View Full Version : So, what do you do for a living?

Vicky Rowe
10-23-2004, 09:16 PM
Wikd wants topics, so here you go: What do you do when you're not making mead?

I'm a web designer and internet marketing specialist. Gotmead grew out of my learning to write web sites, and remains my test bed for new toys and techniques.

When I'm not writing web sites, I'm doing police records management software training for Southern Software. The rest of the time, I'm a work-at-home mom of a 12-year old smart ass daughter, sharing my home with my hubby, my kid, 2 horses, 4 dogs and a couple cats.

Currently I'm trying to get more web site work, as the training thing is dying back a bit.

So, what do *you* do when you're not making mead or hanging out here?

Vicky - settled at the bar with an expectant look on her face

10-23-2004, 10:30 PM
In my shadow life I'm a VP of Global Voice, Video and Data Networks, most recently for large Institutional Asset Manager's in the financial district of downtown Los Angeles.

I mostly do system implementations, migrations, data feeds, frame relay clouds, vid-tel systems, trade data systems, business continuity plans, disaster recovery plans, operations, logistics and all on a global basis from Aisa to Europe.

I'm currently on the Board of Directors for the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles, and on the Advisory Council to the Dalmatian-American Club. I travel to Croatia during the summer to relax on beaches of Dalmatia, and hide out on the islands off the coast in the Adriatic. I'm a barbeque-ing fool and I love to hunt with my dog pFredd! He's watching me now and was giving me the eye so I would make sure and mention his name.

I think he's trying to hypnotize me but I'll never let him get m. . . .

10-23-2004, 10:55 PM
Hmmmm.... I suppose we are all friends here...

I am a mead drinking alcoholic that spends my time drunk or posting about mead on the Internet when I am able to find the light switch and stagger to the keyboard.

I have been unemployed or unemployable since the local beverage shop finally checked their storage room after six days and found me surrounded by consumed product...

I know it was over $50,000 worth because that raised my little splurge to a class B felony...

I spent 2 1/2 years in prison during which I helped the state of Iowa set up a meadery with which to offset the cost of prison expansions.



10-23-2004, 10:59 PM
I am an Avionics Systems engineer for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I help to install the radios and computers that help pilots to fly the aircraft on corporate jets as well as regional juets used by some airlines. It ia much more glamorous sounding job than it actually is...

I have a wife of 27 years, a son 21, a daughter 12, a son 8, and a bug-eyed yapping white thing named Jubie that sleeps on my daughter's bed at night. I am a member of the local SCA group. My hobbies are war gaming, model railroad, fantasy roleplaying, and most recently, meadmaking.

I am generally an 18 year old trapped in a 48 year old chassis...

Dan McFeeley
10-23-2004, 11:38 PM
I work at one of our local hospitals as a mental health specialist, either on the psychiatric unit as part of support staff, or in the emergency room as a crisis worker doing the psychiatric intake for ER patients. Although I'm a New Jersey native, I've lived in Illinois for over half my life now and consider myself a transplanted Midwesterner. I'm married, have a seven year old daughter, and there are two dogs to add to the household.

Next? :)

10-24-2004, 01:02 AM

Where in Illinois? Iowa, especially Cedar Rapids, isn't all that far from western Illinois when it comes time to share my first batches...

10-24-2004, 01:16 AM
Me, I drive a truck. It's a terribly exciting job, what with people constantly finding new ways to try and kill me. My boss is getting tired of the business and wants to get out. Now I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to buy my way in. Tomorrow is the official first day of business for my wife's flower shop (shameless plug, http://thebloomcloset.com/ ) and we're excited about that. I have recently started researching hydrogen fuel cells and devised a way to make them a practical source of vehicular power. I plan to build a prototype as soon as we have the funds to buy the parts. Beyond that, I spend most of my time either asleep or online.

10-24-2004, 01:27 AM

My best friend, trucker buddy just spent Friday night at my place. We went down to the Amana Colonies and had some of their plum wine (too tart and too sweet but otherwise good). They make honey wine but it is such a pathetic excuse for mead that I avoid it...


He is on his way to Milwaukee or Green Bay to pick up his new rig. He has been driving for some jerk out in Phoenix that screws him over at every opportunity. So Schnieder(sp?) is helping him with the finances so that he can go independent. They are loaning him money to buy a $130,000 rig. I guess he will still get his loads/routes from Schnieder, but will be an independent owner/operator within their system... if something like that would interest you, email me and I will get you more details.

But I have gotten to hear for a several years from him about how bad it is to drive for someone that steals your load bonuses and won't pay to maintain your cab... I suppose a boss that is trying to get out of the business falls into that category as well...

Good luck!

10-24-2004, 01:29 AM
Hello all...
Like I've said in other posts... I work at a Fruit juce Concentrate plant... one for J. M. Smucker. We make bulk fruit conc... 50 gallon drums to tanker's. I've worked there for almost 20 years... I'm head lab tech.
I live about 12 miles from where I was born, my husband was also born & raised locally. Our families are almost within shouting distance. With the exception of 3 years overseas (England) in the military, we've lived here all our lives.
We are proud parents of two kids, a WSU majors graduate daughter who just got married in August and college student son who has interest in animation.
Our pets are a 13 year old cat named Cora and an 8 year old, 4 foot Iguana named Charlie.
I'm a member of a local Rennaissance group, attend statewide Ren Faires and love the Celtic music.
I'm new to Mead making... started thinking (out of the blue) that I could make mead about September of 2004. I'm thinking if I start now... by the time we are retired we will have enough mead making experiece to really enjoy the golden years.
:-* Suzy Q, BrewMistress

10-24-2004, 05:10 AM
Greetings from the alternate time universe down under,

I work for a Telecommunications company.

I just celebrated 11 years marriage, have three children (girl & two boys).

I'm a christian, and am acitvely involved in church life.

Hobbies include filling cupboards with bottles (and also filling the bottles) 8), gardening, helping set up a model train layout for the boys (or was that for me?).

We don't have any pets - not since a carpet snake ate our finches.

I started making mead because I read an article in a magazine that sparked my interest, and then when I went looking for a "home brew" wine alternative, honey was an easier source of fermentables than grapes.
Have just finished bottling the first kit wine - but that's another story.

10-24-2004, 06:04 AM

I forgot to mention that I started out as a Microbiologist/Medical Technologist at a local hospital. Which is why you'll see some microbiological posts from me from time to time.

Not married, have recently sworn off of redheads . . . again . . . ok really, for the last time; and no kids . . . that I know of!

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!


10-24-2004, 06:18 AM
.........have recently sworn off of redheads . . . again . . . OskaarI had to swear off them too, the wife insisted on it ;D

David Baldwin
10-24-2004, 07:48 AM
I'm a postal worker - no I don't carry an AK47 to work ;D

Actually I do industrial facility maintenance for the United States Postal Service. So in a nutshell I'm a jack of all trades. My work goes in waves - either too busy to eat lunch, or spending my time on this forum.

I've been married 9 years to the love of my life, two great kids (boy and girl) and we've got 3 cats too many and a ferret (he's my buddy)

I'm a tenor in our church choir

I just sold an antique Jeep that I was going to restore so that I could spend my hobby time and money on meadmaking.

10-24-2004, 07:56 AM
Okay, right now I make mead for fun as a hobby. That is all I do for work. For the last 3 years I have done nothing for a living. You could say I'm retired. In the past I was a GIA Gemologist and Jewelry store owner for 14 years, before and during that an ordained Minister, Author of two published spiritual books, before that a FAA Flight Instructor and aerobatic pilot, Fortran Computer programmer for GE Aircraft Division, Computer System Sales Engineer, Computer marketing analyst, Computer Manufacturing Manager for process control computers, Computer repair Supervisor, Foreman and technician, Air Force Radar and bombing computer technician, Cadillac new car service technician, dishwasher, produce worker and other misc jobs for short times like grave sales, building trusses, making hoagies, buying and selling farm equiment, raising cattle, sheep, and pigs and picking up trash, selling cigars, buying and selling coins and sealing driveways.
Yes, I got bored easily and never stayed in a single job for any length of time except the 14 years as a Jewelry store owner/operator. You asked for it so there you have it. My lifes work.
I'm 57 years old and the beard is now gone. (Wife of 36 years requested it gone more times than I could resist). Two children grown up with lives of their own.
Present Hobbies include Mead, RV travel, Snow Ski, Motorcyles (Goldwing and Intruder 1500), Stock Market and writing when the urge strikes.
Cheers, Joe

10-24-2004, 08:44 AM
I'm currently a 3rd year medical student and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark NJ. I make mead as often as I can in what little free time I have. I used to shoot archery as well but haven’t really been able to in the past year due to the time constraints that have become the story of my life. I hope to pursue a career in surgical pathology and am pretty much just taking it day by day for now.

10-24-2004, 06:44 PM
Okay, what do I do in the time I don't make mead?
I think about making mead, dream about making mead and plot about how I'm going to take over the world and obtain all the honey my heart desires so I can make more mead.

In my spare, non-mead making time, I'm a budding student of Computer Information Analysis and programming while at work I'm a Systems Integrity Analyst which means I get paid to surf one website. www.aaa.com.

I have a most wonderful wife who loves to watch me make mead and enjoys the fact that her two hobbies both feed and consume my hobby. She loves to garden and grow herbs for cooking and making spiced vinegars from my meads. She currently has a white vinegar going made from my Wildflower dry and a red vinegar from my blackberry mel. Both of which I expect to taste awesome!

We are expecting our first child together. We also have her 14 year old son and her 11 year old daughter living with us. Great kids and I can't say enough about how wonderful they are. Although I would love to get them to stop arguing for 10 minutes, but that's what brothers and sisters do... ;)

At the end of the day, I want to have my own meadery simply so that I can stop giving away what I make and get some cash to make more mead! I'm not obsessed, honest!


10-24-2004, 06:49 PM
Day job: I'm a property and casualty actuary for the only insurance company in West Michigan. I do most of the ratemaking for about $800M worth of business. Pays decent, sometimes intellectually stimulating, but I can't stand sitting at a desk all day.

Night job: http://www.geocities.com/slezakfarms
Working on growing the sheep and beef herds, taking orders for pork, chicken, and eggs, starting up a small vineyard, cidery, and apiary, as well as going commericial with the meadery in '05. Did I mention I don't like desk jobs? ;D

Oh yeah, married 7 years, 1 2 yo and another kid on the way.

10-24-2004, 07:15 PM
I live in SE Michigan, so naturally I work in the Auto Industry!

In a former life I was a factory rep for one of the big three - but I had the good sense to get out before they tanked and the tires on their SUVs starting blowing up. ;D

The reason for leaving was simple - I was moving back to MI, where I now work for an import company setting service levels for parts sales to dealerships (BO-RING!!!). If you ever need just the window switch, but get told that you have to buy the whole regualtor assy, that's me! :o (Well, not me specifically, I currently do HVAC parts)

Married, no kids, 1 dog, big ole' brewery in the garage, and one misplaced bronze medal from the NHC for one of my meads :'(


Vicky Rowe
10-25-2004, 09:05 AM
Wow! What an absolutely AMAZING array of talents we have here! I feel positively inadequate as just a self-employed web designer. JoeM especially made me feel like an underachiever. Holy Cow, Joe, is there anything you *haven't* done?

Thanks guys, this is the kind of interesting feedback I like, it gives a perspective of the folks I'm doing this for, and makes it all the more important to me to keep doing it and improving it. I hope that my trip to CO for the Meadfest will give me tons of new material to add....

Vicky - who just got a contract for a new billiards supply e-commerce site

10-27-2004, 06:09 AM
Here's a quick 51 years in a nutshell, born and raised in NE USA around Philadelphia, started in the medical field about 25 years ago where I've been since. My job is a Chief Technican in a out patient dialysis clinic where I keep the kidney machines running, maintain a real neat Reverse Osmosis water purification system and keep medical supplies advailable for the patient's treatments. Hobbies include bee keeping which I've done off and on for 15 years, designing and building working model steam engines, building RC model air boats with weedeater motors, wood working, and occasional trips on my motorcycle. Married for 7 years, happily right now(changes every week or so) no kids, two dogs, six parrots, two bee hives and a Koi pond with all the fish named(Spot, Bait,Tilt,Splash,Floater).
Future plans include a mayor move come springtime to Florida (Daytona area) where I am hoping to semi retire and drink mead while dancing a jig cause I'll be out of the rat race. ;D!!!

10-27-2004, 06:12 PM
Hey! In Daytona you'd be just up the street from me! WOOT! Another mazer to share with.

Think you can stand the hurricanes?

10-28-2004, 01:45 AM
That's an interesting group of people.
I am a computer programmer transitioning into a project manager working with fixed income systems. Married for 4 years.
Hobies include mead making (new), pottery, scuba diving and kayaking. Intend to build one kayak in the next year or so.

Dan McFeeley
10-28-2004, 12:20 PM

Where in Illinois? Iowa, especially Cedar Rapids, isn't all that far from western Illinois when it comes time to share my first batches...

Sorry, I'm a late responder. I'm down in Southeast Illinois, and as Joe Mattioli would tell you, I'm way too much of a "homebody." My routine is getting off a third shift local hospital job, get my daughter off to school, walk the dogs, check out the Internet, go to to bed. I won't post the exact location since this is an open forum on the Internet. Yikes! I'm a mental health worker -- I need my privacy!

Joe M. is right (per his back channel comments to me) -- I need to get out more, but, unfortunately, there aren't any local homebrewing/meadmaking groups in my local area. The Internet is my main link to the meadmaking community!

10-28-2004, 02:10 PM
Well, my job isn't as great as others here and it sounds like i am the youngest too. Luckily I live in michigan so I work in the auto industry. Lucky me! Please go buy a car!!!! I'm a welder by trade. Not lucky there. Hope to go to school in january. Dosen't look that way under the Bush economic plan! Sorry I had to we are 4 days out from the big day. Hobbies well meadmaker, which led to brewer, which also led to beekeeper know that I own my own house. Which also led to beer conissuer ;D Next is blacksmithing for the end result of bladesmith. And I live in an area with a large amish population and I am really thinking about farming on a small scale, someday, and woodworking. Other than that not much to say.

10-28-2004, 06:19 PM
and it sounds like i am the youngest too.
Hey now... I'm not THAT much older than you... I'm only 30... ;)

10-28-2004, 11:17 PM
I am the Information Technology Specialist for a police department. Basically, if it deals with computers or software, it falls under my perview. I've been here for almost two years now. Before this, I taught computer classes for a New Horizons Computer Learning Center, worked as an aquatics director at the local Boy Scout camp, worked as a computer technician while in college (at the greatest school in the universe, Texas A&M University), and had various odd jobs before that.

On the personal side, I've been married for 4 years and have no kids (yet). We've got a cat, or rather, she's got us, and my wife feeds any strays that happen to wander into our yard. I love football, so I'm real happy this time of year. I'm especially happy that my Aggies are doing so well this year (much better than I had expected). I've only recently started making mead, and expect to have my first batch basically ready in the next few weeks.

10-28-2004, 11:24 PM
Welcome Aggie,
Looking forward to hearing more about your first mead. You'll find the group here more than helpful with your questions.

11-01-2004, 09:23 AM
Well, I suppose it's time for me to chime in now that RealLife(tm) has slowed down a bit. I am 31, married (4 years), and have 3 kids (yeah, yeah, we missed a year, I know) all boys.

As for a job I am a Software Developer/Programmer for a top tier online brokerage firm.

11-09-2004, 09:58 AM
Pretty late in the day, but there's still time to introduce myself on this thread.

I just turned 26, and I'm feeling pretty old. Not because 26 is all that far on in life, but because I'm really not sure where to go from here.

I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Currently I'm employed as a patient attendant at all the various hospitals in the region. I go where I'm needed. Most of my patients are geriatric, or have mental health problems, and it's my job to keep them from hurting themselves for the duration of a 12 hour shift. Been doing this for about a year and a half. Mostly night shifts. Pretty dull, but I get a lot of reading done.

Before that, I've done heavy industrial work in British Columbia, Daycare work in Ontario, and all sorts of random volunteer work for non-profit organizations accross eastern Canada. I've done two years towards a philosophy degree, but I didn't think that was going anywhere and quit/dropped out before finishing.

I have a thousand and one diverse and usless talents and interests. I juggle, play guitar, maintain a semi-feral clump of hop vines, know a fair bit about keeping bees (despite having no hives of my own), brew beer and mead, am doing reaseach for a book about hitch hiking and an unrelated semi-fictional work based on my family's history in agricultural New Brunswick and Maine.

I guess that's about all I have to say for myself for the moment. Don't feel I've done myself justice, but that will do for now.


11-11-2004, 07:10 AM
I'm a 26 years young Brit living in London, I've just finished my degree in Development Studies and am now postgrading in GIS systems, whilst looking for a job and dodging creditors. I've always fancied a crack at brewing - initially to generate cheap alcohol and had a penchant for mead from a very early age (We love our 18+ alcohol laws but not our booze prices ) ;).

Other hobbies include also wargaming and RPGs, travelling, throwing house parties and occasionally sports like fencing, hockey and rowing. I'm also a part-time member of the Royal Engineers. My flatmate is seriously into home-made liquers, so we're booking our spare liver transplants now
;D .

11-18-2004, 12:39 AM
I'm 53 years old married with 3 grown childred, 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

I just sold my business which was a chain of 43 gasoline convenience stores here in the northwest.

So I guess I'm retired till I run out of money.

My hobbies keep me busy, I own two aircraft and fly idaho's back country and have 32 years of flying experience.

My other hobbies are all pretty much outdoor related such as hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting, atv's, motorcycles and anything outdoor related.

I am totally new to mead and find it a fun and rewarding sport!

11-18-2004, 02:19 AM
Now there's a happy guy! With a bottle of Clos Du Bois Chardonnay in hand, a dog at his side, a stogie and a boat for some fun!


11-18-2004, 02:20 AM
And what appears to be a chick in the background... ;D

11-18-2004, 02:25 AM
very happy! and she's the bee keeper :-*

11-18-2004, 02:27 AM

Now I'm jealous! A beekeeper in the family!


11-18-2004, 02:34 AM
a dangerous bee keeper at that! i checked my last batch and there was a pouch full of viagra steeping in it! :o

i think she wants my heart to stop ::)

11-18-2004, 02:54 AM
Retired til you run out of money, entrepenuer, 32 years Flying, Motorcycles, grown children, in your fifties, loves horses and animals and thinks mead is a lot of fun! By Gosh, we got a heck of a lot in common except my wife says I definitely don't need the viagra in my pouch ;D

11-18-2004, 02:57 AM
i didn't think i needed it either....

mmmmm? might be a hint to pay more attention to her and less to the mead....

i need a mead... brb

11-19-2004, 07:17 AM
Well where to go from there? I own a small Motion Picture Production Company and in 2000 moved from Los Angeles back to San Francisco's Peninsula after 7 years in LA. I used to live 2 blocks off Sunset Blvd and now I live in a neighborhoood with Families, so the movie biz is slow. No motivation, no electricity in the air. I live in a very rich area and HATE all the snobs that live here. I have my own handyman business that pays the bills, but have shop where I make anything from brewing equipment to custom motorcyle frames. I too have an awesome 9 years old Red Siberian Husky. Not married and no children and don't plan on it EVER!!

11-19-2004, 08:17 PM
oooh! I've got afriend at Chapman majoring in film, and working on zero budgets.

11-23-2004, 10:01 PM
I work as a pathologist in a teaching hospital in Northeast Ohio. I do mostly surgical pathology with subspecialty interest in hematopathology ( diagnosis of leukemias and lymphomas). I also run the flow cytometry and hematology labs.

I'm married ( happily for 12 years) with a relatively new baby boy (9 months). He's a great joy but certainly makes mead making time--and free time in general-- more scarce. I'm new to mead making and only have two batches in bulk aging, a straight still mead and a cyser, both taste promising at about 6 months.

11-24-2004, 06:49 AM
Me, I drive a truck. It's a terribly exciting job, what with people constantly finding new ways to try and kill me. My boss is getting tired of the business and wants to get out. Now I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to buy my way in. Tomorrow is the official first day of business for my wife's flower shop (shameless plug, http://thebloomcloset.com/ ) and we're excited about that. I have recently started researching hydrogen fuel cells and devised a way to make them a practical source of vehicular power. I plan to build a prototype as soon as we have the funds to buy the parts. Beyond that, I spend most of my time either asleep or online.

Funny you should mention the 'practical source of vehicular power' bit. I picked
up an electric-conversion 96 VW Rabbit and it's been serving me just fine for my daily commute. I'd love to be able to ditch the spare IC car but I sometimes have to make approx-100 mile trips. If you come up with a green, reliable solution to that problem, I'd be happy to test it. ;>

-- Zweitracht

11-24-2004, 09:29 AM
Okay don't hate me for this, but I work for Verizon. I'm a system admin for one of their network operations centers. Yes, I sit all day in front of a computer, jumping into conference calls, or going to meetings. I'm not exagerating, I went to a meeting to discuss our earlier meeting, then they asked why I was behind on my projects. ::)

11-24-2004, 06:18 PM
Uncle Ben,
Can you hear me now? ;D

I read somewhere that the guy who works for Verizon traveling around the country doing that is suffering from brain cancer behind his right ear. Is that just a concoted story?

P.S. Thanks for the links on the cheese

11-25-2004, 10:57 AM
Joe I haven't heard that one. :) Somehow, I don't think it's true.

11-26-2004, 12:36 AM
I am 40 years old and have been married to my best friend for 17 years. We have one 14-year-old boy and a cat.

So far, I have avoided answering this thread, because describing what I do is not simple! My official job title is Senior Product Support Engineer and I am part of Tech Support for this company too. I work for a subsidiary of Kodak. We support 13,000 one-hour photo machines and 50,000 kiosks in various drug, discount and grocery stores. I write documentation, create new procedures or modifications for the machines, test new software patches, test machine modifications, answer phone calls from field technicians and anything else my boss wants me to do. Every day is something different, so that keeps me sharp and keeps me paying attention.

11-26-2004, 07:15 AM
Keep up the good work Gntlknight! If Kodak continues to do better after all the last couple year acquisitions, I can stay retired. Otherwise , I may have to go back to work until I am 59 1/2.

11-26-2004, 05:30 PM
Keep up the good work Gntlknight! If Kodak continues to do better after all the last couple year acquisitions, I can stay retired.

Glad I could be of service to you! You've helped me out in my new hobby enough that I am happy to help! LOL

Jon Foster
01-09-2006, 10:09 PM
I'm currently laid off. Actually I've been out of a real job for a year now. Normally I'm an I.T. Director which is really nothing more than a glorified computer tech. I work on networks, computers, printers, copiers, fax machines and anything else remotely computer related. I do servers, routers, wiring (cabling) for networks and even phone systems (big or small). I manage networks for people and do "turn key" business solutions (you start a business and I make it all work). I also take care of customers who are really pissed off. I'm the last person (or was) to get thrown to wolves when the customer was ready to dump our products or threatened to sue... I made them happy, bottom line. But for however that sounds (good or bad), the fact is, I can't find a decent job here in Michigan to save my a$$. There's simply no real work to be had. And now I can't afford to move out of state but will as soon as possible. Here's a link to my resume site if you know anyone who might be interested in me: JonFostersResume.com (http://www.JonFostersResume.com)

This past summer I helped a guy out with his landscape business. He does mostly pavers but this year we did all sorts of custom walls, patios, ponds, fountains, stair cases and just about anything else nobody wanted or could do. It was fun but doesn't pay the bills, at all. Here's a link to the stuff I've been building this year (instead of finding a real job ): My summer projects (http://photobucket.com/albums/a128/Nik-Zini/)


01-10-2006, 01:19 AM
Hi all,
Somehow I missed this thread, I was too busy looking for recipes and asking for advice :-\
I'm older than I ever thought I'd be, otherwise I'd have taken better care of myself. I've been a lab rat for all of my adult life, I was a phlebotomist, assisted in autopsies, emergency room tech (while going to school). Before that I was a dental technician, a jeweler, helped a friend deliver gold in the jewelry district. Finally got a BS in Biology/Biochemistry, continued school and completed a post grad program in human genetics ( my current job of 18 years is a cytogeneticist) and thought I was done. In 1999 I got bored and went back to school and completed the MCSE program - just beause I wanted to learn! Currently I'm looking at a masters program in either forensic genetics or molecular genetics and a brewer certification program from UC Davis.
Brewing is a new hobby, I started in May 2005, my other hobbies are hiking, fishing, camping, hunting and in my early years rock climbing. You might have guessed, I'm not married and have no children....but it's not too late :-\ My baby is my english mastiff Cheyenne and mom's 3 adopted cats.


01-10-2006, 02:07 AM
Well im 20, so in terms of work <that pays> I do an array of things, but generally labor work. I have done part time work at a vineyard, doing gardening, building dry stone walls, moving things about, just general house keeping people don’t get round to. The outdoor work is fairly seasonal, and the vineyard work very much so, but I know how to grow vines now <for the most part>. We have 500 olive trees on this property, so I do some work there as well, so I know how to grow olive trees to.

Im doing a BA, with an augmented major in philosophy, a major in politics, and sub major in history.

When im done with that <this year if all goes well> I think ill do a diploma of education, and see if I can’t teach. Id love to teach high school kids philosophy, not sure how that will work out.

I took up brewing last year as a hobby, I live in a good area for perusing this hobby. Im in a good wine area, and I know a few wine makers, not to mention there is a fruit growing area a little up the road, and there’s a few beekeepers around locally as well. So it’s a matter of making contacts, and learning.


01-10-2006, 08:20 AM
Just make them read Atlas Shrugged, it's all the philosophy a modern capitalist needs.


01-10-2006, 09:50 AM
I haven't added anything to this thread because I've been intimidated by all the brain energy crackling electrically as it streams past me. I'm 51 and no longer have to work for a living, thankee Lord. Worked most of my life as a secretary, eventually evolving into
jobs called "office administrator" and "personal assistant" - sigh. How I did dislike working for The Man, always feeling imprisoned in routines that supported other people's enterprises - and I did it for years. I'm living proof that you can dominate ADD :D.

In my thirties, I studied and certified in alternative fields: herbology, labor coaching, Shiatsu therapy. Worked with those on the side, to supplement the income - hard to maintain several jobs at once, but I had to support three little ones alone, after divorcing my first husband. That is, I made and sold herbal products and cosmetics and taught classes; gave childbirth education courses and accompanied women through birth; charged high prices for my Shiatsu and had a small but steady clientele (all women; I am an Orthodox Jew and did not treat men). Along the way, I have published essays and articles. A lot of the stuff I wrote for various sites is still floating around the Net. I sometimes do freebies, because I like to. Ahem - and if you buy a copy of St. Winston's Metheglin here, you'll be donating $10.00 to the Great Cause - GotMead. ;D

My present husband and I were blessed with a daughter in our middle years; not long after, I was able to open a workshop making handcrafted soap. It was what I wanted to do, and would still be doing it but for the international depression of three years ago, when many businesses closed, among them mine.

At this time, my role is to keep everyone around me on track; I'm the organizer and supervisor. Guess all that office administration eventually paid off... I have enough leisure to spend in writing, homebrewing, and homebrewing some more. I still make all the natural products and soap, but a modest private income allows me to just make them for me and friends and family and the occasional old client. I gave up labor coaching unless it's my own grandchildren being born. OH, and I have a terrible crush on Dr. Sigmund von Meader, but he ignores my fan letters. :'(


01-10-2006, 12:56 PM
I'm 42, and a Registered Nurse, currently working for a small health insurance company. I'm also a husband of 20 years, and have 2 sons (13 and 10).

I've also been a:
Life/ Long Term Care/ Disabilitiy Income/ Major Medical Insurance Underwriter. Critical Care Nurse. Nurse's Aide in a nursing home. Banquet Chef. Bartender. Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner. Substitute Day Care Teacher. Salesman (multiple products, including Vaccum Cleaners....yes, door-to-door!). Fast Food restaurant manager. Security Guard. Courier. Dairy bottling plant shipping/receiving manager.

Just a few things....

Dan McFeeley
01-10-2006, 01:01 PM
I'm 42, and a Registered Nurse, currently working for a small health insurance company. I'm also a husband of 20 years, and have 2 sons (13 and 10).

[....] stuff deleted

Just a few things? ;D ;D ;D

A male nurse -- cool! Check out this URL . . .


I'm sure you know that nursing was a man's world, way way before Florence Nightingale. ;D ;D ;D

01-10-2006, 03:01 PM
I am getting a bit of déjà vu here, but anyway…

I was born and raised in SD. My work history includes: farmhand, butcher shop lackey, body shop lackey, hired gun (varmint control, not people), KMart associate (stockboy, checker and thief catcher), bartender/ bouncer. Despite several near death experiences and many Dead shows, I eventually got a B.Sc. in Microbiology with Chemistry, History and English minors. For the past 13 years I have been working as a research scientist developing and optimizing microbial fermentations (bacteria, fungi, protozoa) for a veterinary vaccine company. Part of my work involves troubleshooting fermentations for manufacturing, so I get to travel overseas quite a bit. I have spent a lot of time working in Australia, Ireland and The Netherlands. Since I accumulate quite a few frequent flyer miles, I get to do plenty of overseas traveling on my own as well (mainly Central America and Europe).

Hobbywise, I like to hike, backpack, snowshoe, kayak, canoe, hunt deer with bow and blackpowder rifle, search for arrowheads/ artifacts and play the 5-string banjo (rather poorly). I currently live in IA, which is nowhere near where I thought I would end up. However, it has turned out to be an okay homebase for the time being (centrally located, cheap cost of living, etc.). I live in the country surrounded by plenty of woods for hiking/ hunting and enough space to fire off my trebuchet, potato cannon or any other semi-dangerous weekend projects that I can come up with. I haven’t been posting much lately because my wife and I have been really busy prepping for a baby that is due ANY day now (our first). However, I have been keeping up on my brewing. I have a morat that is bulk ageing now that continues to improve. Also, I am in the middle of a beaujolais that I am brewing to celebrate the new sprout.


01-10-2006, 04:22 PM
I've been a short order cook, high school teacher, computer programmer,
hang gliding instructor, masseuse, medical assistant, and now (almost) a nurse
heading toward nurse practioner.

01-10-2006, 06:15 PM
and now (almost) a nurse heading toward nurse practioner.

Good luck on that career path...it's a good field, and nurse practitioners are always in demand!


01-10-2006, 06:45 PM
and now (almost) a nurse heading toward nurse practioner.

Good luck on that career path...it's a good field, and nurse practitioners are always in demand!


I am also 42... great time to change careers. I've loved going back to school and being
the "old" guy who gets A's and sits in the back leering at the young women.

David Baldwin
01-10-2006, 06:57 PM
At 34 I was the oldest guy in our Officers Candidate School (US Army Michigan National Guard). Held the highest PT score of all the men. Only a 19 year old woman could beat me in the points.

Oh to be able to turn back time to my first several (misguided) years in college and keep the maturity and study skills I gained over the 10 years it took to get my BA in business management... sigh...

01-11-2006, 01:32 PM
Hmmn, I missed this too!

25, and working as an Office Manager for a roofing and waterproofing company in Vancouver, BC (Canada). Planning on going back to school in September for a degree in Interior Design, so I can use my plethora of hobbies in a work-type environment.

In my spare time I play computer games (EQ2 specifically), spin wool, sew, weave, crochet, cross stitch, make mosiacs, read, brew beer and mead, and pretty much anything else craft related I can get my hands on... Looking into joining the SCA and maybe getting into rapier fighting with that. I also dance when I can, and consume vast amounts of sushi, when I can.

Been dating the same wonderful man for a little over 2 years now, no children (he has 2, who I cant see), and 2 cats.

Marko DaBeest
01-11-2006, 02:28 PM
I harvest souls, deal anguish and torment to the damned, make deals with the desperate and have cocktails with John Kerry, Dick Cheney, Lindsay Lohan and Pat Boone. Life is busy with all the network executives, religious leaders and DMV workers screaming bloody murder down here. I only hope I can meet each and every one of you someday 8)


Sigmund Von Meader
01-11-2006, 02:47 PM
Ach, Marko, so here we are. I have a message for you, in the language that only you can understand.

Gob. Tses i erocseerht gurko tses ej jorb vogejn i; ajnitoviz ujorb ejnavajorbdo
muzarops htah jat umejn ititsup; tsordum ej ejdvo

Marko DaBeest
01-11-2006, 09:51 PM
Umod ujom an sedi adak ititejsop sec sav milom .orbod olrv meviz i jorb jom ej tses i tesed tses ots tses!

01-11-2006, 10:12 PM
(he has 2, who I cant see)

Hmmm, invisible kids... doesn't that conflict with the adage that they should be seen, but not heard? Maybe it's just a front and the "child support" is actually spent durring his weekend visits to Hooters. ;D ;) :P
Hmmm, a new excuse to get away for the weekend, a few fake pictures of "your" kids and it's an instant excuse to get out of town for a day or two. I'll have to remember that one.


01-12-2006, 05:01 AM
Dr. Siggy, please explain.


01-12-2006, 05:23 AM
Yeah, please do. This is gettin creepy!



Sigmund Von Meader
01-12-2006, 06:23 AM
Dr. Siggy, please explain.

Oh, I was just being a bisel kochleffel. :-) I will use the PM button and you will know all.

Nu, to zayt mir gezunt!

01-12-2006, 09:28 AM
Miriam (plaintively): "But Oskaar, you love the creepy!"

(gleefully): OK, Dr. Sigmund, I'm awaiting with great interest...(thinking twice): please let it not be too frightful...if it is, please tone it down...I have very tender sensibilities.


01-12-2006, 01:11 PM
Lol @ Wrathwilde...

Nothing so amusing unfortunately....his ex-wife hates me (for some valid reasons), and therefore I'm not allowed to see the children /shrug

01-12-2006, 02:17 PM
his ex-wife hates me (for some valid reasons)

Got him drunk and took advantage of him most likely... you naughty little homewrecker. ::) ;)


Sigmund Von Meader
01-12-2006, 02:30 PM
Miriam (plaintively): "But Oskaar, you love the creepy!"

(gleefully): OK, Dr. Sigmund, I'm awaiting with great interest...(thinking twice): please let it not be too frightful...if it is, please tone it down...I have very tender sensibilities.

Is this too creepy?


01-12-2006, 03:16 PM
Got him drunk and took advantage of him most likely... you naughty little homewrecker. ::) ;)


More right then you know. :-\

Anyhow! Ne derail pas... (I also love that pic Sigmund)

01-12-2006, 04:07 PM
Too creepy, Dr. Sigmund? Well...it looks like a really intransigent id trying to bluff his way past one of Marko's little friends...the id being on the left, of course. Yes, pretty creepy.

Now that little guy on the right has a certain je ne sais quoi about him... ;)


Sigmund Von Meader
01-12-2006, 05:06 PM
Miriam, is this how you say it?

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Marko's minions. I like the sound of that. Fearful thought, but I like the sound of it.

01-13-2006, 02:53 AM

I also enjoy that pic. Do you have some way to automatically rotate your Avatar, or are you doing it manually? I liked Sigmund & Shadow too.

and Mynx... it's an old story and easy to guess, and we guys love you for it. :-* :-* We're gluttons for punishment, as long as it's comes in an attractive package. nudge nudge, ;) ;), say no more. ;D


Sigmund Von Meader
01-13-2006, 06:09 AM

I also enjoy that pic. Do you have some way to automatically rotate your Avatar, or are you doing it manually? I liked Sigmund & Shadow too.

Thank you Wrathwilde.

The avatar is just something I was doing from the computer. Gesheft iz gesheft, but I was being indecisive. And, the Shadow is too Jungian for my tastes. Better to keep to orthodoxy! :-)