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Old 02-21-2011, 08:06 PM   #21
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:12 PM   #22
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How did or do you earn your money?
According to this thread, apparently I didn't do much to earn any of my veteran's entitlements.

Originally Posted by Gumby View Post
How about "livin' off the fat o' the land"? That's been my strategy so far.
I prefer my current stock-market ambitions of "collecting the stupid tax"...

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:52 PM   #23
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I retired from my job as a therapist in a community center in 2000. With two real estate properties in California, we thought we were set.

A friend of mine had a business for sale in 2006 - an herb farm! I always loved that world, so we purchased the business (not the land). - no, not a pot farm

We have since incorporated, and, for some reason the business has been booming! Quite frankly, this enterprise really helped during the past two years or so during the stock market crash. It is like growing a garden (no pun intended), and watching things progress. I never thought I would like to have my own business, but this experience has been really fun. And, I spend about 20 hours per week in the herb room. I still have plenty of time for other forms of fun.

Now my daughter wants to help - she loves the "herby" world as well, and it will turn out to be a perfect business to pass on.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:34 PM   #24
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Worked in the private sector for a few months after high school until an opportunity to get a job with the state came up. Started in the mail room and took classes to become an registered engineer after transferring to the Department of Transportation. Worked my way up to project manager, before I left. Probably could have been promoted higher, but was a bit of a rogue and pissed off a few of the wrong people and made a decision not to apply for anymore promotions with about 3 or 4 years left due to some anxiety issues.

No I live on the pension. It's decent, but I'm not rich and I'm happy as heck!
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:03 AM   #25
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100% of what I have earned (and saved) is from the private sector.

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Old 02-22-2011, 03:54 AM   #26
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I marked Military for mine. It's not that I have not had other jobs, but this Army thing is the first one that actually paid enough to be worth sticking around for.

In the future, however, I hope to ease this more and more toward the self-employed side of things. My credit has gone up a lot over the last year, and I've been told by bankers that I could be approved for a home loan, if I wanted one. After hearing this, my wife turned to me and asked if I'd be interested in purchasing a place with a view primarily toward its future value for resale and current value as a rental.

I think the seeds I have been planting with her have finally taken root. They should. I've probably talked enough BS by now that they have plenty of fertilizer.

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Old 02-22-2011, 06:31 AM   #27
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:58 AM   #28
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I worked in the actuarial field for 23 years. It was in the private sector.
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

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Old 02-22-2011, 12:30 PM   #29
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:22 PM   #30
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First person in my family for three generations to NOT have w*rked for the Federal government at some point during their career.

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Old 02-22-2011, 07:47 PM   #31
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Will be interesting to see the "Africanization" of the US Priesthood. Africa seems to be the one place where the Catholic Church has the best chance of significantly increasing the number of Priests serving Catholics worlwide.
I hope at least they will be a little easier on teenage boys who masturbate than the Irish and German maniacs of my youth were.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:52 PM   #32
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:24 AM   #33
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I've done a little of all, but the bulk of it was in law enforcement. A fascinating job overall provided one emerges with one's limbs and sanity intact.

Now I'm just doing armed security at a pay rate that made me feel guilty but with therapy I got over it.
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
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