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Old 03-04-2012, 07:30 PM   #99
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I also must take this opportunity to thank all those who served in our armed forces. THANK YOU!

This was kind of easy. One company two jobs. Caterpillar Tractor dealer mechanic / instructor. [38 years total] I was in the VICA program my senior year of H.S. and needed a job, any job. I convinced the manager of the local Caterpillar dealer to take a chance on an 18 year old, for a mechanic position, who barely knew which end of a hammer to use. That was September 6th, 1969. Took a position as Technical Instructor in 1990 teaching: engines, power train, hydraulics, and electronics. Reluctantly retired in 2007 to be a full time care giver for my wife diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. (clarification) Not reluctant to take care of my wife, but I really loved my instructor job.
But my most important job was raising my 5 daughters. All done and Iíve still got some of my hair and a little less of my sanity. I didnít have many different jobs but I got a pretty good handle on that yellow iron with CAT on the side. (I don't understand my girls at all but, Iíve almost got that hammer thing figured out)

Here I am at the end of the day of teaching Hydraulic systems and Power Train on Motor Graders at Holt Machinery in Stockton Ca. Good times. Oh and my crazy girls and some grandkids.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #100
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46 years employed in the film industry.

I spent the first 31 years working for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. I left in late 1993 and accepted a position as Technical Director for Consolidated Film Industries in Hollywood, CA. Then in 2001, Technicolor Film Labs purchased our company so I ended up working for Technicolor as their Technical Director for another 3 years before taking an early buyout. I was about to leave CA in my recently purchased 1992 Airstream Landyacht when UCLA asked me if I wanted to work for them to build a film restoration and preservation laboratory for their film archive, staff and manage it. I finally said YES and worked for UCLA another 5 years.

Finally after 46 years, it was time to get on the road so I could travel around to see this beautiful country I had only seen from the air on my many trips across the country.

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #101
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Right out of high school I traveled to Alaska (1962 AlCan was dirt) and worked for the USFS building air strips for bush pilots to drop off hunters. Attended aircraft mechanic school in Fairbanks, AK and after getting my A&P license worked for a major airline for 35 years as a aircraft line maintenance mechanic & inspector. While working for the airline I also owned a small aircraft business inspecting and repairing general aviation aircraft. Bought a wrecked airplane and rebuilt it in my spare time and then flew it around the U.S. and a trip to Canada before we bought a motor home. Background in aircraft maintenance comes in handy for working on the motor home, they have many of the same systems.....bathrooms, hydraulic, electrical, water, etc. Main difference is the motor home doesn't travel at 29,000 feet, doesn't travel at 400 mph, 727 engines have a lot more power when you taxi, motor home is easier to park than a 727, motor home doesn't have those pesky overhead bins that always break ,and motor home gets better gas mileage. Shortly after retiring I wanted to continue working (DW still works) so I talked to a local RV dealer about RV mechanic certification and he told me it was a four year program and I couldn't challenge the test (I've worked on everything from a Boeing 777 to a Super Cub).......oh well I'll just work on my motor home.

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:46 PM   #102
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I worked for the same company after being asked to leave high school in 1968.
I retired in 2010.
I started as aprrentice cash register mechanic. They were mechancal machines at the time gradually becoming electronic.

I was service manager for several years and part owner. I sold my share of the company to pay off my mortgage in the '80's. Stayed as customer service and support. Programming and installing pos systems.

Last year we purchased a '85 minnie winnie to see if we would enjoy the RV life.

So far so good, been quite a learning curve and this forum has been a huge help.

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Old 03-04-2012, 08:20 PM   #103
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Federal and local law enforcement 1975-2005, retired on 05/05/05.

Now Kathi and I drive a big rig around the USA delivering goods and making of list of places we went to visit in our MH when we retire for real in hopefully 3 years.

Our kids are grown and we are out enjoying some time together. :-)
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:20 PM   #104
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In order of occurrence;

Allstate agent.

Two way radio dealer.

Director of Emergency Medical Services for 70,000 population city/county operation (EMT, EMT Instructor), still a volunteer.

Co-general partner (COO) in cable television company at peak managing 89 systems nation wide.

Lastly, and my favorite, owner/operator of RV Park.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:10 AM   #105
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8 years as Drilling Consultant drilling in Venezuela, Malaysia, Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Gunia
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RVing the great USA

Presently doing volunteer work at local state park
My wife does volunteer work at local senior center

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:27 AM   #106
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Drafted out of high school 3 years Vietnam. Came home and went back to school trying to forget the last 3 years. 8 years later started at UC Berkeley. Have been there since as senior scientist in statistics and prediction of human behavior.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:28 AM   #107
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Currently a Product Manager for a world wide electronics distributor. I started here a Technician 8 years ago and became an Applications Engineer for most of that time.


I've had many jobs, I've been a machinist building parts for aircraft, made airline reservations, telemarketer, factory making parts for steel buildings and many other little jobs.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:28 AM   #108
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Other than 2 years in the Army, including a year in RVN with the 101st, I was a "Senior Instructional Support Specialist" for a theatre department at the State University College at Oswego in NY.

Wrote & taught courses in electronics, sound design, special effects & photography as well as maintained the department's electronic equipment. While I loved teaching, they made me a early retirement offer I couldn't refuse & retired in 2001 after 32 years.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:51 PM   #109
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I worked at a GM Dealership as a certified mechanic for 8 yrs. and now moved on to a more stable job working for our local municipal utilities
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:58 PM   #110
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:31 PM   #111
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:38 PM   #112
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I've got 20 years in as a school teacher and administrator. My DW also teaches so we have time in the summer for RVing.

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