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purpledawn
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Message 61 of 83 (391957)
03-28-2007 9:27 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Larni
03-21-2007 5:34 AM


Ecclectic
Executive Level Secretary is the mainstay. I've worked for the military mainly the engineers and computer geeks. So I make a habit of editing what others write. I've written clerical manuals and computer instructions for the clerical user and designed forms.
I've also installed siding, covered windows in coil stock, farming, journalist, computer specialist, and public affairs.
Had stories published in military newspaper, magazine, and one civilian magazine. Even won an award, although they didn't know it was my writing. That was before I was 21.
I can also read about 1800 words a minute and raised a daughter with learning difficulties.
Hobbies include: Gourd Quilling, Gardening, Genealogy, Making Home Movies, Bible Study, and Crafting in general.
I've had a couple of craft ideas and instructions published.
Oddly enough my experiences suit me for Admin duty. Secretaries are really outside the loop. At the executive level, I interact with the people at the top, middle, and bottom. I see how perceptions differ all the way down the ladder. How the top views the bottom and the bottom views the top, etc.
My protestant background and Bible Study suits me for the religious side of discussion.

"Peshat is what I say and derash is what you say." --Nehama Leibowitz

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Tusko
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From: London, UK
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Message 62 of 83 (391995)
03-28-2007 1:11 PM
Reply to: Message 61 by purpledawn
03-28-2007 9:27 AM


Re: Ecclectic
I've also installed siding, covered windows in coil stock, farming, journalist, computer specialist, and public affairs.
Wow - you've covered windows in lots of cool stuff!
In answer to the OP - I work in a medical library as a grade Z-skivvy.
Edited by Tusko, : No reason given.

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Modulous
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Message 63 of 83 (392003)
03-28-2007 1:48 PM


Two jobs
I kind of have two things that I do (for a living).
On the one hand I am a motor insurance claims advisor. It is about as exciting as it gets. If I take anything from that and bring it here it is the ability to calmly and succinctly teach people complex financial regulations whilst their car is upside down and on fire (keeping a cool head in a flamey situation).
At the moment, I am in a secondment - as a software tester - with some interesting prospects. That is much more in alignment with the career I was going for. That requires trying to communicate how (and sometimes why) something doesn't work to a chain of people I'll probably never meet. Which I suppose is another skill useful to debate forums.
When I'm not doing all that I work with a charity which strives to preserve traditional (British predominantly) folk music.

  
purpledawn
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From: Indiana
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Message 64 of 83 (392138)
03-29-2007 1:45 PM
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03-28-2007 1:11 PM


Re: Ecclectic
quote:
Wow - you've covered windows in lots of cool stuff!
I have skills!
That's what happens when I type in a hurry and don't read before I click.
Edited by purpledawn, : Forgot Quote

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Allopatrik
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Message 65 of 83 (392145)
03-29-2007 2:05 PM


I'm a graduate student in Molecular Ecology.
A

Natural Selection is not Evolution-- R.A. Fisher

  
macaroniandcheese 
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Message 66 of 83 (392156)
03-29-2007 2:42 PM
Reply to: Message 58 by anglagard
03-23-2007 6:32 PM


whh will always be the worst, followed by ben harrison. not because he was gay, but because he was a loser.

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Hyroglyphx
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Message 67 of 83 (451376)
01-27-2008 2:09 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Larni
03-21-2007 5:34 AM


Was looking through old posts
What do you all do for a living
Well, I'm currently a Sea Marshal with the US Coast Guard which means I'm back doing what I love, and what I feel I have an aptitude for, after a considerable hiatus.
But after reviewing my mental resume, I seem to be a jack of all trades.
I've worked as an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) installer, construction, corporate finance associate, lab technician, hospital security officer, EMT, police officer, waiter, barback, etc. I even worked for the evil empire, Starbucks, for about a year and a half.
At one time I was working on a criminal justice degree major, with a minor in fire science. But I haven't been to school since late 2004. (My gosh, where doe the time go?) As an active duty member again, I have access to 100% tuition assistance. Its not a loan either, its a benefit. When I get out, I'm still eligible for $80,000 for my Montgomery GI Bill (though I've spent some of it already on some classes).
Some people have really put it to good use. I work with someone who has achieved two masters degrees with it. Of course, he's single.
The kicker is, since I'm married with kids, and we only have one vehicle in a major city with horrible public transportation, coordinating extra-curricular activities is exceedingly difficult.
Besides, my wife has been out of the military now since 2002. And the GI Bill is only granted within a ten year window. So we are opting to get her to finish her schooling first. She was diligently attending school in Portland and was a point away from the President's list, which I understand, is better than a Dean's list. However, since we just moved back to California, we have to be a resident for over a year in order to avoid out-of-state tuition fees which would deplete the money much more quickly. So she has been out of school for 9 months.
Eventually I will complete my degree. I'm on the 20-year plan
do you think that your experiences gained in your occupation bring something to discussions here at EvC?
Uh, no... I have almost nothing applicable to EvC.

“There is something which unites magic and applied science while separating both from the 'wisdom' of earlier ages. For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men: the solution is a technique; and both, in the practice of this technique, are ready to do things hitherto regarded as disgusting and impious" -C.S. Lewis

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Rahvin
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Message 68 of 83 (451384)
01-27-2008 2:31 PM
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03-21-2007 5:34 AM


Hooray for thread necromancy!
What do you all do for a living and do you think that your experiences gained in your occupation bring something to discussions here at EvC?
I work as an IT Systems Administrator for a major heating and air conditioning company. For the moment, anyway - the housing market decline has hit us pretty hard.
My occupation has nothing whatsoever to do with the debates here. But since I have a huge interest in science and love to argue, and I'm the one who monitors the internet access...
Nobody polices the police

When you know you're going to wake up in three days, dying is not a sacrifice. It's a painful inconvenience.

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tesla
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Message 69 of 83 (451443)
01-27-2008 5:57 PM
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03-21-2007 5:34 AM


master of nothing
i worked under my dads direction collecting selling and tradeing junk and working farms. no pay.
then i worked for a farmer for 20 dollars a day.
then i worked fast food, (kfc,waffle house, burger king)
then i framed houses for a year.
then i got a factory job for 4 years (metalpha:steel cord producer for tires)
then i worked brick and block, roofing, more framing, some flooring, as a diesel/hydraulic mechanic for garbage trucks, then some temp agencies for pennies, and landed another factory job for 2 years: brazeway. (evaporator production for various fridgerators)
after leaving brazeway i returned to flooring which best suited my abilities and also was the best source of income, factories would not hire me for my varied work history.
and so i still work flooring, and roofing, as whatever is available this time of year, brick and block if im needed, framing if it was available, and ill scrap old cars for steel money, and generally, whatever must be done. and so i am a jack of all trades and a master of nothing.
for those of you who might find it a reason to kick me, here also is my schooling: three years in the ninth grade and a G.E.D.
any other schooling i have was just self schooling, by reading what interests me, such as the great books of the western world, encyclopedias, and even many works of fiction like dean koontz.
so there you are larni, i had thought you a psychologist or a psychiatrist, and was leaning towards psychology, so for your verification, i give you me.

keep your mind from this way of enquiry, for never will you show that not-being is
~parmenides

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Coyote
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Message 70 of 83 (451450)
01-27-2008 6:32 PM
Reply to: Message 67 by Hyroglyphx
01-27-2008 2:09 PM


Re: Was looking through old posts
Archaeologist/Physical Anthropologist (Ph.D.)
Training included evolution/fossil man and related topics, as well as a lot of emphasis on radiocarbon dating.

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bluescat48
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Joined: 10-06-2007


Message 71 of 83 (451458)
01-27-2008 7:28 PM
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01-27-2008 6:32 PM


Re: Was looking through old posts
currently retired from Post office, & army before that

There is no better love between 2 people than mutual respect for each other

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pelican
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From: australia
Joined: 05-27-2007


Message 72 of 83 (451571)
01-28-2008 2:04 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Larni
03-21-2007 5:34 AM


A dream career!
Is everyone happy and content with their work? I wonder how many respondants would love to follow another career path? A dream career!

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compmage
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From: South Africa
Joined: 08-04-2005


Message 73 of 83 (451677)
01-28-2008 12:22 PM


I'm an analyst programmer for a medical aid administrating company in South Africa. Previous jobs include waitering and bouncing at a casino.
Edited by compmage, : No reason given.

  
Kitsune
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From: Leicester, UK
Joined: 09-16-2007


Message 74 of 83 (456071)
02-15-2008 10:30 AM


I've really enjoyed reading this thread. I wish it had been here when I joined EvC so that I could get to know the people I was talking with a little better.
I'm quite surprised, after a couple of months away, to see the changes that have taken place and all the bannings. Something tells me that until I'm completely au fait with what's happening here, I could get myself banned as well. Now that the focus seems to be more strictly on EvC (the forum's reason for existence after all) then I don't think I'm going to have huge amounts to say here, but I always love reading the informative posts.
For the record, I'm a secondary (high school) English teacher with an armchair interest in many things.

  
SGT Snorkel
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From: Boone, IA USA
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Message 75 of 83 (456085)
02-15-2008 11:49 AM


Snorkel's Bio
Work as a technician for the Army Reserve. Job is dual status, meaning I have to maintain Reserve membership to keep my civilian job. In about three years they are going to tell me I'm too old and kick me off the playground. There are some advantages to getting old.

  
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