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Jul 1, 2019
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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Jan 14, 2012
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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Jan 17, 2017
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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Dec 22, 2013
New York
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!



Oct 30, 2017
Sao Paulo, Brasil
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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Nov 18, 2018
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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Jul 30, 2016
I answered the question with my current profession.... Fire Investigator
Here are the jobs I've held:

Trail Groomer for the CCC


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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Apr 1, 2014
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.

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Dec 22, 2017
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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Jan 28, 2018
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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Jul 10, 2018
New Zealand
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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