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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:25 pm

I am a physicist by training and do scientific research in water resources for a Federal agency. Sometimes I teach related courses at the university.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:57 pm

According to Federal Classification I am unskilled Labor.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:31 pm

Retired forester/natural resource specialist including environmental compliance. Also worked as a park ranger and chief park ranger at several large federal projects. Did a lot of public education and interpretation in natural resources use/conservation, and water safety.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:39 pm

puros_bran wrote:
According to Federal Classification I am unskilled Labor.
Yep.

Especially amazing---and insulting---when the skills required are put directly to a test.

I found a show on Hulu called "Toughest Jobs" that ran a bunch of reality show types through their paces doing stuff like commercial crab fishing. There was a several-day training session for each job, then they were turned loose to do their best for the cameras. The one that was so difficult the episode didn't even get off the ground was driving a big rig. All they had to do was make a one way, 100 mile trip on an empty private road up north somewhere (might have been Alaska). The producers weren't allowed by law to take the contestants on a public highway.

Man, oh man, how they tried. Brought to tears with frustration because Reality Show Fame and Fortune was the prize, but they couldn't do it. Full load (80K lbs) and a series of steep, short hills stopped 'em in their tracks.

They didn't attempt to back the trucks at all, never mind park them or maneuver into a loading bay.

Then take the fact that driving a big truck is only a small part of the job---things like HAZMAT regs, load securement, DOT compliance, and so forth are where the gotchas lie. Loading and unloading is entirely the responsibility of the driver, btw. (Ever handled high pressure molten sulphur? 400+ degrees, and a single slip up can kill you most unpleasant way.)

The US Dept of Labor insists on calling "driving a truck" an unskilled job, though. Why? So it is exempt from overtime regulations. 14 hours a day is LEGAL, and several more than that is the reality. (The Teamsters faded away in general freight trucking when the industry was deregulated in the early 80's, so no protection there. Today's drivers are monitored every second by computer, and must follow computer-optimized and calculated schedules that flog them like sled dogs. The real world never matches the ideal conditions they assume.)

Truly, and without exaggeration, this country depends more on, and owes more to truck drivers than probably any other work group. Modern Life would not be possible without them.

Did I mention that it is statistically far more dangerous than being a cop or fireman?
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:10 pm

LL wrote:
... exempt from overtime regulations. 14 hours a day is LEGAL...The Teamsters faded away in general freight trucking when the industry was deregulated in the early 80's, so no protection there.

That's why, where the unions can legally operate, the Teamsters are again gaining strength. Slowly for sure, but growing once again (at least in my particular area and industry). If I wasn't getting paid hourly overtime and premium shift pay I'd walk away in a heartbeat and do something else.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:13 pm

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Truly, and without exaggeration, this country depends more on, and owes more to truck drivers than probably any other work group. Modern Life would not be possible without them.

Did I mention that it is statistically far more dangerous than being a cop or fireman?

Yep, I had a neighbor that went to a trucker school out in Wythe county, went all the way through the classroom instruction but couldnt handle the "on the road" stuff, he quit. I remember him going into it with an "anybody can drive a truck" attitude. Came out with an attitude adjustment. I know I couldnt do it, I have no patience for other drivers, & almost fall asleep driving to Va Beach (5 hr trip from here).
I wonder how much of our baccy & pipes are hauled on big rigs, not to mention FOOD.
I saw something just the other day on PBS about refrigeration & how unhealthy folks in big cities were until refrigerated trucks could haul fresh foods there. Something to think about.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:26 pm

I've hauled stuff that turns solid when below 275 degrees.. Stuff that boils when it hits oxygen, cryogenic controlled crap, countless poisens,flamables,explosives and acids... Basically if it can go into a tank, any kind of tank, I have pulled it.

As for the walking away part: easier said than done, I've tried. I can make money doing other things but I'm totally miserable doing it.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:30 pm

EJinVA wrote:

I wonder how much of our baccy & pipes are hauled on big rigs, not to mention FOOD.
Over 70% of everything the American public consumes travels exclusively by truck, and virtually 100% of it has one or more trucks in the supply chain.

If the trucks stop, the country stops. Literally. If a magic spell suddenly made them disappear overnight it would be as destructive as a nuclear war.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:17 am

I'm a shift Lieutenant for the Oak Ridge Police Department. Thirty-six years on the job.

As for truck drivers, they're a hard working bunch of folks in a job that would absolutely drive me crazy. Thank God for them. And, like cops, they all take a lot of criticism for what a small number of bad ones do. In thirty-six years on the job I've never written a truck driver a ticket. The few (and I do mean few) times I've had to stop one, a warning was quite sufficient.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:14 pm

I'm a Teamster! Kind of odd how that happened for my job title. I work for state Gooberment in IL. Storekeeper. What I really do is order all the license plates for the state. I stock warehouses and facilities. Deal with factories. Solve untold numbers of problems.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:03 pm

Senior Facility Manager/Account Manager for a very large integrated management services company in their facility services LOB. Right now I am managing an account for a county government where we primarily manage the county detention facility. I must say after managing facilities in the private sector for several years, managing a detention facility has been an interesting ride.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:03 pm

Wow -- what a great post, and what a diverse bunch we have here! Me? I live in Gunnison, Colorado but work in a fly fishing shop up in Crested Butte (30 miles away) during the winter, and am a fishing guide in the summer. I also work part-time at the local newspaper here in Gunnison as a photographer/freelance writer. In about 2 months, my good friend and I are opening a full service fly shop here in Gunnison. We've got a silent partner putting up the cash, and we're going to run it. I am stoked! It's only about four blocks from my house, so now I can ride my bike to work. We are also going to offer guided trips, so I will get to guide through the summer.

It's so freakin' cool, I can barely believe it.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:18 pm

I'm an officiant/celebrant at funeral services and a "kept man" as long as my wife continues to work.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:18 pm

Facility Operator...though more specifically I drive a zamboni at a sports/rec complex.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:26 pm

Mud logger, or basicly a on site geologist on oil and gas rigs.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:39 pm

HistoryMajor wrote:
Facility Operator...though more specifically I drive a zamboni at a sports/rec complex.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z9HgXLaeeM&feature=related
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:57 pm

I'm an emergency services dispatcher. I've worked in law enforcement and public safety in one capacity or another for more than 20 years.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:21 pm

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Number one song in Edmonton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z9HgXLaeeM&feature=related
Used to be this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByKu8BwT5K4

...until they messed with perfection.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:23 am

Retired from the USAF (1993) and FAA (2008). Have a consulting business and do contract teaching at the FAA Center in OKC. Rest of the time I'm traveling between OKC and Raleigh. Play Grampa as much as possible and keep up with our spread-out family. Life could be worse FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:37 am

Wire Electrical Discharge Machine (WEDM) operator/programmer. A fancy name for a CNC operator where I use small diameter brass wire to cut 4 axis shapes into steel for building mold /tool parts. Been in the mold making industry for 40 years now, where did the time go??? lol

Very interesting to see the diverse community we have here. It just goes to show that pipesmokers come from all walks of life and that we're all great folks. Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:18 am

Was an alcoholic bum all my life, stemmed in 5 or 6 countries, asked to leave a few Very Happy , went I worked low end jobs, now that I've been sober for a while , just a retired bum, Ken tongue
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:56 am

Accountant with the federal gov't, CDC.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:01 am

pipetongue1 wrote:
just a retired bum, Ken tongue
That is exactly the career I am trying to work myself into Cool

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:58 pm

I used to work at a used book store, but just got a new job as a worship leader for one of the college ministries here at East Central University.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you do for a living   Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:37 am

Irene Adler wrote:
I used to work at a used book store, but just got a new job as a worship leader for one of the college ministries here at East Central University.

:-)

Way to go Amy! Please post some of your worship sets.
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