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Old 08-04-2012, 09:44 AM
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Actually, I've got that job. I've been in the fire service for 28 years now. I was a firefighter for 6 years, driver/engineer for 12 years, and a lieutenant for 7 years for a large (over 500 employees) fire department. Retired from that fire department and I'm now fire chief for a small fire department in central Florida.
However, if I were to do something else:

Game Warden, geologist, meteorologist
Being a terrorist is a lot like being a salmon...... Life is good until the seals show up.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:43 PM
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I'd be a chef/ restaraunt owner.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:00 PM
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Cowboy. And I do. Also writer, do that too. Don't make much money at either, but I like the work. And we have enough.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:50 AM
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Well a porn star is out of the question because the wife says no. It would be nice to be a philanthropist , where I could give money away to those who could use a lift in life but that's out because I have no money. I know, retired and doing what I want and I'm doing that now. I used to have all the money I needed but no time and now I have all the time I need but no money. Lifes funny that way.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:35 PM
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I would like to have a market garden and sell from the local market as well as possibly to restaurants in the area. Since my area is very rural, I probably couldn't make a living at it though. But would sure like to give it a try.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:18 PM
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Always thought of ranching and farming. Maybe because it's in my blood. Or being a ranch cook. Think I would like that.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:57 PM
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Had a great career working stone--Mason, master fireplace builder, stone carver, and sculptor. Was a geologist prior to that, but didn't really enjoy working for "the man" Nerve damage in my hands and feet from AO pretty much ended that career, but---

Now my real dream is coming true a little acreage at the end of a private road, in the woods; nice little cabin; goats, chickens, and a good little garden spot that unfortunately has been feeding the grasshoppers more than me. Some newly acquired guineas should turn that around though.

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Old 10-09-2013, 12:01 AM
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rehab for wild critters, most especially birds of prey would just be awesome. I do have a knack for medical type stuff and am good with gore and in a crisis so I would also probably love EMT/Paramedic work or maybe surgical nurse, but don't like the hours involved for much of that. Rather be with my family. I actually have lots of interests that I think I would love, but most you can't make a living at. Bottom line is that I love being at my home and with my family so that always trumps whatever else might sound fun.

DH chimed in, he wants to be a mythbuster.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:59 PM
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I'd like to teach Early American History, be a writer, homesteader and builder of flintlock rifles.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:30 PM
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Don't know if I have posted in this thread before.......

But at this time..... Being a retired machinist....
I would like to have some machine tools in my little garage....
Like a Bridgeport mill.... And an engine lathe with about a 2" bore....

Just so I could make parts for things I feel I need to "invent" as the project comes to mind...... Current hobby seems to be building implements for my little tractor to build/maintain yard, raised garden boxes, food plot, manage the woods and such on my place...... I suppose "tinker" is a better word to use....

I grew up as a "cowboy"...... Liked the life..... Not the work it took to make a living at it....
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Old 04-06-2015, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by J R Adams View Post
Years ago, I had one of the best jobs in the world with a major farm implement manufacturer as a "field service rep". An opportunity to learn how all farm machinery worked and help people keep it running. This was before cell phones and computers. Your office contacted you by leaving messages for you to call in when you arrived at your scheduled destinatition, which you had submitted, or the next place you were going to be. Your coustomers and retailers became your friends. If you needed an afternoon off, they would tell any one who called you had gone to "the field". All you had to do was leave town, stop, walk acrooss the ditch and over the fence into the field. No one had to tell any untruths. Today, cell phones, computers and GPS leave no antonmity. That's progress for you but we still all ate well.
Another older thread, but I worked in a different field, but the things you mentioned were astonishingly very similar. First came pagers, and in a rural area pay phones were few and far between back then, but most places of call allowed the use of a phone if local or for one made collect which I did. Then came a bag phone for my own personal use for staying in contact with the wife/family, but I did use it for business some. Then came computers for the office, next came laptops for the field, but I got out before the laptops became common field use in my division. Being in a small unit did have its advantages at times. Now company cell phones are standard and company vehicles have computer/satellite tracking equipment/devices so the employees left can't stop for a coke break undetected. And don't believe the company does not track the vehicle mileage against Google's estimated mileage, so that favorite steak house better not be much off the beaten path, or one better know some short cuts to shave mileage off their proposed itinerary.

I always took care of company business first, working overtime or whatever was necessary to get the job done, but also expected to be treated in reciprocal fashion by the company. In the beginning (old days now) that was pretty much the norm, but sadly that is not the norm for the people working today.

Had a good career, enjoyed most of it. It payed the bills and provided exceptional insurance benefits, not that I ever needed them until after I retired, but the wife would have suffered greatly had I not had the insurance available for her. No regrets, but .........

Given the opportunity for any job with no regard for pay or benefits (just like in the old movies where jobs and pay never seemed to matter) I believe owning a hunting/fishing/vacation lodge in the Western US or Alaska with a few hundred acres of land containing many lakes for the fishing part would be a dream come true, for me at least.
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