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The Seeker
07-15-2009, 01:22 AM
so yeah, I know a lot of us spend an inordinate amount of time here in the swamp, but internet service isn't free, so what do you do for a living? By what means do you afford your Dorito supply? legitimate job or petty banditry? go on, spill it.

I'll kick it off. I am primarily an EMT and I work in my hospital ER doing badass things like making splints, stopping bleeds, doing CPR, running EKGs for heart problems, starting IV's and just helping out the nurses and docs in general. I also work on my family's horse ranch on my days off. And most fun of all, I guide whitewater raft trips whenever possible.

so, bring it on. Where's the dough come from?

Pie™
07-15-2009, 08:06 AM
From selling drugs and having sex with old women.

Rogue15
07-15-2009, 12:09 PM
i work full-time at a photo lab in walmart. it was fun until they put up the next 2 week's schedules where i get like 30 hours between 2 weeks. I'm not sure how i'm going to pay all my bills now.

the best part about it is i just got a pretty decent raise last week, been working there 4 years.

Boba Rhett
07-15-2009, 01:41 PM
I do contract electronics engineering work and am about to enter into a part/full time contracted job writing microcontroller firmware for a company that makes electronics displays for Sony and similar companies to place in stores. I also sometimes work in a cave doing the same.

ZBomber
07-17-2009, 04:37 AM
The last two summers I worked for the Department of Recreation in Massachusetts. I worked as a park worker both years, first at a state pool and last year in a state park. Really easy job, I got paid 8 dollars an hour, but got 40 hours a week and almost no taxes taken out. Sadly they had to lay off a lot of jobs this year so I'm not employed by anyone this summer. :(

Anthony
07-17-2009, 11:37 AM
I work at a grocery store, in the deli department, serving people sliced meat which is actually slowly killing them due to the "meat" being 50% salt and 50% preservatives.
Other duties include stocking a few coolers, terrifying and making the seafood manager cry (no joke), and cleaning everything in the department 12982938 times per shift.

I work there part time, and get roughly 15 hours a week, being paid 9.50 an hour.

Dath Maximus
07-17-2009, 01:07 PM
i load semi truck trailers full of freight for ups

Darth Avlectus
07-18-2009, 04:06 AM
Job 1: I clean houses, I work for the family business housekeeping and has been the only real stable job of late $10.00/hr, rarely $15.00-$25.00/hr, Trade w/ Dentists and doctors for free care If I so elect.

Job 2: Construciton maintenance and electrical. I build houses, preferably the electrical or landscaping but lately my boss has had trouble finding bid contracts. Will do almost any of this. Apprentice electrician, carpenter grunt. I have done maintenance and insulation in filthy crawlspaces of slums lately on my own. Smells like bums lived there. $17.50/hr or on job site appraisal bid.

Job 3: DJMC, fun on the weekends, announcing, playlists, cues, etc. Once I'm fully trained I'll not just be a roadie/gopher. Problem is they come too far apart to be a stable living. Rarer still to get it super well paying.
$15.00-$25.00 usually.
Peak was one job 4 hours=$200.00 ($50.00/hr). This is rarest of rare.

Job 4ish: Odd Jobs: wrecking crew/dump hauling, handyman, chauffeur, mechanic, welder, and cook. Varies, and not always for money. Winter time Snow Removal. On job bid for per hr rate. Starts @ $20.00/hr

As you can see I'm on my own schedule, but there's no vacation time and I work weekends. Gotta hustle.

edlib
07-18-2009, 09:45 AM
Production Manager/ Chief Audio Engineer for a 1,200-seat college concert venue in Boston.

Wacky schedule... but it sure beats getting a real job.

:joy:

Troopr-Undr-Fir
07-18-2009, 11:35 PM
Union electrician of the fine city of sin, Las Vegas. Local 357

Love it, even at 116 degrees F and muggy.

Darth Avlectus
07-19-2009, 12:06 AM
^^^I'm non-union and I work in complete opposite temperatures, but you're right. What's *not* to love about electrical?

Especially during spare time plugging soda can capacitors into outlets and watching them go KABOOM. --Or using properly rated ones as tazers.

Jeff
07-19-2009, 12:48 AM
I am currently interning for an advertising agency in the life science market doing online marketing. Don't have a full time job during school, but I'll probably be doing something similar when I graduate.

Troopr-Undr-Fir
07-19-2009, 11:54 AM
^^^I'm non-union and I work in complete opposite temperatures, but you're right. What's *not* to love about electrical?

Especially during spare time plugging soda can capacitors into outlets and watching them go KABOOM. --Or using properly rated ones as tazers.

Yes the, "Hey heads up!" *ZAP*. Classic.

Tell ya something that's not cool, having a main disconnect arc in your face. Happened earlier this week and I still have to wear my sunglasses indoors.

Darth Avlectus
07-19-2009, 02:15 PM
Yes the, "Hey heads up!" *ZAP*. Classic.

Tell ya something that's not cool, having a main disconnect arc in your face. Happened earlier this week and I still have to wear my sunglasses indoors.
Not enough to make one quit but maybe a little gun shy. Damn. Hasn't happened to me quite like that, but yea it sucks that happens, or a hi tension spark of any kind gives you flash burns b/c you thought is was gonna be a quickie so you wore your t-shirt. Hope you at least skated free on the shrapnel bit?

Kinda like when someone hits the main box...connected to a line of 250 halogens for a stage...you literally *just* finished...and you're still 40 ft. up. Only enough time to close your eyes while you turn your head quickly.

Boba Rhett
07-19-2009, 03:16 PM
Yeeeaaaah. I only work with 5 Volts most of the time. :joy:

edlib
07-19-2009, 03:42 PM
Kinda like when someone hits the main box...connected to a line of 250 halogens for a stage...you literally *just* finished...and you're still 40 ft. up. Only enough time to close your eyes while you turn your head quickly.
I used to get that all the time when I was in concert lighting. And more zaps and burns than I ever want to think about.

Now it's all blasts of feedback when the singer points their mic right into a raging stage monitor... or when a drummer chooses to lay into a crash cymbal millimeters from your ear just as you are attempting to position a mic.

Oh... AND I STILL get the lampies pointing lights right in my eyes from inches away all the time!

I haven't decided which is worse...

MrWally
07-19-2009, 09:42 PM
I am the sole proprietor of David Walton Photography, meaning I'm self-employed. I do photoshoots and occasionally weddings. It's all very new. I've only been doing it for about a month, but it pays really, really well. During the Taste of Chicago I sold a panorama I shot of the Bean and would be taking home $300 a day. It's been a lot slower since then, obviously, but still definitely beats a real job.

Sabretooth
07-19-2009, 10:14 PM
I blog to make money. >_>

In my spare time, I also enjoy alternating between dressing up like an old woman and selling drugs to Pie.

Samuel Dravis
07-20-2009, 12:18 AM
I, er, don't do anything at the moment. Last day on the job was the 2nd of this month. Doing nothing and having no schedule is enjoyable, though doubtless all good things must end...

Totenkopf
07-20-2009, 12:21 AM
I, er, don't do anything at the moment. Last day on the job was the 2nd of this month. Doing nothing and having no schedule is enjoyable, though doubtless all good things must end...

Sad but true. Enjoy while it lasts.

Bob Lion54
07-20-2009, 02:40 AM
I break into cars and houses. Legally.

I'm a locksmith. It's a fun job, but the hours are long.

MrWally
07-20-2009, 12:31 PM
I break into cars and houses. Legally.

I'm a locksmith. It's a fun job, but the hours are long.


My neighbor's father used to be a locksmith, and he still has all of his old equipment and the like. One day back in middle school or Freshmen year of high school I got home from school and my parents weren't home and I was locked out, and he just came right over and picked the lock right open. It was ridiculous.

coupes.
07-20-2009, 03:29 PM
I'm a 3D artist, currently working in the video games industry. So basically, I create video games for a living... ^^

Totenkopf
07-20-2009, 04:58 PM
^anything famous?

IG-64
07-20-2009, 10:31 PM
I'm a 3D artist, currently working in the video games industry.
I got the first part down... trying for the second part. I just got 2 more classes to go until I get my Associate's (which will be Music Fundamentals and Intro to Game Design and Development), and then I can start looking for a job in the industry. I'm going off to SIGGRAPH for my second year in a few weeks, so that should be helpful.

ZBomber
07-20-2009, 10:47 PM
Production Manager/ Chief Audio Engineer for a 1,200-seat college concert venue in Boston.

Wacky schedule... but it sure beats getting a real job.

:joy:

I envy you. So much.

Commander Obi-Wan
07-21-2009, 02:51 AM
I also work at a grocery store, in the meat department. I generally do everything from cutting the meat to cleaning up the bloody tables and floors. In other words, all the bitch work. Although, honestly, it's the best job I've had yet.

Darth Avlectus
07-21-2009, 04:17 PM
Uh-huhuhuhuh. Meat. Huhuhuh-huh-huhuh. j/k

Actually that kicks ass. Do you have any old clothes you can stain with all the blood and stuff for Halloween? That would rule.

Yeeeaaaah. I only work with 5 Volts most of the time. :joy:

You mean like this:
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G16217
:xp:

Actually TBH, I aspired at one point to do Electrical Engineering. I'm just not a mathematician, though.

I used to get that all the time when I was in concert lighting. And more zaps and burns than I ever want to think about.

Now it's all blasts of feedback when the singer points their mic right into a raging stage monitor... or when a drummer chooses to lay into a crash cymbal millimeters from your ear just as you are attempting to position a mic.
Sorta know what that's like as I have musicians in my family.

Oh... AND I STILL get the lampies pointing lights right in my eyes from inches away all the time!

I haven't decided which is worse...

Deezam. Sounds all like a day, or week, in highschool stagecraft for me.
Any backstage "groupie issues"? :lol:

How about those old argon lasers--you know, the HUGE car sized nightmares that required 3 phase power; You ever have to mess with one? I've heard stories.

Mike Windu
07-21-2009, 04:31 PM
WHO. DOES. NUMBER. 2. WORK. FOR?

Can't help but think of that line...

anyway. I work for the English Dept at my college... and then hopefully a law firm internship in the fall...going abroad in the spring... coming back to work... then law school/Capitol Hill? :D

TiE23
07-21-2009, 05:02 PM
I also work at a grocery store, in the meat department. I generally do everything from cutting the meat to cleaning up the bloody tables and floors. In other words, all the bitch work. Although, honestly, it's the best job I've had yet.

You. Are. Insane.

Cleaning the Meat Department is like taking a sh*t and then trying to unclog the toilet with your bare hands for two hours. I got paid $20 a night for this. Soaking wet shoes and pants. Hands that were itching due to using damp gloves for 2 hours straight. Dumping raw meat into a oil drum. Collecting beef sawdust. Cleaning out the drain strainer that had raw beef sitting in it for so long that it turned white and smelled like a dead animal.

You should try and get a job doing the dairy department, basically sit in a cooler for 4 hours at a time doing nothing but stacking stuff. Bring your head phones with your favorite songs or podcasts and time flies by so freaking fast.

Right now I'm between jobs (lulz) and I've tightened a grip on my wallet (the last three weeks I've probably spent less than $20). I was a "helper clerk", the one who stocks shelves and works the back room of your favorite grocery store. They're the ones who used to be bagging boys and cart pushers but rose up a level.

Work gave me the cruddiest hours, made me do meat clean, a job for people with less work experience than me (aka, 16 year olds who have worked for 3 months, not 19 year olds who have been there for over three years). Boss hated everyone, including me. The job was dead-end and frustrating, exhausting, and boring all at the same time. I was on my third manger and everyone who worked there (over 100 people) knew me. But I just kinda left...

Commander Obi-Wan
07-21-2009, 08:35 PM
****, I kind of got it easy then. Although, I only get paid $10.80/hr. :indif: Heh, I find the cleaning to be one of the better parts of the job. Usually because I have time to think by myself since I always close if I work. I do agree it is pretty gross though. Especially because of the smell from the drains. But cleaning is easy ****. Cleaning all the knives and dishes from the demos and cleaning all the blood and **** from the tables and floor. Again the downside is getting wet from it, but I've found out my ways to avoid that for the most part.

The only other places I'd work in the grocery store is either grocery or dairy.

Anthony
07-22-2009, 01:19 AM
:shads2: The government, and that's all I'm gonna say. :shads3:







:beam2:

you work at mcdonalds don't you

i thought so.

MrWally
07-22-2009, 01:28 AM
Or a government owned company.

Like . . . a janitor for Amtrak?

MrWally
07-22-2009, 03:20 AM
My rule for browsing The Swamp:

If someone . . .


1) Has less than 100 posts

2) Uses an obnoxious amount of smileys (especially obscure, intricate smileys) in every post

3) Sports an excessive number of colors whenever they speak especially multiple colors in one word


Then they are not to be trusted, and will most likely be ignored and/or abused.

If someone falls under two of those categories, then I will not be their friend and might wish death up on their self.

If all three categories apply, then your name must be Windu6, and you will become legendary.

edlib
07-22-2009, 07:00 AM
Any backstage "groupie issues"? :lol:

How about those old argon lasers--you know, the HUGE car sized nightmares that required 3 phase power; You ever have to mess with one? I've heard stories.
No,.. on both counts. ;)

Our place is too small for lasers or pyro.

And generally we have mostly jazz acts and indie-rock these days, so the groupies are generally pretty tame, if there are any at all.

I've worked in much bigger venues where both of those things might come up... but I really do prefer it where I am.

BongoBob
07-22-2009, 12:40 PM
My rule for browsing The Swamp:

If someone . . .


1) Has less than 100 posts

2) Uses an obnoxious amount of smileys (especially obscure, intricate smileys) in every post

3) Sports an excessive number of colors whenever they speak especially multiple colors in one word.


Then they are not to be trusted, and will most likely be ignored and/or abused.

If someone falls under two of those categories, then I will not be their friend and might wish death up on their self.

What he said.

Seph
07-22-2009, 01:46 PM
I find your lack of faith..........disturbing! :vadar:

I find your overuse of smilies disturbing

On topic, I pour concrete and make objects out of said concrete, including coffin vaults, so I also bury people.

ET Warrior
07-22-2009, 04:12 PM
I am an embedded software developer for Qualcomm, working as a part of the multiprocessor team.

I write code that helps run the chips that run a very large number of wireless devices most of you use in your everyday lives.