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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?

 
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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.
gutmon
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04/18/2012 09:08PM
Behavior analyst/trainer/full-time smart ass.
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.)
04/18/2012 09:08PM
build and wire jet engine test systems.
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.
04/18/2012 09:17PM
42 years of production work at a chocolate factory (Nestle), almost all in bulk raw materials receiving/handling.

butthead
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
04/18/2012 10:02PM
Retired. 32 years with a Window Manufacturer.
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?
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
04/18/2012 10:12PM
I'm a Partner in a Information Technology Company.

3V Solutions
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 :-)
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.
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.
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!!
mc2mens
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04/18/2012 11:25PM
Landscape architecture/land planning/urban design
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.
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.
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.
airmorse
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04/19/2012 05:43AM
I'm a slave to the man...and will never be able to retire.
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.
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.
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
04/19/2012 06:19AM
3rd grade teacher, varsity baseball coach, and in the summer I work for the city in the parks department.
04/19/2012 06:37AM
IT, security analyst. I'd rather have a job like Jeriatric's though.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
bumabu
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04/19/2012 07:55AM
Police and Fire dispatcher, and income tax prep during tax season.
shoreviewswede
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04/19/2012 08:04AM
Phy Ed Teacher turned Software Developer.
joetrain
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04/19/2012 08:10AM
I install just about any type of floor that you walk on.
bbrown6057
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04/19/2012 08:22AM
GIS Analyst here.
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.
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.
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
woodsandwater
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04/19/2012 09:01AM
27 years Pastor in LCMS
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.
TwoByGreenCanoe
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04/19/2012 09:58AM
Massage Therapist. Retired military.
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)
04/19/2012 10:02AM
Dental Technician, crown & bridge :-)
cinna
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04/19/2012 10:07AM
mircobiologist - biotech manufacturing
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.
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.
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.
04/19/2012 10:49AM
social worker/peer counselor at mental health crisis center.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
jfunk
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04/19/2012 11:22AM
High school business and computer teacher.
josterchild
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04/19/2012 11:32AM
high school special education teacher and coach
mc2mens
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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!
04/19/2012 11:37AM
Paralegal at a Law Firm.
inspector13
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04/19/2012 11:48AM

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.

bassnut
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04/19/2012 12:07PM
Registered Respiratory Therapist...specialize in Burn ICU, and nutrition for Burn and COPD pts.
longtall
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04/19/2012 12:08PM
Mechanical designer for a large marine engine/propulsion company.
cinna
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04/19/2012 12:10PM
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.
Mashuga
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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.
ryebread26
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04/19/2012 12:33PM
I work for a electric contractor. deliver parts and help with inventory
04/19/2012 12:51PM
Student, graduating with my degree in computer programming in 3 weeks.
sotaman
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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.
RAFA Ranger
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04/19/2012 01:00PM
Civil Engineer
Spartan1
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04/19/2012 01:00PM
Retired for two years.
Before that I worked for 34 years for a gas and electric utility. First as a maintenance supervisor then with all areas of inventory management.

Neil
CORIOLIS
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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).
K2
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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.
paddlefamily
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04/19/2012 01:48PM
writer, designer
gorytt
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04/19/2012 02:15PM
I work in the credit department of the local utility company.
inspector13
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04/19/2012 02:20PM

Thanks Cinna!

chesapeakes
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04/19/2012 02:21PM
Cattle farmer/ dog trainer.
04/19/2012 02:29PM
cowdoc
oneportage
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04/19/2012 02:44PM
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.
emptynest56
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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!
Buster
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04/19/2012 02:48PM
Quality assurance auditor for a major airline.
Dbldppr1250
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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.
Gunflinter
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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.


MrBreeze
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04/19/2012 02:57PM
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).

BWPaddler
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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!
bapazian1
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04/19/2012 05:34PM
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!
Jackfish
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04/19/2012 05:38PM
Regional sales manager for a building products manufacturer.
vickieh69
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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.
bapabear
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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.
Merganser
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04/19/2012 06:13PM
Software engineer.
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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.
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.
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04/19/2012 07:08PM
quote cowdoc: "cowdoc " LMAO
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04/19/2012 07:32PM
Medical Physicist at a cancer center
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04/19/2012 07:32PM
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.
04/19/2012 07:33PM
Retired 3 years ago.

Before that, Chief Engineer at a State Mental Hospital.
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04/19/2012 07:41PM
Taught school(2nd grade), worked construction, and now Law Enforcement.

Traveler
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04/19/2012 07:45PM
College professor teaching graphic design. Summer starts in two weeks!
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04/19/2012 08:04PM
Retail manager.
04/19/2012 08:38PM
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.
04/19/2012 08:40PM
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"
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Field service mechanic for power generators and trucks/buses and heavy equipment.
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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04/19/2012 09:02PM
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.
04/19/2012 09:14PM
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.
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04/19/2012 09:27PM
accounting/analytics
HighPlainsDrifter
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04/19/2012 09:40PM
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 :)
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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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04/19/2012 10:12PM
Im a sheetmetal worker. I install heating and ventilation systems(mostly ductwork) in commercial buildings.
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04/19/2012 10:55PM
Systems Engineering manager for a large aerospace firm.
Part-time musician.
04/19/2012 11:10PM
Physician assistant with the hospitalist service at a large east metro level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital
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04/19/2012 11:10PM
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04/19/2012 11:27PM
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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04/19/2012 11:41PM
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.
04/19/2012 11:55PM
University logic/ philosophy instructor
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04/20/2012 12:21AM
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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04/20/2012 07:15AM
Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist for a major airline.
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04/20/2012 07:24AM
Diesel Mechanic for a private motorcoach and schoolbus company
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04/20/2012 07:45AM
Fish and wildlife biologist with a tribal natural resource agency.
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04/20/2012 09:32AM
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.
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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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04/20/2012 08:27PM
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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04/20/2012 09:48PM
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)
04/20/2012 09:50PM
Auditor with the Gov't (not IRS).
Yakfish
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04/20/2012 10:17PM
Account Management Director for a consumer internet company.
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04/20/2012 10:31PM
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.
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Journalist, lecturer, and comedienne.
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04/21/2012 08:12AM
Engineering Lab Technician at a Defense communications contractor. Part-time nature photography business.
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04/21/2012 08:32AM
I'm the guy who everyone avoids at cocktail parties. I'm in the insurance biz!
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04/21/2012 08:54AM
Banker
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04/21/2012 08:54AM
Volunter Fire Fighter/First Responder/Hazmat operations.

Service Manager at a HVAC company. 8 Techs to keep under control and busy.
04/21/2012 09:52AM
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.
04/21/2012 10:08AM
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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04/21/2012 12:44PM
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.
Arlo Pankook
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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.
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04/21/2012 04:45PM
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
Joseph16
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04/21/2012 05:39PM
Was a diesel tech for the Army for a handful of years, now in nursing school and presently, and pleasantly unemployed.
WI Paddler
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04/21/2012 06:40PM
Medical sales rep here:-)
yellowcanoe
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04/21/2012 07:32PM
Retired.

Was a paramedic for 27 years.
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04/21/2012 07:41PM
I can't believe I'm the only farmer. Anybody else do any farming?
04/22/2012 01:29PM
Rochambeau consultant
JoeWilderness
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04/22/2012 02:25PM
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!!!
04/22/2012 03:03PM
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.
04/22/2012 03:07PM
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!!!"



You bet Joe, a lot of interesting vermin come from those tropical 3rd world countries!

butthead
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