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Old 10-26-2003, 08:56 PM
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Just an update;

Last spring I quit my job at a metal fab shop because the boss was an A-hole. I spent the whole summer landscaping my yard, pouring sidewalks and curbs, and installing an outdoor wood furnace. I cleaned a lot of carpets in between. That's been my part time job for about fifteen years now. It was a very satisfying summer.

I turned down a couple of offers to do stick welding because they both involved a lot of structural steel welding, and that's not much fun when you start getting older. I wanted to get out of welding anyway. A lot of heavy slugging, welder's flash, and the fumes are a killer.

I decided to sell my boat and this young guy who just bought a well established auto service center/ muffler shop was consigning boats for sale so I took my boat there to sell.

I had just rebuilt the 305 Chevy/ Mercruiser, and he was so impressed that he offered me a job wrenching on boats, when he started servicing marine engines.

The marine service shop never got off the ground this summer, but the guy called me and asked me to stat wrenching on cars for him.

I didn't want to post anything here at first, cuz I didn't know if it would work out. I've been there seven weeks now, and it's great.The other mechanics (they're certified, I'm not) are a great bunch of guys. So is the Service manager and the owner who sold my boat. Working on cars is great when you've got a hoist. I'm inside, out of the weather, with regular hours, and I get to use the shop on weekends to work on my own stuff.

Life is good, kitkar

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Old 10-26-2003, 09:04 PM
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Way to go Kitkar!!!

got you a REAL job .... i mean real WORK!
watch your fingers and toes.... and having a lift makes a boatload of difference doesn't it???

i poured concrete one summer..... i think that summer (or rather the memory of) was my single biggest influence in choosing my vocation....... inside is where i like it... a/c in the summer, heat in the cold....
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Old 10-26-2003, 10:02 PM
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Excellent. Nothing is worse that working at a job that you dislike for 40+ years.
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I know what ya mean kitcar. I get paid for listening to music all day on a quality control team. (If you go into Chili's, Applebees, Olive Garden, etc and hear a cuss word, I get fired) I gotta say, if I didn't love music as much as I do cars, this job would SUCK. But it's all good. Just in how you look at it.

Do what you love, love what you do.

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