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Old 04-22-2016, 12:08 AM   #51
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We work seasonal jobs...I'm in hotels and my wife works for the National Park Service.

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Old 04-22-2016, 12:57 AM   #52
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Journeyman machinist for 29 years, then CAD/CAM design for seven. Then Obamacare forced such changes to the company-provided health insurance that they said they will no longer offer the current plan. Anyone close to retirement should 'seriously' think about leaving to keep their insurance as is. Anyone still on the payroll after Jan 1 2011 will get the insurance premium $hock of their life. I wasn't old enough to retire, and staying would have forced me into instant bankruptcy and I'd lose my house, so I started selling and giving away stuff, preparing for the worst, when near the end of the year the company announced they were extending the deadline one more year. That allowed me to 'just barely' squeeze in under the bare minimum age for retirement, and so I was forced to retire eight years too early. BUT, I didn't lose my house, and I do have a bare minimum income. Just the retirement nightmare I had hoped to avoid. [insert sour grapes here].
But I have food, shelter, health, and plenty of things to keep me busy, so honestly, I can't complain!

No bus yet, and finding a place to park it will be an issue. Getting this fixer-upper house into shape to sell is my current fun thing to do.
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Old 04-22-2016, 06:22 AM   #53
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Journeyman machinist for 29 years, then CAD/CAM design for seven. Then Obamacare forced such changes to the company-provided health insurance that they said they will no longer offer the current plan. Anyone close to retirement should 'seriously' think about leaving to keep their insurance as is. Anyone still on the payroll after Jan 1 2011 will get the insurance premium $hock of their life. I wasn't old enough to retire, and staying would have forced me into instant bankruptcy and I'd lose my house, so I started selling and giving away stuff, preparing for the worst, when near the end of the year the company announced they were extending the deadline one more year. That allowed me to 'just barely' squeeze in under the bare minimum age for retirement, and so I was forced to retire eight years too early. BUT, I didn't lose my house, and I do have a bare minimum income. Just the retirement nightmare I had hoped to avoid. [insert sour grapes here].
But I have food, shelter, health, and plenty of things to keep me busy, so honestly, I can't complain!

No bus yet, and finding a place to park it will be an issue. Getting this fixer-upper house into shape to sell is my current fun thing to do.
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, sounds like your crying about it. ha ha
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:09 AM   #54
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I am a professional Techie Geek (and absolutely LOVE it!).

Business partner / owner, Software Developer, Hardware Developer, Telecom engineer.

we place VoIP systems into the hospitality world.. I am the principal Product visionary, Programmer, and system architect. I have a DEV team with 2 others and then we have a whole host of excellent installers / technicians, and the like that do the dirty work..

I do my best DEV Thinking when walking / Driving / travelling / being in busy cities, coffee shops, malls, rest areas, etc..

My Bus project is different than Most of everyone;s here in that it will not be designed to be a tiny Home or a Motor-home.

"DEV RANDOM" is its name and it will be a mobile DEV lab as well as a sandbox / toybox itself. fun projects to add technology to its interior, advanced A/C, sensors to monitor the Bus' systems, etc..

up to this point when I have a visiionary idea on the road, id have to stop get a hotel room, set up a small DEV system, and then test my ideas for software and hardware...

with the Bus i'll simply pull over to a rest stop, exit, or such and my Dev Lab will be right with me. I can get my idea from brain to braun quickly.. then get back on the road..

My work is my Play.. I always have built technical projects for pretty much my whole life.. fascinations with computers, electronics, Air-conditioning, and Yes school busses go way back into my youth.. so being in the field I am, I look forward to my work each day as its always a Play day for me. I work 7 days a week.

I may also be one of the few that LOVES DRIVING a school bus.. esp the older ones.. I love the feel, the sound, the energy, the metal....

I am a single Guy with no wife, girlfriend, kids, or boyfriend.. I do have a fairly deep circle of friends and Love to socialize.. my Bus will also be used for the purpose of Social outings.. and my friends are totally on-board, they are all ready to go places and enjoy the "DEV RANDOM" and the random places it may go!

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Old 04-22-2016, 08:20 AM   #55
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I have worked for the last nine years for a point of sale company that specializes in bars and restaurants, 2Touch. Most of that time is spent sitting at a desk answering phone calls, solving technical problems / training.

For the last year, 2Touch has had me on the road a lot, doing point of sale computer installs for the Spike TV reality show "Bar Rescue". Tons of flights and driving, chaotic schedule, tight time frames... It's a pretty wild ride that kind of reminds me of my days playing in a band, except I actually get paid.
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:23 AM   #56
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And I thought I had a cool job.........

I'm an ANSI 3.1 Health Physics Technician. I independently contract for nuclear power stations currently. I basically perform radiological surveys of dose rates and contamination levels to help keep workers from getting exposed to unnecessary radiation, job coverage as an on site safety person so make sure in high risk tasks, they don't get hurt both industrially and radiologically. In the business we are known as radiation protection techs.

But my hard job is being dad to an exceptionally smart 4 year old girl who will one day pass me up in IQ! She loves daddy's school bus, and wants to help work on it when she can!
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:31 AM   #57
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I love how there are so many fellow Techies in this group!! this ROCKS!

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Old 04-22-2016, 08:46 AM   #58
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Have worked in the medical device industry for the last 15 years. Most current position in the company is in Engineering, performing calibrations, maintenance, planning, SOP creation and revisions, purchasing, process improvement, R&D and pretty much everything else that needs to be done to keep production going. Prior to this I was a professional Firefighter/Paramedic until back injuries forced me down the current career path. Also prior military (Navy) as a nuclear powerplant welder and worked for several years doing welding/fabrication before getting hired as a firefighter.
I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.........RETIRED! My dream is to travel the country in a skoolie full time. Have many more moons to wait though, until my daughter gets out of school. I literally think about skoolies and achieving my dream every day!
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:07 AM   #59
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I worked in steel fab and manufacturing for 12+ years. Was laid off and haven't really found any kind of decent steady work since. But I don't miss it.
My house is paid for and my bills are low.
I've been buying and selling mopeds and scooters lately and always trying to line up that next odd job.
If anyone in central Florida needs any help, PM me!
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Old 04-22-2016, 10:05 AM   #60
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There aren't many jobs I haven't had over the years but have been an artist for most of them. Was in advertising for nearly 25 years, now sculpt cement & concrete and run a studio-warehouse for artists. I also teach the weird, esoteric art form known as Faux Bois in different parts of the country which is one reason for the skoolie. It will be a combination mobile retirement home and teaching lab.
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