( NFR ) Just curious what everyone does for a living??

Greetings all,
I worked as a newspaper photographer for years. Now I'm an editor and renjoy it, but it can be a grind. My best job ever was working as a field archaeologist for the Forest Service. Hiking all day in the woods was great. Making peanuts was not. I've been considering working on a Masters in environmental science. Jumping out of a career and back into school with a family and a mortgage sounds sketchy though. We'll see.

I was an outdoor equipment rep for six years. I was able to work with the largest fishing equipment manufacturers in the market. I suppose to some it sounds like the dream job. The reality is, the job eliminated most of my fishing and turned into a 70 hour a week monster. I decided to go back into financing real estate and now have more time, income and job satisfaction. Good question guy's.

mike doughty

Honorary Member
air force for 15 years and in 5 i can retire. if you're over 30 forget about joining. the travel is nice though, as you already no i'm living in korea now for a year.


Mark Steudel
Unix admin for a software company. It's never boring and you are constantly challendged, but sometimes it's a pain in the ass when everything seems to break on your on call shift.

mike doughty

Honorary Member
i have been in the air force for 15 years and can retire in 5. if you're at least 30 then it's to late to sign up. the travel is nice as you already know i am living in korea for a year.

I fear no beer

Member formerly known as Mark
I'm an emergency room nurse, have been for 18 years. In that time I've spent 3 years as firefighter and 3 as a flight nurse. It's a great gig if you like people. The bennies are good and I get 7 days off ever other week.

I fear no beer

Jerry Daschofsky

Staff member
Well, I have two jobs. Main job is a UPS Driver. Awesome job, awesome benefits, but extremly hard on body. Best to stay off porches, they collapse and screw up your body. LOL. Actually, been doing it for 15 years. I had NO injuries until this one, and may be a career ender. So may be in same boat as you here shortly. Been nice being home and being a Daddy. But, will see if I can go back to driving, if not, will see if I can get another job inside UPS. If not, then retraining. But halfway to retirement, don't want to pull away now.
Second job, which is purely a side job, is professional fly tyer/fly tying supplies sales. Just something I do on the side. Being off hurt hasn't helped me at all. I usually do some huge restocks during the year. But, the $$$ I normally save off to the side to restock has had to be used to pay bills. So, has crimped me a bit. But normally love it. Especially the flytying aspect when customers come back for seconds, thirds, more and send pictures. Always gratifying.


Active Member
A career change can be a great thing. It was for me

I worked in the snowboard industry for seven years and thought that I had found my lifes work. I worked in athlete management/marketing. I loved snowboarding and got paid to babysit adults inplaces like Whistler, Vail, Nagano, etc. This led to wanting to become a photographer travelling the world taking the pictures you see in the snowboard and Ski magazines. I did it for a while and had some photos that got published but the income was small and the expenses large. Out of the blue a corporate recruiter called me about a job at a local game publishing company. Three and a half years later I am still there as a Brand Manager. I am currently managing the development of a new game and love my job. The pay is good, the people are great, I have learned so much. I get enough free time to fly fish some and my wife can stay home with our son.
( NFR ) Just curious what everyone does for a livin...


i think i have just about the best job a single guy could have. im a Hairstylist- :p i run my hands thru females hair allday. IM STRAIGHT also,just to clear that up with anybody. ive been doing hair for the last 8 years and have owned my own salon for the last 5 years in seattle. I love the friendships i have built and the connections you get from networking with other business owners, barters, perks, you name it. Pat- i get to fish just about anytime i want, and most of my clients are well aware of my sickness for fishing, so they work with me. the pay is good and the time is yours, it just depends on how much you wanna make. im in one of those jobs that "you only make what your hands can do" . i would really love to become a photographer for my next career. just one more thing- heres my fork in the road- sunvalley idaho is opening a brand new AVEDA concept salon and is looking to hire 3 full time hairstylist from seattle. they'll dump a mil.$ easily into that and im sure will be the fattest salon there , can make mad cash, once talked to a lady there and she said she would rather fly to BeverlyHills and get her hair done there, she'd get in quicker and cost less, haha . HMMMM.. everything i have built here means nothing there. no more owner, just new guy on the block ,that is tearing me apart :dunno :reallymad :) :) i can see it now- (receptionist)"Oh, im sorry Mrs.Smith, Jeffrey will be late for your appt., he's into a JT right now on the Lost river ,can we reschedule?;( do what ya like , the humpty dance, oh sorry. I really mean if you now what your worth and your not getting it, then you be the boss! laters bhudda
Depending on my mood of the moment, when I'm asked what I do, I either reply that I'm retired, or that I'm a swing trader.
Both are true, but "retired" is self-explanatory, while "swing trader" takes explaining, which I'm not always eager to do. Swing trading means that I buy and sell stocks for profits over a period of, usually, several days to several weeks, working on my home computer. I'm not a day-trader; who can fish when they're glued to a computer screen all day? And I'm not a long-term investor, who could do nothing about the market's swoon from March 2000 until recently except endure the pain and dream of retiring, someday. I spend a very few hours a week selecting stocks with the assistance of a proprietary screening program, checking the daily results, and selling when the short-term advance or retreat is over. I support myself on my month-by-month profits.
I don't make a lot, but then, I didn't have a lot of investment capital to start with. My house and vehicles are paid for. In the last two years, I've flung flies in Virginia, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, B.C., and the wonderful waters around the Fourth Corner of Washington. I own two suits and about thirty fly rods. A man's got to have his priorities straight.
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I was a musician for 15 years, working a day job (or two) around the music. About 7 years into that,I began driving truck. Which,if you take some sort of camera along,is kind of like being a professional tourist, when you go OTR. (over the road) I preferred log trucks. Way more fun!
After 15 years of driving I woke up to my new wife of 2 months asking me if I wanted to move to Washington. I ask, "what did I ever do to you?" As is turned out, she had mentioned to her warehouse manager that she would move to Burlington to his new building and continue her job for him of the last 9 years as his inventory auditor, if there was a full time job for her husband. He said yes.
I had hit the top of my food chain as a driver. 2 million miles without a ticket or an accident, I had a retirement job, top dollar & sleep in your own bed. I had concidered owning my own truck, but there is a certain peace when you can leave note for the mechanic at the end of the day & it's good to go tomorrow and, you got to sleep instead of work on it.
So we left S:confused:regon and bought a house in Concrete.
I was promoted to hourly supervisor after 10 months, & will be with the company 4 years in June, 40 hr week pays the same as 60 hours trucking. W/ medical, dental, vision, paid vacation,( I'll have 3 weeks at 5 years.. The wife has 5 weeks at 15 years)401 contribution, profit & gain sharing. Bonus checks? Stocks!
I bought a sled for transportation on the Skagit. Don't fish out of it much, but it get's me between holding water.
:smokin Jeff
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Sounds like you are at an interesting point in life. Not necessarily a comfortable time, because things are a bit uncertain, but an exciting time because you are considering other possibilities. I'm 52 years old and have been in that place three times in my life. The first was in my late 20's when I was in the Army, but teaching at Purdue in West Lafayette. The second time was in my early 40's, having just retired from the Army. The third time is now. In my 20's, I considered leaving the Army and going to grad school full-time at the Krannert School of Business to get my MBA. I liked Lafayette for other reasons; was considering opening an antique store. I was newly married. I just couldn't figure out how to make the transition at that time, so I stayed in the Army, got transferred to Fort Lewis in Tacoma, then to Germany--never looked back. When I retired, an old Army buddy and I thought about starting a company that would hold on-line auctions. It was the Ebay concept, but he lived in one state and I in another, and he was also interested in opening a brew pub that featured barbeque -- called it "Brew and Q". He later got part of that venture off the ground. I went to grad school and got my MBA and stayed in the HR field. In retrospect, my risk tolerance was quite low both times. I took a fairly safe route. Too early to say what will happen this time. Lessons learned from experience for your consideration:

-If you have a good idea, it probably is.
-If you have a good idea, someone else probably has the same idea. Your success may depend upon getting your concept to market first; or if you don't get there first, having a better marketing plan.
-Most ideas aren't truly original.
-It's better to try and not succeed than to not try at all.

This time around I have a mentor. I think that it may make a difference. This is someone that is in business for himself, but has a background in counseling. Great guy. He also happens to be my fishing partner. Try to find someone that's been down life's road a ways and is a good listener. Keep the options open for a while and limit the nonnegotiables. Taking a peek at "What Color Is Your Parachute" won't hurt. My copy is pretty well worn by now. This can be a very exciting time.


"There are none happy in the world but beings who enjoy freely a vast horizon."
( NFR ) Just curious what everyone does for a livin...

I manage the seating and occasional table production at a furniture manufacturer in Woodinville. This involves CAD design, research and development, inventory control, quality control, human resources, babysitting, you name it. I speak Spanish most of the day as our work force of 60 plus is mostly Mexican. Hours can be long, pay is so-so, work environment is marginal. All things considered, it could be much worse.

Work to fish!
Happiness is a tight line.
aaron j

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