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Angus
09-20-2005, 09:49 AM
So I know that many of you are musicians, and I know what your favorite movies are, but I have often wondered what sort of people take up Mead as a hobby. My question is therefore: what do you do?

I am an Electrical Engineer (now unfortunately sucked into management).

Angus

abejita
09-20-2005, 10:24 AM
Former private school teacher, future public school teacher (Spanish bilingual and/or ESL).

Dmntd
09-20-2005, 10:40 AM
I presume your asking, "How do we support ourselves?"

I make a living as a Motion Picture Studio - Grip, I.A.T.S.E. local union #80. I've been in the employ of 20th Century Fox, for the nearly 12 years.

Anthony

Mynx
09-20-2005, 11:52 AM
Office Manager/Receptionist at a roofing company...

Going back to school in the fall of 2006 for Interior Design.

Pewter_of_Deodar
09-20-2005, 12:34 PM
Avionics Systems Engineer...

Put together and test systems that help pilots to fly business jets and small regional jets...

Dan McFeeley
09-20-2005, 12:42 PM
Mental Health Specialist at a local hospital, third shift. I do emergency room psychiatric intake/crisis intervention, work on the hospital unit when not occupied in the ER.

WRATHWILDE
09-20-2005, 02:34 PM
I'm a Perfect Bind Operator, Manage a crew of 6 to 10 people, I set up, run & repair a massive binding machine for the worlds largest printer / bindery company. Our line can manage 40,000 books on a good 8 hour shift. You've probably held one of the books I've made. We've done a number of text books, including aviation engineering and mechanics. Comic books - Dilbert, Calvin & Hobbes, Farside, etc. Time Life books, Sunset, children's books, Black & Decker How To books, Classic Car, Antique, Gardening. Basically everything except your standard paperback novels, our line only does large format books. The hard cover line next to mine did The Daily Show's "Democracy Inaction".

Wrathwilde

irishoneme
09-20-2005, 02:45 PM
I'm a full time furniture maker and a full time college student. Hopefully soon, I'll be hanging up my tools to teach English.

Oskaar
09-20-2005, 03:20 PM
Director of IT/IT Strategic Planning Consultant with experience in Institutional Asset Management, Healthcare, Government Services, DoD, Aerospace and Higher Education.

Board member on three non-profit corporations, one of which is community outreach/arts/cultural center, two of which are fraternal organizations. Executive Board member on the community outreach non-profit.

Chairman of the International Mead Association's Home Mead Maker Committee responsible for the Home Mead Makers Competition at the February 2006 International Meadfest in Boulder, Colorado. This one's going to be great folks so get your best hooch together and enter. You'll have a mixed panel of certifed judges and professional meadmakers. The feedback on entries will be invaluable, and it's a chance to be part of the "Super Bowl" of mead!

Cheers,

Oskaar

JoeM
09-20-2005, 09:47 PM
I'm graduating medical school in 8 months and will be specializing in surgical pathology.

storm1969
09-20-2005, 10:38 PM
Senior Network Engineer at a local consulting firm for the past 9 years.

Volunteer junkie. Vice-volunteer coordinator for the Baltimore Sci-Fi Society. Volunteer for various wineries and functions in the Maryland area.

-Brian

davarm
09-21-2005, 12:05 AM
I'm an engineer with NASA at Kennedy Space Center.

WRATHWILDE
09-21-2005, 01:46 AM
I'm an engineer with NASA at Kennedy Space Center.


NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter, lost in space because engineers forgot to make a conversion from English units to metric.

That was you, wasn't it?

Wrathwilde

Oskaar
09-21-2005, 02:00 AM
Wasn't that because they were following procedures from a manual that was bound out of order by the world's largest bindry operator? ;)

WRATHWILDE
09-21-2005, 02:18 AM
Nah,

As a loyal bindery employee I am bound to offer the standard excuse... it's the pressroom's fault. ;D

Wrathwilde

Oskaar
09-21-2005, 02:21 AM
Those damned pressroom guys, they're a bunch of slackers. >:(

Mu
09-21-2005, 02:23 AM
I'm a student, working as a Gardner to make money. Studying, Philosophy, History and Politics. I will probably end up teaching.

Mu.

Sander
09-21-2005, 02:26 AM
I'm a stay-at-home dad.
Actually I'm a mathematician, but I gave that up when I got married a year ago.

Brewbear
09-21-2005, 02:27 AM
I make window screens for submarines :-\

Ted

davarm
09-21-2005, 06:37 AM
NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter, lost in space because engineers forgot to make a conversion from English units to metric.

That was you, wasn't it?

No, my calcs were good on that one. They didn't listen that day.

I'm on the secondary launch team. If the boosters don't fire, I head out to the Pad with a Bic lighter and take care of business.

jaysbrew
09-21-2005, 07:23 AM
Homebrew store owner. :D


Cheers,
Jay

scout
09-21-2005, 07:57 AM
I'm a stay at home mom. I have some delusions about being an artist, but I have been thinking recently about becoming a pharmacist when I go back to the workforce.

byathread
09-21-2005, 08:52 AM
Mmmm...pharmaceuticals! ;D

davarm
09-21-2005, 09:18 AM
Homebrew store owner. :D


Cheers,
Jay


Jay:

Consider yourself everybody's new best friend! :D

Greenblood
09-21-2005, 09:41 AM
I manage an IBM AS400 and Motorolla DAC6000, as well as the billing software for the local cable company.

Greenblood

HomeBrew
09-21-2005, 11:23 AM
Microbiologist here.

I develope and optimize fermentations and downstream processes for a veterinary pharmaceutical/ biological company. My work involves eucaryotes and procaryotes (anaerobic and aeorbic) as well as mammalian cells. Culture volumes range from bench-scale flasks to full-scale automated vessels up to 4,000L. Downstream processing involves antigen extraction, centrifugation and/ or cross-flow filtration.

Working for The Man sucks, but The Man is rich and buys me nice toys for the lab. My job also involves a lot of overseas travels so I have had a chance to see a lot of places that I would have otherwise never gotten to. The company lets me keep my frequent flyer miles, so this gives me a chance to travel on my own time as well.

Peace.

JoeM
09-21-2005, 11:30 AM
Homebrew store owner. :D


Cheers,
Jay



Does your store do mailorder?

jaysbrew
09-21-2005, 01:28 PM
Yep, I do mail order. I don't have a form on the website, but you can email or call me with orders.


Cheers,
Jay

intothefray
09-21-2005, 01:42 PM
Production Control and Logisitics, although I do a billion more times stuff than that.

ScottS
09-21-2005, 03:48 PM
In order of current income:

1) I'm an actuary for a semi-major insurance company.

2) I'm co-owner of Slezak Farms, http://www.slezakfarms.com.

3) I'm co-owner of Vona Meadery, http://www.vonamead.com.

Soon 1 will be kicked to the curb, to be replaced by 2. 3 is doubtful at this point, as the gubmint decided to change it's rules after nearly a year in the licensing process. >:(

JamesP
09-21-2005, 06:42 PM
Telecommunications (Electrical Engineer)

hedgehog
09-21-2005, 07:46 PM
Just a lab rat. Well, I don't run the mazes or anything, so I guess lab technician works better name-wise. Although there are days, I swear those PhD's got us running around like rats in a maze.

Miriam
09-22-2005, 03:33 AM
Full-time caretaker of family, some of whom have chronic/multiple ailments. I'm responsible for most of the decisions and action taken in my home and my mother's. Guess I'm turning into the matriarch of the Israeli branch.

Just closed down my small business - handcrafted soap - except for small, private orders. Hurts to have made that decision, but the needs of my family are greater than my need to have an enterprise of my own, and thank Heaven, we can manage without it.

Miriam

webmaster
09-22-2005, 03:11 PM
Hmm. Full time mom to my 13-year old daughter. Part-time web designer. And, hopefully, if everything works out the way I hope, full time Gotmead webmistress, with a side of IMA. I'll be travelling around the country visiting meaderies so I can review their wares and do write-ups on their shops.

Chairman of the IMA Research Committe and contributor of the IMA website (soon to be redesigned).

Vicky - chomping at the bit to finish the Gotmead re-write so I cand put up the shopping section

Dwhite
09-22-2005, 06:13 PM
Sales and application engineer for Iscar Metals. We make high performance carbide cutting tools for the metalworking industries including automotive, aviation, and consumer goods.

I cover eastern North Carolina.

All the best,
Doug W.

webmaster
09-22-2005, 06:29 PM
Doug, you get over Raleigh way much? I live about 30 minutes northeast of the city, and would love to get together if you're in town! I love meeting the folks from the forum when I can!

Vicky

urbanraven
09-22-2005, 11:43 PM
Used to be into IT, now I'm a public relations flack. :) Also, freelance/stock photographer in my free time.

Back in college trying to get a BS in Psychology. It could take a long, long time. ;D

Brewbear
09-23-2005, 01:51 AM
I was mesin' last time, it was my only chance to use that line lately ;D
Lab rat or to be more specific, cytogenetic tech with aspirations of a masters in molecular genetics...only if I get away from brewing. LOL

Ted - back to counting chromosomes :'(

Pewter_of_Deodar
09-23-2005, 10:18 AM
I was mesin' last time, it was my only chance to use that line lately ;D
Lab rat or to be more specific, cytogenetic tech with aspirations of a masters in molecular genetics...only if I get away from brewing. LOL

Ted - back to counting chromosomes :'(


Ted buddy,

You need to talk to our pyschologists in training friend about setting priorities... How could a sane person ever give up making mead?!?!?!?!

We need to get you back on the 12 step to recovery program.

Step 1 is to go out and buy a 5 gallon bucket of honey.

Step 2 is to post on Gotmead requesting recipe advice for that batch of something you've always wanted to make.

Step 3 is a road trip to a nearby major city that has a real LHBS place.

You get the idea...

Step 11 is to hide your resulting batches from Oskaar.

Step 12 is to invite everyone to come visit and sample what you've accomplished.

I am sure the rest of us will be very supportive in your recovery efforts...

Now isn't that really a whole lot more fun than examining genes?

With a big grin,
Pewter

Oskaar
09-23-2005, 03:17 PM
Depends on which readhead is in the jeans (genes?) ::)

Ibiduin
09-23-2005, 03:39 PM
Student at the Culinary Institute of America in NY...
Currently working my arse off (literally) in the Caterina Italian restaurant (one of 4 high end restaurants on campus, along with a coffee/bakery). I'm currently 10 weeks from graduation, however I'm staying another year and a half for a batchelors.

Brewbear
09-23-2005, 09:20 PM
I'm on my way....to recovery ;D
Went to Miller's honey and bought 1 gal. orange blossom, 5 lb meadow (clover and alfalfa) 10 lb wild flower.
What to do now????? That'l be step 2 :-\
I go to both B3 (went there Thursday to pick up my DV10) and also Stein Fillers in LB.
Most of my batches are at various stages of aging :'( and the Ancient Orange is all but gone.
The beer is about ready tho ;)
I do share my creations with everyone, as for Oskaar, he is more than welcome, he helped me a lot and his palate is much more refined than mine will ever be.

Cheers,
Ted

Glacierwulf
09-24-2005, 01:46 AM
Pizza slave while going to school to be a Geek (read that Eletronics Tech for now probally more later)

Glacierwulf

Summersolstice
09-24-2005, 09:07 AM
Isn't this diversity great? Our only common thread is our enjoyment of mead!

I'm safety director and quality manager for a regional LTL trucking company. Since we also have a terminal in Denver, I plan to find a way to write off part of my trip to The International Mead Festival on my expense account - but don't tell anyone...

David Baldwin
09-24-2005, 10:31 AM
I do industrial facility repair and maintenance for the US Postal Service. As a Building Equipment Mechanic I maintain and repair all aspects of the building and the building systems. My work varies from the technical skilled trades of electrician and HVAC tech. to the very mundane of repairing leaky faucets and plugged toilets.

I love the variety of my work, and no two days are ever the same for me.



Miriam, Say it aint so!!! We have loved your soaps. The lavendar bars were amazing. If you are no longer selling via your web site. I may have to learn to make soap myself. It is truly wonderful soap.


David

Dan McFeeley
09-24-2005, 11:52 AM
Isn't this diversity great? Our only common thread is our enjoyment of mead!

I think another common thread is our diversity. ;D

Miriam
09-24-2005, 12:34 PM
Miriam, Say it aint so!!! We have loved your soaps. The lavendar bars were amazing. If you are no longer selling via your web site. I may have to learn to make soap myself. It is truly wonderful soap.
David


David, PM me and we'll figure something out. Thanks for the compliment!

Miriam

memento
09-24-2005, 02:50 PM
By degree - Nuclear Engineer and Civil Engineer. Never worked in either field. I've been a Controls Engineer with GE all my career, until a year ago. I got completely sick of the travel. It's one thing to travel the world with your wife or a friend, but it's completely different when your management won't let you go until the customer is pissed and only wants you there to yell at your for 14 hours a day. Enough was enough.

I'm now a Plant Engineer / O&M Manager at a local power plant. Still with GE, but a different division. Very rewarding job now. Some long hours, but always worth it. Especially since there are few layers of management at the site and they are willing to actually show people that they are appreciated.

Brewbear
09-24-2005, 08:15 PM
Hold the horses y'all, what's this talk about Miriam making and selling lavender soap????? My mom LOVES that stuff. I was in the Seattle area last year and brought her a couple of bars. She is keeping them like they are made of gold :-\
Miriam, do tell....
BTW, the Moony, aka Moon Rise is still going about 1 blip/6sec.

Ted

Miriam
09-25-2005, 01:59 PM
Ted, check your PM box. :)

Yes, Oct. 3 is rapidly approaching. Missed last New Moon for some reason, so I'll be racking my two mooney meads then.

Miriam

MsWillow
10-03-2005, 10:25 AM
Retired software engineer, on disability with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

loki610
10-12-2005, 02:10 AM
I'm a full time student studying Agricultural technology, specializing in genetics and as a side, beekeeping (got me interested in mead)
Also run a home buisness making chainmail armour and jewellery

andrew_buhl
10-12-2005, 05:03 AM
:D I am a steel-rule die-maker/designer, letter press operator (foiling, embossing,diecutting), cutter operator, special process welder, sword maker, artist, mead-maker, (step)dad, fisherman and former martial arts teacher. I must say that there are some other very interesting people on here too! :D (Sounds like I have a bit in common with wraithwilde, cept' I live in Calgary, Canada)

Pewter_of_Deodar
10-12-2005, 10:16 AM
(Sounds like I have a bit in common with wraithwilde, cept' I live in Calgary, Canada)


Oh please tell me it isn't so!!!

One WW is enough for the world to suff... I mean enjoy...

With a grin at his buddy WW,
Pewter