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I am a concrete construction project manager and am employed by a mid sized company located near Charlotte, NC.

We do commercial concrete construction projects around the Carolinas.

 

We are a full service company and generally put the foundations in, pour the concrete floors, cast in place walls, and finish the job by forming and pouring the sidewalks.

The only concrete gig we don't fool with is curb and gutter.

 

I've been in the concrete construction game for going on 20 years now.

I'm a one trick pony..... 

 

I love my job!!

My boss is VERY good to me and I appreciate him.

He's the best! 

 

What about you???      

 



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I've been in Cardiovascular Diagnostics for about 25 years now.  I manage that area for a large university hospital and teach Allied Health.  Before that, I was a truck driver, tree trimmer, butcher, paint salesman, grocery clerk, and paid pall bearer (no, I didn't make that up).  I enjoy my work a lot, and plan to do it about 10 more years.

 

I'm very blessed in that I get 5 1/2 weeks of vacation and 13 holidays annually, so I get to spend a lot of time doing the things I love. 

 



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Paid pall bearer!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Sounds like a real "dead end" job, Mike.....



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I thing my biography is plastered in quite a few places on this website, but I figured I might as well rehash in a shorter form.

I am an optical physicist and my career has taken me first into telecom market (fiberoptic devices, microoptic assemblies, non-linear crystals and liquid crystal light modulators).  Then I spent about three and a half years working in defense/airspace industry on focal Focal Plane Array imaging sensors for satellite-based surface surveillance IR cameras, ground-based astronomy, night vision weapon sights and goggles.  Currently (last 6 months), I am working for a start-up that develops high end CMOS imaging sensors for digital cinema and still camera applications.

The bulk of my career was spent in all aspects of test and characterization, from setting up production processes to developing characterization methods for CMOS imager.

ILya
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It was the sweetest gig a college boy could hope for.  They gave us tailored black suits, a limo to ride in, and paid good money.  I could tell a few stories about some things we did after the funerals, while we still had the limo and the suits, but I won't  There were sometimes grieving young ladies we felt the need to console
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Paid pall bearer - optical physicist  sounds about the same to me
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If anytime during my early career I had a chance to get a job that involved a limo and grieving young ladies, I would have jumped on it.  I did spend some time working as a bouncer in a strip club during college, but I suspect it is not the same.

ILya
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well lets see

Cowboy born and raised,my father trained cutting horses,and working cow horses.
i cowboyed till i was about 19 yrs old, till there was no more cattle in the area.drove a truck,worked on a big
cotton farm in tensas parish,or north east la. it had about 15,000 ac.of cotton.
about 4,000 ac. corn or beans.mechanic on tractors JD, and case IH, newholland.
then went to work in south la. working shutdowns in plaints an refinery like
EXXON Batonrouge,Dow Chemical plastics plaint in Portallen la.just anywere
thay needed me to go.got into Law enforcement with the local parish,didn't pay enough,went offshore in natural gas production it is what i do now,plus LE part time.
ben out here comeing on 10 years.i work for Island operator co. that contract
to Apache oil and gas one day i'll take some pics. and post them. i'm 118 miles
in the gulf of mexico for 14 days then go home for 14. it a good job.i don't like
being away for the wife and kids. i miss to much.there only little for awhile but hay it's a good jod.and a good pay check and it gives me 12 day to spend hunting,fishing with the wife and kids.
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I've just had one job my entire life, working for SouthWestern FireArms Inc.

 

My mom and dad started the company with a gun store in Dallas back in the 70's.  I worked there for a dollar day before I was big enough to see over the counter and before I could count change (properly).  We did local gun shows on the weekends to supplement sales.  We converted the business to 100% shows after burglaries finally shut the store down.  At the peak of the gun shows (before the Internet) we were doing 50 shows a year from Miami to L.A. to Illinois to Galveston.

 

Our best show being the Pomona, California show.  We would stock up for many months in advance for this show and it was vital to our business.  One tragic event involving this show changed the course of our business forever.  The L.A. riots coincided with the largest gun show in the world and after stocking up, driving our two rigs all the way to California and spending a day setting up the displays, we were notified that the show was terminated by emergency order of the State of California and had to pack up and head back to Texas under protection of the National Guard.

 

With a huge inventory we had to move somehow, we started advertising in the Gun List and ShotGun News to move the products we bought in anticipation of the best show of the year.  One thing led to another and we started running more ads in more publications, then we bought as many domains as would could think of as soon as the Internet was getting started........................the rest is history.

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About 12 years ago, I being the visionary that I am, declared the Internet a toy that didn't seem to have much place in the world

 

Thanks for the history, Chris.

 

I guess only four of us work.

 

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i run dirt equip. dozer, wheel loader, track hoe, skidsteer drive dump truck etc..
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My first Job at 17 was in the aerospace industrial field mostly goverment contracts I worked there for 6 years until the company closed due to legal issues(fun stuff). I took a year off to travel and party, got sick of that so I went job hunting and 2 days later I ended up in the medical field, there is still alot of legal issues but I have stuck to this field, I am getting bored though.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

I thing my biography is plastered in quite a few places on this website, but I figured I might as well rehash in a shorter form.

I am an optical physicist and my career has taken me first into telecom market (fiberoptic devices, microoptic assemblies, non-linear crystals and liquid crystal light modulators).  Then I spent about three and a half years working in defense/airspace industry on focal Focal Plane Array imaging sensors for satellite-based surface surveillance IR cameras, ground-based astronomy, night vision weapon sights and goggles.  Currently (last 6 months), I am working for a start-up that develops high end CMOS imaging sensors for digital cinema and still camera applications.

The bulk of my career was spent in all aspects of test and characterization, from setting up production processes to developing characterization methods for CMOS imager.

ILya

 

Day job.

 

At night, koshkin's got a differant gig.

 

 

 

  



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Started my career climbing 90 foot power poles.  Bucket truck gave a ride to the 55 foot level then you stepped out and hung on while the pole stopped swaying in 3 directions........and walked to the top.

 

After 4 years I came off one hard at the 35 foot level.  Layed there on my back  letting my lungs re-inflate and could not think of anything I'd left on top of the pole that I'd need to go get.  Put my gear on the truck, walked to the ambulance, got out of the hospital a couple days later and went back to school.

 

Been in the industrial electrical design and applications business ever since.

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I was raised in a very rural community, got my EMT license on the side volunteered with local fire dept and ambulance service while going to school. Got into the finace business as a young loan officer in our local bank. Stayed in the Banking field for 30 years. Meanwhile loved the EMS work. Went to Paramedic School at night thru The Universty of Missouri. Been a Paramedic for 15 years, (let the flat bellies do the fire thing now) . Left The Banking world and went to work for a Property Investment Group as the C.F.O. and love it. Still work as a Medic (partime) as long as my back will allow.
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I make the roof rail for the land rover,quite a boring job but it keeps me in ammo.

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A few injuries in college made it obvious that my hopes for an NFL career weren't going to materialize.  I decided to become a soldier.  A few more injuries put me out of the Army after five years.  I went into oilfield sales and picked up an MBA along the way.  As a sideline, I was even involved with a riflescope company for a short period of time.  I more or less gave business advice that wasn't being applied, thus we parted friends.  My current position could best be described as an international lobbyist to the oilfield industry.  I essentially go around to the various engineering firms and oil companies and have them write in my company's products in their specifications.  The position comes with essentially an unlimited expense account, so life isn't all bad.  Before you think I have it great, there is a lot of odd hours, international travel (to oil places, not fun places), and now I find that I may be moving to Dubai.  Well thats my phone, I'm expecting a call from Singapore.  I told you there were odd hours involved.

 

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Originally posted by ranburr ranburr wrote:

A few injuries in college made it obvious that my hopes for an NFL career weren't going to materialize.  I decided to become a soldier.  A few more injuries put me out of the Army after five years.  I went into oilfield sales and picked up an MBA along the way.  As a sideline, I was even involved with a riflescope company for a short period of time.  I more or less gave business advice that wasn't being applied, thus we parted friends.  My current position could best be described as an international lobbyist to the oilfield industry.  I essentially go around to the various engineering firms and oil companies and have them write in my company's products in their specifications.  The position comes with essentially an unlimited expense account, so life isn't all bad.  Before you think I have it great, there is a lot of odd hours, international travel (to oil places, not fun places), and now I find that I may be moving to Dubai.  Well thats my phone, I'm expecting a call from Singapore.  I told you there were odd hours involved.

 

ranburr 



Somehow, I am having a hard time imagining you in Dubai, but I may be too prejudiced.

I am currently half way through an MBA program at UCLA.  After a very technical undergraduate experience at Caltech, I am thoroughly enjoying the MBA program at UCLA. 

ILya
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Somehow, I am having a hard time imagining you in Dubai, but I may be too prejudiced.
ILya

 

I am, beyond a shadow of a doubt, "The Ugly American".  And that is exactly how I like it!  Somehow, I get away with it when others can't.  Regardless of what people think about Americans, for whatever reason, the world loves big, loud, Texans.  

 

ranburr

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For how long would you have to be there?  The Muslim world is off limits to me for the most part (if if I wanted to go, my passport is full of Israeli stamps).

ILya
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B.S. 1979 Criminal Justice Southwest Texas State, Internship Texas Highway Patrol, Federal Police U.S.Dept. of Labor (Investigations),  Alamo Area Law Enforcement Acacemy (honor student), Windcrest P.D. (Patrol)  S.W.A.T. team (San Antonio metro area), Licensed Texas Realtor Designation Master Senior Appraiser,  Rockport P.D.(Patrol), Owner of  Photography Studios in Tx. Ia. Wa., Licensed Cosmetologist  Wa. & Ia.- Salon Owner, Truck Driver, Farming,  Air Base Security 132nd Fighter Wing, Installation Security (Camp Dodge).

 



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I work for myself now. I own LTM Refinishing LLC. Its a custom firearms refinishing company
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

For how long would you have to be there?  The Muslim world is off limits to me for the most part (if if I wanted to go, my passport is full of Israeli stamps).

ILya

 

Six to nine months, or so they say.  However long will be in writing before I leave.

 

ranburr

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Decided when I was ten to become a gunsmith.

Went to tradeschool to become a toolmaker to learn how to use machinery and file properly.

 

Worked as a toolmaker for 8 years and gunsmith for 10 years.

Worked a lot with handguns, mostly 1911, glocks, Lugers and SIG P210.

But have done loads of work on rifles and shotguns to.

 

I am nowadays working as with prototype projects where i make new solutions for different firearms projects.

I get the idea and deliver a working model.

 

Regards Technika

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Manufacturing/ tooling engineer for a large energy related products manufacturer in the D/FW area.

 

The rest of the time, I tinker with firearms and like anything having to do with the outdoors, hunting, shooting, and archery.

 

Ranburr, I'd wager that since you said you live in TX and work in the oil industry, you've probably had some dealings with my company, though I won't mention it here.



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