Not a professional musician? What do you do for a living?

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  1. Mike SS

    Mike SS Poster Extraordinaire

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    Since entering the work force I have been a stock boy, janitor in a hospital, dish washer, cook, restaurant manager, cab driver, warehouse worker, U. S. Marine, and a heavy equipment/heavy truck mechanic. In the past couple of years I have worked part time as a mechanic, and part time as a breakdown coordinator for a large trucking company. I basically sit by the phone and answer calls from drivers needing assistance. I then dispatch the necessary assistance to aid them, be it mechanics, tow trucks, etc. I have been playing the guitar for 53 years, and have even been in a few bands, but never made enough money to give up the day job.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. Life can really be tough sometimes. I care for a wife of 47 years who has battled MS for years and uses a wheelchair, power chair and a walker for very short distances. It is nothing like what you must be going through but I can relate on some level to your situation.

    Good luck
     
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    If you are 67 I think you should consider retirement. Unless you really enjoy going into work everyday. At three months past 62 I decided to throw in the towel and retire. You can only sit at a desk so long. Yesterday, I went out with a friend of mine bass fishing in my bass boat. Beats the heck out of looking out the window at a parking lot.
     
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  4. Recce

    Recce Friend of Leo's

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    I was a Contract’s Manager. But, here is the kicker that’s not my best skill. It is your line of, “I can solve problems in a manner that creates value for the customer and makes money for the company.” Whether you know it or not that is your real value to your company and is really hard to replace. The best skill is listening and problem solving.
     
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    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Professional photo assistant and photographer at a studio that specializes in shooting high-end artwork for use in books, posters/banners, gallery sales, insurance purposes, the historical record, etc. I have been a photographer for almost 15 years now, and I've had this job for six.

    Before learning photography, I was a nuke power plant mechanic in the U.S. Navy.

    Before that, I was a pizza guy.

    I have tried to maintain Ne'er Do Well status throughout all these careers, and I think I have done OK.
     
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    Wanted to build hot rods as a kid. But that market hadn’t opened up yet, tried a few shops just turning wrenches in auto repair. Got a chance to go to a heavy duty mechanic school, diesel, trucking, construction equipment. Got an offer from a start up in public transit. Stayed in the bus side for twenty years, light rail opened up, I was the 1st to make that move, 15 years there. Commuter rail opened up, I made the move. Retired due to liver issues, we think due to exposure to a virus from exposure in public confined spaces and I was susceptible. Currently healing and enjoying being a casual player.
     
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    Was between my regular jobs back in the late 80's, and did a two month stint working the graveyard shift at the haunted toys R us in Sunnyvale. Night shift paid 25c more an hour than the day shift, so I jumped at it. No customers to deal with after hours, at least, no live ones.

    Registered Energy Advisor for 12 years now. Most days I feel pretty good about it.
     
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    Liquor enforcement manager for a municipality by day, reverse engineer the rest of my waking hours.
     
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    Contract wet work.
     
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    Uh, you build swimming pools?
     
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    You never know. Maybe he loofahs stretch marks*.


    *That's from Caddyshack, in case there's a person left on Earth that hasn't seen it
     
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    Engineer at large firm. I'm in the wastewater division. :(
     
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    I own a pretty popular Boneless Chicken Sandwich Franchise. Been working with then since I was 19. Became an owner at 22.
     
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