(NFR) What do you do for a living?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Brian James, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. Jake Smulkowski

    Jake Smulkowski Throwing hoppers into baetis falls

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    I am an environmental education specialist. Not sure what that means. But sometimes I get paid to take kids fishing. Once I got paid to take kids backpacking. Mostly I stare at my computer screen until my eyes glaze over and then I come look at this website.
     
  2. Matt Burke

    Matt Burke Active Member

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    I did eight in the Army, from ‘82 to ‘90, working in Pershing missiles (like a Scud, but with a nuke). Reagan destroyed communism and signed the intermediate nuclear arms treaty and there went my job. I was so pissed I never got to kill anyone and got out. Figured I’d better work off some kind of penance for all the evil things I did in Germany so I went to nursing school (hope none of my old Army buddies are reading this, they would think I went gay). Couldn’t really figure out what to do as Boeing doesn’t hire missile crewman and nursing was the only profession that seemed to be consistently in demand and the one section in the help want ads that never shrinks.

    That was over 15 years ago and I have been stamping out fecal impaction in the same nursing home ever since. The golden rule of nursing; what goes in, has to come out. There are many rewards in this career. The least of which, having a 103 year old woman, with no teeth, grab you by the collar, plant a big wet kiss on the lips and then having said 103 Y.O. become incontinent in bed from the excitement of it all. The upside, I work evenings so I can fish Monday through Friday every morning. On the weekends, I get my kids. What a life!
     
  3. ahab

    ahab Rick L.

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    I work for the railroad. We inspect and repair freight cars. I get to work different shifts so that is nice to get to water when other people are working and since alot of our line runs along the major rivers I can access sections that are normally hard to get to by using the gravel roads that run alongside the tracks. I have a key! Other than that it's pretty hard work. Long hours and on call.
     
  4. FISHTOLIVE

    FISHTOLIVE MEMBER

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    Am a Med Tech for a local lab. I work two on ,two off, one on, two off and so on. I enjoy what I do even if it is looking at and dealing with bodily fluids. I am able to fish up to fours days a week year round and usually do. :thumb:
     
  5. Capt. Awesome

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    Training Manager for DirecTV.

    I was an installer for 2.5 years and it was no secret that I had two fly-rods in my rig at any one time. It was no accident that I would request routes "out in the sticks" so that I could fish my way back home. After performing thousands of service calls, upgrades and installs for customers all across Oregon and Washington, I have developed relationships with customers that have granted me the privilege of fishing some private waters that I had no idea existed. Whoever said that the best fishing waters are in private hands was correct.
     
  6. Anyfish

    Anyfish Fishing with the kids

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    Ensuring environmental, health and safety compliance.
     
  7. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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  8. Brian James

    Brian James New Member

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    Do you know what boat he's on?
     
  9. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    I'm an xray tech in Boston. Yuck! The fishing stinks out here. There are a few rivers that have some sizeable browns but after June 1st the temps go up and the fish go on vacation. Everyone out here talks about stripper fishing like it is the end all be all of fishing. I yern for the day that I will once again be at home in the wonderful NorthWest. But if I happen to end up in say Argentina or B.C. that would be cool too.

    John :beathead:
     
  10. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    I'm retired, list of jobs: navy frogman, navy electrician, non navy worked as a millwright, then I was a commercial fisherman for last 30 years for salmon, herring, capelin, and squid. Daryle
     
  11. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    :eek: :eek: Matt, I think I'm scarred for life after reading that..............quick, I need something about 180 proof to get that visual out of my head.....
     
  12. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, as most know, I'm a UPS driver. Had a great run for the first 15 or so years. Delivered where I had prime saltwater fishing for salmon and SRC's. Also a few creeks that had some awesome salmon fishing. Now, have a permanent route, and stuck inland in Gig Harbor. So fishing is kept for the weekends only.

    I attached a picture of my truck/trailer. This is my baby. LOL.
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  13. Kim Ferris

    Kim Ferris left-handed sort of way

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    really, a rocketscientist. a chief scientist at battelle (hanford site) specializing in information theory for the development of new materials.

    how do i cope - well, there's never enough fishing time - so i lie to myself a lot; read and prepare for those few times i do get out.

    k
     
  14. Eric Blankenship

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    GPS Tech for Sno. County Surface Water Management. I survey and map surface water drainage systems with high-accuracy GPS equipment. Everything from new-construction catch basin systems to ditches, streams, and rivers. The information is used for computer modeling for flooding and for fish habitat (culvert replacements, etc.).

    The upside is that I get to be outside all day every day. In the winter, the cube dwellers just don't get that I'd still rather be outside than in - even if I can't be fishing at the time. Another plus is that I work 4 10s and get a lot of time off so I get a lot of long weekends to make road trips. Normally the summers are full of float trips on the Sky and Stilly doing habitat and channel migration surveys, but this summer has been too busy with other stuff...
     
  15. Jason

    Jason Trout Bum

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    I am an AutoCAD Technician (drafter) for a consulting engineering firm. But really want to get back to doing civil engineering. So much more fun doing things like storm water design and road development design.