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Old 01-11-09, 12:58 AM
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What do you do for a living?

MiamiJim's thread "Having a real job sucks", and the responses from posters who work nights got me thinking. What do you all do for a living? My impression has been that most C&V'ers were either old retired coots, or young single adults in college, or young marrieds fresh out of college and in their first apartment (hence all the photos of bikes indoors). I also wonder whether there's a tendency towards certain occupations, such as engineering.

I'll start: I work for an automotive manufacturer's financing arm, supporting mainframe financial systems. In other words, I generally work at a keyboard in a cubicle all day, except for meetings.
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I'm not old, not retired, not young, not single, not in college, not fresh out of college, not in first or any apartment, and not in engineering. Right now I am between jobs, but I've been in retail consumer electronics for about 30 years. This economy sucks.
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I work for a commercial printer as a graphic designer (I work the midnight shift = same hours as Asian Countries)

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Edit: I am 25, married and own a very very tiny house (850 sq feet)
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Good call on engineering, degree from U of I (Chicago). 16 years building space hardware (in California) from carbon fiber but prefer steel for my bicycles. Decided to enter consulting and moved to the Ozarks six years ago. Not a good place for corncobs. The things I miss about Chicago are pizza and my 17-13 cogs.

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moved to the Ozarks six years ago. Not a good place for corncobs.
Cough, cough. Well,....

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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
I'm not old, not retired, not young, not single, not in college, not fresh out of college, not in first or any apartment, and not in engineering. Right now I am between jobs, but I've been in retail consumer electronics for about 30 years. This economy sucks.
Well, you might be my age, then. I sympathise with you, sir; I was unemployed for 10 months in 2003-2004, and for 12 months out of 16 during that period. I still have not recovered financially. And just yesterday (Friday at 5:00 p.m., actually), I learned that two of my teammates had been given their notice. I could be next.

Yes, Michigan's economy has not been good since the turn of the century.
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Cough, cough. Well,....

Philosophy Professor by day. Local bike-riding crazy person at other times.

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Ever heard of Doc Howald from Franklin College? lol

I currently work as a bike mechanic/web designer.

Prior to that, I was an I.T. geek - travelling around installing servers, setting up desktops and such. Prior to that, I was a graphic designer. Prior to that I was a web designer for the state of Indiana. Prior to that, I was an auto mechanic. Concurrent with that, I was a bike mechanic. Odd. lol
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Good luck to you David. I hope you can avoid the same fate as your colleagues.
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Old 01-11-09, 01:24 AM
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Originally Posted by KerryP View Post
Good call on engineering, degree from U of I (Chicago).
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I also anticpate a higher percentage of members than the average population are either college graduates or skilled tradesmen.
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I was a small, Indy business owner for 11 years; A master coffee roaster. And then I found my calling and returned to school, and now I have a job that I love.....I'm middle-aged now, but don't feel much different than I did at 19, except for maybe a better understanding of what it means to be more soulful...

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Old 01-11-09, 01:31 AM
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I was a small, Indy business owner for 11 years; A master coffee roaster. And then I found my calling and returned to school, and now I have a job that I love.....I'm middle-aged now, but don't feel any different than I did at 19...

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Indy as in Independent or Indy as in Indianapolis?
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Indy as in Independent or Indy as in Indianapolis?
Hee hee, Independent.... Fair trade coffee and all.....
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I.T. geek, married, and 40-something. And yes, I too generally work at a keyboard in a cubicle all day, even for meetings which are usually done by telephone. But at least I commute to work by bike.
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Well... In the summers I'm the captain of a tall ship, not very tall but it gets the point across. We do educational programs up and down the river here. See http://www.gundalow.org/
During the school year I'm a housewife. My wife teaches 1st grade at the local Waldorf school and I stay home with the babies.
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I'm not old, not retired, not young, not single, not in college, not fresh out of college, not in first or any apartment, and not in engineering. This economy sucks.
Same here. I manage a kitchen cabinet manufacturing plant, but looking to do something else. This economy does suck.
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I've been out of school for about 6 years and married 3 years ago. Have one daughter now. Right now I'm 26 years old.

Seems a bit contradictive with your assumptions, doesn't it?
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