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Old 05-16-2009, 05:53 PM   #241
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:47 PM   #242
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bbbamI, great initiative reviving the thread over. This one should be permanent.
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:36 PM   #243
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:28 PM   #244
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Interesting topic.
paper boy-
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This is how I gauge inflation, a steak sandwich in 1966 was $0.65.
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US Army- Two wonderfull years
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If I get bored I can always sharpen shovels at my sons landscape business.
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It's been a few months...so here we go.... Any changes? Any new members want to share?
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:24 PM   #248
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I was an actuarial and computer programming supervisor for most of the 23 years (1985-2008) I worked for a property and casualty insurance company trade group. I liked the work for some of the years but the commute was so intolerable it made me dislike the work near the end, too.

I don't miss any part of it one bit, especailly the commute. I can point the trains and laugh as they go by. When I see a news report about how the trains are screwed up that day or about how the fares are going to rise or services are going to be cut, I say to myself (again), "I am sooooo glad I don't have to deal with that garbage any more!"
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:51 PM   #249
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I've been here nearly a year and a half but I'd never seen this thread. I'm not going to put down all the jobs I've ever worked on. I'm not sure I could remember them all anyway.

My college degree is in Landscape Architecture and I worked in that field for several years after college, and eventually got my license in California. Then came the recession of the early 80's and I couldn't find a job in that profession for several years, during which time I worked clerical temporary assignments and various odd jobs. I still remember those temporary assignments: I was taking home about $600 a month and paying $250 for rent and $117 on a car payment.

Eventually I got hired by the City Engineering Department as a surveyor's assistant and worked on land survey crew for 17 years, during which I was promoted to instrument person and later, crew chief. That latter is a job I should have known better than to apply for. I hated being a supervisor, and I wasn't able to buy the piece of land I wanted to pay for with the raise—the seller wanted cash and I didn't have it. Eventually I was able to do a lateral transfer to another job in the survey section, as a plan reviewer, which meant a significant pay cut, but the reduction in stress made it well worth the financial cost. I have since then done another lateral transfer and am now a civil engineering technician, still with the City. About halfway through, the Engineering Department merged with parts of the Water Department and City Light (Seattle owns its own electric generating system) to form Seattle Public Utilities, and I still work for that department.

I have two half-jobs. One is related to issuing land use and building permits. I'm the person who looks up to see if there is water available at the project site and issues the certificate verifying that it is there, or if not, what the developer will have to do to get it there. The number of certificates has fallen off greatly the last year and a half due to the recession, so I am also working on a project that collects data on the sewer and drainage system with the eventual product of a system model that can be used to determine how to prevent sewage overflows into local water bodies.

In a week, I will have worked for the City for 25 years. I'm grateful for the good pay, good benefits and good working conditions and particularly for my pension, without which I would never be able to retire at all (my own fault, I'm 54 and only started serious retirement savings in 2008). But even so, I don't want to be working for the City for much longer. I'm planning and hoping to be able to retire before my 30th anniversary of employment.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:10 PM   #250
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Does Seattle still have wooden water pipes in the old downtown?

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Old 01-17-2010, 10:30 PM   #251
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Babysitter.
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College jobs:
Cleaning dormitories.
Sorted mail for the Post Office at Christmas (double shifts until they caught me).
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Having established that I was unsuited for honest labor, I became a chemical engineer for 36 years and counting. Most of it has been interesting if not fun. Found an old classmate on this forum. Have worked for too many jerks. Eagerly anticipating being independent, but can only afford to retire 5 years after I am dead.
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:53 AM   #252
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Does Seattle still have wooden water pipes in the old downtown?

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A colleague of mine came across a bit of 6" wood stave pipe on a job site just a few months ago, but I forget what part of town it was in. That particular main had been abandoned for a long time, and I don't know if any of them are still in use, but there are almost certainly some sections of wood water main still in the ground.

Here's a photo of a piece of wood stave pipe, for those who wonder what it looks like. If I've done this google maps link correctly, you'll see a street view of the front of the Water Department Operations center, which has on display a section of the old Cedar River pipeline (the large supply line that brings water down out of the watershed into town), a wood stave pipe about seven feet in diameter. I believe that has all been replaced with metal pipe now.
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hmmmm... what all did I do....
first job mopping floors
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pots and pans washer
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Chem lab assistant
computer assistant back in the days when we punched cards
computer programmer
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