What's Your Day Job?

Jun 7th, 2007, 04:53 AM
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Was fulltime mother of two.
Wife of veterinary surgeon,lived in U.K. and The Netherlands. Lost husband to cancer.
Returned to U.K., met and married my Bank Manager. He died 7 years ago, also cancer.
Grandmother of 3, stepgrandmother of 6.
Bath rugby supporter.
Very keen safari-goer since 1974.
Next safari to Botswana October 2007.
Meanwhile, so the garden needs plenty of attention.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 06:45 AM
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Aside from family stuff, I am:
1. Municipal finance lawyer (i.e tax-exempt bonds, big firm, etc.)
2. Mediator in District Court (totally unconnected to above; someday I'd like to work in Elder Mediation, a new field for resolution of family issues involving older persons.)
3. Volunteer ESL tutor
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Jun 7th, 2007, 08:35 AM
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What a great thread - and so many lawyers!
I am in the clothing business down here right at the bottom of Africa - we design ranges and handle production problems for a large retailer - winter is our quiet time (right now) so I have time to write posts like this!
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Jun 7th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Tea taster, tea exporter, industrialist in flexible packaging, printing and converting sectors by day... when I am in my dreaming mode I am an angler, scuba diver, wildlife and nature lover, photographer, sous chef and wine connoisseur , and a passionate Rotarian...

Hakuna Matata everyone...

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Jun 7th, 2007, 11:40 AM
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Hi Mohamed - I think I recall you are coming to SA? Tea taster - I love it - I adore Rooibos -especially the vanilla and blackcurrnat flavours - quite hard to find those - Rooibos of course is indigenous here - heard it called Red Bush and Rooi (Roy) Bosch, but we locals call it Rooibos (no ch sound)
Holotropic make a tea here called cherry blaze and it smells just like summer! We are having a week of Cape Storms so I am drinking a lot of Cheery Blaze - great post - love your alter ego!
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Jun 8th, 2007, 09:13 PM
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I am a registered nurse...at this time I am a school nurse. Love my job, especially at the end of May each year. Before nursing, I was a Zookeeper for 11 1/2 years. Worked in the nursery and with the primates. The loves of my life, besides my husband, was an Orangutan named "Anak" and a female Gorilla named "Vanilla". Needless to say, this trip will be a dream come true...Safari which will end with 2 days of Gorilla Trekking. I can hardly wait until August.
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Jun 9th, 2007, 07:48 AM
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Apr 24th, 2008, 07:20 PM
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To The Top 4 Wayne

Quinkydink as I was on the hunt for new candles a couple hours ago…

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Apr 24th, 2008, 07:33 PM
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Professor, physics/astronomy
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Apr 24th, 2008, 08:47 PM
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Well after 20 years in software quality assurance, I am officially 'retired' from the hi-tech world. Last week Friday the 18th I left my last job.

For a total change of careers my wife and I will be starting a Maaco Auto Body & Paint shop. (no I am not advertising here.)

No I don't have previous experience in the field, but I will be going for a month of training & have already hired a shop manager with 20 years in the body & paint biz.

But after Honeymoon With My Brother I have a desire to chuck it all and to spend a year going around the world. but if all goes well in a few years the business will more or less run itself and I won't be there day to day. So who knows....
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Apr 24th, 2008, 09:34 PM
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Congratulations Wayne and Mary Ellen!

I wish you all the best in your new business adventure!

I have no doubt that your Maaco Auto Body & Paint shop will have the most interesting library in the nation and for sure after reading some of your books your clients may have requests for winged and amphibious vehicles so they may partake in some of your adventures!

Enjoy, Den
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Apr 25th, 2008, 05:43 AM
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I have a question. It seems that a lot of people referred to their own jobs as boring. I'm just curious -- are you really bored, or do you just think that the rest of us will think it sounds boring, and so you are simply saying it first? I'm truly curious about this.

I used to be a computer programmer, but have now shifted to more of a communication role, acting as a liaison between technicians and business people, to help them understand each other.
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Apr 25th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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Registered nurse, retired 1 year.I became a "newbie" Fodorite since my goal for retirement was to travel and with my first computer I recieved for Christmas I have planned a safari to Tanzania then gorilla trek in Rwanda in October.
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Apr 25th, 2008, 12:49 PM
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Current career: COO of a mobile content company.
Former career: Academic.
Former life: Bear, i think.

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Apr 25th, 2008, 01:47 PM
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University /teach public speaking
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Apr 25th, 2008, 01:56 PM
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Cool to see how many lives this thread has had. I'm the Finance Director for a not for profit. I really enjoy where I work - it's nice to feel like what you do makes a difference; before I joined the not for profit arena, I spent 25 year in corporate America. I guess you could say this is my second career and I'm loving it.

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Apr 25th, 2008, 01:59 PM
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Interesting question! I'm a corporate litigator, which sounds boring but is actually very interesting. I used to be an architect (a long time ago and for a very short time), which sounds interesting but was actually mind-numbingly boring.

If you hadn't asked the question, and I had posted an answer to this, I would have added the "boring" disclaimer to my confession to being a lawyer. Most lawyers are used to people complaining about how many lawyers there are, so we're a defensive bunch.
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Apr 25th, 2008, 02:56 PM
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May Maaco be a grand success!
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Jun 9th, 2008, 08:32 PM
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Soon to be laid off Resource Room Assistant II. (It's a paperpusher that helps people out of work get jobs!) Since I have a trip to Africa coming up, maybe I'll end up living there since I have no job!Thanks for the interest though....
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Sep 1st, 2008, 10:58 AM
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i'm at a big fortune 50 company...and I change jobs about once a year...basically I'm one of those change agents...right now I'm working on our global supply chain strategy

i love the mental challenge, but I live for the peace you feel around the animals!
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