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Old February 6th, 2011, 11:14 AM
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From 1988 to 1992 I notarized music contracts for some of the biggest names in the industry .

The company I was working for at the time owned the building (20 floors) .We occupied 4 and rented out the remaining .

One of the companies we rented to was a music promoter .I offered my services to them for free . I did ,however , receive autographed photos ,concert tickets ,all of which I gave to my children .
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Old February 6th, 2011, 11:34 AM
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I have 3 jobs right at the moment, that are my faves..I work in ladies boutique,and sell wonderful custom made clothing with beautiful fabrics and wonderful colors..all made in Massachusetts bty

Design jewlery, which started as therapy, for my Cancer,and has served me well ..Love the mix of colors textures and figuring our what goes well,and seeing the final product.

Working at Cruisemates since forever,has given me the opportunity to meet some fanastic people...host some fun Cruisemate cruises, and enjoy some brand new ships, write a bit about it, & have a daily place to go,and work from home....hard to beleive the word, "cruise" has been in my mind,and,on my lips for over ten years now

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Old February 6th, 2011, 12:04 PM
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A wonderful response ,Trip
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Old February 6th, 2011, 12:50 PM
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Years back I used to be in show business. All through high school I worked as an usher in movie theaters

During my college days (and a gap year) I worked "up north" for a geophysical company searching for oil and gas . Got to ride around alot in a little 2 seater helicopter, and drive big trucks with winches over the muskeg. The winches came in handy, when running the truck off the paths in the middle of nowhere

At another point a friend was promoting concerts, and I worked them, assuring stuff in the artists "riders" were all supplied and set up, then partied with the groups after the shows

And then of course, for the past 10+ years I've been writing articles for CruiseMates, and getting to review ships, as well as do some very interesting things for Feature Articles;like the upcoming golf cruise on Crystal hosted by golf greats Ken Venturi, and Billy Casper;playing blackjack with the Thai Royal Family on Seabourn; being the opening act for the late night comedian on Carnival; working as a butler for the top suites on Celebrity; dealing blackjack on Princess; and putting the CruiseMates Group Cruise program together, and hosting some of them.

And in between that, I was also in the bar and restaurant business for 30 years, for more entertainment
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Old February 6th, 2011, 01:00 PM
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Undoubtedly the most fascinating, interesting, rewarding, frustrating and possibly dangerous job I did was spending years as a substitute teacher in Middle Schools!

Every day was a new story. Every class was a different challenge. I saw classes in which the very best and brightest of their generation were challenged to climb even higher. I met students who were so bright in 8th grade I could hardly keep up with them. I was in remedial classes for students who were suffering from a variety of learning disorders, couldn't learn and didn't want to bother to. I met students in 8th grade who could not read the simplest book. I was in classes of students who had been in the US school system for 8 years and could not speak the simplest English sentence. I had a girl who came to the US the year before speaking no English read a page from an 8th grade Science text flawlessly, outdoing her native born classmates. I met 12 year old gang bangers that might not live to be 14. I had an 11 year old quiz me about how she could get in to the best law school in the country. I had a girl tell me she didn't need to learn how to use computers because "I'm going to be on welfare, just like my mother!" I had an 8th grader correctly analyze the roots of the word "anachronistic" and figure out its meaning (He is now at Harvard). I was cursed at, threatened, accused of racism and called a Pimp. I had shy little girls give me a big smile because I complimented their good work.

I received some very good substitute instructions from great teachers who cared a great deal about what happened in their class while they were gone. I walked into some classrooms and found a note that said "page 17, questions 1-10" or even sometimes "let them have free time"! I had teachers call me up and ask if I could substitute next week for 3 days because "they planned to be sick." I had truly sick teachers who would call me twice during the course of the day to be sure everything was OK. I had administrators who were wonderfully supportive and assisted in disciplinary problems. I had one administrator who called me in the classroom to ask if what I had written was true because "the students says she didn't do it"! I saw schools where the entire staff worked smoothly as a team and welcomed me as part of the team. I was in schools where the teacher's union and the administration were at permanent war and where I was distrusted because I was not in the union.

Truly, I learned a lot about the school system and its inhabitants!

All in all it was the most interesting work I have ever done.

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The most "interesting" job would have been as a line cook at Radisson Hotels in Alexandria and Minneapolis. I did that for my last two years of high school and first three years of college. If you have ever read Anthony Bourdain's book "Kitchen Confidential" you will get an idea of what it is like. The book was very accurate in its portrayal of chefs, cooks and the restaurant industry. It also taught me a lot about people and cooking. Both of these skills greatly helped me in my future life.

After that I went into the IT world eventually wound up in upper management. Or as I like to call it. "Adult Daycare".

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My most intresting job was being a soldier.
I lived in Kentucky, New Jersey, Maryland and South Carolina, whenI did State-side duty. Then I had the opportunity to sail across the Pacific and visit the Philipines and the beautiful island of Okinaua, before dis-embarking in Cam Rhan, South Vietnam. During my stay in Vietnam I was able to visit Japan for a week.
Then on my trip back tothe US we stopped in Wake Island and spent a day in Honolulu, Hi.

I had a couple of civilian jobs after that, but none offered the excitment that the US Army did.


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Old February 6th, 2011, 07:58 PM
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I have done a lot of things over the years.

Restaurant Hostess and Waitress
Factory worker for many years
Mobile home factory,
Jewelry sales clerk
Direct Support for people with mental disabilities and developmental disabilities.
Taxi Driver

All of those had pleasant points to them. The housekeeping job was was really a strange situation. It was live in. I soon learned that I was hired mostly to baby sit the wife while the husband was in Europe all winter. I called her "The Bat" She wore ugly gray baggy dresses all the time. Spent the nights wandering around this house (7000 sq ft) Undoing things I had done. Then she would come wake me up and tell me that I did not do this or that and say it HAD to be done right then. They were in their mid 70's and he was still working. Teaching this therapeutic theory he had "discovered" They had their business in this outsized mausoleum. I was happy to leave that job. I came to Florida from that job. Odd people to work for.

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For me, aside from my current job fixing broken hearts, back in the mid 80's when I was working in Labor & Delivery for the USN in San Diego was a fun job.
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I've had 17 jobs over a period of 45 years
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Old February 7th, 2011, 11:46 AM
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Working for NASA on the Space Station Project back in the early 80's when it was all on paper and not in the sky. I also worked in the Research and Development department at Hughes Aircraft on the night vision project as well as the heads up displays. Both of these project are now used daily.
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