NFR What Is (was) Your Job?

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  1. JS

    JS Active Member

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    I started out as a construction go-pher during my summer between school jobs, doing everything from dirt work to demo and remodel. Got into the Insulators union as an apprentice after I thought I was done with school, which I promptly quit after spending my first six months in an oil refinery in Laurel, MT (fishing was sick though). Spent a summer in Alaska as a guide for BBL, which was a badass experience that I will likely never have again due to my distaste for some of the patrons of establishments such as that. Worked in a flyshop for a while after that, got back into the Insulators union for a few years, and now I am three months away from a student teaching intership for my Elementary Ed Degree. I still guide sometimes, however not very much, and only for smallies and carp these days.
     
  2. Robert Engleheart

    Robert Engleheart Robert

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    JS, I spent a couple months working for Insulators as a Permit Helper during the Alaska pipeline while I was waiting to go out for the ironworkers. Worked with a couple hundred "Boomers" on a job with hours; saw lots of money made and lost, lotsof things I'll never forget. A certain traveler got in an argument in local watering hole over music; country or rock 'n roll. The local, being outnumbered and outsized, left only to come back 30 minutes later with a Remington model 1100. While everyone dove for cover, he calmly put 3 double-00 buck rounds into the juke, looked around and said " I guess that about settles it, eh?" Crazy times. A very few left with money saved, most spent it as fast as they made it. What I'll never forget is most of the men over 45 or so had asbestosis and many had partial or more lungs removed. Nasty stuff. I'll probably get Meso in the end.
     
  3. Codioos

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    I've worked at car dealerships for over 11 years, owned my own business and am currently using my degree in Radiology. I am saving up $ for Chiropractic college as my next step and my ideal career choice. Portland is where I will go for that school, so at least I get to stay in the NW area.
     
  4. Jeff Sawyer

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    At 17 I worked for my Dad in Construction for about 6 months. I love my Dad, figured if I was going to keep it that way, I should find a new job. I think he felt the same way; he recommended I joined the Air Force, I did and it was a great move for me; got my education, raised a family; still love my Dad.

    I did a total of 21.5 years, (Geeky Computer Stuff) I got lucky with assignments I lived Alaska, Hawaii, and Germany, it did not suck!

    I retired and did some contract work also in Germany working with the Air Force and then landed a civil service job at JBLM working with the Army folks now.
     
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  5. JS

    JS Active Member

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    That is pretty sad, bro. I was lucky and was mugged up for almost everything that remotely looked like "stose", but I, too, have storys about pack-a-day smokers that were barely over 40 and were getting really bad chest x-rays. Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones that escapes that crap. Funny you say that about the "boomers" though, I have seem some serious escapades from some of the travelers I worked with. I've never met a group of people that could burn up a paycheck faster than those dudes.
     
  6. Kim Hampton

    Kim Hampton Not Politically Correct

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    About a quarter and half short of an accounting/business degree. Skippered charter boats at Westport in the early 70's to pay for my college. Commercial fisherman in Alaska for the past 33 years. Factory trawler captain working in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Island areas since 1987. Still hard at it.
     
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    Went to Oregon State for Early Childhood Development and Communications, and decided after graduating I didn't want to spend my life having parents bitching at me, so I went into the bicycle industry (raced semi professionally in college). Did that for 10 years, marrying a sugar mama in the meantime. Had a baby in february, and now I get to be a stay at home dad. Working on getting back into racing bikes again while I am at home. So far- this is way better than working full time...
     
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    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    I'm a marine biologist / community college professor. I did most of my Ph.D. research on the feeding biology of marine sculpins at the Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island - summer camp for science geeks. I then embarked on 20+ years as in itinerant biologist/professor at the University of Chicago, University of Maine (got to go to the Antarctic), East Carolina University, the University of Puget Sound, and the Evergreen State University. I'm now a tenured professor at Centralia College and working too many 11 hour days during the school year. But I have kept my summers largely to myself and I average 25+ full days of fishing each summer. I have hopes of rekindling some research projects with sculpins, perhaps freshwater and marine now.

    Steve
     
  9. fifafu

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    golf pro
     
  10. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    Retired U.S. Coast Guard (24yrs). Now a stay at home Dad for a beautiful 4 yrs old daughter. Volunteer. Single A Fly fisherman when the opportunities present themselves!
     
  11. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Since we're listing part time jobs. Back when I was in the Navy I picked up an evening job running a pool hall or a billiard parlor for the wine drinking crowd.

    One night I did see where a pool cue was outclassed by a wooden chair in a fight.
     
  12. Rick Todd

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    Before my actual dental career, I had my first summer job pumping gas at a Chevron station (back when there was no self serve stations), then a summer at Owen Corning fiberglass (by far my worst job ever-scratchy skin all the time!), 3 summers at a fruit cannery in San Jose CA (cushy job greasing the equipment), then while in dental school I had a painting company in the summer (advertised to Seattle dentists and did really well!) and in the winter I was a ski instructor on Wednesday nights and weekends at Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass. Rick
     
  13. Robert Engleheart

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    Ha!
    I saw 3 sisters fist fight 1 guy. They could throw a punch and take one, as well.
     
  14. Rocket Red

    Rocket Red Vegetarian Cannibal

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    Principal/Project Manager/HR/Senior Engineer/Bill Collector/Head of Sales for a small engineering firm. I worked four years for the Department of Defense after college, and hated it 95% of the time. Sure the paychecks were steady, but you give up a lot of freedom for a steady paycheck.

    Now, I have to work harder but I play harder too. I used to have to call in sick or plan a vacation to go fishing. Now I just go fishing when the fishing is good. Smart phone technology allows me to keep projects moving and clients happy when I am bobbing on the water somewhere.
     
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  15. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    In my yout I spent a few years commercial fishing mostly AK. In Gustavus Lodge (Glacier Bay) one night an old timer (small guy) was betting all men his wife could kick their ass. She was pretty...big.
    At the same time one of my mates was outside sparking a surprisingly cute daughter. Thank God he didn't get caught.