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  1. disinformatique

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    I just realized today that I have no idea about the lives and work of a major chunk of people and friends I interact on the forums. I would love to know you outside pipes, tobacco, cigars and whacky jokes.

    As the topic says, what is your Profession and Expertise in the field?

    I am a User Experience Architect as well as a UX Designer). Been a Professional since 1999. I have also worked as a Sr. Project Manager for a long time in the field as well.

    What is UX Design? In simple words, people like me define the WHY, WHAT and HOW of any project or product. Be it a pipe, a car, your iphone hardware and software, a mobile phone app, a website, software etc. All in all its the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product, including aspects of branding, design, usability and function.

    I hold various certifications for Interaction Design, Human Computer Interaction, Usability, Accessibility etc. Surprisingly I do not yet have a Bachelor's Degree. Which I am now completing at the ripe old age of 40 !!

    Cheers,
    Chris

    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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    “Retired” UX & Visual Designer. Got into the web in college before images existed on websites. Back then, if you could spell “HTML” you were hired! These days, I handshape surfboards once in a while and try to control my PAD & TAD.

    Congrats on earning your BA/BS soon. It’s never too late to learn or do anything.

    Back to the pipe after 5+ years.
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    I work with animals, a couple of ducks, a rabbit, a dog, a Tasmanian devil, mice, cats, Tweety birds. Every now and then I work with Superman or Batman, and currently I'm working with Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and other "colorful" characters.

    I've spent time on, and designed parts of, the Hilton Hotel on Mars, a Lunar Colony, St Louis in the 1800's, New York in 1915, the Electronic World, the Earth's Core, and numerous other places.

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    pipe monk, congratulations on nearing a degree after developing fully a career in your field. I went back to school after four years as an enlisted Navy guy, to wedge my writing and editing interests with an already earned journalism degree, and frankly to de-program after some vast geographical shifts and over-exposure to military life for a guy extremely unsuited to it, I admit. Are you familiar with Milton Glazer, the graphic designer who came up with the I (heart) New York visual? There's an excellent documentary on him that really achieves fascinating short-course status since he is so expert at putting his ideas across. I think you can easily get that online or through school ... or perhaps you've seen it. You know better than most that you really educate yourself, and probably formal education mostly helps you better organize what all you have learned and will learn. In my defense, I'll say, I worked very hard at my Navy jobs, and was the opposite of a disciplinary problem. I earned an achievement medal for some of my work after transitioning from radioman ( I wasn't too bad, and the night watch isolation agreed with me) to journalist.

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    My job gives me a sweet chunk of gold metal, and a life saving device that goes “pew”.

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    Opps, I skipped the career brief. I'm retired, which doesn't mean I don't work, but that I work at what's necessary to me. I spend significant time doing care taking for my wife with mobility problems, but she works hard too at cooking, shopping online, organizing my errands, and keeping us both reading, seeing movies, and much else. I spent a chunk of my career doing writing and editing, under various job titles, for an environmental health sciences organization, but including media liaison, public presentations, facility tours, policy analysis, a children's book, photography, and much science writing. Alas, public understanding of, and education in science was and is dangerously skimpy. Most think science is proving your personal suspicions. Science is a brutal mistress and you learn most by figuring out why the data completely contradicts your assumptions and others assumptions popular at the time. This understanding is almost absent among anyone but scientists, so most public discussion of science is absurd nonsense. People want science to illustrate what they feel, which never happens. The weirdest career experience was working with a Japanese public TV crew on a documentary they were doing on endocrine (hormone) disruptors. They were convinced we knew things we wouldn't tell, though our mandate was to publish and publicize everything that was validated and published though peer review. I underwent a personality change, borrowing from various oppressive personalities I had known, to get control of the situation. I won't accuse, but someone at my lab felt sure they'd been offered a bribe. Etc. And the crew stayed into a second week. U.S. TV networks always did a whole story in a matter of hours, catching up with detail they needed by phone after the interviews and visuals were in the can; but also U.S. media knew the culture, so weren't fighting us about imaginary secrecy. The Japanese may have been frantic in their attitude because of low fertility in Japan, low birthrates, and an aging population. I'll never know for sure, but many odd things were going on with that crew, years ago. Another crew from the same network showed up later, much more rational and mannerly, but by then I had on my tyrant mask and they suffered for it. I wasn't going to be abused that way again. With the first problematic crew, when I approached one of our senior scientists to see if he would be interviewed, he actually ran away. I understood and let him go. He was a really big guy, and it was a new experience to have such a massive person run away from me.

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    I've done a lot of jobs. Mostly been working on the non-academic side of universities (i.e. facilities, finance). I've taught a bit, done some low level IT, worked in a police office (never again). Right now, I'm between jobs feeling kind of stuck. I'd like to get back to working for a college or university, but the pay for so many of the jobs just isn't enough for the Bay Area. Thinking about moving down to San Diego, which isn't a whole lot cheaper, but it is a bit cheaper.

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    I'm a misfit that hunts fire breathing misfits while trying to not let houses fall on me.....

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    Btw, great job on finishing your degree Chris. I finished mine at the age of 52.

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    Worked for an electric utility for 30 years. Now retired.

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    52? Well, now I only feel 3/4 bad I'm ABD from mine at my old age.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    Long-haul trucker. Just started two weeks of hometime after 81 days on the road.

    I also have a Bachelor's degree with a double-major in history and English literature, but I've never used it.

    When the robots come for me, I'll probably have to switch to welding or something.

    "An thou hast them, smoketh them!" -An Old Philosopher
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    Blissfully retied now but had worked as a psychotherapist and manager in community mental health for nearly 40 years.

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    Formerly in the military, today am employed in funeral and transport-related jobs,

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    I profess to nothing publicly any more. My expertise? I can still put gas into a second story window with a 37mm launcher. I don't believe anyone else in the neighborhood can do that.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    'Always felt affinity for work, but wonder if I was excessively adaptable and ended up catering to the employer while subverting the best work I could do. I'm naturally intensely curious, and a little obsessively observant, so I tend to be happy in many projects. At least my day-job career provided plenty of variety. I'm not so good at saying, hey, this is what I can and want to do, and you'll never have this opportunity again ... and making it stick. I missed arm-twisting 101.

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    I spent years working for several gov. agencies doing security work. Retired and did private security work and consulting/training. Now I play cowboy/fly fishing guide and a little local security work on call. Getting slower as I age.

    “The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone, I must follow if I can
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    I done a few things over the last year. I was in the military for a bit, went back to school and got my degree this past Dec. Since then I've done a few things, from door to door sales to restaurants/sales. Now I'm In a position where I want to be, working with/for veterans.

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    nunnster, after I finished grad school on GI Bill, before I found something related to my degrees to do, I had a job in the Veterans office at N.C. State U. and surrounding campuses counseling vets on their benefits, a job I held for about four years. Though it wasn't the writing and editing I was looking for, it turned out to be quite an adventure, and I felt like I did some good, and further adjusted to civilian life by helping others do so. If you can help someone else, you truly help yourself, as starry eyed as it sounds. I had a few useful tactics. One was, when a vet came in all fired up about his missing check, and seeing me as the adversary, I'd do the "proper" bureaucratic paperwork, which wth a little encouragement from me actually worked. But seeing the vet was still mistrustful, I'd sit him down and write a fiery complaint to send along over his signature that made the point well. Suddenly he was convinced I understood both his predicament and his anger. Luckily, between the two of us, the money showed up. I didn't do this often, so as not to establish the pattern with the home office, but when needed. So I had a little mileage on my writing/editing background too. Meantime, I managed to court my wife, get married, and save up to buy a house.

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    I first worked as a route setter in a rock climbing gym in my teens bumming around climbing before working my way through two degrees as a land surveyor in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. After that I worked as a Psychotherapist for many years after getting my MS in Psychology and spent a few years in program management in that field. Now back working as the CEO of a local employee owned Engineering, Surveying, 3D Scanning, UAV, and Ground Penetrating Radar company with about 40 employees (The some one I worked for in college). We do a bit of everything geomatics related. I am also a go to work Dad.

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    I was in the military for a decade but when the government decided we didn't need so many regiments I got a MS in forestry and worked as a district forester. Unfortunately poor health has taken me out of commision so I am taking care of my parents and looking forward to (not wanting but inevitably) a disability pension.

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    Photographer for a Historical, Museum Commission, 22 years now.

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    Blessedly retired...before that I lied for the Dept. of Labor.

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    Started work at 12, farm work, Navy overseas, Oil Patch after, then Exxon at Baton Rouge, built Ethylene plants from ground up, bascic building block for plastic, Alcohols. Retired, with 31.5 yrs, financial trial for 3.5 yrs , won, 75% of my money back, bought a 100 yr old house, cut it in half, hauled it on my 41 acres, survived heart bypass, Cancer, lucky to be still here. Sitting on wrap around porch smoking is one of my greatest joys. It’s all good.

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    Civil engineer, designing landfills for power companies and paper mills.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    Musician. Includes touring, local gigs, teaching, soundtrack, anything to get by!

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    I’m an aquarium maintenance technician, hence my tag. I’m also a histology tech for a local hospital and a local pathology lab. Currently studying so that I can sell variable annuities and mutual funds. Just a typical gen X’er.

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    As little as humanly possible! Worked in M&A for a small law firm, launched a niche tobacco company with a few friends met here on this forum. In between that I spend my spare time plotting how to get back to the U.K after 25 years in the U.S. Maybe I will finally do it when I finally retire at the end of this year fingers crossed!

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    Another (ex-)IT person. Started as a Physicist before ending up working with IBM mainframes in 1980 (I was better at IT than I was at Physics ) and did just about every job known in mainframe data centre. Found I liked being a systems programmer far more than anything that had management in the title so I left to join a start up specialising in credit card switching/authorisation systems which wanted to develop an anti-fraud software using advanced mathematical modelling. Officially I was the system architect/designer but being a small company I did anything that was needed. Spent a happy 15 years working all over Europe, AsianPac and US before we were taken over by a larger company and I was suddenly surplus to requirements (which did come as a surprise to several customers...).

    Now pretty much retired although I do some occasional consulting work. Other than smoking pipes I spend my time taking photographs, reading and playing with model trains (or just being a beach bum).

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    I did a stint as a warehouse worker, and was a plumber for many years. I am now settled in as a Registered Nurse on a oncology/Medical/telemetry/hospice unit.

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    I answered the question with my current profession.... Fire Investigator

    Here are the jobs I've held:
    Trail Groomer for the CCC
    Lifeguard
    Sailing Instructor
    Waterfront Director
    Mountaineering Guide
    Floral Delivery
    Newspaper Delivery
    Aquatic Biology Lab Worker
    Dishwasher through Assistant Executive Chef
    Mortuary Assistant
    Owner of a Landscape Company

    I did what it took to pay the bills.

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    I WAS retired, got itchy and was offered a job to teach a Vocational Carpentry class in a Colorado prison. I took the job and love it. I could write a book on the adventures and experiences. It's like going to another planet and dealing with a different species of humans.

    I treat people the way they treat me. It's that simple.
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    Guts and Butts

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    Guts and Butts

    Would that be gastroenterology then?

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    Officially I'm a professional monkey wrangler.

    When I'm not doing that I do construction estimation and project management.

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    Printing, Promotional Products, and decorated apparel distributor. 19 years working with my in-laws. I was in other jobs and son in law first. Love it. Interesting stuff and people to work with. History Major art history minor, ohhhh if I could go back and do college again. Well rounded education, but not exactly practical.

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    Freight train conductor

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    I own a General Contracting Company with Offices in Noblesville (Indianapolis), IN, Birmingham, AL and Raleigh, NC. We mostly do Insurance Restoration work - roofing and other exterior repairs as well as interior damage repair (not fire and water). Anybody in the Raleigh area that got hit with the hail - PM me. LOL Anybody in any of these areas that would like to meet up for a brew and some smoking at some point, PM me. Have met several people here as I visited my other offices.

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    Psychiatrist, last 16 years only inpatient psychiatry.

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    I’m a mechanical engineer with a background in design. I have designed refrigerated supermarket display cabinets through to airport crash rescue fire trucks. For the last 20 years (time flies) I have been the CEO and part owner of the family business which is involved in warehouseing, sales and fabrication. Had 8 staff when I started and now we have over 50. It has also enabled me to travel the world and meet people which has been very rewarding.

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    I’m an 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman (Mortarman). I use this really cool thing to shoot fireworks that ruin people’s days. It’s also not any cooler than it sounds.

    "I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that's not too new." -Robert W. Service
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    Thank you for your service! If there were a firefight and you were raijijg havoc on the enemy forces, I would think that's about as cool as it gets.

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    Air Force officer here. Which (as my Air Force vet dad would say) is almost like being in the military.

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    jttnk, about the usefulness, or not, of non-career-specific degrees, it's true more advice and counseling, formal but mostly informal, should be offered students. My first contact at my grad school was a wise old writer and prof who said, whatever you do don't plan on teaching (the job market at the time had tanked). I followed his advice. Also, he said the first thing he wanted to impress on his grad students was to learn to cook. I'd always HAD to cook some, even as a child, but the practical insight impressed me profoundly. So any young members out there, take the lesson, learn to cook.

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    Lt Col in the South African Police Service. 36 years in and 5 to go to retirement. Done my time on the street and now driving a desk. Looking forward to retirement. 5 years to go.

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    I’m the co-owner, manager, head chocolate maker of a Bean to Bar chocolate company based in DC. We’re working on opening our first Chocolate Factory Cafe.

    In the past I’ve done beer sales for a craft brewery, production management for a coffee company, assistant bread baker, private caterer, confectioner, pastry sous chef, shipping and fulfillment at performance sailing shop in Annapolis, zamboni driver. I’m a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY.

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    Husband of 16 years, father of 4 great teens/pre-teens, walker of 2 dogs, and an attorney specializing in estate planning for a quarter of a century. I worked for a couple small firms before striking out on my own over 20 years ago. I now manage a small firm of 2 attorney's with 2 additional full-time staff.

    During college, did my fair share of odd jobs -- fast food, worked in a steak house doing every thing from dish washer, buser, waiter, prep and line cook, transitioned to residential construction work with again the opportunity to do a lot, ranging from ditch digging to finish work, and just about everything in between.

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    Currently, Freshwater Conservation program manager, adjunct professor, and Dad to 7.

    Jobs held:
    Environmental consultant and manager
    Research Scientist (aka enemy of the people)
    Professor
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    Mechanic
    Programmer (Assembly, C/C++, Fortran)
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    Resident Naturalist
    Farm Hand and Vet assistant
    Lawnmower pusher....
    And on and on

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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    Owned my own company for 12 years doing wireless deployments in the US, Ukraine, Germany, and Russia. Now I work for some friends who have a company doing the same thing I used to do. Now I don't have to travel and get to sleep in my own bed every night.

    Ten more years until I retire but will take contract work after that to stay active.

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    First job after I dropped out of college was a mfgs rep in the jewelry industry. I repped 6 different mfgs all out of Nyc. My territory was all of New England. After that I got into the car business and after being a salesman for a coup;e of years I became a truck manager, then sales manager and finance and insurance manager.

    In 1990 I opened an upscale pool hall. In 1994 I bought the plaza that housed the pool hall. I closed the pool hall after 20 years and then sold the plaza in August of 2017. I have been officially retired since then.

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    I am a molecular/synthetic plant biologist, not really working.... just goofing around and making expensive molecular toys which hopefully one day, that is what I keep telling myself, might be of some use.

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    Project Manager at a ~40 person Environmental Engineering firm. I've been in the environmental field for 23-years after graduating with a BA in Natural Science in 1996.

    Other pre-professional and simultaneous work experience includes:
    - Roofing
    - Guitar Instructor
    - Lead guitar in various weekend cover bands
    - Sound and lighting technician
    - Rental tech (setup big tents mostly)
    - Sales support at local television station
    - QA/QC at large bottling facility

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    just goofing around and making expensive molecular toys which hopefully one day, that is what I keep telling myself, might be of some use.

    Or they go rogue and enslave us all...

    I, for one, welcome our new plant overlords.

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    Or they go rogue and enslave us all...

    I, for one, welcome our new plant overlords.

    If Elon Musk gets his way we'll all by cyborgs here soon.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuralink

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    In December 1971 I decided my life was going nowhere fast and I didn't have the money to pay for college. I decided to enlist in the military and chose the Coast Guard with the plan to learn all I could about shipboard diesel engines, get out, go to college and then take a job with the towboat company my father worked for. In fact, they offered me a position as assistant to the general manager effective as soon I as got out. It didn't work out.

    In 1975, I was at a small station on the Washington coast after serving on an icebreaker for 28 months. I was board and starting writing stories to fill my watch time. I forgot and left one story on the desk in the rec room and the Chief's wife saw it and gave it to a friend to read. The friend was the editor of a weekly newspaper and she printed the story and asked for more. District headquarters found out. Instead of me being in trouble, they asked if I was interested in switching to the photojournalist rating. They were more interested in people who could write and said they could teach me the photography end. I thrived. Advanced from E-3 to E-8 in 15 years. Worked on cases involving search and rescue cases, major and minor oil spills, shipboard fires and collisions, 14 different hurricanes, the Cuban Exodus in 1980, Haitian Interdiction Operations from 1982-85, served on the Vice-President's Drug Task Force from 1982-85, two cruise ship fires, the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, several joint service military operations, and several other things I'm still probably shouldn't talk about.

    I retired rather than take a promotion to E-9 and a transfer to Washington D.C.. I then spent 18 months as the executive assistant to marine insurance adjuster before decided it was time to go back to my journalism roots and took a job as editor of a monthly hunting and fishing magazine. Yep. I got paid to go hunting and fishing and then write lies about it.

    The magazine was owned by a printing company and once they found out I was able to fix the computers and set up the web and email server, they started paying me more money and asking me to do other things. I also filled in for the editor of the weekly newspaper the company owned when he was out. I also learned how to deal with printing clients and design print advertising for grocery stores. Eventually the made me the Art & Production Department Manager. Hurricane Katrina wiped out the advertising base for the magazine, so we shut it down. We had the printing company itself back in operation after 6 weeks. Problem was I kept telling the boss the electronics were going to fail because they had sat in a humid building for a month. (When the area flooded, our building only got 2 inches of water and all the computers and electronics were three feet up.)
    Finally, I had the last straw when we couldn't keep one of the machines running for more than three hours a day. I told the boss it was crap, the insurance adjuster said it wasn't worth fixing. He yelled at me for not keeping it running. I told him fine. I quit. Find someone else.

    He later asked me to stay another 4 months until he could find a replacement for me and get him trained. In the meantime, I was tasked with taking the printing company to a complete digital pre-press operation.

    When I did leave, I left with his five major grocery accounts. I did the work and send it to the printing company and they would pay me on a weekly basis. When two of the clients left the printing company, they called me up and paid me directly to do the work for them. About two years ago, I decided to start cutting back and now I have one client and work maybe 5 hours a week.

    Other than that I write the occasional pipe blog and draw my military retired pay and social security.

    Starting last year, I became a professional Santa Claus.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

    Heave to you dark colored ship under sail! Prepare to be boarded!
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  56. odobenus

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    I farm beef cattle and pigs. Also write novels.
    Before that I've worked as a ranch hand, journalist, editor, meat clerk, liquor store clerk, record store clerk, waiter, writing teacher, literature teacher, empanada-maker, bartender, line cook, flack for the bison industry, plant-potter, beer-bottler, dirt-mover, house-builder and more.

    Non Serviam
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    I just started my PhD in Product Design. Previously I was occupied as an automotive interaction designer and has some experience in ceramics as well. Now in the doctorate program I am required to take a course in qualitative research method and most of the time I just cannot understand what all the postmodernists are talking about
    It's true, the academic world is deteriorating.

    Pierre
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    Sales/management all my life. General manager of a Coca Cola bottling operation for 15 years. Consulted for them on the east coast. Sold cars,managed bars/restaurants, the list goes on. Now manage a large furniture warehouse sale operation.Another year or so and I'm out,health reasons. Docs haven't wanted me working for a while. Time to relax...

    "the weez"...
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    I publish, publish, and publish, but seem to be slowly perishing nonetheless. Got tenure at a research U in 2012 and hope to make it out with my pension before the last of us humanists are hunted down and slaughtered for meat. Before academia, I worked as a garbage man, gas station attendant, framing-crew laborer/whipping boy, backcountry ranger (USFS), translator, hotel maid, dishwasher, grounds crew, mover, etc. I've also always played music (mainly guitar and drums), sometimes for money, but usually for love. I plan a second career as a locksmith.

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    I am a professional malcontent.

    After 7 years in the army, I've not gone more than 3 years at any job since.

    I still don't know what to be when I grow up...

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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    I forgot to say a few things earlier. MSO, I hope I didn’t sound to disparaging of the gen ed route. I do believe one can get a good well rounded education so long as you are taught to think. I believe I had some good instruction there.

    Wow thank you all for the info, Pipe Monk, great thread started. We all have rich stories, some parallels, and many tangents. Fun to learn more about all of you. Thank you for sharing.

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    When I realized I wasn’t going to go pro with baseball, I joined the Army. Despite some of the bullshit, I liked it enough to serve 11 years. Remember ‘Blackhawk Down’? I was there and permanently lost all the hearing in my right ear, half in my left. Went to college and yeah, it was hard being legally deaf and adjusting to a hearing aid. Got a degree in biology and I’ve been working as a medical lab tech ever since.

    “Well, it keeps my hands busy, and my mouth shut."
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    I sell new pressure relief valves and repair services to refineries and chemical plants on the Houston ship channel for the last 20 yrs. I basically take guys out to lunch for a living.

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    I'm a retired Teacher-Librarian. I worked 34 years for the Chicago Board of Education; more than 30 years at the same school, in the same room, at the same desk, in Chicago's West Side. In my formative years (age 14-22), I worked in a grocery store as a bagger, stock-clerk, in the produce department, and as cashier. I put myself through college. While trying to make ends meet as a teacher, husband and father, I moonlighted as a Yellow Cab driver, and again in the grocery trade. I've been retired for 15 years.
    I now smoke my pipe, read my books, listen to music, and pontificate on all subjects monumental and trivial.
    And, as I always say, every day is Saturday, but Sunday.

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    Retired horse breeder here. German warm bloods and thoroughbred crosses, and draft horses. Mostly for carriage horses and competition jumping, dressage, and hunting. My job today is trying to decide whether my wife and I want to be on the farm back near Sparta NC or at our beach properties...life's tough these days.

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    Just a little salute to work of all kinds, not just the doctor-lawyer-teacher kind. Being someone who has done the range of labor from cleaning toilets on a warship to being in a position where people mistakenly called me "doctor" as a courtesy title (no, I wasn't the great pretender, just in that milieu). When I watched the late-night talk shows, it always made me angry when the multi-million dollar salaried "comics" scorned the folks with minimum wage jobs. Clearly no gratitude for their outrageous luck which had just become taken for granted. I try to treat people right, especially if they are doing any job for me. With my own household tasks, I realize how finely I have honed the details of the rudimentary, which when you apply some thought, become quite intricate. When people tell me what they "do," I receive that with respect, and usually considerable interest. When the check-out person at the grocery asks me how I am, I tell them and ask how they are, and establish eye contact. We're all in this together.

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