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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by 210superair, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. sidewayzz69
    Joined: Aug 9, 2020
    Posts: 171

    sidewayzz69
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    I am pro union. Have worked both. I am close to retiring with a good pension and benefits for me and wife for life. Are their corrupt union officials, yes. But I will take my union any day over non union. But that's just me.
     
  2. Mechanical engineer by degree and designed construction equipment for a few years before someone thought I needed to manage other engineers... Not sure whether that meant that I was good at designing stuff or whether I was bad... :rolleyes: Anyway, may be changing again soon to manage our product proving department which would be all our prototype build guys as well as test field guys. Interviewed last week, so we will see.
     
  3. EL MOE
    Joined: Mar 18, 2012
    Posts: 37

    EL MOE
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    Recently retired after 43 years as a union bricklayer and plaster.Served my apprenticeship under two W W 2 vets who expected nothing but the best Thanks to these men I was able to provide for my family and retire.Thanks to those men I learned a trade and the the freedom we all have
     
  4. Greg Hammond
    Joined: Mar 27, 2021
    Posts: 15

    Greg Hammond

    Retired two years ago. My career including several years as a heavy equipment mechanic but the majority was spent as a fabricator. Took much pride in my work. My last 30 years of employment was with the same company. The last 15 years were spent as a manager there operating a large machinery assembly department. I don't miss the work but I do miss the people.
     
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  5. RT468
    Joined: Apr 7, 2019
    Posts: 62

    RT468

    When asked in person I usually stay vague and say either utility worker or in communications. Avoids having to hear complaints or horror stories in relation to any and all utility/comms companies or getting asked billing questions. Started with copper based tip and ring cable pairs and moved on to melting glass together in fiber optics. Technically have 7 more years to go but could probably go in another 5 if it came down to it. Not that I want to wish my life away or start another job somewhere else at 52 but I'm really looking to walk away from the field entirely. 7 years cant go by fast enough. Right now I've got too much time in to be able to leave the pay and benefits behind. Had only planned on staying long enough to decide what I wanted to do when I grew up. Not sure I grew up but I did get old and still don't know what I want to do.
     
  6. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 9,069

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    Don’t grow up….there’s no future in it..
     
  7. set me on fire
    Joined: Nov 16, 2020
    Posts: 36

    set me on fire
    Member

    so if you dont want to say what your job is tell them "Im a human cannon ball but i also dabble in politics and criminal law"
    Ive used that and leaves people speachless
     
  8. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,934

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    I've gotten into this discussion with several friends of mine I keep in touch with, some who are doing essentially the same job now in their mid 30s as they were in their late teens and early 20s, regardless of what "education" they've achieved since then. The most common thing I hear is that people want to love their job, and they want to do something they love for a living. That usually entails some sort of recreational activity, whether it be music, drinking, weed, cars, bikes, etc... I think that's bullshit to a degree. I'm a firm believer that you have to take care of yourself and your family first. That means having a job that pays you well enough to have an acceptable lifestyle and not be paycheck-to-paycheck doing it. I don't love going to work. Nobody does. We'd all rather be somewhere else. But what would be worse would be being broke, struggling in life, getting into fights with my wife about bills, having to tell my daughter she has to pay for her own college, etc. I'm not saying work should suck, but loving what you do shouldn't be the top priority.

    People enjoy jobs they're good at even if it's in a field outside of their areas of interest. People like to be an expert, and if you become an expert, then naturally you'll enjoy the accolades and the respect you garner from your peers for being an authority in that field. That makes a job at least tolerable, if not enjoyable. I think you have to think about what you're innately good at. People are wired differently, and some folks have a natural proclivity towards certain things and struggle with others. You have to embrace your strengths, and delegate your weaknesses.

    I'll use myself as an example. When I was growing up, loving cars, I wanted to be an engineer. My dream job was to work for GM or Ford or some aftermarket company, doing R&D. I was an excellent student in high school, worked hard, and had a solid GPA with mostly advanced placement courses. I breezed through English, and made it through Calculus with a good grade, albeit with a ton of extra work and a tutor on the side. I had acceptance letters from most of the colleges I applied to and chose the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Delaware. College math was a totally different game, and even studying my ass off, I barely got through Calc and Statics. When I hit Dynamics, I was totally lost. No matter how much I tried, I couldn't really grasp the concepts. I just wasn't good at it. What I was good at, though, was reading, comprehension, public speaking, and more abstract concepts that allowed for creativity and interpretation. After some real soul-searching, I dropped engineering and went pre-law. I graduated from college, then law school, crushed 2 bar exams on my first attempt and became a partner within 5 years of practicing. I recently won a case in the New Jersey Supreme Court, and will be eligible to be certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer this year. I'd have never accomplished what I have to date if I continued to try to bang a square peg into a round hole and kept pressing forward.
     
  9. 50 Merc Man
    Joined: Aug 2, 2020
    Posts: 270

    50 Merc Man
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    Retired Fire Captain of 28 years, my retirement gift to me was this sweet 50’ Merc. I’ve had my share of muscle cars, street rods, and classics over the years, but nothing quite tops this baby
     

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  10. sidewayzz69
    Joined: Aug 9, 2020
    Posts: 171

    sidewayzz69
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    Nice car brother
     
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  11. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
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    partsdawg
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    from Minnesota

    Retired last Wednesday. From now on it's old cars and Rupp minibikes.
     

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