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Old 01-22-2015, 08:12 PM   #41
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1. Teaching Shakespeare and poetry to cowboys up in the foothills of California's Gold Country. (Just be sure to keep a spittoon outside the door.)

2. Teaching reading, writing and drama to promising inner-city kids and talented migrant farm workers.

3. Teaching middle-class kids how to write essays that win them fat scholarships to top-flight universities.

4. Turning gang members into fans of Sophocles, so they re-write "Oedipus Rex" in rap.

5. Mentoring new college grads (from #2, above) when they enter the teaching profession themselves.

6. Do #2-5 in the heart of Silicon Valley, and get to meet Jaime Escalante (of "Stand and Deliver" fame) at a mentor workshop at Stanford.

7. Move to a mid-Western city, mid-career, and prep kids for Ivy League educations at a school built in the heart of a ghetto.

Oh, yeah--that's right. I got to do them all! They were, indeed, dreams come true.

Sadly, though, the dream jobs I did not get to do: becoming a professional ballerina or tap dancer, or a concert pianist, or a singer on Broadway.....( FI or not, one needs talent! )

Or a tour guide on a bus in Paris.......
Or a cross-country back-packer.......
Or riding my bike from coast to coast.....

(These last two I can't do now because of DH's illness.)

BUT the best dream job is the current one: ER!!!


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Old 01-23-2015, 01:01 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by Walt34 View Post
Seaplane pilot in South America. I forget the name of the airline but it's a regional one and the pilots work barefoot and wear shorts and t shirts. The requirements were pretty high, on the order of 5,000 hours seaplane time, airline transport rating, etc. But it sure looked like a fun job.
Walt, you might want to reconsider - have you been inside Twin Otter? (for non-pilots, it's the type of twin turboprop seaplane used by Trans Maldivian)
It is really loud.
I would estimate >90dB at pilot's seat. Much louder than King Air or PC12.

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Walt, you might want to reconsider - have you been inside Twin Otter? (for non-pilots, it's the type of twin turboprop seaplane used by Trans Maldivian)
It is really loud.
I would estimate >90dB at pilot's seat. Much louder than King Air or PC12.
Never been inside one, but did fly as a passenger on a twin engine seaplane once, I forget what type.

I've heard the David Clark noise-canceling headsets are pretty good for high noise environments but admittedly not tried those either.

But hey, this is a dream job. The engines are electric now.
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
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[*]Judge in Iron Chef. Please, please, please ....
I was having trouble coming up with one until this showed up...I'll fight you for it!
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A lot of talk about dream jobs on an ER site. Maybe if one found the right vocation they wouldn't need to ER.
Just tryin' to stir the pot.
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:30 AM   #46
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This thread reminded me of a great song.
From Bachman Turner Overdrive.


You get up every morning
From your 'larm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above
And people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train's on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I'm self-employed <<<<<<
I love to work at nothing all day <<<<<<
And I'll be

Taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I've been taking care of business (it's all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime

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