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  1. nathaniel

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    What do you folks do for a living? And can you/do you smoke at work?

    I'm in my 2nd year now starting out as a mechanic at a Volkswagen/Subaru dealership. It's a bit too dirty and flammable a job to smoke on the clock (plus customers probably don't want their 2015 VW passats smelling like GL Pease's house. But I do smoke on the short drive to and from work and of course during my hour break. In fact I'll often forego lunch in favor of a good calming pipeful! ☺️

    I know we can't all be theologians, philosophers, and physicists!

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    I'm a theologian, philosopher, and physicist. Not only do I smoke at work, but I sometimes burst into flames.

    (really, I'm a photographer. Smoking a pipe is difficult with a camera pressed up against my face, and my studio is usually someone else's office, lab or classroom. And I'm a VW owner: 2013 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. Actually, we have 2 of them.)

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    I work in recreational fishing in France, my entire life revolves around carp hence the profile pic. I spend ALOT of time outdoors so can smoke when I want and living in France it's almost compulsory

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    At its simplest, I watch people work all day and still other people pay me to do it.

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    Quality trainer for a fuel pump manufacturing company. Lots of gasoline around for test purposes. Do have an outdoor smoking facility though.

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    Teach guitar for a living for the last 15years. Although more part time lately due to me focusing on pipes making.
    Unfortunatly no smoking while teaching! Although I love a pipe while practicing.

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    My long time day job was with an environmental health research agency, writing and editing, first for communications and public information, and later to interpret what we did to Congress, when Congress used to care one way or the other and actually legislated. Now I do literary writing of various kinds, when I'm not on Forums that is. Early in my working life, I was in the Navy, and later a veterans benefits counselor on campus, mostly for GI Bill, but other benefits as well. On day jobs, I never smoked anything.

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    Equipment operator in a surface mine. I can and do smoke all day.

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    I've been retired for about a year and a half. Before that I was a software engineer/programmer (Avionics, Cartography, Educational Software). Before that I taught English and Speech. I much prefer retirement.

    I was able to smoke in the teacher's lounge in every school I taught in, and the lunchroom in my first programming job, but after that, outside only. Now I may only smoke in the basement. Compromises must be made sometimes. And it's kind of like sending a kid to his room when he's got three video games, a computer, and and a television in there.

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    Retired now easy to smoke I once was a financial planner tax man depended whether my office or some else"s. Had secretary who banished me to my office. Shel

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    Smoked as a copper. Smoke as a wildlife photographer.

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    @ drennan:

    You have my dream job! I originally aimed to go into fisheries biology. I'm an avid fly fisher and would love to fish France's waters!
    But alas, kids kept coming and I needed to pay bills and just sorta fell into my line of work. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but it can't compare to being on the water.
    Still haven't caught my first decent carp yet though. I've been stalking a school of white Amur grass carp at a pond next to my work, but can't get any big ones to hit.
    I did get a little 12 incher though, so I know they can be caught on a fly, despite what all my sources have said.

    @ woodsroad:

    Oh boy, I love those tdi's! Great engines. I currently have a nasty wound that's scarring up nicely on my forehead from dealing with some bad diesel on one of those though.

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    Currently I work for a very small machine shop. I'm learning both old school and cnc machining. More or less I'm an apprentice in everything but title. Too busy to smoke at work.

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    I've been retired for over 7 years so I have all day to smoke and play here. This is my dream job.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    I'd been in tech most my life, I recently started a new job at the beginning of the year. Sales Engineer for a Firewall Monitoring software company. I love the freedom of this job, my commute to work is walking up my stairs to my office. I don't smoke IN my office but step out on occasion to have a bowl if the mood strikes me.

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    Securities Lawyer doing M&A cr*p also part owner of a novelty pipe tobacco company. In my spare time I practice beetle sexing and midget tossing against velcro walls and grossing out my secretary by doing musical farts in the office. My brass orchestra section is particularly popular during morning coffee break. I smoke non stop in the office and around my home and always use the same meerschaum style of pipe!

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    @Nathaniel, the TDI engine is superb. Instant starts and smooth running in the coldest weather, torque out the wazoo and a 0-60 that leaves bystanders saying "THAT"S a wagon?" I want one in a true sportscar, but for now it's the best wagon that I've ever owned, and I've had lots. The other engines that I've loved were the Audi 12v 2.8 (1995 Audi 90 Quattro S) and the Subaru EJ205 turbo (in the 2003 WRX).

    But if the VW TDI Sportwagen was AWD it would be the best car ever.

    Pipe Link: I smoke a pipe in this car and the car smells just fine. I used to smoke cigars in previous cars, and eventually they smelled awful. Another reason to love the pipe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in7yLZJ7A6Y

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    Fun thread!
    I am a self employed jeweller, I smoke at the bench in my workshop maybe twice a week, but many of the steps in my process, like polishing, are too hands on for me to easily smoke and work. The rest of the weeks smokes are often in my workshop on the couch in the corner, but not while working.

    I don't really care if the cup is half full or half empty, I just want something to sip on.
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    Ex RAF instructor, now I am an adult educator.

    Education is important, but motorbikes is importanter.
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    I'm going on 21 years now as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and work as a generalist in all areas of the lab including Chemistry, Hematology, Serology, Microbiology and Blood Bank.

    In order to smoke, I must step off of hospital property which is not that far.

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    I paint pictures for a living. These days I work at Warner Brothers Animation, painting Background Paintings on Be Cool Scoobie-Doo, which will be airing this autumn. There are a few smoking zones around the Ranch property. Otherwise it's a no-no. But the security guards so like the scent of my pipe that they never hassle me if I happen to take a short stroll off the reservation while having a puff.

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    @ woodsroad:

    You should check out the 15 golf R wagons then. TDI and 4motion(AWD) models available!

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    Nothing compares to driving a WRX STI hatchback though!

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    Retired and yes back then I could smoke my pipe on the Job.
    But some of my old work bubby's say that is no more. I worked for the State of Delaware as a Plumber for 38 years.

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    Currently serving in the US Marines. I'm an aircraft mechanic on AH-1W and UH-1N attack helicopters. Been doing it for just over 11 years now, looking forward to retiring to become a high school/college instructor in US History. I can't smoke while working on the aircraft, but Now that I'm in more of a managerial role, I have more time to smoke and do at least one pipe a day. Only downfall is due to constant deployments, I never bring my good pipes. I have a few nice ones waiting on me at home as well as some quality tobaccos, but right now I'm smoking a Medico Dublin style with the last of some Capt. Black dark... Making do with what I've got where I am.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco."
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    I'm a geologist working for an oil and gas company.

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    I process claims at a medium size RV dealership. Very boring but the schedule is what I want and the pay is good. My favorite job was a flight line crew manager for a FBO operation with private and DOD ratings, pay sucked though.

    "When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints"
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    Mortgage underwriter. I decide yes or no, if someone can refi their house. People go outside the building to stand in snow to smoke cigarettes. I just wait until it is warm. Never smoked at work, but most around me know that I smoke a pipe occasionally.

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    Repentant former ambulance chaser. Can't wait to retire in about 6 years. Got my teaching credential about 10 years ago and hope to close things out teaching for a few years before I retire. Want to quit practicing law ASAP. Over 30 years as a lawyer is more than enough for me. Best jobs I had, and enjoyed, were in construction. Iron Workers Union and running a paving/hard-scape company. I can smoke anytime I want outside the office/buildings.

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    I am a mold maker/cnc operator at a large facility in southwestern Ontario. Provincial law prohibits smoking anywhere indoors in Ontario. I will smoke my pipe on my breaks and lunch outdoors when the weather is nice enough....please hurry spring! Right now I am on midnights from 7pm to 7am and after 4am I am the only one here so let's just say the smoking laws get a little more relaxed shortly after 4am.

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    I am a licensed nurse. I actually don't smoke at work ever but mainly on my days off and once in awhile in the evening.

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    BTW, I enjoyed reading about everyone's jobs/occupations/vocations/callings. Great group.

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    Casino floor supervisor. Can't smoke in California cardrooms, only tribal casinos :/

    "There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live."

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    Public works... backhoe, snow plow, stret sweeper, etc... Nope, no pipe at work.

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    I'm a geologist working for an oil and gas company.

    Very cool, kanada! I had two uncles who were geologists. One went into Academia becoming head of the Department of Geology at Caltech and he also taught astronauts how to gather samples on the moon for study. The other uncle went into the business of oil exploration for a major oil company. Then he decided that he would do better to develop his own finds rather than enrich a bunch of bozos, went into wildcatting and founded his own oil company. He was right.

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    Musician
    Flamenco guitar as a passion
    Teaching pays the rent

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    I'm a retired Sheet Metal Worker Local 36. We primarily work in HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) in construction or renovation.

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    Retired in 98, Dr said go make a will, Screw him I"m still here. Built and ran Ethylene Plants, the basic building block for all chemicals, been on my Farm in SW La on land that has been in the family for 100 yrs. Bought a 1900s house cut it in half and trucked it over 10 miles to my Farm, put it together and now I smoke on my old covered porch. Got my 2 nd Catahoula dog, first one died of cancer , he's my Buddy, we talk, he don't say nothing, I like that. Love my Pipes.

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    I'm an RN, but in management now- I manage two clinics- Family Practice and Pediatrics. 16 Providers (MD/PA), 22 nurses, see 100-150 patients s a day in my clinics.

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    My 9-5 job is a real estate lawyer in "smoke free" Illinois, so no smoking in the office; but I do smoke a pipe in my car on the way to closings and court.

    My other early morning and weekend (unpaid) job is a pipe show director, and I smoke constantly in my home office. So everything I do for the Chicago Pipe Show is done while smoking a pipe.

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    I loved all the Volkswagen buggys I've owned. What I'm able to do today is going to sound very cliche, but I've worked my ass off and am finally feeling some returns. I'm majoring in Philosophy at OSU in Oregon (so many beavers!), minoring in caffeine and nicotine because I will get this done, and I work part time at the community college tutoring the religion classes.
    I have that habit of blabbering too much about how much I enjoy tobacco and my pipes and so I get the jokes about how I should have elbow patches. Life can be good.

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    Logging geologist out on North Sea oil rigs. Basically I analyse samples of the rock we drill though, and monitor a range of drilling parameters (speed, rpm, torque, pump outputs, that sort of thing). Been doing that for the last three years, before that it was University.

    Rigs do have smoking rooms, but most have electric cigarette lighters, so no pipes. Every now and again I'll resort to rolling pipe tobacco.

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    I smoke pipes filled with tobacco. I sell pipes and tobacco. Seemed like the logical thing to do.

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    QA/QC Lead Inspector/coordinator for Gulf Coast Machine Shop Halliburton in LA. Been doing it for three years. Love it. for 6 years prior, i did commercial refrigeration all over the Southern states. Don't smoke at work. Too busy.

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    "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band"

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    IT Field Tech for a large pharmacy retail chain. In a nutshell, I drive to any one of thirty locations and perform computer repair work. A lot of driving and nothing really to stop me from smoking in between locations, but I pretty much limit myself to one bowl a day during the week and two, (sometimes three), a day during the weekend.

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    I sell discount hotel room surgeries and I have a chain of drive thru organ transplant/ liquor stores.

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    Nuclear Physicist for the Gov. Wish I could say more.

    @Cosmic, really like the transplant/liquor store chain idea. Thoughts germinating as we speak.

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    Pipe Restorer for SPC. I get you guys clean estates and write most of the condition statements on the website. Smoking is encouraged in the building, but it can get stinky and clogged without a proper ventilation system. I usually don't smoke WHILE working.

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    Senior QA for a very large airplane company. No smoking on company land. Only 1 year 4 months to retirement, then I can smoke when I want.

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    Nothing. I sit at home and draw my pension and SS. Retired in 2006 after getting tired of chasing refueling outages at various power plants in the upper midwest. Spend my time now in my little shop in the basement doing refurbs/restorations and making an occasional pipe or tamper which almost pays for my hobby.

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    Registered Nurse over here. I work with premature and sick infants. I don't smoke before or during work hours due to the nature of my work. I smoke on my days off or after work.

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    Very cool, kanada! I had two uncles who were geologists. One went into Academia becoming head of the Department of Geology at Caltech and he also taught astronauts how to gather samples on the moon for study. The other uncle went into the business of oil exploration for a major oil company. Then he decided that he would do better to develop his own finds rather than enrich a bunch of bozos, went into wildcatting and founded his own oil company. He was right.

    That is too cool! I do enjoy the academic side of things but it's pretty fun to be influencing major projects at work too.

    I agree on the working for yourself vs the man, that may be something I do in the future but I definitely can't complain about the money with the way things are going in industry.

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    I am a Senior Financial analyst for an aerospace company. Given that I have extensive experience in LIFO inventories and R & D tax credit filings, my current employer is pleading with me not to retire. I am Planning on retiring in March of 2016.

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    I manage accounts for the printing company I work for. Glamorous work. On Saturdays I work at a cigar shop, mostly for fun.

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    Patent Attorney.

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    I run the Safety dept for a large industrial contruction company for a paying job. I am also the safety director for a local fish and wildlife league and firearms range.

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    I work as a electronic test and measurement engineer supporting the small region is South East Asia and Australia.

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    I sell service for Class 8 trucks at one desk at my other it is used heavy equipment,heavy trucks and industrial pipe,flanges and valves . Most recent cool things I have done . Mexico for a magnesium mine to set up a crusher and mill and Arkansas to fish for trout on the White River for a week with clients .

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    I'm an architect -- well, an intern architect for another 2 years before I'll get my stamp.

    Unfortunately I can not smoke at work. Would have been great if I was working in, what I've heard were, the good ole days.


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    Self employed, mostly Hotel/Motel, restaurant, banking and real estate. My "office" is our oldest motel, so I spend most of the day renting rooms to tourists.

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    I'm a lockmaster, mostly operating historical locks on tidal water.

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    Retired. Formerly in photography, retail, restaurant business.

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    I'm an insurance producer in my family's agency, the business was started by my Grandfather. I went to school to be a tool and die maker, but life had other plans.

    "The value of tobacco is best understood when it is the last you possess, and there is no chance of getting more."
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    Healthcare space (technology) I'm IT and Marketing person, run websites, salesforce, lots of operational stuff, and advertising. Can't smoke at work but... when I'm working from home its a different story.

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    Film editor for a adult film company.

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    Systems Administrator here. Currently providing technical consulting services to the local Department of Transportation for their document management system. No smoking in either the home office or my on-site cubicle, but I try to get out and go for a lunt at lunchtime, weather permitting. And since my regular schedule is four nines and a half-day on Friday, I usually kick off my weekend with a bowl on Friday afternoons.



    "De gustibus non est disputandum."
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    Maintenance Superintendent at my city's Park Department. I started here when I was 16.....I'm shy of 40 now. I can't smoke at work anymore.

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    I'm a third-year PhD student at East Carolina University in the English Department. My field of study is rhetoric and composition. Before being a PhD student, I was an adjunct composition instructor at several colleges in the area. I'm also a musician. I've been playing drums 21 years.

    You don't see nearly as many academics smoking on campus except for the few rebellious ones like me but many do partake in smoking at other spaces or places.

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    Self employed, researcher of American history, treasure hunter, historian, website owner, blogger, speaker, TV production. I smoke my pipe on location, and traveling to and from sites, and outdoors at my home when the weather warms. 68 and I'll never retire. Having too much fun!

    I don't know where I'm going...but sooner or later I'll get there.
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