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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   DonnyD



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Posted April 22 2005 - 01:49 AM

Some of us older folks have had several jobs throughout our lifetime and often refer to one of'em as a "favorite".
Looking back, there was one job that stands out as the best job I ever had.

In 1982, I was hired by a major chemical co. to be an on-site service consultant to General Motors in the chemical pretreatment area. Although I was based in Texas, this job soon led me to travel extensively to other General Motors facilities nationwide to consult and advise on pretreatments. I have to tell you, it was GREAT!

Funny, I was the only southerner in our division of a northern based company and had loads of fun whenever I was in our Detroit area main office. The secretaries always wanted to take me to lunch just to hear me "read the menu"....LOL

I made a lot of friends at GM and they are still the persons I remember the most. Some of them later became high-ups such as plant managers. I later left the company for a new job in my home Tennessee area after my grandfather became ill and I felt the need to be closer. Those days traveling for that company were the best I ever had........and although the move was for the best of intentions, I still miss that job.
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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Alf S

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Posted April 22 2005 - 02:36 AM

In the words of U2:

"I still haven't found what I'm looking for..."

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#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted April 22 2005 - 02:56 AM

Tower Records in Anaheim, Ca.

Late nights, parties, cheap or free music, met some famous people(in-stores), LaserDisc and plenty of hallucinogens. Good Times


#4 of 34 OFFLINE   DonnyD



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Posted April 22 2005 - 02:58 AM

Late nights, parties, cheap or free music, met some famous people(in-stores), LaserDisc and plenty of hallucinogens. Good Times

Any openings???? LOLPosted Image
"There comes a time in the lives of men, when taken at the tide, you're liable to ****ing drown..." R. Farina
"or go broke due to upgraditis..." D. Davis

#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted April 22 2005 - 03:12 AM

I know, huh. If only I could survive on that kind of salary today.

Can't believe that it's been near 20 years. A fellow HTF member here stocked in the very first LD's. I was his assistant(of sort). He was responsible for showing me what widescreen, and surround was all about. My very roots of HT.


#6 of 34 OFFLINE   ChrisHeflen


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Posted April 22 2005 - 03:35 AM

I have hated every job I have had.
However, I have had very cool bosses.

At one one job my boss and I would go see movies on lunch.
Another job we would all sync our computers and play "Delta Force" when it was slow. The office sounded like a war zone.

#7 of 34 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted April 22 2005 - 05:38 AM

My favorite job was as a telecom analyst for one of those start-up's during the dot com boom. Everyone there was really into producing a quality product for our big-time clients (MCI, Sprint, etc...) and management was great. The whole company was a team in sync to deliver a valued database. The CEO even took me to lunch when I first started. Our office was located behind PacBell Park in San Francisco and we get free lunches, pizza, Sony Metreon passes, etc... We can go down to the pier and check out the "Nash Bridges" set and see if we can bump into Yasmin Bleeth. We weren't paid that good (due to possible IPO that never happened) but oh what fun!

I am now paid almost 2X more in a job that I can't possibly get paid off from. And I hate it.
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#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Brad_Harper


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Posted April 22 2005 - 05:45 AM

My current job is my favourite so far. I'm an engineer for General Motors. I design brake modules for future vehicles. I basically get paid to beat the crap out of prototype cars and trucks on test tracks. If you drive the car into a ditch you just call the on site tow truck and go back at it.
Winter testing on the giant ice field is way to much fun. Sometimes I almost feel bad taking money. Sometimes Posted Image

#9 of 34 OFFLINE   DougWright


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Posted April 22 2005 - 07:42 AM

I feel like Kramer on Seinfeld, I have stumbled ass backwards from one "greatest job ever" to the next.
Like Zen I worked in a local music store and it would be a dream job if the pay was better.
I was then a web master for an internet startup for a number of years and moved on to a local health insurance company in the same role.
I am at the same company in a much more "stable" job. I get to code all day but do not work in the traditional "programmer farm environments". My code is usually small task based and I am done each item in a week max.
Something new every day, and good people to work with.

I consider myself lucky!
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#10 of 34 OFFLINE   Joe Szott

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Posted April 22 2005 - 07:59 AM

Working in a lumber yard when I was younger. The pay was ok, the hours were very long, but physical labor is underrated. And the farm girls sure seemed to like a man that sweats for his stake.

Yes ... good times.

#11 of 34 OFFLINE   David McGough

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Posted April 22 2005 - 08:20 AM

For a summer I was a brass pole at the Platium Plus.
Now that was fun..Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#12 of 34 OFFLINE   Mark Sherman

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Posted April 22 2005 - 08:49 AM

I love my Job I have Now. I design, sell, and install Hi End Home Theaters and 2 channal systems. Granted its retail but it is soooooooo different. I worked at tweeter for three years and this is nothing like it. I get paid (well) to listen to music and watch movies and work in million dollar homes.

Also I have been sent around the country and the world for trainings. London for Tag Mclaren, Scotland for Linn, La. for Revel, NY city and state for ISF and Mcintosh. Later this year or early next year I'm going back to England for B&W. When the reps come here for trainins they take us out to dinner after the meetings.


If you go to the bottom of the page you will see me Im the guy with Black shirt in the back row.

BTW the speakers that are in the shot run around 20k

My other Job I Host a game show 2 nights a week at a local bar. I get paid to hang out drink beer and hit on REALLY GOOD LOOKING WOMEN.
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#13 of 34 OFFLINE   Philip_G



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Posted April 22 2005 - 09:44 AM

I'm with the others, I burn out on jobs quickly (a year, give or take)
the one I miss I was only working there for a few months when we decided to go back to school, I regret not sticking around a little bit, but who knows in another 9 months I'd probably have been sick of that too.

#14 of 34 OFFLINE   todbnla



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Posted April 22 2005 - 10:10 AM

I recently rec'd my latest social security statement, I know you older guys will know what I am talking about. Anyhow, in 2008 I will have already worked 30 years and I will only be 47 then Posted Image I have been blessed in my lastest job which I have been at 15 years but when you get down to it, your still always working for someone else.Posted Image My ideal job would be to be my own boss in some sort of business I like. But, I hear horror stories about being ones own boss too. Although, I do have one friend that is a real estate appraiser and has it very easy and gets paid a very good living. He sets his own hours too. Hum, Winning the loto would work too... Posted Image

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#15 of 34 OFFLINE   Dave Poehlman

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Posted April 22 2005 - 01:31 PM

For me.. it was being a bartender at a little corner bar in my hometown. It was like throwing a party every night. I got to bring in my own music and give free drinks to my friends and the ladies.

Good times.. good times.

Second favorite would probably be working at Musicland at the mall during college in the 80's. The pay sucked ass.. but my coworkers were great and the discount was "totally awesome". Posted Image

#16 of 34 OFFLINE   Ryan Tsang

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Posted April 22 2005 - 05:36 PM

I love what I do now: dentistry. I feel lucky that I don't have to drag my ass to work everyday. The opportunity to work to my own standards, ideals, and philosophies is the greatest reward. There is also tremendous personal satisfaction when patients appreciate what I do for them. This may sound funny to some but the need to constantly upgrade is actually a blessing. There are so many exciting fields to pursue within the profession and the ability to attend courses as you please is a godsend. Combining work/play/travel and make it tax-deductible is sweet! Job security, money, flexible hours are other perks.

It can be hard work though.

#17 of 34 OFFLINE   JordanS


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Posted April 23 2005 - 07:41 AM

Mark Sherman:

I sent you a PM.

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Tell me what you regard as your greatest strength, so I will know how best to undermine you; tell me of your greatest fear, so I will know which I must force you to face; tell me what you cherish most, so I will know what to take from you; and tell me what you crave, so that I might deny you.


#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Scott L

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Posted April 23 2005 - 07:46 AM

Construction work for me. Posted Image One summer job I had was a laborer for a masonry company. The brick layers were hilarious as well as the El Salvadorian laborers. Although it was hard, backbreaking work, my co-workers made it fun.

But if I had a million dollars I'd like to be a chef!

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Posted April 23 2005 - 03:55 PM

I really like my current job at the post office in building maintenance, my boss is cool, I have learned lots and for the most part, the job is relaxed but challenging, but then somthing major happens (72 year old bldg) and we run around like disturbed ants, the joys of ancient plumbingPosted Image

#20 of 34 OFFLINE   Jim_F



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Posted April 23 2005 - 05:52 PM

Well, since nobody's ever offered to pay me to act or make art, I've had to settle.

In college, I had a gig where I night-watched a small factory only on holiday weekends. The pay was generous enough that I could budget the cash and do only that job for over a year. The requirements were only that I be there from 8 PM 'til 4 AM (not that I be there sober, or be there not getting laid, etc.)

My best job is now. I oversee a small department doing important work-7 days on, 7 days off (10 hour shifts)-so I end up working "about 24 weeks per year" The money's good. Less than 20 years ago I was working 6 days, 45 hrs/week for about 15% of what I make now.
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