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07-08-2012 09:06 AM

I have been having some licensing issues with the USCG for the past several months (I am a licensed Merchant Mariner). It has taken up much of my free time (virtually no shop time since February or so) & seems to be finally settled. But it got me thinking surely the rest of the world doesn’t have these types of problems just to hold a job.

I am curious as to what does everyone here do for a living? As I mentioned I am a M.M. licensed Master of towing vessels. Been a mariner for 34 years. How about you?

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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Robert Brown

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 12:26 PM

Retired and loving it.

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 01:19 PM

Facilities director at a university, but my dream job is retirement.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 01:41 PM

contractor and furniture maker


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#4 posted 07-08-2012 01:49 PM

Part owner of an architectural molding plant. I primarily run the maintenance and engineering end of the business.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 02:41 PM

Director of Demolition Services for a construction company. I estimate and project manage all the demo work.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 03:06 PM

My dream is also retirement. After the collapse of 2008 It’s going to be awfully hard to do.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 07-08-2012 03:32 PM

Retired engineer (nuclear and telecom) with a custom cabinet/furniture business as a “retirement” job. Yeah, right!! – lol

Jumped thru many hoops to get my PE license and still maintain it. Getting my GC license was much easier although I seldom use it anymore.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 07-08-2012 03:40 PM

Retired Speech and Language Pathologist. Loving every minute of it, too!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 07-08-2012 04:01 PM

Apprenticing Electrician, I work for my father who is self employed

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#10 posted 07-08-2012 05:14 PM

Retired maintenance engineer, 34 years with the same company. If you have ever heard of Dolly Madison, Hostess, and many other brands, that was me. I have been retired for 4+ years and love every minute of it.


-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 05:35 PM

Manager of an oilfield trucking company.

Some of my problems… Stay within legal allowable working hours in a 24 hr industry that does not require constant night shifts. So if I keep a night shift my guys starve until something comes in for them. Or get rid of night shift but piss customers off for not having a truck for them when night stuff comes in.

Maintain new safety standards for the Government while not going broke.

Staying afloat in a small business while big corporations move in and take over while refusing to pay but every 120 days and that’s if they feel like it.

Trying to manage a company while new owners who are trust fund babies play business.

Compete with my neighboring state who has low taxes which allow companies from there to underbid me.

But hey, I am employed. Thank you lord!

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 07-08-2012 06:29 PM

Retired Jr. High science and computer teacher. I taught for 30 years.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 07-08-2012 06:34 PM

Sr. IT Systems Management Analyst for an insurance company, that’s a fancy way to say “IT nerd”.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 07-08-2012 07:48 PM

I’m too retired to remember any more

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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