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Joined: September 9th, 2014, 7:32 pm
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It's always interesting to me to see what others do to make a living. Feel free to share yours. :popc:

I work for Norfolk Southern Railroad. I am machinist/diesel mechanic. Here is one of our heritage painted units getting ready to pull a coal train. I'm in the process of working a 16 hour shift today. I'm really hoping to go fishing Thursday or Friday.
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March 8th, 2015, 7:34 pm
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Like Shawn I am a small business owner.

My company is called Northern Ky Machine, it's a job shop
and I have 14 employees.


March 8th, 2015, 8:51 pm
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:bounce: I'm a HAS BEEN. All I do is fish.


March 9th, 2015, 8:18 am
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Ezell Cox wrote:
:bounce: I'm a HAS BEEN. All I do is fish.


I want that job!

I own a carpet and upholstery cleaning company outside of Charlotte, NC. 19 years on my own and I still enjoy cleaning, instant gratification and challenging enough to keep it interesting.

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March 9th, 2015, 12:32 pm
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Ezell Cox wrote:
:bounce: I'm a HAS BEEN. All I do is fish.


I've got about 28 more years and I'll be doing the same thing :jiggy: :shme:


March 9th, 2015, 12:36 pm
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I do product management / marketing for a large technology company that builds the chips & software that goes in just about everything that connects to the Internet.... which means that I sit in meetings or conference calls all day, behind a computer trying to aribtate between what our customers want and what our engineering teams can deliver, and I get to travel to California & Asia too much when it is prime-time fishing time.... like right now...... :(


Justin Rose wrote:
Ezell Cox wrote:
:bounce: I'm a HAS BEEN. All I do is fish.

I've got about 28 more years and I'll be doing the same thing :jiggy: :shme:


Another 137 years for me! :tdown:

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March 9th, 2015, 12:50 pm
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Out of college I was a field engineer for Brasfield & Gorrie for three years got over worked and under paid. Now I work with my family. We do residential home design. I basically sit on AutoCAD all day and draw plans, handle the plan sales, and tech questions from clients/builders. I am also a semi professional race car driver and amateur tattoo artist.


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I have been in construction all of my life and mostly of the heavy civil variety (dirt and pipe). I currently do quantity/cost estimates for large earthwork and utility projects...

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March 9th, 2015, 3:01 pm
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I'm in the restaurant business. After college I moved to Aspen, Co and worked at the Caribou Club I got tired of working fine dining so I moved back to Arkansas and opened a restaurant in Sept 2005, I expanded in 06' and built my own building. It's a laid back place lunch and dinner place and I also make my own beers.

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March 9th, 2015, 3:38 pm
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I provide engineering support for a tactical fighter radar and avionics units. I've been working for the same corporation for 32 years and teach baseball hitting and pitching to kids in my spare time for food money. Then with whatever spare time I have left, I try to go fishing.


March 9th, 2015, 7:59 pm
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I'm a profesional satellite installer who work directly for Dish Network (8 Years). We offer Dishnet Internet, Home Theater Installations (TV Mount, Power Relocation Kit, Polk Audio Soundbar, etc....). I'm also a mechanic and help my uncle run his auto repair shop in Winder, GA when he needs help.


March 9th, 2015, 9:29 pm
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That appears to be a pretty extensive cut/fill excercise on that site Arnie!


March 9th, 2015, 10:21 pm
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I work in Information Technology. I’ve been doing it since the late 70s when a computer would fill a pretty good sized room and required a plumber to install. I did the management end of it for quite a few years, which other than the travel sounded a lot like what the other MW described (one man’s living hell is another man’s living nightmare), but mercifully now I just push code.


March 10th, 2015, 7:24 am
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I catch the shad.


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March 10th, 2015, 8:08 am
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I am the Chief Appraiser for the Heard County Tax Assessors Office. I try to please all the taxpayers the best I can which is a trying task. I am basically cleaning up all the mess the people before me left at this point.


March 10th, 2015, 8:20 am
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I am in the commercial construction field. This is the current project I am doing here in LaGrange Ga. Rain has been a nightmare for this site!


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March 10th, 2015, 9:27 am
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for the past 25 yrs
Product Support Engineer......Varian Medical Systems
Radiation Oncology Linear Accelerator Treatment Delivery Systems


March 10th, 2015, 9:35 am
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I work for Kawasaki Construction Machinery of America. Rebuilding axles and transmission's. Waiting on an 18,000 lbs rear axle to come in for an overhaul.


March 10th, 2015, 12:31 pm
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I have been a real estate appraiser for the past 24 years and the same people who bitch at Dustin for high assessments bitch at me for being to low on a refinance.


March 10th, 2015, 2:48 pm
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MarcFloyd wrote:
I have been a real estate appraiser for the past 24 years and the same people who bitch at Dustin for high assessments bitch at me for being to low on a refinance.



Hell I had a handful gripe at me last year when I lowered most of the assessments. Can win for losing! :bounce:


March 10th, 2015, 2:50 pm
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Automotive tech for 25 years, was self employed for 10 years till the financial crash from 911. I have had it a lot easier working for someone else for the last 7 years. My hobbies are drag racing ,building hot rods and rock crawling

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March 10th, 2015, 8:54 pm
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Patrick when is the new amphitheater going to be completed. We are all excited to see it come, but I hated to loose part of my childhood, old city pool and park. Dustin you live in a great county with a great Sheriff in Ross Henry. Guys I am always looking for folks to go fishing with. I have a 18 ft G3 jet and a 25 ft carolina skiff. I work for the Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes as the State Director of Development, Property and Facilities. We take care of abused and neglected children from all over the state. I was the Director home here in LaGrange for 16 years and have had over 18,000 kids come through the summer camp program here.


March 11th, 2015, 8:44 pm
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I work as an IT Program Manager for a company called Novelis in Atlanta. They are the worlds largest aluminium recycling company and manufacturer of rolled aluminum products. Occasionally I travel around for projects and have seen multiple plants around the world. I live down in Atlanta, but do all my fishing on Norris as that is where my lake house/boat is located. If anyone is ever looking for a some fishing company down in Atlanta, let me know. I would be more than happy to join. :D


March 11th, 2015, 9:14 pm
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Shayne Goddard wrote:
Patrick when is the new amphitheater going to be completed. We are all excited to see it come, but I hated to loose part of my childhood, old city pool and park. Dustin you live in a great county with a great Sheriff in Ross Henry. Guys I am always looking for folks to go fishing with. I have a 18 ft G3 jet and a 25 ft carolina skiff. I work for the Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes as the State Director of Development, Property and Facilities. We take care of abused and neglected children from all over the state. I was the Director home here in LaGrange for 16 years and have had over 18,000 kids come through the summer camp program here.


Shayne - we are scheduled to complete at the end of July; however, we have been drastically impacted by the weather and are looking for means to expedite now in order to meet the schedule. Even little rains like we had yesterday really seem to impact this site in a negative way. I think the Amphitheater is going to be a great addition to LaGrange. They have really put a lot of thought into the architecture and design so it should be a very nice facility for a small town like LaGrange.

I am born and raised in LaGrange except for my college years in Auburn so I know what you mean about loosing the pool and park but they had completely let the pool get to a point of disrepair by the time we started construction up here.


March 12th, 2015, 9:18 am
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Broadcast Engineering in Atlanta with TBS Inc.
Been there 15 years now....great gig, good group of guys to work with, love it!


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March 12th, 2015, 11:27 pm
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I own Gotcha Look'n Good detail and window tint. Been in business for 16 years now. Do everything from wet sand to tint, vinyl graphics, wheel painting repair, wraps, paint perfection film. Small body work.
Street rod, hot rod, boats, campers etc. Commercial and residential window tint.
Here are a few cars. Had a few go to Barrett Jackson and one 57 they did a show about on BJ.

What I would rather be making a living at is racing. Like Arnie I race dirt but no MONEY, or rich parents so had to stop. Have picked up skydiving and going after AFF licence. Pictures were taking from computer so not to clear.


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March 13th, 2015, 10:14 am
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I am a Certified School Teacher (Math/SS) and used to teach at Dawson County High School, BUT for the last 5-6 years I have been a Project Manager/Chief Inspector for a construction company (mainly roofing replacements). Lots of driving and fairly stressful sometimes but I normally make about twice what I did as a teacher so I can't complain. Will teach again one day when I can't do construction/climb roofs anymore.

I also used to be a Quality Manager for a large plastics company, and before that started out after military with new wife and baby on the way by working my way up in 4 years from bag boy to Store Manager in the retail/grocery business. Before that a U.S. Army Veteran which I joined right out of High School, 19D Calvary Scout with most my time in service on border in Germany back in the 80's before the wall came down/end of "cold war". Re-enlisted at beginning of 1st Gulf war with reserve unit supposed to go, but ended before I got over there and went back to in-active reserve. Thats a brief overview of my career(s) leaving out several other jobs I won't bore you with... Basically I am just a well educated southern boy, who tries to be polite and do good, unless someone messes with me, my family, friends, USA, or Stripers, in which case I transform into my "alternate self". :lol: :bounce: :flag:


March 13th, 2015, 11:22 am
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Russell, I detail my daily driven vehicles as a hobby. I guess it's an old habit from the hot rodding days. A few months ago, I wet sanded/buffed my 2001 pewter colored Silverado and applied a ceramic type coating and it's been awesome. The dirt still doesn't stick to it and it's been a few months since I coated it, and best of all, it has a glassy look to it.


March 13th, 2015, 12:48 pm
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Bean counter (tax/valuation work) and by this time of year my brain is :geyes:

T minus one week and my fishing is on! Not really a bad gig once you get used to it. Long winter hours allows for "unlimited" vacation during the summer...my work is mostly project based so I have freedom of when I do it as long as it gets done...


April 7th, 2015, 8:16 pm
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I'm a CRNA at UT Medical Center in Knoxville. I put people to sleep :zzz: and then keep them alive, safe, and comfortable while the surgeon brings the pain. Oh, and I make sure you won't remember any of it.


April 10th, 2015, 7:57 am
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I fly da plane.


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May 26th, 2015, 8:01 am
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This is why you haven't heard much from me in the past 3 months... All of the stocking jobs for this spring.


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Currently: McMaster-Carr - Lead Sales/Tech/Know How guy for all of our power transmission products for the southeast region.

Also, involved in a few startups business's - CNC Fabrication & others

Previously Owned: A few restaurants and high-end detail business like Russell. $1000 + per detail type of thing for show cars, hard-core enthusiasts.

Next: Well I am currently wrapping up my Executive MBA then who knows. I love starts ups and new business challenges and growth! Waiting on the next idea... i guess.


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