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Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 20:06:57 MDT Print View

Aerospace scientist, so yeah guilty as charged...

a b
(Ice-axe)
Wage Slave/Hiker Trash on 10/20/2011 20:22:26 MDT Print View

Before I discovered long distance hiking I was a responsible, upstanding, new construction plumber.
I have also been a forklift mechanic, commercial photo lab printer, garbage truck driver, centerless grinder operator, delivery driver, automotive drive shaft fabricator/ welder, and janitor.
I once worked at Mc Donalds just to save money up to move away with a girl.
I do well with any job, and particularly well in mechanical jobs.
The main issue i have is that I master the job and just get bored to tears.
About 2 years is as long as i can stand the pretense of secondary aims.
Although I did the plumbing thing for over 10 years until the big crash.
I am blue collar working trash.
Currently i am cleaning carpets for a major company and dreaming of the day i can save up enough to hike a long trail once again.
The PCT cost me 5 grand, the CDT about the same, the AT a little less. Basically my goal in life at this moment is to scrape another 5 grand together and take another long walk.
None of this is real. The job, the car, the bills.
Only what happens while walking is real.

daniel B
(dbogey) - F

Locale: East Coast
My job on 10/20/2011 20:35:47 MDT Print View

Did spend 7 yrs in the army as an imagery analyst spying on other countries, shhhhhhh! After that got into the IT field and I'm now a SQL server and oracle database administrator for a large university here in pittsburgh pa. I'm jealous of anyone who works outdoors for a living

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 20:42:35 MDT Print View

I / E

a.k.a. Instrument Technician / Electrician in a manufacturing plant.

It pays the bills so I can play in the hills. ;-)

Party On,

Newton

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 20:49:19 MDT Print View

Used to be engineer

Now, just a bum : )

Chris Hanson
(ChrisHanson) - F

Locale: Eastern Wyoming
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 21:37:09 MDT Print View

Museum Curator and Metal Artist

Evan Parker
(ecp12) - F

Locale: Upstate NY
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 22:01:20 MDT Print View

I think I'm breaking a major trend here, but I'm a full time student double majoring in Classical Studies and Molecular Biology with the hopes of going to medical school. I'm also currently for in a lab focusing on diabetes and obesity research.

Hamish Reid
(MrExplorerDouglas) - MLife

Locale: Arthur's Pass National Park
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 22:13:15 MDT Print View

I spent most of the last decade carrying heavy packs for a living. Had not thought about the irony so much until this thread appeared.

As of the last year though, even further from being a accountant or engineer, I'm a full time dad with two very small hiking partners.

The expedition cook is in there, honest...

The expedition Cook is in there, honest...

Edited by MrExplorerDouglas on 10/20/2011 22:14:18 MDT.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 22:15:42 MDT Print View

Actually hired gun, when I think about semi-seriously..

Edited by hknewman on 11/21/2011 17:47:01 MST.

Jeff M.
(Catalyst)

Locale: Costa Mesa, CA
Re: What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 22:21:50 MDT Print View

Attorney. Father's a software engineer though, so its in the family.

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
wine~! on 10/20/2011 22:22:43 MDT Print View

I am amazed the the number of nerds! Congratulations, guys!

I run a PR/Marketing firm in the wine business...

Dan Durston
(dandydan)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: Job on 10/20/2011 22:23:52 MDT Print View

"Dan,

Out of curiosity, does your wife/significant other (I can't remember from your Yosemite report) live with you up on the top of the globe?"


No...I wish my wife did...then we'd really be saving money and it would be nice to not be apart. I just started working here this spring and then plan is to do it for one more year and then go back to school (M.Sc. Wildlife Biology) next January. She doesn't like saying goodbye, but she loves when I come home for 3 weeks and we're out hiking/biking/skiing non-stop.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Computer Dude on 10/20/2011 22:32:29 MDT Print View

IT Monkey of one sort or another for the past not-quite-15 yrs.

And to think I studied history in college...but doing the computer gigs allowed me to quit work, hike and find another job after. :)

But, that's what I do to pay the bills.

What I do for a LIVING is cook, read, hike, ski, climb and grab beer with friends. ;)

Edited by PaulMags on 10/20/2011 22:35:57 MDT.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
something completely different on 10/20/2011 23:11:32 MDT Print View

I am a social worker.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
What do you do for a living? on 10/20/2011 23:21:58 MDT Print View

My latest incarnation in the working world is a Mac engineer/programmer/software support guy. I am also living totally on the cheap to save money for one-way bus ticket to Montana where a new job in accounting is waiting.
Living out of a duffel bag and a ULA CDT pack for the last 18 months has been a real education. I love it.

J. Lopes
(Jay_NJ) - F
geologist on 10/20/2011 23:46:55 MDT Print View

M.S. Student in Geoscience/Hydrology about to graduate this winter. So pretty much.... on the job hunt!

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Dan... on 10/21/2011 00:49:20 MDT Print View

Hi Dan,

Interesting. What kind of geology work are you doing? What was your undergrad major? Environmental science? Geology? How did you end up in the job you are in now?

The reason I ask is that I am considering transitioning into a similar type of work. Life's too short to work a desk job! A job or career that combines science with the outdoors is pretty much what I'm looking for. And I'm willing to go back to school if need be.

Thanks...

Edited by NightMarcher on 10/21/2011 00:51:50 MDT.

Andrew Troicki
(Troiks)

Locale: Sydney
another one on 10/21/2011 00:58:01 MDT Print View

Credit analyst, commercial finance... Accounting related

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Also a bit different on 10/21/2011 01:11:43 MDT Print View

Squash babies heads. (Yeah really)

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Also a bit different on 10/21/2011 01:32:10 MDT Print View

Rod, you're always trying to get a leg up on everyone, right Mate? :)

(Rod is a prosthetist, literally helping the lame to walk.)