use to shoot drag racing photography also.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:24 PM   #160
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:32 PM   #161
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I retired as a Lt. Col from the USAF 6 years ago, currently own some transportation and storage companies, Diane retired from the FL court system and currently is a stay at home Mom to our Wheaten's.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:38 PM   #162
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Broadcast television for fourteen years and television and feature film post production engineering for the last 31 years. Love the business, best part is working with very intelligent and accepting people.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:27 AM   #163
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:04 PM   #164
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1968 & 1969 Worked at California Canners and Growers Can Seamer Operator, this was in between Junior & Senior year in high school.
After graduation in 1969 went to work for FMC (Food Machinery Corporation) John Bean Division in San Jose California. In the 1970's John Bean became Airline Equipment Division, Positions held: Assembler, Stores and Record Clerk, Product Test Person, and Product Test Leadman.
While working for FMC in 1970 I was Drafted in the U.S. Army, Basic training at Fort Ord California, duty station Fort Riley Kansas 1/7 Field Artillery of the 1st Infantry Division. While there went on Reforger 2 & 3 in Germany. OJT on a five ton wrecker while on Reforger 2, after back from Germany my Warrant officer sent me to Fort Sill Oklahoma U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Track Vehicle Mechanic Course. After school back to Fort Riley and the Division left for Reforger 3. After discharge went back to work for FMC (had been on a military leave of absence)
In 1983 Airline Equipment Division was moved to Florida, & if we stayed and help close the plant, we would get jobs next door at FMC Ordnance Division, name later changed to United Defense. While there one of the main jobs that I did was to run in the packs (completed engine & transmission assemblies) then install the pack in the Bradley & drive it off the line. In 1995 I left FMC as they were moving most all the work to York Pennsylvania.
1995-98 went to work KLA Instruments as a temp in their WISARD Engineering doing prototype assembly and cable & harness builds.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:06 PM   #165
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All the normal summer jobs during high school and college. After college, Police officer, Firefighter, then 27 years in prison (going home every night) retiring in 2009. Now driving school bus and remodling houses for things to do.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:38 AM   #166
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Started turning wrenches on Cummins at 14 in 1956. Dad was a owner operator. Inlisted in Air Force, trained as a missile system mechanic. Two years of training. The foundation of my career. Several years as a apprentice mechanic on heavy trucks to D-9s. Worked for LA County a a fleet mechanic, supervisor and fleet superintendent for 25 years. Started a side business of commercial beekeeping in 1987. Retired LA County in 1997 at 56 yrs old. Retired from bees in 2004 at 63. Too much work and a bad back. Hence name (oldbeek)
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:20 AM   #167
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After college and the military I entered into law enforcement in 1957 and retired in 1988. Did the usual patrol officer and patrol sgt. routine and then transferred into the detective division and spent some 25 years primarily working juvenile cases such as homicide, sex, missing persons, the routine life of a cop in a middle sized city in a large metropolitan area.

Started camping with two sleeping bags on the ground and now do it in a 40 foot pusher. Wife too ill to go full timing, but have seen most of US through my wind shield.

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