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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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
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.
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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Upcoming Cruise(s) Carnival Liberty: May 31, 2014. The Anniversary Getaway.
"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me
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.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Independence of the Seas 12/29/2013 Top-notch!
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.
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.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
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.
Miracle to Aruba Feb. 23, 2011
Valor to Belize Sept. 2011