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Old 04-12-2011, 12:31 PM   #61
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In the town where I used to live there were lots of fairly intrusive questions, but I never blew them off because small town people love to get to talking about that new guy who never seems to go to work, and I did not want my door broken down. In information vacuum will get filled one way or another.

In the central city where I live now many people work odd hours or do non-standard things so usualy interest if any is just normal human interest in others. Also I am older, but very many people my age are working; I think it is the default assumption.

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Old 05-04-2011, 06:21 PM   #63
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I'm sure being retired engineer must be an ice breaker if a person who's asking is working engineer. I'm a structural engineer, aka working stiff so when someone say their occupation is an engineer, I always ask them what type. When I was a pup (such long time ago), I always thought engineers were locomotive engineers. Then after I started working in NYC, machine operators are called operating engineers, sewage treatment workers are called process engineer...etc.

I think if I ever get to FIRE, I'll put Fortunate Engineer as occupation.
I've always had fun with that...I am a female in case you didn't know. Eyebrows still get raised, or some still ask if I was an gym teacher when I tell 'em my bachelor's degree is in Physics.

I have a lot of MSEE courses completed, but not the degree. And 2 US patents. Close enough, eh?

I dabbled in software design, coding & testing, laboratory data acquisition, fiberoptics, digital instrument system operation, signal processing, technical program management, image processing, yadda yadda yadda.

I think "Botanical Engineer" would apply now when I design the layout and trellis supports for my container gardening.
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I've always had fun with that...I am a female in case you didn't know. Eyebrows still get raised, or some still ask if I was an gym teacher when I tell 'em my bachelor's degree is in Physics.

Good one

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I've always had fun with that...I am a female in case you didn't know. Eyebrows still get raised, or some still ask if I was an gym teacher when I tell 'em my bachelor's degree is in Physics.

I have a lot of MSEE courses completed, but not the degree. And 2 US patents. Close enough, eh?

I dabbled in software design, coding & testing, laboratory data acquisition, fiberoptics, digital instrument system operation, signal processing, technical program management, image processing, yadda yadda yadda.

I think "Botanical Engineer" would apply now when I design the layout and trellis supports for my container gardening.
How about "Lifestyle Engineer"?
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Retired Engineer.

I will always be an Engineer even if I am not getting paid for it.
I am a retired engineer, but I never use the word engineer. Done with that! On my list of things I never want to do again which includes working full-time and wearing a tie, is being an engineer.

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Aw!! These posts were so sweet, and I didn't see them until now. Thank you. I try.

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I agree, I always enjoy your posts and your wisdom.

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To borrow from a former poster---my post FIRE profession is Lazygood4nothingbum!! A profession that I excel at ;-)
I usually say I'm retired, but when asked what I do all day I say I'm a writer. I like saying that. I have also been known to claim I am a trout bum.

Funny, I'm always telling people I'm retired. Even when I think I might get lectured about being too young or suffer some complaints about pensions. I never do. My DW on the other hand gets that stuff all the time when she tells people I'm retired. I'm all ready to defend myself, but never get the opportunity. DW says most people are intimidated by me. Me? I'm cute and cuddly!
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...some still ask if I was an gym teacher when I tell 'em my bachelor's degree is in Physics.

I have a lot of MSEE courses completed, but not the degree. And 2 US patents. Close enough, eh?

I dabbled in software design, coding & testing, laboratory data acquisition, fiberoptics, digital instrument system operation, signal processing, technical program management, image processing, yadda yadda yadda.
How about retired dabbler? Maybe Patent-holding Dabbler?
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It seems you haven't retired from it though!
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My Geologist friend tells me that retired Geologists prospect.
I asked him what retired engineers do (I am a retired engineer)? He said putter. I think he meant dabble.
I am not much of a putterer (is that a word?). He is still working by the way.

I'm a lumberjack!
At least while my health holds out I will tend our modest stand of trees.
Maybe I should post this in the back injury thread.
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Recovering Retired engineers continue to optimize every system that they encounter, including its operator's technique & training, which is what makes them so endearingly special to their spouses and other loved ones...
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Recovering Retired engineers continue to optimize every system that they encounter, including its operator's technique & training, which is what makes them so endearingly special to their spouses and other loved ones...
Sadly, afraid so.
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Recovering Retired engineers continue to optimize every system that they encounter, including its operator's technique & training, which is what makes them so endearingly special to their spouses and other loved ones...
Darn it Nords, you just made me angsty about my ex-girlfriend again, heh. So true though, it totally is cute and endearing to observe.
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Ha! very nice usage of the term. I'm glad to see everyone is embracing the title. Love it.
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How about those forms that just won't quit asking questions?
Occupation? RETIRED
Former Occupation? Engineer
Where? You want to say, "does it make a difference"? Instead, I just list the address of the last place I w*rked.
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My post-retirement jobs evolve. Yesterday I worked THREE of them:

1. bending over plucking dandelions in the rain
2. hand-sorting 20 pounds of 50 years worth of "tinkering" into-
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3. drinking beer as needed to accomplish 1. and 2. above

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dunno yet! It's not even noon, why rush?
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When I retired four years ago (May 1, 2007) folks I spoke to wondered how/why I would retire at such an "early age" (heck, I was already old, at age 59).

Today, being a bit older (and SS age) nobody ever asks the question. Heck, I go to Kohl's (department store) on Wednesday to get their "senior discount" and they give it to me without having to mention it.

I'm not complaining - life is good...
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