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What Do You Do? (pics)

Post a picture of your industry, or past industry (for you retired guys).

For me, 28 years...


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For the last 7 years -

That's me in the Party Pic

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In my 29th year


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Several years doing this:


Several years doing the above with one of these:



Now I do several pet related things like pet sitting and pet photography along with teaching pet first aid and have a self defense class. I work harder now that I retired

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Beautifying America....one bike at a time....
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I have a Yacht Service business. I'll take something like this...



Build something like this...



and stick all of those wires inside...


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Unfortunately, not retired or even close at this point. i've been around the block a time of two though. management for;



and



and



Last but not least, the place I finally belong.....




WORKING WITH A BUNCH OF NUTS IN A NUT HOUSE!!!

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43 years ...so far!
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Making equal amounts of takeoffs and landings for 28 years - then providing a cool ride on 2 wheels for the past 4.
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I build tracking devices for marine animals. Here is a Bull Shark with a transmitter attached.




Sometimes I get lucky and get out in the field to work with the researchers tracking endangered species. Here was my workplace last month.



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When I was in high school I thought I wanted to be this



working for this



(yes, really), and I think that's evidenced by why I still like to work with firewood so much.

Instead of pursuing that, I spent two years doing this



then went to school to study IT and management.

31 years (so far) in IT, beginning with COBOL and these


and this
.

After a few months our enlightened management gave a team of 30 programmers two (two!) of these



You usually got only 1 chance a day to use the "terminal", so you took the time to code using these



In the 1980s we moved to these

(1 diskette drive - single-sided - no hard drive, monochrome monitor).

From there, things really took off and now everyone uses these


or some variation thereof. We can work from home, a hotel, the airport, or anywhere in the world where there is electricity and a reasonably-fast connection. I think it's better than it used to be; at least now, when we get called at 2:00 AM we can fix the problem from home - no more driving to the office to fix a simple problem.

Since 1995 I have made a living working for several employers and clients, exclusively in this world


and I hope to keep doing that for years to come so I can keep on doing THIS!


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I build tracking devices for marine animals. Here is a Bull Shark with a transmitter attached.


... but how the heck does the shark swim with that thing attached to it? He can't see, can't maneuver, probably can't even eat.

Sorry, I had to.


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Cool thread, especially the pics.

For the past 15 years, I've been taking this:



and turning it into this:





I've hand-built every plasma etch machine in that cleanroom bay, starting back around '94. When the company that designed these went out of business I went solo, and kept on digging up these now "obsolete" machines from used equipment warehouses across Asia, Europe, and the US and refurbishing them to like-new capabilities. Better, in fact, since I didn't have a corporation or stockholders or greedy salesmen or inept Directors to worry about, so the end-user and I could simply fix what was wrong without any of the normal corporate impediments.

One customer supplies the military with high-end CCD camera arrays (that they swear they only use to look at the stars, not back at the Earth . . . ). Another customer creates custom RF-communication chips , such as used in this device:



BTW, the advanced R&D guys (who are under very tight security protocols) say "I can't tell you what's coming up next, but it's gonna be awesome!"

The coolest part is that all my customers are out of state, and quite often I am able to ride the bike to "work", with someone else paying all my travel expenses.

Yes, even in South Korea:


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I have been in IT/Computers/Networking since 1984-ish...


At first, self employed:



Then I did some IT consulting:



Then I was hired by a commuter rail agency to put Internet connections on their trains.



It was a success and I got to travel and speak at conferences.



After 5 years at the agency I had enough of politics in the workplace.

In 2006 I bought out an existing networking business that has been in continuous operation since 1981.



And now I play with stuff like this:

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This sends a little shudder up my spine. Holy Crap.

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Well, this is no fair. I've been a computer programmer for 30 years, but how do you take a picture of that? Boring....

So instead I'll post a picture of what I really like to do, and that's take interesting and unusual pictures.

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So instead I'll post a picture of what I really like to do,
Sounds like a new thread. Hmmmmm

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This sends a little shudder up my spine. Holy Crap.
Right????

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Very Cool Kdog.... Photography is much more fun that programming.

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Well, this is no fair. I've been a computer programmer for 30 years, but how do you take a picture of that? Boring….
I dunno, Hal managed . . .

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So instead I'll post a picture of what I really like to do
I do believe there is already a thread on that topic from earlier this year. Anyway, here's what I did last weekend:



No, I'm not on the horse, that's me in the blue doing ground crew support. Tough gig.

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Started out playing with this stuff... Excelled way to fast in this industry but bored and could see the writing on the wall... Worked for EDS for awhile.



and this




THEN... I found a niche in the entertainment industry, providing teleprompter services to production companies and networks... This is WAY more FUN!!!

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OK, TVGUY wins!!!! What a cool job!

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... but how the heck does the shark swim with that thing attached to it? He can't see, can't maneuver, probably can't even eat.

Sorry, I had to.


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Started out playing with this stuff... Excelled way to fast in this industry but bored and could see the writing on the wall... Worked for EDS for awhile.

THEN... I found a niche in the entertainment industry, providing teleprompter services to production companies and networks... This is WAY more FUN!!!

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Whenever one of you that has a COOL job needs to travel or relocate or use temporary housing, that's where I come in. I provide apartments, condos and houses with all the stuff you need to feel at home. Intel has been my customer for over 20 years, just to name one.











My delivery area is the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley, including Napa Valley, Sonoma and all the small towns along hiway 49 in the lower Sierra's. I'm in Maine now and my 21 yo son is running the business.



The really bad thing about this business, I couldn't use my motorcycle for deliveries.

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Whenever one of you that has a COOL job needs to travel or relocate or use temporary housing, that's where I come in. I provide apartments, condos and houses with all the stuff you need to feel at home...
In that case, thanks! I have used the services of furnished apartment brokers a couple of times for long-term out-of-town IT gigs. Sooo much nicer than a hotel, and actually less expensive, in the long run. Nice job!

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It is my job to keep pipelines from doing this... Most people think that is a good thing.
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This sends a little shudder up my spine. Holy Crap.
Yea, it was pretty ugly. The previous owner to my customer was using it like that.

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Whenever one of you that has a COOL job needs to travel or relocate or use temporary housing, that's where I come in. I provide apartments, condos and houses with all the stuff you need to feel at home. Intel has been my customer for over 20 years, just to name one.


OK, what are we looking at here?

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This is the industry of photo where I worked First time.It is the memorable part of my life.
I am emotionally atteched with it.
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Glad it's not just me.
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Separated at birth?

(You're MUCH better looking...)
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Glad it's not just me.
I think it's some artsy-fartsy picture of sheets hanging over the side of a bed or chair.

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I did this for 2 years



then this for 3 years






Then this for 5




then this for the past 16 years (still there)




in between I had a retail shop selling stuff like this:




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I've done this for 34 years. Not so much these days since I'm retarded..., I mean retired. Wife says there's a fine line there.
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I have doing this on a global basis

as well as "point" in my firm for
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Kdog, Ron and Dave you guys are funny... BTW, the picture with me and the 3 beauties, the girl in the blue was just sooooo sexy. When she moved and danced you just stared at her...WOW. You couldn't help but just drool.

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Wow, ya'll have some awesome jobs, I'm so jealous. However, As much as I love machines I have to agree, I think TVguy wins!

As much as I'd like to, I can't provide much info about my job but lets just say, everyday I go to work to figure out how to better kill people while trying to better protect our own. For good reasons that is, assuming there is a good reason. I'm good at what I do but I've always been involved and more interested in more lets say, constructive work or hobbies on the side.

The wife and I always joke about it when folks ask us what we do, because she is in health care and spends everyday trying to save people..go figure
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It's all about balance...

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Wow, great thread - interesting AND entertaining! You've got me digging out old photos here...

Well, like many of you, what I do has changed somewhat over the years. For my job, however, I have spent 30 years now doing this - managing and speaking/writing about investments (oddly, I don't have any photo of me, so this is my partner, Bob):


As for non-work, until I was forty, my main passtimes were motorcycles, fishing, and basketball (and, of course, being cool):




When I hit forty, my knees were shot from b-ball, so I took up a new passtime, which has really become my passion - underwater photography:


Thus, while not the same types of bathing beauties TVGUY gets to sidle up to, I get to spend time close to other adenaline-inducing "beauties" (this is me with a gorgeous 12-foot female tiger shark):

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There you go with those sharks again Bruce. I know it's probably safer than basketball even but you'd still have to pay me to swim with sharks. I'll bet you were a great teacher/professor. It's what my mom and pop did too.

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There you go with those sharks again Bruce. I know it's probably safer than basketball even but you'd still have to pay me to swim with sharks. I'll bet you were a great teacher/professor. It's what my mom and pop did too.
Let's just say sharks aren't as evil (attacking every human they see) as most people think... like any big, wild predator, they warrant considerable respect and care...

As for the teaching part, thanks for the compliment, but I'm not a professor or teacher; I've just done a lot of speaking/writing about investing (I founded a wealth management firm - www.appropriatebalance.com - 25 years ago).

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Let's just say sharks aren't as evil (attacking every human they see) as most people think... like any big, wild predator, they warrant considerable respect and care...

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