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Postby MGE320 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:17 pm

FlyingV wrote: If a business is open 7 days a week this is the best schedule ever. + one week vacation = 3 weeks off!


"Best schedule ever"?

My wife and I work (formerly for me, currently for her) in the airline industry. The "business" was/is open 24/7/365.

Her current typical schedule is Fri/Sat/Sun nights (she bids weekend red-eye turns, leaving JFK around 9PM and returning around 6 am), then off the rest of the week. Currently, however, her schedule is that she's been off since June 28th and returns July 9th, for work on the 9th and 10th, then off again until the 17th, where she works the 17, 18 and 19. No vacation or PTO bank used for any of it. Just regular bidding and drop/swap.

She just bid for her vacation this year to be 2 weeks in October..the 2nd through 8th and then the 23rd through the 29th. With creative bidding, she will turn those 2 weeks of actual vacation into being off the last week in Sept, all of Oct and the first week of Nov. 6 consecutive weeks for 2 weeks of vacation bank.

Combine this with the flexibly to change your schedule on a daily basis (trip trades with other pilots, trip drops, trip pick up and trip trades with the open time pot) and it is very much one of the best schedules going. True, there is a LOT of BS to put up with in this job these days. So much so that I would/could never do it and she is counting the years to retirement, but for schedule only, it is very hard to beat.

She is not at the top of the seniority list, either. Top 25%, though. So yeah, that has a lot to do with it. 8)

But again, you couldn't pay me enough to do this job today. They pay her pretty well, and obviously SHE thinks it's enough to do that job. For now. :?

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re: What jobs do you guys have?

Postby FlyingV » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:22 pm

MGE320, When you go to the doctor and they listen to your heart I bet it sounds like jet engines :P

[or happy dogs barking ha]

One of my favorite clients at the motorcycle dealership gig was an airline pilot, Captain Don Gibson. Awesome person. I am sure you are too MGE. Takes a special person to fly a jet full of people I should think. No pressure right ha [depends on the altitude? :)]
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re: What jobs do you guys have?

Postby DannyB819 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:23 pm

I'm the SVP of Creative Affairs for an entertainment company. We've got a few shows on the air and an overall deal with a network studio.

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Postby Casual Madman » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:56 pm

I'm a "Key Account Manager" for a transportation & logistics company. I haven't changed employers since 1992, but my employers have been acquired twice. I survived, so I must be reasonably good to have around.

I was able to afford my Carvin due to a nice profit-sharing bonus a couple of years ago. I asked my wife how big my bonus would have to be to spend close to $2K on a guitar. (I knew approximately how big it was going to be.) She named a ridiculous figure. Bonus topped it by a tad.

Now that I have my Carvin, plus a really good $700 Ibanez "working" guitar (I can schlep that one around without undue worry it will get dinged), I'm pretty much done. I can't justify another 4-figure toy.

But I'm happy with what I've got!

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Postby FlyingV » Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:21 pm

WOW That Ibby looks minty! I wanted one of those sooo bad to go with this for a long time. Ended up selling mine due to 7 string infection and I'm not a collector. It made me sad I wasn't playing it anymore really. Now that I sold it a few years ago I feel it was a mistake for sure. Stupid me. I got a lot for the guitar, sold it at the right time I guess but I'd give them their money back in a heartbeat to have it back.

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My Kiesel wish list - All 7 strings. All 27" scale option.

New symmetrical V7X, X227X, TL7X, C77X Bolt [smooth heel]

Semi-Hollow CT7. Head or Headless [CODA's photoshop]

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Postby arahobob » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:44 pm

Electrician

I work for a company that pretty much does it all - high end residential, commercial, industrial, whatever.
If it's a wire / system (line voltage, data CAT5, phone systems, CCTV, home theater / stereo, whatever) we install it.

Here's one of the more interesting jobs from recent years:
http://www.livinginmedia.com/article/ho ... tored.html

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Postby vwelch01 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:34 pm

I am an IT tech for a logistics company. I also have two businesses. The first allows me to be an abrasives distributor. The second allows me to be a life extension specialist. Having write offs and second incomes have been helpful. For a couple of years I was teaching collage classes ones night a week. It was during this time I bought my second and most recent Carvin CT624 guitar. I love this guitar.
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Postby robm66 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:50 pm

Been working for the phone company for just over 25 yrs now. Have had a few different positions over the years but currently doing service tech work, phone and internet installs, cable repair, and restoring service when phones or internet quit working.

Got my first Carvin about a year and a half ago when I was 48 yrs old. Got several things paid off, kids getting grown, so I had a little extra cash finally. So now I'm up to 2 Carvin/Kiesel guitars and have a 3rd in the planning stage! :D

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Postby FlyingV » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:11 am

robm66 wrote:Been working for the phone company for just over 25 yrs now. Have had a few different positions over the years but currently doing service tech work, phone and internet installs, cable repair, and restoring service when phones or internet quit working.


I worked for USWEST/Qwest in their DSL Center in Phoenix for a couple years. I see your in an area where hopefully your employer has more respect for their employees and clients than Qwest did. USWEST was OK.

Qwest was like working for a stereotypical used car dealer. Qwest came in and very nearly wiped out a lot of employees savings in the stock. Some people who worked there for decades lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, their retirement. It was truly painful to watch happen.

Job one was to "cram" customers with products/service they didn't need. They called them "Buckets". When you came in to work each day there was a number of "Buckets" they wanted you to fill [meet a daily quota]. Sell these today or else. It was also sad to see good people, employees who really did care about the customer, being forced to fill these buckets knowing the customer didn't need the product. Also, in order to prove just how stupid Qwest management thought customers were, they ran full page ad's in the major local paper advertising product "Bundles" [phone-wireless-broadband etc] when actually the prices, which were made to look like they were on sale in the ad's, were exactly the same as if your ordered the services individually. In other words you saved exactly zero by "Bundling". I hope the new management/company "Century Link" is not like Qwest for both employees and clients sake.

Sorry for rambling. It was such an interesting job, you really could help people given the chance but the greed of Qwests management just sucked all the goodness out of the place.
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My Kiesel wish list - All 7 strings. All 27" scale option.

New symmetrical V7X, X227X, TL7X, C77X Bolt [smooth heel]

Semi-Hollow CT7. Head or Headless [CODA's photoshop]

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Postby MCS » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:30 am

I'm a lawyer -- specifically a commercial litigation attorney in South Florida -- although I picked up my first Carvin several years before I started practicing law. That was my trusty LB70, still my main bass, which my parents helped me buy as a high school graduation present (they paid half and I paid the rest out of money I'd saved). I picked up a couple more Carvins during college and law school by spending money from gigs plus scholarship and student loan funds (possibly not the best idea in retrospect, since I'm still paying off the loans, but such is the life of the musician with access to money in random lump sums).

Now that I think of it, the only Carvin I've purchased during my time as a lawyer is the CT4 I recently bought as a complement to my old CT3, which has been my main guitar since 2008 or so.

P.S. My current band is metal/hard rock, so I believe I don't technically qualify as a blooz lawyer?

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Postby dvlsadvc8t » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:53 pm

I'm a male hooker. Well, technically, another lawyer, but what's the difference? We both screw people for money. :mrgreen: Seriously, it's not too bad. I'm in the lube business - oil and gas anyway. :wink:

BTW, MCS, I know all about those student loans. Went to law school in St. Pete. I love paying for a house that I don't even own. May be moving to Miami early next year.

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Postby brento73 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:23 am

I work in IT but I spent 5 months out of work around the end of last year/first of this one, so my finances(and music gear) are still in recovery. That said, I should have a new Kiesel/Carvin before the year is out.

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Postby truedog » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:54 am

I worked for the State of Wyoming as an IT Support Team Lead for the Department of Enterprise Technology Services.
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Postby MCS » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:33 am

dvlsadvc8t wrote:I'm a male hooker. Well, technically, another lawyer, but what's the difference? We both screw people for money. :mrgreen: Seriously, it's not too bad. I'm in the lube business - oil and gas anyway. :wink:

BTW, MCS, I know all about those student loans. Went to law school in St. Pete. I love paying for a house that I don't even own. May be moving to Miami early next year.


No kidding... I tell people that I'm practically paying a mortgage on a house that doesn't exist all the time myself. I'm in Broward right now but make the short drive to Miami fairly often for work or gigs.
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Postby southdakota » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:00 pm

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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:26 pm

I work in commercial furniture (everything from plastic stack chairs to custom wood private offices and conference tables with all sorts of electrical and data/AV equipment).

A cool thing is that a lot of what I learned about different woods from Carvin and from this job in working with custom furniture, actually have a lot of crossover. Zebrawood, walnut, flamed maple, etc are all very common woods in commercial furniture, so I already know what a lot of these woods look like with certain colors of finishes. :lol:

I fell into the job. After only getting as far as a HS diploma (barely), I resigned myself to working crappy jobs (or at least jobs with a lot of manual labor)...my GF suggested that I talk to someone in her industry (she's an interior architectural designer), and the conversation landed me an entry-level position with this company, and I've worked up through that order-entry job, to sales support, to project management and account management. The celebration gift for getting this job was my V3M. :)

I get to work on everything from huge international clients (like one I'm currently working on in Oregon which is 2000+ cubicle workstations, 40+ conference tables, etc) all the way down to an art gallery that wanted some cool tables for their staff, and some custom-designed shelving for their artwork. It's also fun working on spaces for companies that I'm already a fan of.

Here's me at the end of the largest table I've ever sold: 40' x 9'9" (seats 40+). Funny thing is...this is the *placeholder* table...their real curved-side table was going to be late, and they needed a table in 2 weeks. This one is a p-lam "replica" to tide them over through an important meeting. It was designed so that once we were done with it, it could be broken down into 6 smaller tables, and re-sold. Eventually, this table got 12 recessed flip-top boxes with integrated power, data and HDMI cables, and 24 microphones hooked up to speakers within the room, as well as the tele-communications equipment.
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Postby Praiser » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:35 pm

Sounds like you have a cool gig, Spud. Congrats on that.

I have been at the same manufacturing plant for the last 26 years. Started out as a CNC machinist and then migrated to QC when they farmed out all of the Fabrication and Machine work. This is a global company making Construction and Agricultural equiptment. We are past due for another corporate owner but who knows if that will happen again in the 5 years I have remaining. Once I hit age 55 I'm out!
My primary duties are to program the layout routines and spreadsheets for weldments made inhouse. I also help with receiving inspections as needed and regularly measure the weld fixtures themselves as well. It used to be a really good place to work, but now it's just a job that still has an early exit option for me so I stick around. I like the work and have a natural afinity for it, but the internal political nonsense and wage stagnation have really taken the shine off of it. 2 raises in 9 years seems to be excessively insufficient to me.

It took a sustained abundance of OT for me to afford my 1 custom build. I do manage to swing the occasional Amp, Speaker, or used Carvin item, but I'm jonesing for a fretless 5 string build in the worst way. Wifey being on disability now compounds the cashflow issues but we're doing OK and making it work. What else we gonna do?

Anywho...that's my story. Thanks for those others that have shared so far. It's interesting to see what you all do. I never would have guessed Truedog was an IT guy!

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Postby runfromsticks » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:35 pm

Everyone does some cool stuff here! I turned 26 in June, am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Supervisor, overseeing behavior intervention programs for kids with developmental disabilities. I love working with these kids (except for when they bite... I hate getting bit) and seeing the progress is great. I bought my first Carvin in 2005 (CT4), and ordered a V7 through the Vader run recently. Who knew a few pieces of paper and letters after my name could be so useful :wink:

Also for the user who trains the dog, PM me if you have any questions. The behavioral principles that I use with my kids work with animals too :D

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Postby potatohead » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:00 am

I work the front lines for a fuel injection shop. Phones, sales, customer service etc. Mainly diesels we work on fuel systems from basically anything you can imagine. Excavators, generators, boats, trucks of all sizes etc. If it has a diesel in it we can fix the fuel system (pump and/or injectors) in it. We are a pretty small operation only about twelve employees total, but the company has been around many years and one of the more respected shops in our field.
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Postby ZeroNeuro » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:27 am

3D Environment Artist, Lighting Artist and Compositor for feature animation, film, and cinematics. I help build environments as needed, then some textures, lighting, renders and compositing. Combine it all together for final looks.

I used to do fusion for a living when I was in my 20's but that ended up not working out. (Was the 90's...)

I've also been a stagehand for the IATSE, worked in a recording studio and ran lights for a children's theater. 3D isn't as much heavy lifting... :mrgreen:

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