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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-12-2018, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Engineering Technician/Truss Designer among all sorts of other things
Now that is interesting stuff!

Guess you carry around a pocket protractor
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-12-2018, 07:11 PM
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I guess I got here a little bit differently. I started out playing music for a living in bands, and worked in restaurants on the side to bring my income up to a sustainable level. Eventually worked my way up to chef in a gourmet restaurant in California back in the mid 1970's. I have always played guitar and sang, except in a couple of bands where i played drums.

Later, I moved to Alaska, got out of the restaurant business, and while still playing music, I got into driving cab in the late 1980's, and I had a real knack for the cab business, and eventually I was promoted to bookkeeper/dispatcher, and later, I became the manager. I was responsible for the insurance side of the business, claims, compliance with regulations, and fleet maintenance. Fleet maintenance was a challenge because we used mostly cars bought at state auctions, which were mostly police cars. We went from Plymouth Grand Furys, to Chevy Caprices, to Ford Crown Vics.

The challenges of running a cab company during a lengthy cold snap of -40 (I learned that -40 is the same temperature in Fahrenheit as it is in Centigrade) are that mechanical failure is just a fact of life. The advances in engine technology alone are staggering from that time until the present, and I haven't driven anything with a carburetor in quite some time. (Parallel to this, I had a business as a self employed computer and network technician, and was quite successful at that. I still keep my hand in, though I am retired and in Florida now.

Finally, five years ago I retired and moved to Florida, where I own a Mazda 3 (2.3) and a Ford Ranger. I gave the Mazda to my wife, but it is SUCH a fun car to drive.
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Now that is interesting stuff!

Guess you carry around a pocket protractor
You got that right. I have the over-sized large one. Bigger buttons. lol
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