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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 12:33 PM


I have chatted with a lot of people on here and I've been amazed at all the different occupations we all have.

Please tell me what you do for a living.


Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 1:37 PM

I'm a lawyer


Kakman7  (Level: 63.5 - Posts: 15)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 1:43 PM

Hi eesusbejesus. In reply to your query I will let you know about my job. I work in Ireland for an American owned company called Crown Equipment. My job with Crown is the buying of tools, safety equipment etc and then to receive and inspect those items when they reach our plant. I am also responsible for ensuring that each employee in the company has the correct equipment for their particular job. Its a very enjoyable job as I deal with a lot of our suppliers so that no two days are the same. Hope you found this of some interest. Best wishes, kakman7

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 2:09 PM

Im a journalist by trade, and at the moment work part time as a gardener, I used to be a chef.

Sblv  (Level: 186.2 - Posts: 336)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 2:32 PM

I am an orthodontist, very simple. By the way, I look forward meeting you in my home town in 9 or 10 days. Simon.

Crazy4games  (Level: 122.3 - Posts: 1020)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 2:34 PM

I work for an auto parts manufacturing company, as teamleader of a production line. We make seat tracks for Chryselr, G.M., Ford and Honda, among others.
Strictly blue collar, but I love it.

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 3:50 PM

I've been toiling away in every aspect of the retail lumber industry for the last 18 years. Curently I'm a contractor salesman, and draftsman. I mostly enjoy the home design part of my job, but it alone won't pay the bills. There is nothing like the satisfaction of designing a home to fit the needs and dreams of a client, and seeing it go through every step of the construction process.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 4:22 PM

I'm a speech-language pathologist. During the school year I work with students from kindergarten through high school, although the majority of them are in K-3rd grade. I spend my summers doing contract work mainly in adult rehabilitation settings (nursing facilities, rehab hospitals, home healthcare etc...).

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 4:45 PM

For the next month and 3/4 I will be a Health & Safety professional in charge of the chemical inventory in a manufacturing facility involving several plants. But that is only the latest of several interesting jobs at the same place. As of 11-1-06, I will assume the highly sought after position of Retiree.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 5:07 PM


I run a Ph.D. program in Materials Science, which is a combined graduate degree in physics, chemistry, & materials engineering. This involves recruiting students from all over the world into our graduate program, advising them, etc., and the overall administration of my department.


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 5:13 PM

Oh, and I like to quote Ron Burgandy in Anchorman quite frequently to the people who work here. I'm sure they are sick of hearing it:

"I'm kind of a big deal."


Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 6:37 PM

I drive mechanically challenged cars from point a to point b for an auto auction.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 8:07 PM

High School Drama Teacher and out-of-work actor!

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.8 - Posts: 5433)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 9:21 PM

At the moment I am a stay at home mom (very demanding job with no benefits whatsoever)LOL....I worked a total of 30 years in the medical field first as a Med Tech then as an LPN. I have taught school all grades as a substitue teacher also. I've also worked in a meat packing plant and as a Program Director at a very small AM station here in Rhea County where I live....Being a mom is my most important job to date tho.....wouuldn't trade it for anything...well, maybe a night with Mel Gibson! rofl....

Maurlin  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 2658)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 10:04 PM

I'm a lawyer doing criminal defense work with a Public Defenders Office.

Skagitmla  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 28)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 10:57 PM

I manage the Supply Chain Solutions office for a large "brown" package company. We specialize in the transportation of heavyweight international and domestic airfreight, inbound and outbound ocean containers and customshouse brokerage. I'm a licensed customshouse broker myself and have worked in the ports of New Orleans and Seattle, along the US/Canada border in Blaine, WA and now in the Midwest.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Thu, 7th Sep '06 11:05 PM

I am the President.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 12:29 AM

Part-time bookkeeping at home and full-time caregiver to my 85year old parents who now live with me.

Alaskan420  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 191)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 1:52 AM

Owner/Dispatcher of a taxicab company

Markieboy  (Level: 256.7 - Posts: 198)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 4:31 AM

Buccaneer, Adventurer, Freebooter and Pirate..... Not really, I project manage the refurbishment of commerical premises across London and Europe, mainly for Blue Chip companies and Multi-nationals, involving turn-key packages inclusive of supply of Herman Miller furniture.

Mindmonkey  (Level: 268.2 - Posts: 295)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 4:48 AM

I teach history at a university. Bet you'd never guess that from my quizes! For 20 years up until 2002, I also published and edited a journal on revitalizing small communities in the U.S. Fortunately, I haven't just mucked around in academia and I've spent serious time loading boxcars with potato sacks, picking apples and pears, and such.

One of the most interesting things that's happened here is finding out that one of the professors in Eesusbejesus' program is a former student of mine. Wish I could take some credit. Small world, though.

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 6036)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 5:30 AM

Right now, I'm a stay at home Nana. My longest job was working as a payroll clerk and stenographer 19 yrs. for Brown Shoe Company. Others have included, restaurant manager, car hop, classified ads for a newspaper, receptionist for a chiropractor, working in a pharmacy, medical records in a nursing home, store clerk and telemarketing. Pretty much a variety. My granddaughter lives with me, and I take her back and forth to school, try to keep up with her homework and whatever her needs are.


Brunosexy77  (Level: 67.5 - Posts: 215)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 3:01 PM

Im a secretary and i work with the local government in Malta.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 3:55 PM

I make other's swimming pools glitter in the light, casting a blue green relfection on flat surfaces surrounding it.

I clean pools...not glam but neccessary.

Helsleym78  (Level: 54.9 - Posts: 54)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 4:09 PM

I am the admission coordinator at a skilled nursing facility here in Northern Michigan.

Lovebacj  (Level: 129.9 - Posts: 1)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 9:04 PM

I work in the financial division of a Medical Insurance company as the technical specialist

Carreau  (Level: 234.5 - Posts: 140)
Fri, 8th Sep '06 10:05 PM

I taught high-school English for a number of years. Then, like Kravfighter, I was a speech-language pathologist. Now retired.

Gille  (Level: 72.0 - Posts: 28)
Sat, 9th Sep '06 2:50 AM

I was a registered nurse in Boston, then a mother of four and manager of my husband's dental office. gille

Tmj302  (Level: 53.5 - Posts: 129)
Sun, 10th Sep '06 1:16 AM

Umm....daughter of Oogie...Mom of the tiniest Oog - grandchild...
Full time stay-at-home-mommy, personal driver of the small one.
Student of Medical Transcription and Medical Coding/Billing/Insurance.
Wife of a semi-adult...
Owner of 2 guinea pigs, 2 cats, 1 stupid bulldog.

Not very professionally exciting, does NOT pay well at all...other than a new house.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 10th Sep '06 6:39 PM

I have worked as a signwriter for a bunch of years, and have eight trade certificates in six associated trades! (Professional tertiary student?)...I also did four years college learning Marketing, but have not used those skills much.

I just run up'n'down ladders a lot, with paintpot and brush in hand most days.

Ummagumma  (Level: 67.4 - Posts: 186)
Sun, 10th Sep '06 6:57 PM

Well, I am a therapist/social worker - my primary clients are typically court ordered for substance abuse/dependence as well as domestic violence issues. I also receive referrals from protective services and foster care to help parents become better parents. My private practice is in the south eastern part of Michigan.

Chadine82  (Level: 202.4 - Posts: 3)
Mon, 11th Sep '06 7:58 AM

I am the Chief Financial Officer of a Regional Health Authority.

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Mon, 11th Sep '06 5:40 PM

Take my 'Things In Your Elementary School' quiz. I'm the answer to the last question. It's not a noble job, I'll never be rich. But I have the parents of 430 kids to answer to if anything goes wrong and their children are harmed in any way due to my being remiss.

Liking kids is a requirement for the job,...we ain't in it for the money. God only knows what some of their home lives are like. I had one a couple of years ago who was in school the day after her father was murdered,...poor thing. I've spent my money to buy a kid lunch if he/she lost it, taken screws out of my own glasses to fix a child's pair, anything I can to help them. I've sat on the hallway floor talking to one that has been sent from the room for misbehavior, name it. I go home daily knowing I've treated each and every one of them as if they were my own,...they're only kids for God's sake.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Mon, 11th Sep '06 7:59 PM

How true your words are Vettage! All of the schools I provide services for are in poor/low-income areas. It's sad because most things I find out about some of the kids' home lives doesn't even surprise me anymore. I always remember the sad but true words of a previous principal at one of my schools. He was always reminding the staff that we have no idea what some of these kids go home to and the school day might be the best 6-7 hours of a kid's day so we have to make the absolute best of it while they are with us.


Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Mon, 11th Sep '06 8:18 PM

I have to correct you, Vettage; It IS a noble job when you make it so by your actions. And you are richer than you know, when you've invested in a child's future by treating him/her with respect. You may not know for decades how important your small kindnesses were to an overwhelmed child. Good for you for believing in the importance of what you do.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2097)
Mon, 11th Sep '06 8:36 PM

I am a personal trainer for special needs adults (those with arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, obestity, elderly, multiple sclerosis ...) and also a PE instructor at a local community college. I teach water aerobics, a variety of strength and stretching classes, and a rousing cycling class for people of all ages. Believe it or not, I don't make much money either, but I know that I make a difference in people's lives.

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Tue, 12th Sep '06 1:55 AM

Koota, you are definitely elected to carry Eesus in Chicago!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 12th Sep '06 7:08 AM

Wow, somehow I missed this thread, this is fascinating!

I am a retired Earth Science teacher. I taught for 34 years in New York City.

I am currently a Science Consultant for a secondary school textbook company, and very much a grandma, as you will see from my profile. I do speak at Science Conferences in various places around the country, and thought I could get to Chicago, but alas...


Surreyman  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 2766)
Tue, 12th Sep '06 7:41 AM

Senile, overweight, heavy smoking, warm bitter swilling (only out of mugs), red-faced loud-mouthed rugger-playing (Union, of course, and ex), land-owning millionaire (isn't everyone in Surrey?), and even still wears Tweed jackets and cravats on occasion.
Runs own small financial publishing business as a cover for switching to Sploofus on the screen when 'er in the garden ain't watching.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 12th Sep '06 1:11 PM

This IS fascinating! Thanks for all of your responses and hopefully we will hear from more sploofusers.

And Embee, if poor Koota had to carry me in Chicago, she would have to have surgery on HER knee. And back. You'll just have to convince Chick to slow down for me. Or maybe you can take turns pulling me in a wagon.

I want more occupation posts and once I we max this one out, I have a follow up that is going to be FABULOUS!


Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 12th Sep '06 2:49 PM

I am embarassed and humbled by the great diversity and quality of the occupations we have here. Until recently, I had one that could fit in with the rest of you -- conducting academic research in cutting-edge areas of artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, I was the victim of some crooked skullduggery and the condonement of that behavior by the powers that be at my university, which has basically left me in the lurch with career a shambles. A few promising opportunities for a fresh start have not yet come to fruition, and given that I am unwilling to leave the area (wife's got a good position that can't move) and my marketable talents are hideously specialized, I remain at the moment a househusband and part-time sploofer.

Geophile  (Level: 156.9 - Posts: 1508)
Wed, 13th Sep '06 11:56 AM

I do nothing.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 181.7 - Posts: 686)
Wed, 13th Sep '06 3:17 PM

I work as an Administrative Assistant in a Boys and Girls Club in Montreal. It does not pay a lot but I LOVE my job. I do all the accounting and Payroll and so much more. We offer lots of activities for people 0 to 99 ! I can walk to work or I can take my bike. I live very close byl. I feel that I am very fortunate to have this job.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Thu, 14th Sep '06 7:55 PM

I am Supreme Empress of the Universe.

In my spare time (when not trying to stop galaxies from invading other galaxies)...hold yourselves back....I work for an insurance company. Quit really isn't as exciting as it sounds. Most insurance companies are known for being exciting...glamorous...cutting-edge places to work...I know you are ALL VERY jealous.

In the past I have worked for the CIA, Mafia and was head comedy writer for Larry King (that's why I got the Empress gig...impressive credentials).

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Thu, 14th Sep '06 8:05 PM

Oh great, now we're all in danger because Chick's revealed her prior job of CIA, blah blah blah to us... know...


Thanks, Chick! Looking forward to the intrigue!

Oogie54  (Level: 198.6 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 15th Sep '06 5:24 PM

I'm just a gigolo and everywhere I go...part time astro-physicist, nano-nuclear design specialist, pioneer in the field of cryogenic preservation of hair follicles, but it's all so boring and unfulfilling....wish I was just a maintenance manager over a 171 unit apartment community in a small town in Ga.

Leeh4cb  (Level: 66.3 - Posts: 9)
Mon, 18th Sep '06 1:56 PM

Southern California Realtor currently supping on feathers!

Magnolia1  (Level: 74.5 - Posts: 147)
Tue, 19th Sep '06 10:36 PM

Licensed Practical Nurse,graduated with top honors,love my patients,they make my heart smile,have never" not "....wanted to be a nurse, love this profession,the patients you meet will make you humble in more ways than you know......speaking from experience....Have worked with all types of rehabilitation patients.....spinal cord injury,s....can put a catheter in with my eyes closed in the dark....brain damage....amputee,s...strokes....seen it all.....don,t like the illness love my patients......Kathy

Aimee12  (Level: 58.6 - Posts: 96)
Sun, 24th Sep '06 2:12 AM

I missed this thread too...I recently transferred from working for the NJ state police to working at the office of the attorney general in IT procurement. Unfortunately, my new position doesn't allow me to "sploof" during the workday anymore I also teach voice and piano lessons and musical theater part time, and perform whenever someone will pay me to!!
It is so interesting to read what our community does for a living - great idea for a post, hopefully more people will stumble across it!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Sun, 24th Sep '06 9:50 PM

I am a full-time mother of three and part-time companion animal veterinarian.

Which reminds me to tell you: please spay and neuter your pets!

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Mon, 25th Sep '06 6:34 PM

Ummm, should we do that ourselves,...or seek a qualified professional?

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Tue, 26th Sep '06 4:21 PM

Hey Tim, you smartypants, if I could edit my post, I would (hoping for an edit function one of these days, Justin!).

Clarification: Please *have* your pets spayed and neutered.

Further clarification: Please have your pets spayed and neutered by a licensed veterinarian.

Now I sound like Bob Barker.

Joey  (Level: 28.9 - Posts: 82)
Fri, 29th Sep '06 7:52 PM

Joey is Professional Monkey and part-time musician in training...

Joey  (Level: 28.9 - Posts: 82)
Fri, 29th Sep '06 7:55 PM

...or student who is learning Bass...

Whichever sounds better works.

Philkon  (Level: 266.1 - Posts: 474)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 11:16 PM

Right now, I am a TV reporter & author. I used to be a California Highway Patrol officer, a computer operator at NASA, and a ditch digger.....

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 11th Oct '06 6:16 AM

Excuse my late entry...
Currently I'm a librarian, except on Thursdays when I run one of the longest running pub quizzes in the city. I have been an electrician, a builder, a bar manager, worked in childcare and initially trained to be an actor, with a brief stint at being a stunt person. All of which fits in perfectly with my academic training in English Lit. and Philosophy. I've also been known to release the odd album or two...
Who says the Renaissance is dead?

Beckyjs  (Level: 80.1 - Posts: 36)
Wed, 11th Oct '06 9:05 AM

I'm a former foreign language supervisor for a large school district in NJ- now happily retired, but busy in SC. i have enjoyed working as interpreter for the hispanic population at the local Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. Instead of a paycheck, a smile and a "thank you" satisfy me.

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Wed, 11th Oct '06 10:40 AM

I've sold cheese at the mall, been a dressmaker, taught unruly ninth graders how to read, tutored kids until they really did understand haiku and other stuff. Funny though, I still don't really understand haiku. When I needed to make some decent money I became the branch manager of a bank. Retired as soon as the kids were out of college and went back to doing worthwhile things like sitting on a Citizens Review Board, more tutoring, more trying to make a difference. The job I'm most proud of is raising three great kids, with the help of a great husband. We didn't raise any Nobel Prize winners, but nobody's in jail. Now I mostly spend my days as a grammy and a Sploofer.

Cypressriver  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 160)
Sat, 21st Oct '06 12:20 AM

I still haven't figured out what to do for work, and I do need to figure something out, since I'm closer to fifty than to forty (or you could say I'm closer to forty than to thirty; that works, too.) I've had some interesting jobs along the way, but no calling or career. My nine-year-old daughter keeps me engaged, okay, exhausted. I'm working for a small nonprofit trying to keep small farms in business as farmers prepare to retire.

In my former corporate life I wrote questions for the LSAT exams (the only job I know of that requires a background in lit and philosophy)and I now freelance, scoring essays for the MBA exam and editing test questions on a variety of topics. Past jobs cover the spectrum (all legal).

I love to hear what others here are doing and have done!


Berylm  (Level: 153.9 - Posts: 478)
Mon, 23rd Oct '06 2:14 PM

Hmm - no, Surreyman, everyone who lives in Surrey is not a millionnaire! In fact, having been out of work this year nearly as much as I've been in it, I'm close to broke. I do still own my own home (or the two-fifths of it that the bank doesn't own, anyway) but I shall be much happier when I get another job - which will be as my preferred profession of VBA computer programmer, hopefully.

Otherwise I might be looking at supermarket shelf-filling or serving at McDonalds ...

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 6th Jan '08 4:38 PM

Bump because we have a lot of new people.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sun, 6th Jan '08 7:50 PM

This was a fascinating thread. I'm a recently retired high school English teacher. I taught the senior AP classes so learned more literature than I would have in graduate school. I'm still not sure I did the right thing by retiring. Only other interesting job in my past--I was a mail carrier back around 1972, when women were first allowed to carry mail in the US.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Mon, 7th Jan '08 7:08 PM

I had a lot of jobs over 36 years at GM. Press operator, welder, metal finisher, then union steward, organizational development consultant, GM magazine editor, health & safety man. Now I am a charter bus driver.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.3 - Posts: 5295)
Tue, 8th Jan '08 1:13 AM

I began working as a legal secretary while still in high school. Spent seven years in that position.

While my four boys were growing up I had lots of smaller jobs such as selling clothing and cleaning products door-to-door and caring for the elderly. However, most of my work has been in the newspaper business and I am currently news editor of a daily newspaper with 12,000-plus circulation.

I am in the process of establishing an Internet business (it's a service, not a multi-level marketing program) that I hope will someday allow me to retire and work for myself.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 8th Jan '08 10:17 PM

Cool thread.

Full-time grandpa to five little children.

Once upon a time, I worked my way through college as a hospital orderly and borrowed my way through med school, and have worked as a doc in eight different ERs over the years. One of them, for ten years in my younger days, was a major urban facility with 60,000 patients per year and lots of action. Now, after a few birthdays, I'm in a nice little community hospital with only a little excitement once in a while to keep my pulse and skills up. This is probably my last job before retirement, but I ain't ready to give it up yet.

Bluemnguy  (Level: 140.0 - Posts: 41)
Wed, 9th Jan '08 1:35 PM

I am a former Business Education and Social Studies teacher who retired in 1993. I just put on Spooflus my 66th U. S. Geography Quiz.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 9th Jan '08 5:58 PM

Milked cows, baled hay, worked stock in a tire warehouse, bag boy at an A and P, mowed grass and cleaned rooms for a school distict, graded papers for a college math professor, supervised a woodshop in an art department, prepared tax returns, worked in a department store cash office, sold residential real estate, taught junior high math and drafting, and currently the tech director for a school district.

Maurlin  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 2658)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 2:50 PM

Siouxsie- Thanks for bumping this thread up from 2006. It's been a great read again.

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 4:23 PM

I shave diseased dogs for surgery.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 4:25 PM

I am now one of the top 'stunt doubles' in the monkey porn industry. My moom is so proud.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 4:50 PM

I am a nurse at a skilled facility in the Metro-west area of Boston. It has to be the least exciting job I have ever held and that is definitely by design. I work 12 hour weekend nightshifts and have the weekdays off to procrastinate on finishing art projects in my home studio, cater to the whims of my spoiled menagerie and, occasionally, travel to quilting and textile shows with my mum to sell a variety of quilting and art supplies.

All when I am not busy being a supermodel, that is.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 5:02 PM

I currently run a Bed & Breakfast for Summer visitors of the feathered variety (swallows, hummingbirds, etc.). As a side line, I provide oxygen for you city dwellers who can't make your own, on my six acres of flora. No need to thank me, just a small monthly stipend will do

Allena  (Level: 253.5 - Posts: 1388)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 5:24 PM

Occupied is the right terminology. Grand kids are truly important and so is keeping the brain working. Retired from running a computer business (actually several) and a contract bridge career (which was a lot tougher than the computer business). Did work international work for the government. Currently write for a few publications. Have a joke line and play live trivia. Read. Own a farm (364 acres) and four horses which keep the grand kids happy. Raise and sell hay. Live near D.C. and commute on weekends to be in the mountains. (10 degrees cooler) Play music, especially for Church, help with a Montessori School group and write quizzes for recreation.

Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 7:05 PM

I originally posted this in Salty Dog, but I will repeat it here because it kinda makes me happy just to say it."Well as of 12P.M. today I am unemployed. Yaa! We all saw this coming for some time now. It was OK with me. I am ready for retirement".


Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 8:09 PM

I am a supervisor for the State of Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. I have 6 employees under me at the Carson City District office (there are several other supervisors in that office), and I also supervise the Yerington District office, which is comprised of 4 employees and is an hour and fifteen minutes Southeast of Carson City. I'll never get rich working for the state, but the job we do is important - the main goal of which is to help our clients learn to be self-sufficient. Please no comments about how we give food stamps and Medicaid to illegal non-citizens. It just doesn't work the way most people think it does.

In my other life I worked for Harrah's Casino in Las Vegas where I was paid a very good salary to throw parties for employees and give them gifts!

I prefer the Welfare job - much more personally satisfying, but boy was the Harrah's job fun!


Sheri Ras.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 8:54 PM

I detailed new cars, made boat trailers, ran a small engine die-caster, made steering cables for boats, did 2 years in the infantry, worked in aluminum extrusion, drove truck, worked on a loading dock, negotiated labor contract twice and somehow managed to squeeze in huge amounts of beer. Actually all I do now is deliver "meals on wheels", and play with my toys. I am going to bed.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 10th Jan '08 11:38 PM

I started out as a teen mom who needed a job. Worked as a word processor in a law firm when I was 19. 3 months later a lawyer in the firm needed a junior secretary. I took the job. Worked as a legal secretary in commercial real estate for 10 years. Commuted an hour each way for 5 of those years when we bought a house outside the city. Absolutely hated it but, the money was good, I had 3 kids by then and we had a mortgage to pay. One day, I saw an ad for a part time real estate secretary for a commercial real estate agent in town. The money was much less than I was making but I was miserable - hated the job, the boss, the commute - it reflected in my home life. I took that job and it was the best decision I have ever made in my work life. Within a few months that job evolved into full time, I was working for a man who became my mentor. Generous, flexible, very intelligent and a very humble man. He would pay me performance bonuses every quarter - and HE would remind ME that it was time for the bonus. I would cringe aplogetically when I would tell him how much the bonus was each time and he would say "Great! If you are doing well, that means I'm doing well" I was so used to the "strict 9-5, chained to your desk" mentality that I would apologize profusely if I was 5-10 mins late and he'd assure me that the world wouldn't end if I wasn't at my desk by 9.

He encouraged me (read kicked my a** as I'm somewhat of a procrastinator in my personal life) to get my real estate licence as he was getting ready to retire early. I did, he's retired and I work as a commercial real estate salesperson in association with his business partner, who I get along great with.

I mostly love my job - business hours (no midnight signbacks or weekend showings for the most part as we do business with people who are doing business). I'm so grateful for this man who is now helping skilled tradesmen from 3rd world countries (who make about $20/day US to support their families and extended families) come here to Canada to work for 6 months (and make over $20/hr) in the construction industry.

Phew, kind of long winded and turned out to be more about my ex-boss than myself but, hey, he was a huge influence in my life, so there!

Now I just need someone who'll say "no problem honey, I'll fix the dishwasher"

Maurlin  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 2658)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 6:08 AM

Lisa- If you find someone, please see if he'll work parttime for me!

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 6:42 AM

I'm a Program Administrator (supervise more than one agency program) for a private, non-profit child welfare agency in New Jersey. We have privately funded programs and state contracted ones as well. All of our programs protect children and build healthy families. I was a teacher prior to working at this job and find this even more rewarding than teaching children.

Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:41 AM

Donna works for the government in support of Iraq and I work at our home as a caregiver for her mom and dad whom live with us.

Lblewis  (Level: 47.0 - Posts: 31)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 9:31 AM

I am a bar manager at Mitch's Tavern across the street fom NCSU. The tavern is 34 years old and is most famous around here for its scene in the movie " Bull Durham ".

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 3:11 PM

Maurlin.. I'll pass the name along as soon as I have it!

Kravfighter and Carreau: When my daughter was in Grade 2, she was struggling with speech and reading (which I think are related). She received help from a speech pathologist and went into reading recovery. She is now 14 yrs old, in Grade 9 in high school and is a voracious reader with no speech impediments whatsoever and as a matter of fact, her Grade 8 teacher was encouraging her to go into the field of writing as she was so impressed by her ability to structure stories.

Just thought you might like to know that - Cheers to speech pathologists!

Maggie7556  (Level: 215.2 - Posts: 268)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 9:44 PM

Of all the jobs I have had I don't think any can compare to when I worked at Mr. Hot Dog, Home of the Big Frank. That was back in my hometown of Saginaw, MI.

Ehtfdct  (Level: 177.1 - Posts: 6)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 9:58 PM

I watch Netflix

Johnceltic  (Level: 40.6 - Posts: 40)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 6:25 AM

I am a Taxi Driver

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 12:15 PM

In order:
Since I was 13, I've played either organ or piano at whatever church I attended
1. Insurance receptionist
2. Daycare asst. supervisor
3. McDonald's Store Rep
4. Typesetter/proofreader for 2 different Texas newspapers
5. QC, Revision Editor for pilot and maintenance manuals for FlightSafety, Int.
6. Piano, violin, voice teacher
7. ISD piano accompanist
8. ISD Chorale director
9. Precinct Chairman 3333, Election Judge
10. ISD Orchestra director
11. Asst. Chorale director/accompanist civic choir
11. Church Choir Director
13. Actor local commercial
13. Apparently nationally known trouble maker

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 5:49 AM

I was going to write 'I've been a pauper, a poet, a pawn on a string, etc' but I been a lot of things. More recently a RN working float and hospice. I was a salesgirl, a cemetery plot salesgirl, an encyclopedia salesgirl, switchboard operator, pharmacy aide, phlebotomist, grocery cashier, stock clerk, nurse's aide, LPN, hypertensive research assistant, nursing home asst. supervisor--the list goes on. My brother always says he would take one look at my resume and tell me good-bye. I've always admired people who could stay at one place for a long time. Now I'm disabled and waiting (19 months so far) to see if I can get disability. I know some people think we have free money flowing here in New Orleans; I haven't found any yet. I'll go back to hiding under the bed now.

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 12:20 PM

I am a teacher and thus try to stamp out ignorance on a daily basis....some days are tougher than others.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 5:10 PM

And people think you are kidding when you say "stamp out."

(FYI - don't piss off Marsha.)

Dianne2505  (Level: 122.6 - Posts: 1)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 8:15 PM

I am a shipping and receiving manager at a local box making company. Most of my working carrer was spent as a prepress technician at a printing company.

4getful1  (Level: 173.5 - Posts: 2876)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 11:18 PM

My last job title was Director of Development (translated fundraiser). Prior to that I was dean of students and director of student support services. Now RETIRED.


Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 11:28 PM

What an amazing variety of occupations!

I am self-employed as a web host & designer with a small office, who also does customer relationship management for some of my clients as well. I am also an independent distributor for Watkins Products and Avon.

I've been involved with Cub Scouts for 7 years, currently about to pass my treasurers hat, and also very active with our band boosters...and anyone who doesn't think volunteering isn't an occupation hasn't done it - it's a JOB!

Tlavine44  (Level: 160.8 - Posts: 11)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 2:06 PM

I am a Radio station traffic director and now part time student.

Bounce42605  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 13)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 5:57 PM

I'm a purchasing coordinator for a laser printer parts distributor. I pass information back and forth between departments, handle most of our special orders, update the database with information and trouble shoot problems. I also order all of the MRO supplies like boxes, tape, foam and film for packaging. Besides that I put out a lot of fires, devising emergency procedures to handle receiving, accounting, purchasing and sales problems.

I really enjoy working in the business world because the environment is constantly changing and you have to adapt and learn to do new things to get ahead. Being on the computer all day gives me the chance to get a little down time with Sploofus daily too


Bobbsey  (Level: 153.0 - Posts: 252)
Wed, 27th Feb '08 12:06 AM

ive done lots of things from milking cows in tasmania, to working 12 yrs with telecom as a telephonist, but the job i do now is the on i am happiest. working in a bindery with a large printing. trained monkeys can do this job, and i get a good wage for it. looooooove ma job.

Bobbsey  (Level: 153.0 - Posts: 252)
Wed, 27th Feb '08 12:08 AM

wow, i stuffed that one up. i work for a large printing company, in the bindery, i love it.lololo i do, really

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Wed, 27th Feb '08 5:22 AM

Chicken de-beaker.

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 27th Feb '08 9:49 AM

I am "just-a-nurse" I was an ER nurse for many many years, then did one year on a Schizophrenia unit -- I was looking for something different than the ER and boy was it. It was also the most dangerous job I had. Then went to a pediatric rehab hospital which was just an amazing place to work. Now I am not working, staying at home caring for my mother who has MS. Trivia questions on here are keeping me sane!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 27th Feb '08 11:59 PM

I'm an educator. Over the last 15 years, I've taught GED classes, history courses for the local public school and community college, and all sorts of core and elective courses at a local private school. I spent the last 3 years running a tutoring center that was part of a national chain. However, I've been unemployed since October '07 since our franchisee was an idiot who didn't know how to promote his businesses and has had to start letting people go and closing centers.

Now I'm a sploofuser!

Alvandy  (Level: 225.5 - Posts: 7525)
Thu, 28th Feb '08 12:04 AM

I am a full-time AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison at a local United Way.

There are about 225 such positions in the country.

Acofish  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 98)
Thu, 28th Feb '08 7:51 AM

I currently work as a customer service rep for GE Money, but I have been a breadman for the last 10 years and am looking forward to getting back into that game. I have been a parts warehouse supervisor, truck driver, restaurant mgr, and my favorite, a baker for an upscale grocery chain in Dallas, Tx (back when you could actually buy scratch-made bakery products in a grocery store!)

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.0 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 1st Mar '08 11:33 AM

I graduated in December with an education degree. I am currently looking for work as it is hard to find a teaching job in the middle of the year. I have a Middle School degree with an emphasis in Social Studies and Language Arts. I do look forward to getting a job.

Jburgin  (Level: 11.9 - Posts: 5)
Sun, 2nd Mar '08 5:02 AM

I'm a manager at McDonald's, which amounts to babysitting undermotivated teenagers most days.

Cloud9isfree  (Level: 167.6 - Posts: 3)
Sun, 2nd Mar '08 2:09 PM

ok...i admit it here for the first time: i'm really Kermit The Frog! but, i've masqueraded as a bartender, journalist, and currently teach h.s. english

Mrpinto  (Level: 217.2 - Posts: 22)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 11:13 PM

Great thread! I'm retired after teaching public school math for 33 years. Now, I'm teaching AP Calculus to a very select group of seniors at an all-girls Catholic HS, four days a week for an hour a day. I'm also a trustee at the public library. In my spare time (ha, ha), I'm 'mom' to 8 cats and I spend WAY too much time in front of my computer Sploofusing, and loving every minute of it!

Oogie54  (Level: 198.6 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 9:40 PM


Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Mon, 17th Mar '08 9:49 PM

I am a professional castrator. From a long string of them in my family.

Wordster  (Level: 155.7 - Posts: 892)
Wed, 2nd Apr '08 6:52 PM

I am a gardener in the UK. In The States you would call me a landscaper.

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 9:02 PM

I meant to post a thread to this chat and I messed up and started a new post. I'm still pretty new at this.
I have the best job of my life, I'm retired.
When I did accept a regular paycheck, it was for the start-up of manufacturing plants to supply soft goods to burn and vascular patients.

99wazza  (Level: 50.2 - Posts: 5)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 7:11 AM

I sell communications equipment. Mostly PABX equipment from small to incredibly large solutions. It is an interesting and challenging career given the rapid rate that new technology is being produced these days especially with the emergence of VoIP. Every tin pot I.T. company out there now thinks that they can make soft PABX's.

It is rewarding though and it beats being a paramedic which is what I used to do.

Flcyclist  (Level: 122.3 - Posts: 691)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 2:20 PM

I've been retired for 5 glorious years! Before that I was an R.N., before that a paramedic, before that I sold medical supplies wholesale, before that Biomedical Engineering Tech. at a large teaching medical center, and the list goes back more and more. But I'm sure you got bored by the second line anyway!

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 16th Apr '08 8:41 AM

I am a retired Flight Engineer. I started in the RAF, as an Electrical Fitter, but after 6 years, changed to what is called an Air Engineer. I flew on Hastings and then Hercules(Nicknamed Fat Albert. I left the RAF in 1971, and flew civil, on Comets, Boeing 707, Airbus A 300 and Boeing 727. I have been all over the world, so life is a bit dull now.

Annamcc  (Level: 181.4 - Posts: 14)
Sat, 19th Apr '08 11:39 PM

Wow, I am fascinated by the variety of Sploofusers - we come in all flavours! I am a retired librarian. Not half as exciting as some - I wish I could say I am an exotic dancer, but sadly dodgy knees and varicose veins hamper my career opportunities there, not to mention the effect of gravity on vintage bodies.

Cujgie  (Level: 170.5 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 20th Apr '08 2:17 PM

Am a librarian, and for the past ten years the head cataloger. I also train and supervise volunteers and court-ordered community service workers, and am in charge of the homebound book delivery program. I used to be a schoolteacher and, by appointment, I do counseling (have a master's in counseling psych). In the late evenings, I scoop kitty litter.

Bearpaw  (Level: 50.7 - Posts: 155)
Sat, 3rd May '08 7:47 AM

Zookeeper I take care of animals full time and people part time

Shesasharksfan  (Level: 89.5 - Posts: 63)
Mon, 5th May '08 11:54 AM

Wow. What an interesting and diverse cast of characters!
I work at the Humane Society as an Animal Care Tech. And I love, love, LOVE my job. We are a no-kill shelter, which makes for a much less depressing shelter environment to work in. I wouldn't be so enthusiastic about my job if our animals had to sit on death row.

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