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dprochef  
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04/18/2012 08:47PM
 
What does everyone do as their profession the rest of the time (Your Real Life/Job)

Just curious about the different type of people that enjoy the BWCA? Doctors, mechanics, sales people, bankers, etc.

As for me - I am the Chef at our local Convention Hotel.

How about you all?




Courage is being scared to death... but saddling up anyway....John Wayne
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knitsocks77  
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04/18/2012 09:03PM
 
RN at a family practice clinic.
overthehill  
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04/18/2012 09:04PM
 
Plumbing,minor electric,tile,trim. Mostly custom showers and baths,kitchens.
often including handyman projects, general remodeling.


Not to Hurry-Not to Worry
gutmon  
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04/18/2012 09:08PM
 
Behavior analyst/trainer/full-time smart ass.
Spartan2  
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04/18/2012 09:08PM
 
Retired. So I guess I do nothing. How the heck can I be so busy??


(Retired from 16 years as a full-time mom with two part-time music jobs, followed by 19 years as a public school music teacher and part-time church choir director.)
kanoes  
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04/18/2012 09:08PM
 
build and wire jet engine test systems.


time is a flat circle...
Tony  
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04/18/2012 09:12PM
 
Park maintenance for a county park system.


tony
tonyyarusso  
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04/18/2012 09:13PM
 
I'm in IT, at a place that does various tech stuff for school districts.
butthead  
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04/18/2012 09:17PM
 
42 years of production work at a chocolate factory (Nestle), almost all in bulk raw materials receiving/handling.


butthead


"Decades, tempered by tedium and existential dread" quote from William Brumfield
walllee  
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04/18/2012 09:18PM
 
Greenhouse and garden center owner
TeamTuna06  
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04/18/2012 09:21PM
 
Cool topic! I'm in dental sales.


"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles." -Doug Larson
OBX2Kayak  
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04/18/2012 09:22PM
 
Retired after thirty+ years of crunching, munching and massaging numbers with various actuarial consulting firms.


"I go because it irons out the wrinkles in my soul" -- Sigurd Olson
dicecupmaker  
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04/18/2012 09:23PM
 
Lpn. Worked at local nursing home for 26 yrs and now work nights at the Hospital for last 5


Joy is a great teacher, but so is dispair. Wonder is a great teacher, but so is confusion. Hope is a great teacher, but so is disillusionment. And life is a great teacher, but so is death. To deny yourself any of those in any aspect is not experiencing life totally.
Sierra1  
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04/18/2012 09:33PM
 
Product Manager for copper termination services. I develop Bills of Material, determine labor costs and design wiring systems for OEM companies and the Telecommunication industry.


Watch out for that rock!!!........ Oooo.... That's going to leave a mark...
luft  
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04/18/2012 09:40PM
 
Currently a student working towards a RN degree. If all goes well, I will be an RN in the new year.
Arkansas Man  
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04/18/2012 09:41PM
 
33 years in Education, currently an Assistant Principal at a high school with about 1100 kids. 6 years til retirement!!


Bruce


Good Paddling, Great Fishing, and God Bless All...
Kendra  
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04/18/2012 09:48PM
 
quote TeamTuna06: "Cool topic! I'm in dental sales."


What company do you work for TT06?

I'm a dental hygienist, but my favorite job is being a Mom!


SunnyDay  
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04/18/2012 09:53PM
 
Activity Manager at a great nursing home!
DanCooke  
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04/18/2012 10:01PM
 
Design Engineer for Kurt Manufacturing.
I design and sometimes install custom automated resting equipment. Dimensional, eddy current capacitance, or vison inspection. I sew part time.


Dan Cooke
Zulu  
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04/18/2012 10:02PM
 
Retired. 32 years with a Window Manufacturer.
kanoes  
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04/18/2012 10:04PM
 
quote DanCooke: "Design Engineer for Kurt Manufacturing.
I design and sometimes install custom automated resting equipment. Dimensional, eddy current capacitance, or vison inspection. I sew part time."

what do you sew dan?


time is a flat circle...
Lymphocytosis  
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04/18/2012 10:06PM
 
Immunologist
mooseplums  
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04/18/2012 10:09PM
 
Graphic Arts professional...since 1981.
Part time artist...hoping for full time


"I am haunted by waters"~Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
bojibob  
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04/18/2012 10:12PM
 
I'm a Partner in a Information Technology Company.


3V Solutions


"One inch on the map ~ is not one inch on the ground"
apendl  
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04/18/2012 10:16PM
 
Project Manager for a big IT company
Basspro69  
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04/18/2012 10:24PM
 
Investigator/Rep for Electric Utility. I also have a PHD in Fishing :-)


" I want to know Gods thoughts , The rest are details " Albert Einstein.
bhouse46  
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04/18/2012 10:44PM
 
Clinical social worker in solo practice past 13 years, 42 years total and beginning to slow down.
schweady  
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04/18/2012 10:57PM
 
After 33 years as a special education teacher, I'm retired... been two years now.



"You can observe a lot by watching." -- Yogi Berra
photoguy190  
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04/18/2012 11:19PM
 
Currently run an after school program. Hopefully will be doing some outdoor education soon.
TeamTuna06  
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04/18/2012 11:21PM
 
quote Kendra: "quote TeamTuna06: "Cool topic! I'm in dental sales."
What company do you work for TT06?

I'm a dental hygienist, but my favorite job is being a Mom!"

I'm a District Manager for Kerr in Chicago. Mainly restorative, crown & bridge, etc....not too much in the hygiene realm except for the hemostatic products.


"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles." -Doug Larson
Frenchy19  
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04/18/2012 11:23PM
 
Middle school history teacher, and it is really cool to see what other do while posting when they should be working! Great thread!!


"He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious." Yogi Berra
mc2mens  
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04/18/2012 11:25PM
 
Landscape architecture/land planning/urban design


"Big fish eat little fish."
Jeriatric  
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04/18/2012 11:35PM
 
I start the morning with a mug of coffee and a cigar on the back deck. First, I welcome the wild turkeys as they file past on their way to the bird feeder area under the side deck. If they are lucky, I throw a few hands full of corn down to them.
The western gray squirrels then come and check me out to see if I have any peanuts. Sometimes I do.
Normally, my day is free after that.


The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that's all there is. ___Mr Carson (Downton Abby)
Aaron79  
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04/18/2012 11:47PM
 
I work midnight shift at a coal fired powerplant. I am titled "material handler" I handle all fuels that come in and all by products that go out and run heavy equipment.
MHS67  
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04/18/2012 11:56PM
 
Retired 11 years ago. Spent 28 years as a wildland firefighter. I still teach our wildland basic academy at a local high school.
mr.barley  
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04/19/2012 03:36AM
 
I work for August Schell brewery. A wearer of many hats there.


Of all the things I've lost in my life I think I miss my mind the most
Unas10  
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04/19/2012 04:38AM
 
Home improvements. Mainly gutters, siding, windows and doors.


For several years I was a substitute teacher but the pay was not very good.
bapabear  
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04/19/2012 05:35AM
 
6th grade was the best 33 years of my life. 17 years where it was part of elementary system and 16 where it was in a Jr. High. Taught mostly science. Coached at HS level - mostly football and basketball but helped with track and tennis when needed. Have subbed for 6 years and am currently in a long term math position for 6th grade. Other than that I'm retired and planning two trips to BW and some river trips with family this summer.


Looks like cremation is my last hope for a hot, smoking body.
airmorse  
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04/19/2012 05:43AM
 
I'm a slave to the man...and will never be able to retire.


To the world you are just another person, but to your dog you are the world.
Beaverjack  
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04/19/2012 05:51AM
 
I pick things up and then put them down. Actually, I can't say what I do, it's best you don't know - it could put you in danger.


You cannot hope too much or dare too much. - R.W. Emerson
giddyup  
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04/19/2012 06:05AM
 
Hospital RN for 24 years
rsavik  
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04/19/2012 06:09AM
 
Sr. Network Engineer for a large engineering firm.
SunCatcher  
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04/19/2012 06:15AM
 
I canoe and fish for a living.


But tp Provide Income...I'm in the Agriculture Chemical Distribution Business. We warehouse, Truck,and help Fertilizer and Ag Chemical Retailer's provide the goods to the American Farmer.
We actually sell to the Coops, Independent Fertilizer Dealers, and Aerial Applicator's (Crop Dusters)
My Sales Territory is NorthEast/North Central Nebraska.
I also have a VERY understanding wife...who let's me do job #1
SunCatcher


Dad Always said "We don't Always catch fish...but we ALWAYS have a good time"
ducks  
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04/19/2012 06:19AM
 
3rd grade teacher, varsity baseball coach, and in the summer I work for the city in the parks department.


Pura Vida
Benutzer  
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04/19/2012 06:37AM
 
IT, security analyst. I'd rather have a job like Jeriatric's though.
timatkn  
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04/19/2012 06:41AM
 
Physical Therapist. I actually have 3 jobs I work at a Sports Medicine clinic some weekends, Nursing Home the others, then full time during week at a not for profit clinic. Best job in the world for me. Well my best job is being father to my 2 boys---especially when they tackle me when I walk through the door every night :)


T
hwdhusky  
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04/19/2012 06:43AM
 
5th grade teacher for the past 8 years. Started out teaching 2nd grade but at 6'4" the principal thought I would be a better 'fit' for the older kids:)
Longpaddler  
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04/19/2012 06:55AM
 
I'm an environmental microbiologist for another 6 weeks. Then I'm a retiree....YIPPEEEEE


..there is nothing- absolute nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats - Wind in the Willows
Canoe42  
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04/19/2012 07:03AM
 
Full time firefighter/paramedic for last 16 years. I was a Civil Engineer before that.


"Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" -Red Green
Spartan2  
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04/19/2012 07:17AM
 
quote hwdhusky: "5th grade teacher for the past 8 years. Started out teaching 2nd grade but at 6'4" the principal thought I would be a better 'fit' for the older kids:)"


That's very interesting. One of the best elementary teachers I ever knew (taught first grade) was a young man who was 6' 6" tall and about 280-290 pounds; a big teddy-bear of a man. It was inspiring to see him with the little kids. I'm so glad our principal didn't mess with Todd's 'fit'.


But I'm sure that you do a wonderful job with the 5th graders, too, hdhusky.
billconner  
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04/19/2012 07:24AM
 
I am a theatre consultant, consulting on the planning and design for performing arts theatres and churches. My web site.
KevinL  
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04/19/2012 07:27AM
 
Tool & Die Instructor at a community college. First year students from manual machining - intro to CNC machining, Jigs & Fixtures, & SPC.


KevinL
Northwoodsman  
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04/19/2012 07:38AM
 
National Accounts Manager and Corporate Executive Chef for a food manufacturer; also teach culinary classes at local high school and a nearby college (both as a volunteer). Volunteer 10 or so hours a week at my church.
RaisedByBears99  
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04/19/2012 07:50AM
 

Doesn't matter. 54 days to go.
Frenchy19  
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04/19/2012 07:52AM
 
quote mr.barley: "I work for August Schell brewery. A wearer of many hats there."


My wife grew up in New Ulm; we get down there about once a month or so. My girls love the peacocks at the brewery!


"He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious." Yogi Berra
alpine525  
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04/19/2012 07:55AM
 
Director of Human Resources - financial services. I spend my days dressed up in a suit and dealing with other people's problems. Love the solitude and beauty of canoe country - it helps relieve the stress!


Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
bumabu  
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04/19/2012 07:55AM
 
Police and Fire dispatcher, and income tax prep during tax season.


Who I am precedes what I do, not the other way around.
shoreviewswede  
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04/19/2012 08:04AM
 
Phy Ed Teacher turned Software Developer.


Be Nice -Swede
joetrain  
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04/19/2012 08:10AM
 
I install just about any type of floor that you walk on.


a dio sia la gloria
bbrown6057  
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04/19/2012 08:22AM
 
GIS Analyst here.


"You have a cough? Go home tonight, eat a whole box of Ex-Lax, tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough."
oldgentleman  
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04/19/2012 08:35AM
 
After 40 years in IT I've been retired for two and a half years.


Much as I like being retired I have to admit I sometimes miss having an office, going to lunch with my co-workers and being involved in big software projects. I also miss the income and benefits.


However, I really prefer being retired. I got an e-mail from a head-hunter last week and never seriously considered responding.
OneMatch  
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04/19/2012 08:38AM
 
A songwriter in Nashville, which means over the years - waiter, carpenter, tour bus driver among anything else to pay the rent.


Haven't done those in a while, but the royalty checks are getting a little low, so who knows.


I guess you'd call me gainfully unemployed.


We all have to believe in something. I believe I'll go paddle.
tnvol  
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04/19/2012 08:46AM
 
Tennessee State Park Ranger-which means, law enforcement, EMT, firefighter and unfortunately plumber on busy nights
Miami1  
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04/19/2012 08:51AM
 
RN as a profession. With the rest of my time Canoe, Fish, Hunt, Artist. Anthony


Rod King
woodsandwater  
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04/19/2012 09:01AM
 
27 years Pastor in LCMS
rharjes  
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04/19/2012 09:18AM
 
12 years in the Grocery Business in the Twin Cities, currently an Assistant Store Director at a store in the cities.


Rick
boconorm  
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04/19/2012 09:23AM
 
Retired Army and now an E-mail adminstrator for an insurance company. I keep the servers up, email flowing and trying to block all the male enhancement emails, except for those who need it. It is one of those jobs that only gets noticed when things go wrong. I try not to be noticed very often.
Boognish1  
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04/19/2012 09:28AM
 
Chef on a live aboard scuba dive company in the Bahamas.
nofish  
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04/19/2012 09:32AM
 
Graphic designer and overall marketing guru. Been doing that for about 6 years.


Only 12,775 days until retirement. Oh I really wish I hadn't figured that out. A wave of depression just set in as I sit here in my cubical or as I call it my "3 wall prison cell".
sunnybear09  
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04/19/2012 09:41AM
 
44 years as a Land Surveyor, the last 30 as a self-employed registered surveyor in NJ. Also had a side business in excavating. Also have a degree if Forestry and did woodlot planning and environmental assements and wetland identification. I must like being outside. My last wife left because she thought I was a professional Trout Fishermen. I think she was right--she never did want to move to Montana. Curious...
RainGearRight  
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04/19/2012 09:44AM
 
I'm currently a student. I can not decide what I want to be when I grow up.


There's always money in the banana stand.
TwoByGreenCanoe  
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04/19/2012 09:58AM
 
Massage Therapist. Retired military.
fitgers1  
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04/19/2012 10:00AM
 
Facility/Physical Plant manager for several sites for a state agency.
Part-time wild land fire fighter for a different state agency (DNR).
Also retired military (jet engine/gas turbine systems and instructor)


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson...and...“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
fishguts  
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04/19/2012 10:02AM
 
Dental Technician, crown & bridge :-)


fishguts
cinna  
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04/19/2012 10:07AM
 
mircobiologist - biotech manufacturing
crumpman  
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04/19/2012 10:13AM
 
I am in my first year of retirement from teaching Social Studies and being a head cross country and track coach. I often miss the teaching, I do not miss being a head coach. I still coach as a volunteer for Cross Country and the pole vault in Track and Field.


"Fine figure of a man, yes?" Jeremiah Johnson
Royce  
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04/19/2012 10:16AM
 
Corrections officer for the state prison system
burntsider  
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04/19/2012 10:21AM
 
quote mr.barley: "I work for August Schell brewery. A wearer of many hats there."


Given the well-deserved success of Nordeast, I wish Schell would develop and market Ranger Red or such to celebrate the beer-drinking tradition on Minnesota's homey Range.
burntsider  
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04/19/2012 10:23AM
 
Retired. And back at home after a 40 year business trip.
vinnie  
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04/19/2012 10:26AM
 
Concrete construction worker, Oh! and i own the the company with one other partner
Georgiaboy  
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04/19/2012 10:34AM
 
Principal of an Alternative school. Grades 6 through 12.
27 days and I will be retired. Not that I am counting.
GSP  
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04/19/2012 10:49AM
 
social worker/peer counselor at mental health crisis center.


German Shorthair Pointers Rule Serenity is found in your mind, not somewhere you seek.
Intrekid  
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04/19/2012 10:56AM
 
Marketing/Public Programs for an art museum
BearWhoSwims  
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04/19/2012 11:06AM
 
Picture framer


While some delve deep in mustie books in quest of learning rare, Ye wise folk walk by trees and brooks and gain of wisdom there.
2K10  
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04/19/2012 11:08AM
 
What a wide variety of careers we have here, and some interesting ones!


I am a Health & Wellness Coach. Educate/counsel people in weight & stress management, and tobacco cessation.


"Live in the Moment: You can't change yesterday, but you can ruin today worrying about tomorrow"
mirth  
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04/19/2012 11:14AM
 
I do IT stuff - servers, routers, switches, etc. Kind of a jack of all trades.


I work for a rather large multinational company that is famous for cameras, copiers, and printers.
nctry  
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04/19/2012 11:16AM
 
Had a chimney repair business for over twenty years. Ended up doing a bit of new construction of building fireplaces and installing wood burning stoves and class A chimneys. My health got the better of me so I have backed off and do Maintanance for our township and play around at a canoe shop. Got some new enterprizes going and will enlighten when they amount to something. My focus now is on paddling, to bad you can't make a living doing that. :) Also a volunteer fire fighter and first responder.


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04/19/2012 11:22AM
 
I work for a local product development firm that does design, engineering and research. My specific role involves engineering and fabricating any and all prototypes needed during the many phases of development, from simple concept shapes to highly complex fully engineered systems, every day is a new ball game, that’s why I love it.


He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalm 23:2/3
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04/19/2012 11:22AM
 
High school business and computer teacher.
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high school special education teacher and coach
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04/19/2012 11:34AM
 
quote Jeriatric: "I start the morning with a mug of coffee and a cigar on the back deck. First, I welcome the wild turkeys as they file past on their way to the bird feeder area under the side deck. If they are lucky, I throw a few hands full of corn down to them.
The western gray squirrels then come and check me out to see if I have any peanuts. Sometimes I do.
Normally, my day is free after that."



Cake Eater!


"Big fish eat little fish."
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04/19/2012 11:37AM
 
Paralegal at a Law Firm.
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Quality Assurance and Control for a medical device company. Dick Cheney had been using one of our products, a bridge to transplant device, for the past couple of years.


I calibrate our disposables, produced for testing blood gas and metabolic panels, using linear and nonlinear regression on test data. I also collect and analyze trends in quality data (mostly control charts), write plans and analyze data for instrument qualification, write Standard Operating Procedures, create Excel spread sheets and other statistical programs for data analysis, and I am the point person for training and internal audits.


Did your eyes glaze over? My job is boring and dry. I would rather be a field biologist, or even a bench chemist like I trained for.


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04/19/2012 12:07PM
 
Registered Respiratory Therapist...specialize in Burn ICU, and nutrition for Burn and COPD pts.


"Blessed are the cracked because they let in light."
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Mechanical designer for a large marine engine/propulsion company.
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quote inspector13: "
Quality Assurance and Control for a medical device company. Dick Cheney had been using one of our products, a bridge to transplant device, for the past couple of years.



I calibrate our disposables, produced for testing blood gas and metabolic panels, using linear and nonlinear regression on test data. I also collect and analyze trends in quality data (mostly control charts), write plans and analyze data for instrument qualification, write Standard Operating Procedures, create Excel spread sheets and other statistical programs for data analysis, and I am the point person for training and internal audits.



Did your eyes glaze over? My job is boring and dry. I would rather be a field biologist, or even a bench chemist like I trained for.




Inspector13: you are appreciated and keeping us safe. Don't let anyone tell you different. I think of you guys -working with the FDA - as public safety officers.
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04/19/2012 12:27PM
 
I've been a park ranger for 37 years, with the feds for the last 32. I plan on retiring sometime between tomorrow and 15 months. Then, I want to find a job that doesn't involve people.
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04/19/2012 12:33PM
 
I work for a electric contractor. deliver parts and help with inventory
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Student, graduating with my degree in computer programming in 3 weeks.


"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit."
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04/19/2012 12:54PM
 
Contracting Officer for the Superior National Forest and the 148th Fighter Wing. Been in the Air Force in one form or another for fifteen years now.


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Retired for two years.
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Neil
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04/19/2012 01:17PM
 
27 years with a two way radio/communication company. Install the equipment from the base stations and cables on the ground to the antennas and coaxial cables on the towers, though I finally quit climbing two and a half years ago (let the young kids have at it).
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04/19/2012 01:30PM
 
Transportation, aka trucking. Run around 400 trucks total most of my time is spent on the 215 that run freight of all kinds from the Mid-West to the West Coast and haul produce back into the Mid-West. The rest is a mix of dumps, tankers, and regional tractor trailers.
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I work in the credit department of the local utility company.
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Thanks Cinna!


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Cattle farmer/ dog trainer.
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cowdoc


"What could happen?"
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I grow hierloom tomatoes and other tasty crops for grocery stores and resteraunts in the twin cities.I also sell at the mpls farmers market. my brother and I own and operate a gymnastics training center in Savage mn. I have been farming and coaching over 35 years. I do not think I will ever retire, farming is addictive.
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04/19/2012 02:46PM
 
Medical Lab Technologist at a Twin Cities children's hospital. Being in a hospital lab, of course we are in the basement with no windows. Makes me look forward to the outdoor vistas in the BW!


"Did you bring the coffee?" "No. I thought you were."
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04/19/2012 02:54PM
 
41 years P. E. teacher, now retired for 4 months. Ready to go back part time to coach hoops again. Also, sideline hobby is high school/college women softball umpire.


Walking School Bus
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04/19/2012 02:56PM
 
My son and I own and operate 10 hair salons. Neither one of us cuts hair, it's the perfect job, we legally can't do any of the real work.






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I am an organic chemist working as a Lubrication Engineer and Laboratory Manager. I like the chemistry part more than the manager part. Basically I make new oil products and test used lubricants from equipment to determine the status of the equipment and oil (maintenance).





I wish I were, I wish I might, I wish I was in the BWCA tonite!
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04/19/2012 03:41PM
 
Really fun to read the whole thread - we are from all walks of life!


26 years and counting in IT, now for huge company that bought my previous company, sigh. I've worn many hats, one of my favorites was managing a group of engineers that installed software and trained people on US Army bases in Europe. Of course I had to "help" a lot! Now, I work from home and focus on "integration" - making different computer systems talk to each other and share data. I specialize in "procurement" processes, but haven't touched those in a long time.


I also wear many hats in parenting three kids with various special needs. I am transportation director, CFO, social worker, therapist, teacher, law enforcement, cheerleader, scout master, health care manager, lifeguard, travel agent, cruise director and ship captain, personal assistant, tutor, insurance agent, banker, chief mechanic, chef/nutritionist, housekeeper, pharmacist, education advocate... it never ends, and I never want it to!


Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. -Thoreau
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When I first went to the BWCAW a few years ago I was a door to door sales men. Then a Americorps volunteer with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa. Then Greenpeace as a fundraiser. Now I work for New York City Parks as a trail restoration Crew Leader. Hope to get out to the BWCAW later in the year when I have some vacation time!
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04/19/2012 05:38PM
 
Regional sales manager for a building products manufacturer.


It's only a spot on the map... until you go there.
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04/19/2012 05:39PM
 
RN at hospital-love the variety it has to offer. Have worked in Medical Surgical, ICU, ED, leadership and current field Quality Improvement.


"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion." ~Democritus
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04/19/2012 06:00PM
 
My first response found me honest and upfront with you folks. I'm proud of what my career has been but when I usually meet someone new I don't say I was a teacher. I'll tell them I've been in "energy management" for almost 4 decades and I get a LOT of interesting looks and questions about what that could be.


This is a most interesting thread. It takes all kinds to make a world and when I meet folks in the BW I'll appreciate better the thought of what they are trying to "get away" from.


Looks like cremation is my last hope for a hot, smoking body.
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04/19/2012 06:13PM
 
Software engineer.


"That sort of thing is my bag baby."
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04/19/2012 06:16PM
 
I work as a Special Education Teacher in an Elementary school. I love not working in the summer.
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04/19/2012 06:17PM
 
Last 13 years papermaker. Largest recycled mill in the. U. S. The 15 before that social worker working with delinquent teens.
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04/19/2012 06:24PM
 
Full-time: dir of training at a Big 10 university.
Part-time: trainer of licensed security officers.


"That'll do, Pig." Farmer Hoggett
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quote cowdoc: "cowdoc " LMAO


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Medical Physicist at a cancer center
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Like bapabear, I have spent a lot of time in 6th grade, both elementary school and middle school. Will finally graduate after 40 years on June 6th. Best job in the world. Rewarding in so many ways.


I am looking forward to being a full-time grampa.
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Retired 3 years ago.


Before that, Chief Engineer at a State Mental Hospital.


So far, this is the oldest that I've ever been.
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Taught school(2nd grade), worked construction, and now Law Enforcement.





The sound of a paddle in still waters will steal your soul.
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College professor teaching graphic design. Summer starts in two weeks!
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Retail manager.
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quote Boognish1: "Chef on a live aboard scuba dive company in the Bahamas."


WOW, sounds like a great job. would love to hear some details. Shoot me an e-mail sometime. Would be great to meet in the BWCA sometime.



Courage is being scared to death... but saddling up anyway....John Wayne
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Thanks everyone for all the feed back.


Very interesting to see all the different careers that people have but still have the same overall interest in the BWCA. I think it's good to see that there is a very diverse group of people that enjoy the outdoors/canoeing/camping/nature. Seems to me that we have a very strong group of people here on the BWCA.com site.


Thanks to all and would love to spend a evening at a campfire with you all to talk about your experiences.


"Stay strong and canoe long"


Courage is being scared to death... but saddling up anyway....John Wayne
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Field service mechanic for power generators and trucks/buses and heavy equipment.


"So many lakes, so little time."
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04/19/2012 08:52PM
 
20 years in electrical distribution. Still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.
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Another teacher! Retired after 34 years in junior high, teaching social studies and English, coaching 20 years of 8th grade girls' basketball, and my favorite, 24 years of cross country running.


A very interesting topic. Without actually counting, it seems like the careers mentioned most often are teaching and some form of IT/computer. Many jobs that involve a lot of people contact...may explain our love of the BW solitude. Many non-physical jobs. My iron-worker inlaws don't want anything to do with hobbies that take exertion...fish from a motorboat, hunt from a deer stand...have more than enough exercise on the job.
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quote Kevlar: "Another teacher! Retired after 34 years in junior high, teaching social studies and English, coaching 20 years of 8th grade girls' basketball, and my favorite, 24 years of cross country running.



A very interesting topic. Without actually counting, it seems like the careers mentioned most often are teaching and some form of IT/computer. Many jobs that involve a lot of people contact...may explain our love of the BW solitude. Many non-physical jobs. My iron-worker inlaws don't want anything to do with hobbies that take exertion...fish from a motorboat, hunt from a deer stand...have more than enough exercise on the job. "



Thought the same thing. was very surprised that there was not as many "Blue" collar, hands on workers, as I would have assumed there would have been.


Courage is being scared to death... but saddling up anyway....John Wayne
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accounting/analytics
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Was a research Soil Scientist (37 years of science)
now I am retired
quite happy
and building my 2nd cedar strip ( my new science job :)


"Boredom, Tyler - that's what's wrong. And how do you beat boredom, Tyler?... Adventure...(Never Cry Wolf, 1983)
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04/19/2012 09:44PM
 
I do IT work for a Mental health center. I did a lot of cooking and construction while going to school and figuring out what I really wanted to be.
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Im a sheetmetal worker. I install heating and ventilation systems(mostly ductwork) in commercial buildings.
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Systems Engineering manager for a large aerospace firm.
Part-time musician.
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Physician assistant with the hospitalist service at a large east metro level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital


that's how I ro'
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quote dprochef: "quote Kevlar: "Another teacher!
Thought the same thing. was very surprised that there was not as many "Blue" collar, hands on workers, as I would have assumed there would have been. "



Oh, I think they utilize the area as much as anyone - at least many of the locals do. They just don't see much need to go online and talk about it.


I've been doing a very unofficial poll among northshore residents the last few weeks. It is very strange. The responses vary between "Love the place, go as often as possible," to "Never been there," or "Been there once," with very little in-between.


Living so close, I find the lack of curiosity intriguing.


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I graduate college with a B.S. in two weeks. I hope to find a job soon that will put me on the path to becoming an agricultural lender/ loan officer. I also farm with my father. I'll eventually be generation 6 to take over the family farm.
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University logic/ philosophy instructor
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I am a director at a non-profit camp in St. Louis area. I am also an active volunteer and vice president of a wildlife rehabilitation center.


Great to see what everyone else does!
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04/20/2012 07:06AM
 
quote bumabu: "Police and Fire dispatcher, and income tax prep during tax season."


I was a dispatcher for the Wi State Patrol for about 5 years before I went to nursing school.
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Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist for a major airline.


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Diesel Mechanic for a private motorcoach and schoolbus company
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Fish and wildlife biologist with a tribal natural resource agency.
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Electric Arc Furnace operator at a steel mill in Ohio
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04/20/2012 11:04AM
 
Spent all my adult life in health care. 25 years as a R.N.


"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." Mark Twain
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04/20/2012 12:27PM
 
Unbelievable mix of professions!


I'm a Senior Electrical Designer of packaging machines. About half my time in design of power and control circuits and the other half programming PLC's, servo motion control and HMI's.
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Financial aid counselor at a Chicago area university and adjunct psychology professor there and at junior colleges in the area from time to time.
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I'm a Children's Ministry Director in an E'free church.


I also home-school our 3 kids (we cover canoeing a lot in school lol)


Life jackets float, you don't!
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Auditor with the Gov't (not IRS).
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Account Management Director for a consumer internet company.
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Jack of all trades and master of none.
Oh wait a minute I do carry a master licence in plumbing.
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I'm an energy and environmental lawyer in Denver. Really impressed with the breadth of people on this site and the respectful (and fun!) conversations here.
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I install and repair heating and cooling equipment for a university in Indianapolis.I also teach a millwright apprenticeship course
for the university.


blutofish
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Journalist, lecturer, and comedienne.


"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
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Engineering Lab Technician at a Defense communications contractor. Part-time nature photography business.
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I'm the guy who everyone avoids at cocktail parties. I'm in the insurance biz!


Vita Brevis
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Banker


"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit."
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Volunter Fire Fighter/First Responder/Hazmat operations.


Service Manager at a HVAC company. 8 Techs to keep under control and busy.
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Very interesting. I'm a former commercial lender whose bank was gutted by a newly formed loss/share bank.


I have been in and around the BWCA almost every summer, sometimes more than once, since 1953. I enjoy it more every year. What a treasure! Pointing toward late June this year.
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quote Beaverjack: "I pick things up and then put them down. Actually, I can't say what I do, it's best you don't know - it could put you in danger."


LOL I love it! I do a lot of that, too, just around the house. (Where did I put my reading glasses?)


Me? Right now I drive a mini school bus for Robbinsdale Schools Special Education. Summers off for more camping and canoeing time
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quote Jeriatric: "I start the morning with a mug of coffee and a cigar on the back deck. First, I welcome the wild turkeys as they file past on their way to the bird feeder area under the side deck. If they are lucky, I throw a few hands full of corn down to them.
The western gray squirrels then come and check me out to see if I have any peanuts. Sometimes I do.
Normally, my day is free after that."
That is my goal in life except I don't smoke or drink coffee. In my present life I fix CNC machines for a living.


"JUST TRY IT!"
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04/21/2012 02:03PM
 
Before 2008 I was a Builder/Carpenter.


Now I'm a Carpenter/Handyman/Builder.


Oh, and soon to be landlord.


a jerk at the end of your line?...which end sir?
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Electrical engineer - have worked in the semiconductor business, electronic equipment business, and was even a plant manager for plastics/wood processing company for outdoor products. Now work for a automotive/industrial battery company.


Old Hoosier
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Was a diesel tech for the Army for a handful of years, now in nursing school and presently, and pleasantly unemployed.


the pines are green the, lake is blue; always coming back home to you.
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I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?
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quote butthead: "42 years of production work at a chocolate factory (Nestle), almost all in bulk raw materials receiving/handling.



butthead"



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quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.


All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession.
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quote JoeWilderness: "quote butthead: "42 years of production work at a chocolate factory (Nestle), almost all in bulk raw materials receiving/handling.




butthead"




Oh man! Receiving and handling chocolate? That is a dream job!!!"




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Conversation killer. "What do you do for a living?" "I sell pumps." Oh . . . Actually, I own a pump distributorship. We carry a number of lines for industrial and sanitary applications for food, pharmaceutical, chemical, asphalt, biofuel, and many other markets. Anything that is remotely liquid-like, we can sell you a pump for the application. 24 years. Prior to that, I've been a product manager for a banking supply company, a QC tech, OEM sales manager, and in addition to that, I am currently an outdoor slave to my wife, doing landscaping at our house. My Spanish is getting really good! Spent 5 hours so far today cutting the lawn and cutting Buckthorn. Time for a shot and a beer!


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quote Zulu: "quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.



All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession."



I think there is a very simple reason why there aren't farmers in this group (chesapeakes being the notable exception.) Most farmers can't get away for a vacation! My grandfather was a farmer, my husband's father and several of his uncles and cousins were farmers, my husband worked for five years on farms, my uncles were all farmers, and I know lots of farmers. Getting one week away from the farm is a very, very unusual situation and it would be once about every five years, not a regular thing.


As "hobby farmers", we are very fortunate to have a neighbor who enjoys being a substitute shepherd when we are away. But it is difficult to leave even a small flock of sheep, and a large garden is a mess of weeds when we get back after a couple of weeks in Minnesota.


Farming isn't an occupation that lends itself to taking vacations, especially in the soft water season.


The people who have the luxury of going to the canoe country are either the ones who live nearby or the ones who get regular vacation time and can schedule it all at once during the months between May and September. A very good reason why teachers seem to be in abundance on the portages. :-)
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I met a man on a portage doing a week trip who was a farmer. He said he was on a paid vacation. He paid his neighbor to do his farm chores for a week so he could take a vacation!
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quote gsfisher13: "Network Administrator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. More or less an IT plumber, I keep all the things running that should be running and fix when things aren't working."


A great organization. It meant a lot to me in my years at UW-EC. In fact, I hope to see some of the alums next weekend at a wedding.
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No spring trips for you then?


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I posted it earlier, I am a farmer. I grow 7,ooo tomatoes and alot of other crops. I get my planting done, get the weeds out , stake and tie the tomatoes and go to the bwca in mid to late june. when we get home it is not to hard to get things back into shape. then if we get our work done we go back to the bwca for 3 days and basecamp and fish. and if I am really lucky we go back to bwca after frost in fall.
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Arlo, I have never been on a spring trip in my entire life. I no I am missing a great fishing season. What I really regret is not being able to hit the Rainy run. Oh well, maybe some year. I Will have to hit the lotto, or find somebody who wants to buy a garden center. Nobody wants to work that hard now days. Guess I can not blame them. 7 days a week, 8 months out of the year. I can not complain though, I do get up that way 4 or 5 times a year. Great pics on the fishing forum by the way.
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quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"


Used to have 98 head of cattle, mostly Santa Gertrudis and charlais with a few others scattered through the herd. Sold out in the '90's. Not enough hours in the week to get all the work done without help, especially with my other career. So we let our neighbor run his herd on our land now. Do miss it sometimes, and I'm certain I'll buy a few again when I retire.






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quote Spartan2: "quote Zulu: "quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.




All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession."




I think there is a very simple reason why there aren't farmers in this group (chesapeakes being the notable exception.) Most farmers can't get away for a vacation! My grandfather was a farmer, my husband's father and several of his uncles and cousins were farmers, my husband worked for five years on farms, my uncles were all farmers, and I know lots of farmers. Getting one week away from the farm is a very, very unusual situation and it would be once about every five years, not a regular thing.


That is true. It is hard to get away. I take care of my brother in laws farm when they go on vacation and he does the same for me. Thats why only one trip a year. I grew up working on my grandparents farm in the summer. I went to college to be in law enforcement but couldn't give up working on. A farm. No regrets. I love farming.


As "hobby farmers", we are very fortunate to have a neighbor who enjoys being a substitute shepherd when we are away. But it is difficult to leave even a small flock of sheep, and a large garden is a mess of weeds when we get back after a couple of weeks in Minnesota.



Farming isn't an occupation that lends itself to taking vacations, especially in the soft water season.



The people who have the luxury of going to the canoe country are either the ones who live nearby or the ones who get regular vacation time and can schedule it all at once during the months between May and September. A very good reason why teachers seem to be in abundance on the portages. :-)"
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Big smile! You do a good job, Stan.


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quote Spartan2: "quote Zulu: "quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"
I recently heard there is becoming a shortage of farmers in Minnesota and some programs were being initiated to help. I believe it was aimed at people who were already part of a farming family though.




All the farmers I know were born into it. My dad grew up on a series of rented farms and I have always admired the profession."




I think there is a very simple reason why there aren't farmers in this group (chesapeakes being the notable exception.) Most farmers can't get away for a vacation! My grandfather was a farmer, my husband's father and several of his uncles and cousins were farmers, my husband worked for five years on farms, my uncles were all farmers, and I know lots of farmers. Getting one week away from the farm is a very, very unusual situation and it would be once about every five years, not a regular thing.



As "hobby farmers", we are very fortunate to have a neighbor who enjoys being a substitute shepherd when we are away. But it is difficult to leave even a small flock of sheep, and a large garden is a mess of weeds when we get back after a couple of weeks in Minnesota.



Farming isn't an occupation that lends itself to taking vacations, especially in the soft water season.



The people who have the luxury of going to the canoe country are either the ones who live nearby or the ones who get regular vacation time and can schedule it all at once during the months between May and September. A very good reason why teachers seem to be in abundance on the portages. :-)"



Dirt farmers don't have much to do between planting and harvesting season. Dairy farmers are a different story...
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Are you a "dirt farmer", Bonvicken? The "dirt farmers" I know are very busy between planting and harvest, but perhaps they are just smaller farmers than the ones you know.
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quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"


Only on a small scale (though to be honest over the last couple of years my small scale farming has brought in almost as much income as my full time teaching. I know it won't last but these grain prices are unreal!)
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quote Mashuga: "I've been a park ranger for 37 years, with the feds for the last 32. I plan on retiring sometime between tomorrow and 15 months. Then, I want to find a job that doesn't involve people."


After nearly 22 years in Law Enforcement, can I relate to you. Good luck! Only 4 years, and 4 months to go, then I too, will avoid people. Like the plague. Except the ones I like and trust. About 3, I think. :)


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I'm not a big farm. Cattle 50-100 head. Supplement with dog training. I have a deal with my brother in law. I take care of his pig farm when he is gone and he takes care of my farm when I'm gone. Only leave once a year though. Hard to get away. Makes me nervous leaving.
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quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"


Besides my income earning employment mentioned above, I farm about 8 acres of hay on my property and assist my cousin with about 50 acres on my dad's property. The 50 has been hay for the last eight years and it was put into corn last year. Also assist the same cousin that runs about 40 head of beef on my dad's land. So, not truly a farmer but definately in the mix. I like the payment for this work - a freezer full of beef every year.
My son says I have a tree farm. I plant a few hundred every year. This year it will be 600 I am planting. Did half last weekend and the other half this coming weekend. The farm should look pretty good for my grandchildren.


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our we there yet
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quote Chilly: "Rochambeau consultant "whats that?
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quote 254Bow: "quote Mashuga: "I've been a park ranger for 37 years, with the feds for the last 32. I plan on retiring sometime between tomorrow and 15 months. Then, I want to find a job that doesn't involve people."



After nearly 22 years in Law Enforcement, can I relate to you. Good luck! Only 4 years, and 4 months to go, then I too, will avoid people. Like the plague. Except the ones I like and trust. About 3, I think. :)"



254Bow, thanks! You have lots of friends. I can only come up with 2 people I really like.:) Stay alert, watch your 6 and good luck to you too.
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I am an Associate Media Producer for Fantasy Flight Games. The company makes board games and I am on the team that makes the How to Play videos and commericals.


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quote RT: "I am an Associate Media Producer for Fantasy Flight Games. The company makes board games and I am on the team that makes the How to Play videos and commericals."


Hey, RT... you must work with my nephews (on my wife's side) -- the Hurley boys.
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quote muckluck: "quote Chilly: "Rochambeau consultant "whats that?"


A type of conflict resolution consultant?

I’m an amateur mind reader too. Sometimes with certain workplace cultures you get good at it. : )

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LOL... that's funny. One of those Hurley's is my boss.


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On the side I am a school assistant sub, I teach Zumba fitness classes, and maintain our little hobby farm.


Planning our first BWCA trip this July!


I just read through a bunch of strangers professions and found it quite entertaining. I am completely addicted the BWCA.com. Facebook? whats facebook?
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quote frogger: "Sales Rep for Blue Bunny Ice Cream, almost 20 years, probably work another 10 and hope my health stays good and I can take grand kids to the BWCA."


Shoot me an email at trent.thomas21@gmail.com I met someone that works for them too. He has a son that was with mine at the Shriners in MSP. Maybe you know who I refering too.


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My wife's not happy with me as I'll be in MN the first week of June, right in the middle of our heifer calving season!


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Our typical group of 4 that goes to the BW every opener consists of the following:


Myself (Structural Engineer)
White Wolf (Weather Observer)
TRD (Mechanical Engineer)
Scuba (Electrical Engineer)


You can imagine the kinds of conversations around the campfire with this mix of dudes....wouldn't change it for anything ;p
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Pathologist. x2 on the basement and lack of windows...
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Which Michigan orchestra?
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04/28/2012 08:20AM
 
Worked 15 years in the IT field...hated it, but it was a 3 day work week which gave me 2-4 days a week to fish :)


In 2001, changed careers and went to work as a freight train conductor for a class one railroad. This is a profession I always wanted to do but the RR's weren't hiring when I entered the workforce in the 80's. Absolutely love it but not so much time to fish anymore;(
I'm local though, home everyday with the family and not living out of a suitcase.


Yeah, it's pretty coooool!



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04/28/2012 03:19PM
 
i was a moldmaker/ tool and die guy.then went to a shop that worked with R&D for general dynamics. while going back to school i worked construction building houses. finished school with a computer science degree. was a programmer until I landed my current job of maintaining computers on a univeristy.
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04/28/2012 04:33PM
 
Well, I was in the Army for a while, spent some time driving a truck, EMT for a couple years, now back in school.


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04/28/2012 10:10PM
 
quote Spartan2: "quote bowfiddler: "Violinist in a Symphony Orchestra -- 34 years"



Which Michigan orchestra?"

Grand Rapids (incidentally-MSU alum 74-78)
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04/29/2012 05:31AM
 
Cool. Have never heard the Grand Rapids Symphony, but now I would like to.


Always glad to hear from a fellow alum. Go Green!
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04/30/2012 07:59PM
 
quote RT: "LOL... that's funny. One of those Hurley's is my boss."


Tell him Kelly's husband Jeff says hello...
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Looking forward to graduating with a degree in Environmental Science/Wildlife Biology in December...not sure what's after that!


"Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe" :-)
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I was pit boss in an Native-owned casino for the better part of 14 years, was a part time bass player/singer in a rock-n-roll band for most of those same years, now I'm in my 5th year of teaching 4th grade. Weird, huh?
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quote fishguts: "Dental Technician, crown & bridge :-)"


Where is your lab? I'm a DDS in Wisconsin.
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07/01/2012 12:26AM
 
I'm a little late to the party.


Information Technology. Started as a systems programmer years ago. Moved into systems development less years ago.


Finally made the move the Database Administration.....same company about 10 years ago.


Been doing this gig for nearly 30 years professionally.....


Later,


Geo
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07/01/2012 06:40AM
 
I was a DNR game warden for 7 years. A few years ago I decided to switch gears a little and now work for the DNR in water quality.
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ten years retired after 28 yrs as a police officer 20 years as a k-9 handler.
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Retired military. Since then I am a project manager for an aerospace company.


Paddle Faster....I hear banjo music
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07/01/2012 09:33AM
 
Have to update my employment status, I'm now retired. No plans to anything for the immediate future except to do what I want, when I want. (if my wife OK's it)
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quote LuvMyBell: "Retired military. Since then I am a project manager for an aerospace company."


I'm technically retired too, but I often work seven days a week and up to 14 hours a day. My dad's retirement was similar.


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quote LuvMyBell: "Retired military. Since then I am a project manager for an aerospace company." Which company?
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Electrical Engineer


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Guess I don't have to say, my signature line makes it obvious. (tee hee)
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Lawyer - real estate and small business issues are my concentration


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Electrical Contractor for 14 years, electrician for 24 years.
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27th year of being an RN. Became a Certified Nurse Midwife 15 years ago- after 3,000 babies I "retired" to 2 teaching positions. One I teach residents in the hospital so I am still at the bedside, the other I teach nursing students. Still love to be in Labor & Delivery at a bedside though.


Ripple in still water....
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Also a railroader like my father, grandfather, uncle and brother. Adds to the moniker "misguided". Lol good job. Never the same thing. Outside more than in. Good pay/benefits/retirement. Prior was USMC.
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I'm a seismologist doing basic research on how the Earth works and applying it to hazards assessments. Still trying to figure out a good reason for a field project in the BW.
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22 years as a pastor, presently in Lino Lakes area.
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Various positions in the Airline Industry over the pst 35 yrs.
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25 years Air Force Retired. 20 years as an A&P mechanic also retired.
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Former Marine, furniture mover, and rugby player. I'm now a consultant for a company which markets and sells rugby equipment. I get to work mainly from home, which is the biggest plus.
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currently an insurance fraud investigator


"Not all those who wander are lost" - Tolkien
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Neurosurgeon but ready to slow down
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Research fisheries biologist for 34 years; retired 8 years.
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Legal Administrator and just for laughs when that's not enough an Enrolled Agent
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Slightly OT - I already said what my profession was earlier......


I'm now the 278th reply on this thread......Just out of curiosity does anyone know what the record is?


Paddle Faster....I hear banjo music
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07/07/2012 12:12AM
 
Thought I was in here already... Hmm.


Residential building, remodeling and renovations. Stone masonry, insulated concrete form construction. All things carpentry.


Currently battling the anxieties conducive of an aging man in a young mans trade.


Bruceye
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quote LuvMyBell: "Slightly OT - I already said what my profession was earlier......



I'm now the 278th reply on this thread......Just out of curiosity does anyone know what the record is?"



Think its 'Molos "Science or god" thread.


Bruceye
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07/07/2012 07:27PM
 
read through 'em all! wow, great diversity. so, just wondering if i missed anything? does anyone do exterior building restoration work? painting, stone work... kinda stuff?
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07/07/2012 09:09PM
 
after 14 years with a class 1 railroad, i was laid off and made the decision to go back to school. now i've been an intensive care RN for 20 years. currently work as a charge RN in a cardiac intensive care unit. i love the work, but look forward to my solo canoe trips where the only person i have to care for is myself.
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quote mocha: "read through 'em all! wow, great diversity. so, just wondering if i missed anything? does anyone do exterior building restoration work? painting, stone work... kinda stuff?
"



:)


Bruceye
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My great disappointment is that with hundreds of members weighing in, we don't have a single superhero or ninja in this group.


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quote missmolly: "My great disappointment is that with hundreds of members weighing in, we don't have a single superheros or ninja in this group." We superheros...ummm, I mean superheros, like to keep that a secret. On a side note, what's happened to all the phone booths in this country? I can't seem to find many.


Of all the things I've lost in my life I think I miss my mind the most
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07/08/2012 11:25AM
 
quote mr.barley: "quote missmolly: "My great disappointment is that with hundreds of members weighing in, we don't have a single superheros or ninja in this group." We superheros...ummm, I mean superheros, like to keep that a secret. On a side note, what's happened to all the phone booths in this country? I can't seem to find many."


I soooo want to canoe with you. Portages, schmortages! I'll just sit in the canoe and you'll fly us from lake to lake. You can hold the canoe (and me!) with one hand and a phone booth with the other, 'cause I know you prefer to fish when you're all Clark Kenty.


"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
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I'm a state marine fisheries administrator/manager by vocation. I work with a team of state/regional/national fisheries professionals to provide the best quality recreational and commercial fisheries possible in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. On and off the job, fishing is my passion. I'm blessed to have a job in the field that I love.


Mike
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07/08/2012 12:36PM
 
I agree; lots of diversity. As a newbie here, it's a good way to find out a bit about others here as is clicking on the profile link. I see that lots of folks were born in 1900, many of us New Year's babies that year. I see that bruceye is from Springbrook. Just started trying to plan a weekend of paddling on the Namekagon near there. Maybe in midSeptember. Would you mind if I ask you about water levels for paddling as summer progresses?
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07/08/2012 01:20PM
 
quote PuffinGin: "I agree; lots of diversity. As a newbie here, it's a good way to find out a bit about others here as is clicking on the profile link. I see that lots of folks were born in 1900, many of us New Year's babies that year. I see that bruceye is from Springbrook. Just started trying to plan a weekend of paddling on the Namekagon near there. Maybe in midSeptember. Would you mind if I ask you about water levels for paddling as summer progresses? "


Not at all PuffinGin. As of now river levels are back up to what used to be considered normal and with the substantial rainfall and rehydration of the swamps, I suspect it will stay like that going into Winter. Did the N. Sprignbrook to Trego stretch about a month ago with a lot less dragging than the previous years. The forest looks greener and healthier than what I've seen in a long while thanks to the rain. It's amazing what one good season of precipitation can do. Give me a heads up when you're ready to jump. Welcome to the premier source of worldly wisdom and intellectual stimuli. The Board!


Bruce


Bruceye
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quote bruceye: "quote mocha: "read through 'em all! wow, great diversity. so, just wondering if i missed anything? does anyone do exterior building restoration work? painting, stone work... kinda stuff?
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:)"

bruce.. check your email...exciting news!
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Bump



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05/09/2013 06:36PM
 
WOW! I was thinking about this today while reading old threads (while at work) Good bump!


I'm a Construction Supervisor/Restoration Ecologist... whatever the hell that means..
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quote jcavenagh: "Lawyer - real estate and small business issues are my concentration"


Me too, along with litigation of those issues.
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operator for usg (I make ceiling tile)
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I work as a Hospice Chaplain.
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Retired.


WOW! I can't believe this thread is still alive. It's like a trip back in time.


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Chemist - making cancer drugs
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I am a tree climber. I started tree climbing in 1984 working for a Northern States Power co contractor clearing power lines. By 1990 I was tired of the occasional jolts that come with trimming trees near power lines and was doing lots of private work on weekends and evenings. This morphed into becoming the owner of a small tree care company. I mostly do sales and administrative work for my 7 employee company but I still climb a tree or fly a bucket truck at least a couple times a week, because at age 52 I still love being up in trees.
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Brewer for August Schell Brewery. Yay beer!


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05/09/2013 08:02PM
 
A revived thread after 10 months! I've got 40 years in the retail grocery business in the Twin Cities, virtually all of it with the 2 upscale grocery companies. Presently a Store Manager for the smaller of those two upscale companies. Probably work 45 weekends a year, but with my tenure I can pretty much get whatever time off I want. Do a lot of camping (BWCA and other) mid week when the crowds are at work.
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Still successfully retired! :)



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I'm a Battalion Chief/Paramedic for a Fire Department. I've got 27 years on the job. Also used to be a Sales Rep for a Tool Steel company and also worked part time in a Hospital ER for 15 years.


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quote Drab: "quote chesapeakes: "I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?"



Only on a small scale (though to be honest over the last couple of years my small scale farming has brought in almost as much income as my full time teaching. I know it won't last but these grain prices are unreal!)"



Hah,


This was just brought to the top and I see I spoke too soon last spring. What a miserable year 2012 for the farm - with the drought eating up a good portion of the previous years profits that I was mentioning... The grain prices were still unreal, but when you are making a whopping 16.5 bushels per acre in corn, it doesn't much matter how much you get per bushel. You are losing money.
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