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Old 03-01-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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What is or was your career?

The diversity of this group never ceases to amaze me. I think it would be fun to know how you earn(ed) a living. The wealth of knowledge of this group is astounding! I'll start --

I have been a chairside dental assistant, a civilian dental therapy assistant for the US Army (dentist did the drilling, we did the filling), a mom, an Optical shop owner, a dispensing Optician for Sears, a Dental Assisting School instructor, a 7-11 store manager, an infant daycare provider, a home builder (my own), a foster parent for kids with special needs, and a personal assistant/monkey nanny for a very busy female executive. I retired in May 2011 after working for 42 years My job now is driving my motorhome, caring for my furkids and seeing this marvelous counrty. The best job, for sure!

Hmmms, seems like I was destined to roam the country as a full-timer. I get bored easily and enjoy learning and trying new things. Who knows what will be next? An adventure for sure!

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Old 03-01-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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I've been in bicycle sales and service primarily as a repair mechanic, worked in sheet metal manuf., window manuf., worked in a bindery, operated an offset printing press, I did landscaping services, and I was a mechanical laborer in the piping trades which led me to the UA apprenticeship and I am now a Steamfitter with a Class 5 boiler license.

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Old 03-01-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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Sport & commercial fishing from '70-76, bartender '76-'89, building maintenance 1990-2006 ending up as a maintenance supervisor for the County of San Diego with responsibility for ~675,000 sq/ft of buildings. Took an early out at 51, moved to Durango CO and never looked back.

Now I just build Jeeps, take care of the property and enjoy life.
The above post is just my experience/opinion which is worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Old 03-02-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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I am an artist and a writer, both easy to do on the road as long as I've got internet access.

As a writer, I self publish books, short stories, and essays via LuLu.com and Kindle, and I write articles for Squidoo and Associated Content. I make $90 t0 $300 a month with Squidoo alone. I've just started using Kindle, but by the end of the year I expect to be making roughly $700 a month via it. All I need is a computer, so doesn't take up much room in the RV.

As an artist I draw (pen/ink, markers, crayons, color pencils, and pastels) and I paint (water color and acrylics). Painting takes up a bit more room, as the paint tubes are big, heavy, and bulky, and the canvas are big, so you'd need a fairly big space to keep supplies (I'd suggest a Class C motorhome so you can use the overhead cab for this). Next step requires a scanner, so you can scan the art into your computer. Once scanned, the originals and prints can be sold through Art America, originals can be sold through Etsy, and the best money maker for an artist is Zazzle where you put your art on T-shirts, greeting cards, mugs, postage, etc. (I make between $200 to $600 a month on Zazzle - stickers of my pet art are my top sellers).

I also sew dolls, cat quilts (tiny quilts for cats to sleep on), and fluffy scarves all of which I sell on Etsy for $14 to $50 each.

I'm also a card reader, spellcaster, and Hoodoo Rootworker (aka I'm a Voodoo Witch Doctor).

My income over all puts me in "poverty levels" so I couldn't afford a house or apartment with this income, but me and my cats can live like kings in a 22ft RV.

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Old 03-02-2012, 01:48 AM   #5
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Twenty-two years active military. I'll be retiring next year and moving back to the mainland. Not sure what I'll do or where we will live but will figure it out. I've always looked forward to retiring but wonder how the change will feel since the military has become a huge part of my life.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:55 AM   #6
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Was a equipment operator with a mass transit in Calif for over 20 years. Now retired. Kids grown.its me wife 2 dogs and 2 cats. Feels like a zoo at times
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:25 AM   #7
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I worked 32 years with a large electrical/irrigation utility, starting as a telephone clerk just to get hired, moved up to custodian, did short stints in the machine shop and on a line construction crew, then landed in warehousing. In warehousing, I drove trucks (1/2 ton pickups to semis), forklifts ranging from 2000 LB. standups to a 20,000 lb. Pettibone CarryLift equipped with extra long forks and grapples for handling power poles, mobile cranes up to 20,000 lb., and pendant cranes. I handled material from stationery and electronic componentry to 120' steel poles, big transformers, structural steel, 96" wire reels, etc.

I retired from there at 55 and then, to supplement my pension until Social Security kicked in, worked for a major convenience store chain for 5 1/2 years. I retired from there shortly after turning 60 because I got fed up with the corporate B.S. I actually liked the job itself but they ticked me off one time too many so I burned off my accumulated vacation time then called them to tell them I wasn't coming back.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:30 AM   #8
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1800 century furniture maker and repair of antique furniture. I have worked for museums as well as people throughout the US and Canada for over 35 years. Totally hand made, hand carved and using hand selected woods for the period. Have retired once but the calls won't stop. Throughly enjoy my work. Travel and camping are my love as well.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:51 AM   #9
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As for myself, still working as a program coordinator in a school for visual FX. Also restaurant owner. Finally, freelance as a new media producer/developer (iPhone & iPad). Amazing I get to RV at all these days! Lol!
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:05 AM   #10
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:53 AM   #11
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:07 AM   #12
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Went to beauty school during high school and became a beautician. Several years later I landed a job in a very good and busy barber shop. Did that for 30+ years then got an on-line job at L-soft Internationl, a software co that created LISTSERV software.

John, DH, was a Locomotive Engineer and in management for DT&I, GTW an CN Rail. He retired in 2000. He was coaxed into taking a job at L-Soft International as a Senior
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:41 AM   #13
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:45 AM   #14
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