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Mad Philosopher

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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:18 pm

Dock workman at Fed Ex ground. Not what I want to do, and not what I'm trained to do, but it's a paycheck.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:27 am

Frost wrote:
Handle real property or auto by any chance? If so its entirely possible our paper trails have crossed at some point, which would be funny.

Back in the day I did a lot of that work for Nationwide. The company I work for now only writes high dollar commercial policies. I do some catastrophic tort and products liability, but I tend to handle anything that is out of the ordinary. Professional Malpractice, some D&O stuff, and the newest thing is Condo/Homeowners associations.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:54 pm

That almost sounds interesting. At least, interesting as insurance jobs get anyway...haha. We get a lot of requests for audit of product liability subrogation as a few of our clients write large commercial policies. Sometimes suit is already filed by the time we get them and I get to settle with the other carrier's attorney. As long as I don't think too much about the difference between what they make and what I make, I don't pull my hair out too much.

The most I had to deal with so far was a ~700+ page $2.5M house fire from some defective part or other. Almost quit when they put that on my desk. Of course I almost quit every day so I guess that doesn't mean much Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:16 pm

When not pipe smoking, and sometimes while pipe smoking, I'm a Barrister.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:54 pm

I can honestly say that my very first paying job was bounty hunter, and yes I have been shot. .....

Even though I know it sounds way more impressive if I just leave it at that, I grew up listening to Paul Harvey, so here's the rest of the story.
I grew up on a ranch in western Oregon with my parents and grandparents (dads side). At the age of 7 or 8 my grand father started paying me a dime a piece for digger (ground) squirrel tails. I had an old single shot bolt action .22 with a plunger, and he'd count out a doz or so shells for me, then send me out the door with the dog and my pocket knife. When I got in, he'd count out the tails Id collected and if there was too big of a discrepancy between shells used and number of tails collected, he would quite literally kick my ass hard enough to lift me up on my tip toes. "Dammit boy! Bullets don't grow on trees you know. Aint sending you out there just to bang away and waste em."
The getting shot part involved squirrel hunting with the grandson of one of my grandfathers acquaintances. The squirrel had ran under an old junker car parked out on the edge of the pasture and as we lay on our bellies looking under the car, Einstein thinks he sees it and takes a shot. WHANG!zzzz! the .22 bullet or a piece of shrapnel flies back and takes a shallow furrow out of my T shirt and the top of my shoulder. Not deep enough to do any real damage, but enough to burn like hell and have my mom and grandmother asking what happened to my T shirt and why I was bleeding. I told them what happened and Einstein never came out to the ranch again. That evening my dad explained that this was why you never hunt with anyone you don't know and trust.
As for other jobs, Ive worked enough food service to be fairly convinced that the good Lord did not wire me for that particular occupation, same goes for call center employee, and green chain puller in a sawmill. Wild land fire fighting with the
Forest Circus when I was in my early to mid 20's was very cool job, as was summer help on county road crew while I was going to college. Spent nine years working for the state as a field biologist, great job if you can afford it, but then the state budget took a dump so no funding for projects, and I managed to tear an MCL while doing a spawning survey, so now I drive a school bus. I don't know if my mom drank heavily while she was pregnant with me or what, but I really like bus driving. Doesn't make any sense to me, 40 foot bus, 80 screaming kids, traffic...(shrug).
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:46 pm

That's quite a story or two Femus!



Cheers,

RR
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:37 am

Brewdude wrote:
That's quite a story or two Femus!



Cheers,

RR

If he talks that much on a regular basis, PeeB won't need to worry about my posts any longer... Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:26 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
That's quite a story or two Femus!



Cheers,

RR

If he talks that much on a regular basis, PeeB won't need to worry about my posts any longer... Laughing


Yeah, he fits in here already! Very Happy
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Lesath

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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:58 am

Seems like a fairly straightforward sort of career path. Let's keep him on for a day or two.
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PostSubject: Did not mean to offend.   Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:18 pm

Sorry for wall of text. Welsh lineage, loquacious to a fault at times it seems.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:16 pm

Fumus wrote:
Sorry for wall of text. Welsh lineage, loquacious to a fault at times it seems.

No worries there. They was just ribbin' ya for a bit. We like loquacious folk around these here parts. To many just spit out gruff, short sentences. lol! I have been known to throw up a novel or two in my day. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:51 pm

Thank you for clearing that up for me d4. Come from a family of story tellers, its kind of how we connect. If they're talking to you or cussing at you, your OK. Its when they get quiet that your in trouble.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:52 pm

Heating and Air Conditioning Technician. The life Cool
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:30 pm

I drive a cdl b class garbage truck. Full sized peterbilt. It's fun to drive, but the job is filthy. I smoke cobs at work, helps keep the stink at bay haha
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:46 pm

I work for the municipal park system in my county. My focus is athletic fields. It should be more fun than it's actually been recently. A lot of attrition in our work force.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:46 pm

I'm retired. Very Happy Prior to retirement two years ago, I owned a small real estate appraisal firm. Since my retirement, my son has runs the company.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:40 pm

Ive dabbled in Auto Mechanics
Hospitality/Waitering
Life Insurance
Personal Fitness Training
For 6 of the past 7 years I was Corporate HR Administrative Support Zzzz.
But the past year, I taught two community college classes and am entering my second year as a corporate training specialist and organizational psychologist.

If money wasnt a factor Id do a lot more teaching and Id love to get into acting.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:29 pm

Jevverrett wrote:
I drive a cdl b class garbage truck. Full sized peterbilt. It's fun to drive, but the job is filthy. I smoke cobs at work, helps keep the stink at bay haha

You are my son's hero.
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PostSubject: 9-5   Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:09 pm

Im a Chem Plant Operator. (I am looking into starting my own shop/lounge). I have to find a smoke zone or a shack to puff at.
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:47 pm

Currently, I am a Software Engineer for a retail energy company. A job, not a passion.

My fancy, shmancy degree is in Biomedical Engineering. A passion, but no job.

My first job after said degree was at Starbucks, from which I first obtained my ongoing coffee snobbery and caffeine addiction.
Next was a contract QA Engineer job at a Big Boy medical device company. The job was actually terrible for me, but it was supposed to 'get my foot in the door'. Unfortunately, the door slammed shut when the company closed a division and had 50 full time engineers to place. Contract ended. Have a nice day.

Oh look, a recession.

With no Biomed jobs to be had for anyone with less than 10 years of experience or a PhD, I looked for engineering jobs in other industries. There's a funny thing about having a degree in Biomedical Engineering; I'm qualified to do Mechanical, Electrical, Hardware, and Software Engineering in just about any capacity or industry, and the title looks impressive on a resume, but every single interviewer has to ask, "So why would a Biomedical Engineer want this <non-Biomedical> job?" And, "because there aren't any biomed jobs available for an engineer with no experience and I need to work for your company for a few years until the market improves and I get a few more accomplishments on my resume so I can leave your company and take a job I actually want," is not a suitable answer. Alas.

So, since bills have to be paid, professional tutoring, and then...contract work as...a document processor...
Talk about a frustrating and humbling experience.

But finally, the job came. Biomedical Engineer for R&D on a new medical device. Small private company, cool product. I'm the wet-behind-the-ears green engineer with the hotshot degree on a team with two non-degree'd old school do-it-yourselfers with 40 and 30 years of experience in a divided company with strong, ugly politics. I poured myself into the research and ignored the politics. Did all of the research, all of the patent work, much of the design, part of the prototyping, and designed the million dollar clinical trials which we were working up to. As we began the transition to production/manufacturing design (for which I wouldn't be very useful), I submitted my final report on the research, design, and performance. They said, "Thanks! This is amazing! Great work!" and then laid me off the next week. Two weeks before Christmas. Two months before my wedding. Apparently, politics cannot be ignored, and communication of work/worth/contribution is more important than actual work/worth/contribution. With the culmination/summary of my work in hand, and a couple of guys with many years of experience in manufacturing on the team, it seems my usefulness had expired. That's still a bit of a sore point for me.

Two months later I was a married man in need of a way to provide for my new family. So, I convinced some interviewers that I wanted to try my hand at the more businessy side of things and got a job as an IT Business Analyst for...a retail energy provider...
It turned out that, while I could do the job, it was a horrible, terrible, no good fit for me. Another frustrating and humbling experience, but it provided for my family. Eventually, my technical background allowed me to jump over to Software Developer, where I've been for a year and a half. As I said at the top, it's a job, not a passion, but at least it involves thinking and design! rendeer


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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:34 pm

This is a story, sad but, so often heard nowadays how employers in any
industry will try and take advantage of there employees for the sake of
the almighty buck. My last years of being on the work force told the same
story. I only have three things to say, may you prosper no matter what they
try to do to you. May there lives be ever difficult and there beds infested with lice
because of it. And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!Wink
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:40 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!Wink

You old guys and your retirement Evil or Very Mad

Maybe someday us young guys can enjoy it too Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:43 pm

beardedbassguy wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!Wink

You old guys and your retirement Evil or Very Mad

Maybe someday us young guys can enjoy it too Very Happy


Maybe!
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:57 pm

Hey now! Some of us retired old geezers really aren't that old ya know. After 18 years of retirement I personally could use some excitement.

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: What's your 9 to 5??   Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:55 pm

beardedbassguy wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!Wink

You old guys and your retirement Evil or Very Mad

Maybe someday us young guys can enjoy it too Very Happy




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