I want to thank everyone for such a warm welcome here. You have all made me feel very much at home on your site.
In the spirit of getting to know each other better...what do you do for a living?
I'm a software engineer for a large shipping services company based on the Connecticut shoreline. I specialize in software test, and the product I am currently testing is an internet-based shipping product (read: I'm ALWAYS online!)
I bet we have a really diverse group here. What do you do?
I'm a purchase agent for Information and Network Technologies..hubby is a foreman for a landscape and design firm..We are also avid show car buffs...have a 36 Chevy, 54 Chevy and 67 GTO..do a lot of the rod runs and cruise-ins during the Spring, Summer and Fall
You are very welcome. It is so nice to have so many new faces here.
I am an Accounting Manager for a scaffold company in Pittsburgh. In my spare time, I eat, sleep and drink CRUISING. I have especially enjoyed my time spent here at CruiseMates. I have a whole new family of friends here.
Thursday Chat Host
Thank You I am still trying to get to know everyone. I've been In the same
line of work for 18 years, And I'm still to stupid to get out, not very many people
like you but you never give up, or youv'e just lost your mine. I love my job but
you take lots of knocks for It and the only friends you have are the people you work with. All though standing at the front door in full uniform when your daughters date comes to the door is a lot of fun, and telling him he Is going to
be on Americas most wanted If he Is 5 mins late bring her home. There are some perks to the job. You guess It I've been in Law Enforcement and EMS for just
over 18 years.
I've been up all night so I will leave you with a Good night.
Thanks for the Welcome
I own a small wholesale distribution business in N. MN - selling and delivering sewer, water and erosion control products to excavating contractors in about a 100 mile radius. The downside to that is that I can rarely get away for more than a couple days during the warm weather, but the upside is that we are virtually shut down in January and February in the deepest part of winter, so I CAN get away for a cruise then!!!!
Morning all....well I work parttime for 2 very busy urologists. I do all their scheduling for surgeries with 3 hospitals and in the times I'm not working I'm a domestic engineer to hubby and 3 teenage daughters....
I own a small sound & lighting equipment rental and production company for professional disc jockeys. We supply everything from 1000-40,000 watt sound systems, video projection, dvd music videos, lighting systems, karaoke etc. I basically get to play with very expensive toys, and pay for the odd cruise. Mrs. Cynic operates a day-care in our home, looking after 7 very lively three-to-five year olds. We are essentially workaholics, with no friends to speak of (moved away, all of them) so no wonder I spend time on these BBs. We are in Montreal Canada.
Location: Locust Grove VA (20 miles West of Fredericksburg VA)
Re: What do you do when you're not cruising?
I am a civil service employee for the U. S. Department of State in Washington DC....I work in the Department's telephone office tracking special telecom project funding and the department telecom budget. Hubby also works for DoS and a ContractSpecialist.
Location: Greater Tampa Bay area (south of the BIG BRIDGE!)
Re: What do you do when you're not cruising?
Well...everyone else seems to have very interesting careers...Me? "retired"...well, Don is...I'm just lazy..have been for 10 years. When I did contribute to the cruise fund, I stayed mostly in medical related areas...nursing technician, pharmacy technician, then medical bookkeeper for an anesthesia practice and lastly an OB-GYN group (with a stint trying to keep a sleezy Interior Decorator honest in there somewhere - he finally got what he deserved and went belly-up a couple of years ago!) Great to meet everyone over here...and thank you for wanting us! Mgram
I'm a school librarian at a Quaker K-12 school in Manhattan. Wonderful about now... I'm off until late August!! It's always hard to get cheap cruises, though, since I have to go when everyone else goes. Will spend summer reading, writing, hanging out with stepson, and faithfully attending happy hour at my neighborhood bar.
I am a retail pricing specialist for natural foods supermarket. The rest of the time I am a domestic engineer to my significant other (who is a Specialty Foods buyer) and my 12 year old daughter. We are baseball fanatics (Red Sox), cruise addicts and fanatics so we read everything we can find, and avid readers.
Although I have 2.95 Teenagers at home (The 3rd one becomes a teenager on the 7th), I guess you could also say I run Mom's taxi service, secretary, receptionist, cook, maid, clothes designer, nurse, therapist, band booster, and my latest job....Cheer Mom!
And believe it or not, I do it all with one hand tied behind my back!
What a great group of people. You all seem very intelligent, I guess that's why we get along so well.
Of course my job is running CruiseMates, along with Anne Campbell (who would be here more often but her computer is getting a major re-haul this week).
Before CruiseMates I worked for myself but my main occupation was being "utility infielder" for Motley Fool. I had a part-time position so I worked out of my house, and my job was to contribute to message boards and contribute articles occasionally. My "beat" was networking and Internet stocks. I did that for 4 1/2 years.
To supplement that income I wrote magazine articles for tech publications and PR articles for Silicon Valley companies. It was great, I was living in NYC but all my work was done over the Internet electronically via email. Some of the articles were written in my name and for some I was the ghost-writer for a company CEO who wanted to "contribute" an article to a tech publication. I also wrote press releases, instruction manuals, etc. A lot of my work was for Redback and Northpoint, two DSL realated companies.
Here's a link to my first major article which I wrote for Upside magazine predicting the demise of 3-Com within a week of them taking over US Robotics (at the time, a very controversial stance, but I was right :-)
Thanks for the welcome. I work as an accounting controller for a concrete company, also take care of the computer network. So I get paid to be on the Internet all day long, which is nice because I can visit the bb many times. My work load has be cut in half since our daughter went away to college, did not know that she took up so much of my free time.
I am a retired Air Force JAG, now in private practice in Las Vegas. In between cruises I play with ham radio and participate in a lot of social activities with our local Corvette club with my wife (it is her car!!!!). I'd like my own Vette someday, but I also enjoy cruising - tough choices, eh?
Here on CruiseMates, I'm the Utility Infielder, First-Time Cruisers hostess, and sometimes feature writer.
I also write for print magazines and wrote a book, Cruise Control, that has consistently been in the top ten cruise books at amazon.com for several months after an ignominious beginning somewhere below 500,000th place.
In a previous incarnation, I wrote about the Internet and computer security. I've been on the Internet almost forever ... my first modem was a 300 bps screamer and my "dot" was .mil -- if I'm remembering correctly it was called ARPANET back then.
My husband, Cap'n Queeg, retired from his life's work as a DJ a few years back but couldn't stay retired. He's now a consultant in the IT field. Computers were his avocation since the days of TRS-80s. He wrote the first known anti-virus software.
The four kids are (at last!) all out of the house and we keep company with each other and our four cats.
Sometimes I give parties.
To meet EVERYONE on CruiseMates, go to the Staff section on the Home Page.
I am an event planner for a large catering company in Northern California, planning corporate and social events, everything from menus to music..........it's wedding season! No spring & summer cruising for me........not since Martha Stewart got these brides nervous about perfection................
WOW!! everyone on the Cruisemates BB seem to really have diverse jobs.
I just loved reading about what people really do during the week. I learned a lot about Paul. He sure is the best!!! Anybody second that????
I really enjoy coming to Cruisemates. They are so diverse.