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Windmill

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Retired from local 286 Plumbers and Pipefitters Austin Tx. did HVAC for 45 years. Do just enough cash side work to pay A/C lic. and Insurance and pay taxes.
Found out retirement is a bit easier if you start debt free.
 

Texas T

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This has been an interesting read. This thread was started before I came on board in 2005 just before purchasing my first bike (Concours) in 30+ years. At that time I would have been an Operations Manager for Best Buy, then I transitioned over to Walmart as a Market Asset Protection Manager (I was the guy that sent all the bad employees to jail), and for the past 2.5 years I've been a teacher in one of our 200 Walmart Academies. It's the best job I've had in the sense that I get to make an individual impact on the professional growth of hundreds of associates every year. 2.5 more years and I plan to hang it up and split my time between winters in the Phoenix valley to summers in the Arizona White Mountains.

EDIT: a couple of hours after I wrote the above I found this post on LinkedIn:
Our International President and CEO Judith McKenna spoke on a panel at the World Economic Forum about how technology is changing retail, and the new roles that are emerging. Judith also discussed how our Academies are helping prepare our associates for the future. Last year our Academies trained 500,000 associates, the largest U.S. training program outside of the military.
 
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Before I retired in 2017 after 42 years at the steel mill in Midlothian, I was the Quality / Metallurgical Dept Manager - since retirement I do some occasional consulting / project work for the mill.
 
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Work as a nurse for the past 5+ years, started in ICU, now in the ER.
Was working as a paramedic when this thread was started.

Sr. District Commander for Austin-Travis County EMS. 1100 square miles of terrritory, a million people (metro), 300 children (paramedics),30 ambulamces, 90,000 emergency responses a year. :shock:
You still working for them?

I applied there around May/June 2004. The testing there was a pain in the butt.
They were hiring 3 at the time, and I was number 4.
 
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Short story....Cop

Long story...Patrol Corporal with a rural S.O. near me

I'm coming up on 8 years with my S.O., started off as a Deputy Sheriff and was promoted to Corporal a few years later.
 
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I travel mainly the US(sometime outside the us) setting up CEMCO mobile concrete plants for customers, repairing and modifying them. When not on work trips I preform maintenance and repairs on all equipment at the shops and handle inventory for the final assembly side of manufacturing the plants.
 

Triumphter

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It would be interesting to see if the people from 15 years ago are still doing the same things.

I appear and star in Hollywood B movies. It was never the plan until about 3 years ago but is really starting to work out. Before that, I did a lot of other things. Life can be interesting. We will see what happens next :)
 
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High school, tool maker trainee (received draft notice), Marines, hog farm worker and student at Texas A&M, home builder, race director for CRRC, motorcycle shop owner, retail welding equipment sales, MC roadrace promoter, bicycle race promoter, lab technician in a solid state research lab and retired. Lots of overlap in the above. Somehow, I managed to squeeze in 37 years of motorcycle racing, 10 years of bicycle racing, over 1,000 miles of backpacking, 36 MC trips to Colorado, 6 MC trips to Utah and many more MC trips to other states. I guess I can't decide what I want to do.
 

mlinkibikr

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This is quite an old thread - time for an update! So after 35 years with Chevron and primarily international assignments of a financial nature I was "retired" during the last downturn. I've since signed on with a small venture in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan), am back on a rotational assignment, and just happy as Larry.

Kids are grown so I guess I've retired as a baseball coach, van driver, and gatorade fetcher. When I'm on my time off I'm the head Dog Walker, Grocery Getter and Dawn Patrol Pilot on my RS, GS, or Monster out of the Fulshear area.

Life is good.
 

toolfooldan

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I'm retired as well; one of those forced retirement deals. And I'm thankful for that! :clap:

When not riding the GS or Harley, I'm in the woodworking shed, making something for the family.
 
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It would be interesting to see if the people from 15 years ago are still doing the same things.

I appear and star in Hollywood B movies. It was never the plan until about 3 years ago but is really starting to work out. Before that, I did a lot of other things. Life can be interesting. We will see what happens next :)
Proof! What can I watch?
 

Jarrett

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Work as a nurse for the past 5+ years, started in ICU, now in the ER.
Was working as a paramedic when this thread was started.
Kinda wish I would have gotten into healthcare at this point. Seems like it would be nice to have a career helping people daily.

My daughter is an LVN bridging to RN.
 

budzrex

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Project Manager and Specialized Applications for our company. We specialize in Surface Prep and Finishing Equipment for the metal and woodworking industries.
I do most of our blast system design and specialty paint systems for companies
 
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Guess I missed this thread , I fix things , started in trucks then moved to heavy equipment , got tired of bosses in 1982 and started my own shop , been there since , built on my property in 1985 and am still there , that’s the only way I can get to work in the morning , walk across the driveway . Don’t work near as hard as I did these days and really wouldn’t if I could get away with it . Last several years I’ve been restoring 30 year old construction equipment , new construction equipment is kinda like bmw s , running with about a 10% failure rate so contractors are very happy with a frame down restoration of a 30 year old machine for 50,000 bucks instead of new at 150,000 that is almost guaranteed to see a major failure in less than three years not counting all the idiot crap the epa has added to them , adding to that is the fact that help these days is not up to the task that new equipment requires for daily maintenance . It buys nice toys and lets me escape the Texas heat for a month or so , works for me .
 
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Guess I missed this thread , I fix things , started in trucks then moved to heavy equipment , got tired of bosses in 1982 and started my own shop , been there since , built on my property in 1985 and am still there , that’s the only way I can get to work in the morning , walk across the driveway . Don’t work near as hard as I did these days and really wouldn’t if I could get away with it . Last several years I’ve been restoring 30 year old construction equipment , new construction equipment is kinda like bmw s , running with about a 10% failure rate so contractors are very happy with a frame down restoration of a 30 year old machine for 50,000 bucks instead of new at 150,000 that is almost guaranteed to see a major failure in less than three years not counting all the idiot crap the epa has added to them , adding to that is the fact that help these days is not up to the task that new equipment requires for daily maintenance . It buys nice toys and lets me escape the Texas heat for a month or so , works for me .
I might need a old d5 one day!
 

Valker

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I’m still doing the same thing since this is my 41st year in the classroom teaching. Still hoping for a job as Jack Black’s older brother in a movie. FA4705FF-56CF-4F2F-B6B7-4DDEF87F8FDD.jpeg

Still look like his new photos.
 

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Blessed to work from my home in rural NC 96% of the time as an IT nerd supporting SMB's from end user support to network, server and cloud implementation & design.
For fun & occasional profit, raise chickens, turkeys, hogs and ducks and a garden, photography, & woodworking
 
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I am a hospice nurse for a not for profit company. Great job at a great place.

I have 10 years in the Army, 10 years in law-enforcement. I have worked in the telecom industry (splicer and inside plant+operations management + design work). I have also done building automation installation and was a commercial estimator for a medium sized AC company. I have also been a farm kid and managed a chicken farm at 17 too.

Heck, I’ve had a crazy life.


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OldTLSDoug

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My father actually worked at Comanche peak for a few years in his younger days, worked with the reactors in some way, don’t remember exactly what
What was his name, I was an operator probably have an idea who he is, nuclear industry is a very small world.
 

South Tex

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I should add in that while being retired and back to farming/ranching, I married up as Tourmiester stated in a different post.

I’m old fashioned and met my wife in second grade. Just friends and went separate ways till I saw her one day when she was a cashier at a store. Dated, married and we put her through skool to get her masters. Now she’s got a big wheel job to help buy my toys. Will be 30 years married this year.

Hopefully everyone adds in a bit about their better half to give a lil more about who we are. 😀
 

Triumphter

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I should add in that while being retired and back to farming/ranching, I married up as Tourmiester stated in a different post.

I’m old fashioned and met my wife in second grade. Just friends and went separate ways till I saw her one day when she was a cashier at a store. Dated, married and we put her through skool to get her masters. Now she’s got a big wheel job to help buy my toys. Will be 30 years married this year.

Hopefully everyone adds in a bit about their better half to give a lil more about who we are. 😀

My wife is a medical doctor. I play the role of Trophy Husband. :) Its a pretty good gig!
 

Tracker

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Ok, since talking about wives...I've only had one and I met mine when she was a freshman and I a junior in high school. Our first date was a tour thru a haunted house on Halloween, 1975. We just celebrated our 37th this last Wednesday.
congrats and kudos for sticking with it through better and worse.
The woman I currently live with is my wife of 31 years.
 

budzrex

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Rolling up on 26years of marriage, Have known my wife since High School when we all ran around to dances and just general teenage tomfoolery. We went on with our lives for years and met back up at the Austin County Fair. Since then besides doing an amazing job of raising our daughter while I traveled for work she I assume spends most of her time wondering what she got into everytime I bring another motorcycle or some other I just had to have thing home
 

Kman198

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I've worked in many different aspects of pest control... killing bugs, selling services, managing the customer support center... I am now the accounts manager. Mostly I crunch numbers, listen to customer complaints, and create policy and procedures that make us the best locally owned pest company in Austin. Lots of friendly people to work with.
 

WoodButcher

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I work for a small tech company with big clients. I'm one of a two man IT team, but I don't do as much hands on server management as I used to. I'm more tied into all our web security and data privacy issues. And I'm ready to be done with tech honestly. If I knew what I really wanted to do, I'd be looking for a job doing it. Enjoying the heck out of photography these days, but have little interest in making it a job. Probably some sort of teaching since I always seem to gravitate towards passing on what I know.
 

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I'm retired. It's my current dream job, been at it since April 2008, no plans to look for anything different.

Funded by a career in civil engineering fields. Took a 'summer' job with an Austin consulting civil/environmental engineering firm the semester before I graduated from UT School of Architecture in 1978 that ended up lasting 13 years. Worked from the drafting board (pre-CAD era) to senior jobsite construction oversight. In 1990 moved to the TX Water Commission to manage Federal Superfund Projects (EPA-funded hazardous waste cleanup projects, mostly involving large-scale treatment systems). Lots of challenges, lots of variety, worked with lots of great people both public and private sector (and a few pricks in both), mostly satisfying project results, almost always stimulating. For me the key was never hesitating to say when I was 'bored' and my managers responding by finding some new and less-than-boring frying-pan to throw me into, lol. Had a few very high-stress stretches but I'm very fortunate to have tremendously enjoyed the vast majority of my working career.

Fortunate again that, when I realized I wasn't having nearly as much fun in my last frying-pan managing other Project Managers and Programs as I'd had when I was managing Projects in the field myself, I was able to retire young at 55. Wish I could claim it was all the result of some sort of well-laid plan on my part ..... more a matter of luck and circumstance (karma ??) methinks.
 
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I continue to work as an engineering manager for a well-known data center and wireless company. The company has merged and split several times and I somehow survived it all. I am lucky. My wife of 20 years is a systems architect for an IT department. We try not to talk shop, but when we do, she does the talking and I do the patient listening :-) We are both first generation "aliens" and education gave us a ride into a good life. We are grateful for that. Plan to retire together in a couple of years and dedicate more time to things we enjoy.
 

OldTLSDoug

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It’s Joe Bagley sir
I remember the name, can't place the face. Ask if he remembers Doug Basinger, I was a Reactor Operator in the Control Room. I was on watch when we did the initial start up of Unit one reactor. Don't be surprised if he didn't like me. I was hard headed and impatient in the old days. I tried to be nice but youth and inexperience challenged that on a regular basis.
 

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I'm retired which means that I'm the household electrician, plumber, carpenter, landscaper, mechanic, Irrigation specialist, construction manager, finance manager and hopefully soon - travel planner.

All that is funded from my having been a C141A crew chief, cable installer, glorified delivery boy, car care center/service station manager, a C-130H crew chief, aircraft maintenance manger/supervisor, landscape maintainer and air conditioning supply house manager. Apparently my favorite position was as a C-130 Crew Chief. Although I haven't worked the flight line in over 18 years, I instantly feel at home when I have the chance to visit. It's as if I never left. The C-130 was the perfect size airplane for a guy like me to manage.
 

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For folks who've worked closely on the flight line. The smell of JP5 jet fuel can stop you in your tracks for a look-see what's going on.

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Texas T

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Wifey info... Together 37 years, married 35 years. We met while working at the same retail store in Tucson, although we had lived about 1 mile apart from each other when our dads were stationed at Westover AFB, MA back in the early 60s. She's also an IBA member and as my pillion we established the Atomic 1000 SaddleSore. She's retired from work.
 
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