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horsehugger2000
Advanced Rider



USA
493 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2008 :  7:00:55 PM  Show Profile Send horsehugger2000 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm interested in what people do for a living. Just for my own curiosity I guess.Ya never know what topics may come from this. I thought this might be fun as I was mucking out the barn and conversating with the girls. Well I was talking but they weren't answering of course, just getting in my way. haha
Sooo tell me your career choice, that of your spouse as well. If lucky enough to be retired then tell what from and how long.
This could really be interesting!
I'll start.
I'm a dental hygenist and my spouse is a design engineer in the RV business. ( He's lucky so far he still has a job, but neither of us are holding our breath )

Wendi
Wendi's Riding Log

Montezrider
Clinician



USA
1284 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2008 :  8:37:49 PM  Show Profile Send Montezrider a Private Message  Reply with Quote

This is a good topic! I'm interested in what people do also, it takes up such a big part of our lives.

I'm have been a postal clerk for 24yrs. Hubby is a machine tech for the postal service. We are going to retire in about 15 months. He will have 37 yrs. in when we retire.

A good rider has a thinking mind, fine emotions and a sensitive hand.-Tu Yu,72 BC

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hmeyer
Clinician



USA
2194 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  10:22:47 AM  Show Profile Send hmeyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am a Pony Express Rider, splittin' long cracks in the air, tearin' up the prickly pear....... oh wait, you mean when reality whacks me up side the head?

I am a Commercial Lines Underwriting Manager for an insurance company. I have been at the same company for almost 31 years. (Talk about being in a rut!) My wife Deb is a 3rd grade teacher, our son Adam is a firefighter, and our daughter Sally is a theater box office manager. For volunteer work, I also spent 27 years as a volunteer firefighter and 10 years as a reserve deputy sheriff.

Looking forward to retirement in (hopefully) about 5-6 years.

"You learn a thing a day, you store up smart" - Festus Haggen

"A manís soul canít be hidden,
From the creatures in his care." -
Hard Candy Cowboy by Debra Meyer


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ArborealEquine
Advanced Rider

433 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  10:41:42 AM  Show Profile Send ArborealEquine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Depends on the perspective...
To Bear, I'm "Sugar Guy."
To Remi, I'm "Other One" (the Good Dr. is Mom!)
I'm not sure what I am to Ranger, but it must be pretty good - like they say, if I could only be the person he thinks I am!
To Cricket, I'm "Dog Fud Giver Person" and marginally useful in a pinch.

For a paycheck, I'm a business analyst for a company that makes accounting software, and I teach an internal auditing class as an adjunct. The Good Dr. is a professor of Public Administration.

AE
________________________
I'm so busy, I'm not sure if I found a rope or lost my horse.
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puddleplasher
Clinician



USA
1296 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  11:09:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit puddleplasher's Homepage Send puddleplasher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a software geek, currently teaching and writing class books for software classes but in January will be going back to do software localization project management (in real-speak: take English software, get it translated to foreign languages) at Microsoft, which I used to do before. Hubby also used to work at Msft but now works for the University programming unmanned undersea research vehicles.

My hobbies you know about: jousting & sword-swinging, trail riding, and volunteer trails chair for King Cty Horse Council.

'plash

Pepper sez: "Don't forget the horse!!"
'Plash's Ride Log
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tagnrocky
Clinician



USA
1776 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  11:21:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit tagnrocky's Homepage Send tagnrocky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am a medical lab technician although I haven't worked in the field for 20 years. My husband is an electrical engineer and in 1985 started his own company automating jails, prisons & detention centers as well as manufacturing processes. I became girl friday at our company and did everything from scrubbing toilets to doing payroll. Hubby designed an control system for the penal system that automated everything in the cells; lights, plumbing, TV surveilance, intercom and door locks. We were fortunate enough to sell the company and his system and retire in 2000. I got my horses in retirement and hubby bought the local defunct TV station and does video production to keep himself busy. One of my more unique jobs at the company was providing the voice of the control panels in the jails, so if you are ever a "customer" in one of our jails, you get to hear my voice everytime a door opens!

Nancy (and Tag & Rocky)
Free & easy down the trail I go......
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homein3turns
Trainer



USA
654 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  12:43:45 PM  Show Profile Send homein3turns a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Right out of high school I rode race horses for a living. That was my dream since I was in the 6th grade and watched Steve Cauthen win the Triple Crown. Marriage and a daughter ended that and I went to work in a factory, was eventually promoted to a Contract Specialist position and earned my college degree at night over many years. Today I am a "Client Relationship Manager" or 'Jack of all, master of none'. I work at a small company implementing clients and then supporting those clients on our web application. I also train/break horses on the side.

Juli Collier
Pendleton, IN
Juli's Riding Log

"Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it." Author Unknown

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Jacobs Buddy
Advanced Rider



USA
166 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  1:10:27 PM  Show Profile Send Jacobs Buddy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello
Great topic!
It is interesting to see what everyone does. I work in a small factory that manufactures industial steam injection heaters. I wear many hats there. I drive the delivery truck. I also do much of the shipping and recieving, some assemply and when I have nothing else to do I run a drill press. That is my full time job. On Sunday mornings I milk 80 head of dairy cows. (That is to keep up on my cheep hay connections.) I also give a few riding lessons here and there. I used to break horses but I am getting older now and it really hurts when you hit the ground. Hubby is happy that I am not doing that any more. And when the weather is bad I do Hand tooled Leather. which helps me to afford the horses. My Hubby is a Heating and Air conditioning instaler.

I whisper but my horse don't listen.

Edited by - Jacobs Buddy on 12/15/2008 1:12:43 PM
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PaintGal
Trail Boss (Moderator)



USA
5300 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  1:36:32 PM  Show Profile Send PaintGal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm retired from Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY and spent a LONG 18yrs in the classroom teaching biology & anatomy. I took night & summer classes to get my library degree and finished my teaching career as a librarian in 2002.

A couple of years ago, in the winter when it was cold and yucky out, I saw an ad in our local paper about a position in our public library. It was only a couple of days a week and seemed like a good idea at the time so I applied and am now working part time at the library. It's not too bad as long as it's cloudy, windy, wet & cold out. LOL!

Hubby "retired" from the school system long before I did. One year, he drove through the parking lot on the 1st day, out the other side, back home and never returned. He's the Compliance Manager at a Cat (heavy equipment) dealer now.

Karen ~ Trails
&
Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN


"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."



~~~~~~
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appygirl
Clinician



USA
3211 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  2:22:33 PM  Show Profile Send appygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wear many hats as a single mom trying to keep the roof over mine and my kiddo's head. My main (full-time 40 hr/week) job is that of research assistant/administrative assistant for the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention at the University of Kentucky, which is funded through NIOSH and the CDC. My part-time job (25-30/hr week) is working in the fuel kiosk at one of our local Kroger stores. I am also a Notary Public and someone who independently processes H2A and H2B visas for immigrants coming into the US for work, although I haven't done much of either of these two things in the past 3 or 4 years.

My dream job would be working in some capacity with horses. I am entertaining the idea of going to school for equine massage. Working at the Kroger store in Lexington has provided me with many Thoroughbred horse farm owners/managers, and I have had a few conversations with them regarding their use and need for equine massage therapists. I've gotten some good feedback from them and may be considering the schooling. I could still work my full-time job (where I get my benefits) and replace the Kroger work with the massge therapy work with horses. Wouldn't that be grand?

Appygirl

Man does not have the only memory,
The animals remember,
The earth remembers,
The stones remember,
If you know how to listen, they will tell you many things.
- Claude Kuwanijuma - Hopi Spiritual leader


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killybean907
Clinician



USA
1082 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  4:39:20 PM  Show Profile Send killybean907 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Everyone has such interesting jobs!

I was off for a semester, but am going back to work in January for the school district. I work with Intensive Needs children at the Elemetary School level, Kindergarten-3rd grade. 9 kids this year with half in wheel chairs, so there is a bit of lifting and diapering involved. Physically and emotionally draining at times, but we have a good crew in our room!
Hubby just retired Dec. 11th from the Operating Engineers Union after 34 years of work as a heavy equipment operator and then Business Agent for the union. He will find another something to do though.

appygirl's idea of equine massage sounds pretty good! I think she should go for it!



It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.
Karen-Anchorage, Alaska
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EZ2SPOT
Clinician

USA
3785 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  5:34:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit EZ2SPOT's Homepage Send EZ2SPOT a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nothing exciting here! Like Appygirl, I ended up a single mom after a divorce, and well know the challenges of keeping food on the table on a single income.

Right now, I'm a secretary/paralegal, with it being more "secretary" than "paralegal" these days.

EZ2SPOT
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Chuck
Forum Admin



USA
1265 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  8:00:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I sell saddles.

I first was in the Air Force. I spent 4 years at Warner Robins, GA in combat communications and then 5 years at the White House in presidential communications.

I then spent a few years as a software consultant for local manufacturing plants.

In January of 2000 I created HorseSaddleShop.com to augment sales for my father-in-law's local tack store.

Chuck

Horse Saddle Shop

http://www.horsesaddleshop.com
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paintedbliss
Trainer



USA
618 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  11:11:34 PM  Show Profile Send paintedbliss a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great topic. I for the last 15 years have been a critical care registered nurse, before that and getting married and having 3 beautiful daughters I was a woman marine. I love my job, really i do but... it does get stressful and my horses are just the prescription to relieve my stress. Dh is a computer analyst for the bayer corporation(yeah the aspirin people)
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Colleen
Trainer



Canada
940 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2008 :  06:56:19 AM  Show Profile Send Colleen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is so interesting. Fifteen years ago hubby and I decided to start our own swimming pool services company, we started working out of our pick up truck and now have four service trucks and many employees. We fix swimming pools, liners, filters, pumps etc. Now for something to do in the winter time, I get a break and Maurice (Moe) sells real estate. He needed something to do and thinks it will be a good retirement job when the time comes.

Colleen who hopes to have a horse soon.

The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears -- Arabian proverb

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BethAnn
Trainer



USA
864 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2008 :  07:30:47 AM  Show Profile Send BethAnn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm just a boring pet beautician! I have managed llama ranches out west and hiked some of the best rails in the USA with my llamas! My husband rebuilds transmissions for Jasper motors and is looking for a job as he hates this one, though has been there for 5 years
BethAnn

BethAnn Stewart
Palmyra,Indiana

Lovie-gypsy vanner
Lad- Clydesdale


Do not take up the warpath without a just cause and honest purpose. Pushmataha-Choctow leader
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Colleen
Trainer



Canada
940 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2008 :  4:32:45 PM  Show Profile Send Colleen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think everyone has interesting jobs.I don't know if any of you have read "Desiderata" but in there it mentions: "Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Colleen who hopes to have a horse soon.

The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears -- Arabian proverb

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paintedbliss
Trainer



USA
618 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2008 :  7:02:09 PM  Show Profile Send paintedbliss a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree. I think being a pet beautician is so cool. I think working with animals everyday would be fun, better than giving enemas, shots, taking blood...
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Rick Byers
Trainer



USA
545 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2008 :  12:39:02 AM  Show Profile Send Rick Byers a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OK I am totally retired form salaried work. I sent 23 years 6 months in the U.S.Army retired in 1989. Became a master automotive/boat technican retired from that in Sept. of this year. Now I work harder at the stables than I ever did at any of my jobs. But I enjoy the Stables more. Wife is the Cashier for a Major Beverage Company. Counts all the money the drivers bring in at the end of the day and make the bank deposits and tract the receipts.

Sassy the 15 year old Arab thinks she is hot stuff, Loving memory of India Diamond the 23 year old Arab . Sky the 15 old TWH knows she is pretty and flaunts it all the time. Sarphina has finally adjusted to all the Diva's. Color Me Fancy the coming 3 year old is trying to become lead Diva.
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HarleysandHorses
Tenderfoot

9 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2008 :  05:14:43 AM  Show Profile Send HarleysandHorses a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fun topic!
I'm an anesthetist at a fairly busy hospital. I've been a nurse since 1974 then decided to go to anesthesia school about 15 years ago.
Hubby "retired" from a factory a few years ago, got bored and opened a motorcycle shop. He ended up working more doing that than he did before he "retired". He decided he didn't need that hassle after I took off on a couple of motorcycle trips without him! Now he will do some bike work for people but is always able to walk away from it for a week or two.

"I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list" - Susan Sontag

Edited by - HarleysandHorses on 12/17/2008 05:16:58 AM
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giddyupmorgan
Trainer



846 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2008 :  2:31:38 PM  Show Profile Send giddyupmorgan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well once upon a time I was a gas station attendant(yep for those that can remember such a thing, pumped gas, cleaned windsheilds and collected the money all the while you got your soda and went to the restroom). Then I worked the parts and service counter for our local Ford dealer.
From there I moved on to become the (I don't know what you call it) for the Town of Alberta Va. reading water meters, cutting grass, fixing broken water mains and running the waste water treatment plant. If this was not enough I had to patrol the town as Police Officer Downey on some weekends.
All this experience help me get a job with the Virginia DOT as a highway construction inspector. I really enjoyed this job but the pay and job locations were not the best.

Now on to the present. I am now a Machine Tech/Maintenance Coordinator for Dupont. The plant I work at in Richmond makes Kevlar, Nomex and the area I work in makes Tyvek. I have been with the company for almost 27 years all of which has been rotating shifts. Due to the rest of life events ie; having children later in life, I think I will be there a few more years, I hope.

Oh and Miss Donna is a pre school teacher.

Keeping The Kids In a Saddle and Out of Trouble
Giddyup
"Holy Moly I'll Buy What They're Selling" LJD (Get A Little Mud On The Tires)


Morgan's riding log

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andalusn
Beginning Rider



142 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2008 :  12:11:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit andalusn's Homepage Send andalusn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Surfacing after the move from h#!@l
I have spent the past 11 years in the petroleum industry working for a fuel jobber. Texaco was our lubricants brand. Repackaged from bulk etc and also wholesale fuel & cardlock fueling. I was hired away by our accounting software developer and now I work with over 200 fuel/lube companies fixing things they mess up in their software. I am a support technician :) I know more about lubricants and fuels than my husband LOL!!! The best words of wisdom.. backup, backup, backup

Laurie
Andalusians NW,
Ridgefield, WA
Green+Green=black & blue(treasure the knowledge of an experienced horse)
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appygirl
Clinician



USA
3211 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2008 :  09:34:51 AM  Show Profile Send appygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by giddyupmorgan

Well once upon a time I was a gas station attendant(yep for those that can remember such a thing, pumped gas, cleaned windsheilds and collected the money all the while you got your soda and went to the restroom).



Hey, Giddy, folks still do this while they pump their own gas. They put the nozzle in the tank flange and walk away to take care of other matters. Then they come back and moan and groan about the fuel spilled on the side of their car and pay no attention to the big fuel spill the lowly little fuel station attendant (me!) needs to clean up.

Appygirl

Man does not have the only memory,
The animals remember,
The earth remembers,
The stones remember,
If you know how to listen, they will tell you many things.
- Claude Kuwanijuma - Hopi Spiritual leader


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Mr.1Walks
Beginning Rider



USA
81 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2008 :  4:18:43 PM  Show Profile Send Mr.1Walks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm the director of Quality for a ceramic tile company. I got a degree in Ceramic Engineering (which does exist, despite what Mrs.1Walks tells you) and went to work as a process engineer and have worked my way up over the years. On the side, I do some freelance writing and have recently published two books. I suspect that in 2009, the books are going to become a much larger chunk of my spare time as I go about trying to promote and market them.

With today's economy and all of the job cuts that have been in the news lately, I'm happy that my employment appears to be stable for the time being. We just had cutbacks and other companies nearby have had as well. Interesting thread, I've enjoyed reading about what all of you do (or used to do)!

Sugarfoote - 14yo spotted saddle horse, glide ride...
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MissingBlaze
Tenderfoot



USA
17 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2008 :  3:00:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit MissingBlaze's Homepage Send MissingBlaze a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love this topic! So fun to read about all of you!

I am a veterinary technician (animal nurse) and work 2 1/2 days a week at a small animal practice in Fishers, IN where I am in charge of assisting in surgeries, performing dental cleanings, triage, critical care, etc.. I stay home on my "days off" with my 2 little boys Kaleb (4 yrs) and Korey (almost 2 yrs)when I am not at the clinic. I started out cleaning kennels at my home town vet clinic when I was 16 and still in high school. Also, growing up on a hobby farm, I traveled around the Lafayette area with our large animal veterinarian during the summer on my days off. Gradually I worked my way up to veterinary assistant and then veterinary technician and was learning so many new things while going to Purdue and majoring in Animal Science. My goal was to work on a corporate dairy farm or horse farm after leaving Purdue, but when I moved to Chicago with my boyfriend, those jobs just weren't available to me. I fell back on doing what I had always done and after a year there, became the technician manager. We moved from Chicago to the Indianapolis suburbs in 2006 and I stayed at home for awhile with my boys but am back doing what I love. I cannot imagine doing anything else now except maybe working for a mixed animal practice instead of just dogs, cats and exotics!

Julie

Life is too short, hug your horse!

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. Winston Churchill
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andalusn
Beginning Rider



142 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2008 :  05:13:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit andalusn's Homepage Send andalusn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mixed veterinary practices are fun. I worked for "my" vet for about 3 years as Office Manager before the fuel industry. We were large/small animals so there were the farm animals as well as pets. We did not do any exotics unless it was a friend of a friend situation :) It was the most enjoyable job I have ever had. I am sure that comes from being an animal person. I only left due to needing a job with more of a future and benefits.

Laurie
Andalusians NW,
Ridgefield, WA
Green+Green=black & blue(treasure the knowledge of an experienced horse)
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