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Old 12-02-2004, 12:40 PM   #11
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I spent a lot of time in the "real world" mostly connected with automotive type stuff. Ended up with my little import business dealing mostly with sports/classic imports. (Boy toys)

Then having convinced myself that I had enough $ to retire early, I moved out to CO. After my "fortune" rapidly ran out - I went back to work in the recreation "industry". Became a raft guide and a ski instructer and had a blast for about 20yrs.

Now - I drive a school bus (yes, a real one) and mostly raise my 11yr. old daughter.
Which takes an amazing amount of time - and the two work together perfectly. Well almost - the pay isn't real exciting. but the job is!

Life is good......think I'll have another!

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Old 12-02-2004, 09:56 PM   #12
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Old 12-02-2004, 10:39 PM   #13
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I'm a partner in a boat dealership on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Have 5 grown children (youngest is 24 now); replaced them with 2 Australian Cattle Dogs (ACD's; a.k.a. Blue Heelers), an aging Bassett Hound and two cats (I think there's a few fish around here too!). The bus will be a full-time liveaboard eventually and a getaway for the near future. My "professional" background is as a computer installer/trainer and software developer (before I escaped to the boat world).
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:15 PM   #14
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Hi Kevin,

One of our Cattle Dogs (Dusty, on the right) is a purebred; the other (Rocky) is a rescue from a dog pound about 150 miles south of us. I'm not sure there isn't some Shepherd in Rocky; he's got that kind of coat and he's not 100% to 'type' for an ACD...he's a super dog though whatever he is!

Not a great picture (they don't hold still very well) but this is my desktop background...

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Old 12-03-2004, 12:17 PM   #15
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Another computer guy here, a Sr. UNIX SysAdmin - but I've been an electronics tech, model maker, A/C repairman and TV repairman.

I've been thinking about a skoolie for years but only started actively researching it a few months ago. In a couple of weeks I'll have my end-of-year bonus in my pocket and will actively be looking and ready to buy.

What got me going was the fact that my family loves to camp and even though I loath sleeping on the ground, I kept finding myself in a tent with a rock in my back! SO, it's a kind of self-defense!

I'm really looking forward to heading up the Atlantic coast and exploring Canada and Nova Scotia.

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Old 12-03-2004, 11:55 PM   #16
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I'm another of the Automotive guys, I work on cars ,trucks , and medium duty vehicles all day, then go home and play with my own
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Old 12-05-2004, 06:33 PM   #17
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I'm a maintenance co-ordinator, currently working for a large multi national cement company. At this time I manage the maintenance of the fleet of mobile equipment (100 ton off road rock trucks etc) used in the quarrying end of the business at this plant located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Yup, I'm a Canuck. I've been involved in heavy equipment maintenance in this plant for about 18 years now but before that lived and worked for about 12 years in far northern locations in Manitoba and Ontario (underground mining). I too am no spring chicken, but stay as young as I can by doing completely silly things like converting this old bus. Just kidding, I love this old bus.

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Old 12-06-2004, 01:05 PM   #18
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What I do

Right now, I am a house-husband, and mostly do housework and yardwork. I just sewed some coats for my dogs, and I just put in a little flagstone patio in the yard.

Until about 3 months ago I was a regulatory compliance supervisor in the securities industry, which means that I was the internal audit guy who would go around to the brokers in a district/branch/region/etc. and snoop through their client files and say, "Why didn't you get this form signed?"; "Where is this paperwork?"; "You can't say this in a written communication to a public customer."; "You haven't matched your order tickets with your confirmations in the client file."; etc., etc. Also I did some compliance training functions, handled customer complaints, filed regulatory paperwork on brokers, kept required files, etc. I have series 7 (general securities), 63 ("all state" exam), 66 (investment advisory representative), 24 (general securities principal), and 53 (municipal securities principal) licenses, and I used to have a commodities license and an insurance license, but let those expire because I didn't use them.

I got downsized by my company, and the industry is in such a contraction and my job skills are so specialized that there's not anything available in the same area. I was getting tired of it anyway, so I'm not too upset (except for the no income aspect.) Not being in the corporate gristmill is a very nice thing. I am enrolling back in school for the Spring semester. I left school about 20 years ago to go to work, but now my goal is to finish my bachelors degree and get a law degree (which is what I started out to do so many years ago) before my 19 year old son gets his bachelor's degree.

Right now I am living in my one-day-to-be-ex-wife's semi-finished, unheated attic. We were about to split up, when I lost my job. She said I could live with her while I went to school, so that's what I'm doing.

Plus housework.
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Old 12-13-2004, 05:57 PM   #19
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Computer Programmer.
The company I would for (and have worked for for 8 years) is based in NYC -- and I work from home (in Arizona). Like any job it has it's highs & lows, but they are good folks to work for.

A while ago I mentioned to my boss the idea of living in and working from an RV. At the time he said, "Why not convert a bus?" It took a few months for the sublime beauty of the suggestion to sink in....but here I am.
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Old 12-14-2004, 11:23 AM   #20
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holy god, I think I'm the youngest person here, I'm seventeen, still taking classes (history mostly) and working on coming to terms with finding out that I'm super high functioning autistic (I scored 156 on weischler{sp?} I.Q. test)

I decided to get a bus because I just don't fit in typical society, I always admired to a certain extent the beats (kerouac, ginsberg) and ther successors (kesey, wavy gravy) and a bus seems like so much more fun than hitchhiking (although there are days)

I wish to see the nation I was born into before I leave the continent to find out about the rest of the world, it's method

and I'm still lookin' for a job (people just don't like to hire long haired freaky people)
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