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On 7/9/2017 at 2:07 PM, Rxonmymind said:

Keeping the peace in a BIG slammer. Basically I'm a referee. "Stop fighting" "No you can't have that knife" "No you can't stick that in his neck" "No skipping! Your a grown man for crying out loud" "Please pull your pants up I don't want to see your butt". "No kissing!" Definitely a red flag on that last offense. I move them. Lol.

That kind of thing. It has it's humorous moments.

Reminds me of the high school geometry class I teach.  Especially pull your pants up and no kissing!

 

lol

My update is I have finally received disability still working part time!

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Electrical Engineering, C3ISR primarily(Lead Systems Engineer for RQ-4 GlobalHawk, MQ-4 Triton, MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper).  I started my career in the United States Air Force in 1981. I joined the USAF as a 326x4C AFSC(Air Force Specialty Code) and that was Integrated Avionics Computerized Test Stations and Component Specialist(F-16 A, B, C & D Models) otherwise known as AIS(Avionics Intermediate Shop).

 

I have been with L3 Technologies since 1985(It was called Sperry UNIVAC back then) seen and done so many things I wish I could talk about. 

 

I love what I've done so far and have personally seen and heard testimonies, directly from our troops visiting us that have used and or were saved by our products, saying they adore our products and services.  We were all in tears after hearing their stories.

 

I was contracted out to the NSA and DARPA on Black Projects in the 80's, all TS/SCI can't discuss any of it...

 

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I started building grain bins when I was 14 years old, did that till the end of High School.  Went to Trade School and took Mechanics, I did that for a few years then changed jobs and started working in a Oil Field Pump Manufacturing  Shop.   Went through the Apprenticeship and became a Journeyman Machinist.  Programmed and Ran CNC for 16 years, got bored with that and went into oilfield servicing, replacing packings in well heads, just general maintenance.  Had a bad accident while doing this 14 years ago, ended up with a crushed hip, compression fracture of L4 vertebra and broke half the bones in my left wrist.  After dealing with back pain for 8 years they decide to finally do surgery, that ended up in failure so I am now retired, not on my terms though.  But thankful to still be here to enjoy life and music.

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On 4/8/2017 at 7:16 PM, kve777 said:
  Many of you already know I have been a Master Automotive Technician for some 35+ years now, with some management of Monro, Midas and Firestone stores thrown in for good measure. Did Aviation Mechanic duties for a Sikorsky sub-contractor in CT, too.
  Can't stand customers, though. People say they want the cheapest repair job possible, but then complain about performance or longevity later. I actually told a frustrating tire customer at Firestone "Sir, the only thing cheaper than these tires is you." No big bosses ever got wind of that, thankfully. I always made more money as a flat rate tech than the managers anyway.
   Now, my back is really bad, so I only do that 3 days a week or less, fix/flip audio gear the other days as the pain allows. A bone spur inside one of my vertebrae prevents surgery. My goal is to get into something less physical, but still maintaining a reasonable salary. Not easy to find.
   I have been selling just about anything on eBay and other sites since 2001. I once sold three mice, dead for decades, nothing left but bones and fur, but perfectly intact. Found them in a 1927 console radio. $15.00. I have no idea what anyone would do with them...

Update:  Finally found an auto repair shop where I can get pair 'right', working 5-6 days a week, hoping my back will hold out for another 10 years...

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Update:

 

I'm still in the biotech job.

Over the past couple years we've been developing dietary and remedial aids for livestock in anticipation of the global reduction in the use of antibiotics and chemical treatments.

Our results have been better than expected and the market just opened up very nicely for us.

All of our products are made from natural materials, almost all of them are already 'organic' certified.

 

Confused?

 

Understandable, I don't - and shouldn't - come across as a vegan/holistic proponent.

I'm not, but: a healthier food supply chain that includes less chemicals and more comfortable & productive livestock is not only good, it leads to a good bottom line!

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I was in the Bar business for approx. 20 years (bartender, Dj, bouncer, bar manager, general manager, and finally owner) after I thought I was getting too old for that gig I got into Real Estate and have been a Realtor for the last 15 years (should have started earlier). I've been drumming and singing in bar bands for the last 14 years as well as well as owning a few rental properties for about the same time. :)

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Just now, Rod H said:

Do you rent to bar band musicians?

Actually just did (but he's also a carpenter so going to fix the place up for me), but otherwise God No! lol

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Since the invite was thrown out there, and it's probably only fair that everyone be forewarned about some of us, here's my $0.02 worth.

 

By training and background, I'm your basic, old-school computer jockey.  yup, one of ... them.

 

I've been very lucky to have worked in some interesting areas in my career.

 

I started out in weather research for a few years, then jumped to working for a computer company doing sales support, and more.  We did everything from high-speed robotics, computer imaging, to more mundane things. 

 

From there I went into satellite imaging software development for many years.  I jumped ship for a while to enjoy some time doing robotics and simulation for the space program, then back to the sat. imaging again for more years.

 

Eventually, I decided as fun as it was, it was time for something to pay the bills, so I took a job managing the computer systems for an automated warehouse belonging to a gov't agency that, shall we say, sells libations, in exceedingly large quantities.  20 years on, I'm still there, and hoping to keep some shreds of my sanity for enough longer to make retirement (which is still way tooo far off, sigh)

 

What I really am, and why I've been successful, is a problem solver.  Regardless of the situation, I can usually figure out what is wrong, or why, and find a solution or workaround.  Unfortunately, that's why I carry 2 cellphones and I'm on call 24/7/365.25, sigh.

 

My other, not so cheerful, full time job over the past few years, is caregiver for my ailing better half.  She has advanced MS, and is starting to really fade these days, so this is consuming more and more of my time, and energy.  The one fortunate thing is that she has no pain, which helps get us through.  It is, what it is, so please don't dwell on this, but do take time to hug your family and appreciate them.

 

Oh yeah, the one other job I have is being chief cook and bottle washer for our hoard of cats.  We have 5, all black, and they, and my music, keep me (somewhat) sane.

 

So, aren't you sorry you asked?

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On 4/8/2017 at 4:16 PM, kve777 said:
 
  Can't stand customers, though. People say they want the cheapest repair job possible, but then complain about performance or longevity later.

A friend of mine who installs electronics in Police cruisers has a sign on his shop wall that says you can have an install job done either Cheap, Fast, or Well...Pick any 2! :)

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17 hours ago, Brian_at_HHH said:

our hoard of cars.  We have 5, all black, and they, and my music, keep me (somewhat) sane.

 

I have had mostly white cars in my life. Currently 2 white and 1 black. Sounds like we just a few short of a chess board! :)

 

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I'll chime in with the latest in my story too...

 

For the past 17 years + I've been in Medical Imaging Systems service, X-Ray, CT, peripherals.

12 years ago I hired into Wisconsin's largest hospital system.

6 years ago, they outsourced us all, and I have been working for the contractor since.

Last spring, the hospital system "merged" with another from IL.

In June it was decided they were going to cancel the remaining 4 years of the service contract.

So, I have applied for my job for the 3rd time. I was able to negotiate a nearly 10% raise out of it though.

I received my layoff notice from the contractor yesterday. I knew it was coming but it still hit me kinda wierd.

I'll begin my "new job" in January, having gone full circle.

Although only 3 of the 7 we had in my area decided to return.

Should be an interesting year...

 

 

 

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Compared to a lot of you guys my career choice is a little boring....

 

Im a construction superintendent for the wall and ceiling industry.

 

My latest job was helping to bring back 2 large towers in Edmonton in line with schedule.

The contractor doing the work was falling behind.....so we come in to "fix" it.

6 months later......complete.

 

To elaborate a bit......the Stantec is 70 stories and the tallest building west of Toronto,

the other.....56 story Marriot hotel. These buildings sit side by side and are being constructed at the

same time. Unprecedented for western Canada, in a new downtown revitalization project called the ice district 

in Edmonton Alberta It sits with 4 0ther towers started now and a 700 million dollar arena that is now open.

 

View from the 56th floor of the Marriot looking down at the new arena.

The video from the 30th story of the Stantec.

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I perform building inspections.  Purchase/sale type of inspections and insurance investigations. My bread & butter is structural and roof evaluations.   The insurance side of things can be cool.  Lots of failures to examine.  People tend not to tell the truth during an insurance claim.  Cannot believe they really don't think we're gonna figure it out.  LOL  The report writing and expert witness stuff is not my cup of tea.  My dad stated the business in the mid 1970's so I grew up with it.  Engineering school doesn't teach ya much about forensics, just some material science and general engineering background to lean on.

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6 hours ago, Dadvw said:

I work at a power generation facility.......I help make electricity.......grin

 

MORE Power!!!  My amp isn't loud enough, yet.   😉

 

In truth, thanks for keeping the electrons flowing.

2 hours ago, PDR said:

Compared to a lot of you guys my career choice is a little boring....

 

Im a construction superintendent for the wall and ceiling industry.

 

If that's your idea of boring, I can't imagine what you consider exciting!  🙂

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I guess I'll play...need to up my post count anyway...lol

I started my work career wrenching on and driving tractors at age 10, cutting tobacco, and bagging groceries.

Went to trade school and became a Machinist by age 18, been doing that now for 32yrs. I got "laid off" or some would call it fired...lol at age 26.

 

Started my own machine shop and along the way started building, tuning, dynoing and racing single cylinder engines. Dirt and sand drag racing and hill climbing. They call me MrHorsepower at the track because of so many records that I set and held. I semi consult for Sunoco Race Fuels thru their engine builder program by dynoing different fuels and giving them feed back on timing, air/fuel ratio, torque, horsepower gains and losses etc. 

 

Somehow I let the computer world completely bypass me in machine shop because when I started it was all manual machines only. I'm now back at the original shop that "fired" me 20 something yrs ago, welding, water jetting, biding jobs, ordering materials, basically shop foreman without the title...lol...oh and showing the young bucks how to setup a manual lathe and milling machine...haha.

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Electrical engineering.  Designed a dynamic range expander for my stereo in high school.

Which is why I redesign this stuff, like my C-4000.

Designed a big chunk of the original X-Box game console.

45 patents.

 

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