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Re: Your Job

Posted: Mon, Jan 19 2009, 09:08 AM
by prairierose
Get well soon!

Re: Your Job

Posted: Mon, Jan 19 2009, 12:39 PM
by Frodos Majik
yes I hope all is well soon Buddy. :up:

Re: Your Job

Posted: Mon, Jan 19 2009, 06:52 PM
by kiteking
I am impressed with all you guys that have had the same job for all those years.

Also noticed quite a few Engineers and computer people that fly kites.

I graduated with a degree in civil engineering, and business management.

During college I started a painting contracting business. My first contract was a single apartment in a 3 story 12 unit building
in Miami Beach. Because of the great job they decided to let me do another, then the outside. The day before I finished
there was a fire in one of the downstairs apartment. I soon was a remodel contractor and remodeled the whole place.
Spent about a year at that place.

In the mid 70's I opened a silkscreen and iron-on tee shirt shop in Greeley, Colorado. I also started doing Photography, mostly portraits and some local events.
After going to Tucson with a friend for the weekend
I met my future wife, sold the shop to the couple that was running it for me, and moved to Oregon.

Kristine was attending Pacific University in Forest Grove, I took a job running the Maintenance Department. (free tuition for undergrad, 50% off for Optometry School)

In 1984 we moved to Redding, CA where was going to buy a practice, I found a part time job at Radio Shack, which became manager of the computer department.
Unfortunately the purchase of the practice did not work out.(the owner had a history of enticing new grads with an offer then decide not to sell-cheap labor)

Off to Napa, Ca where I transfered to the local Radio Shack Computer Store, and started a Computer Consulting Business. After a couple of years there, Kris advised me I had a interview with Egghead Discount Software, she had sent in my resume, and scheduled the interview when they called. I went, they liked, and I was manager of the store in
San Francisco financial district, until the new store in San Rafael, CA opened. Two years there and they wanted me to take over a floundering store in Pleasant Hill.
Then came the opening of the store in Tucson, which I request if and when they entered that market. I was there until Egghead closed all retail and went online only.
Total time 11 years, and all my stores achieved top 7 status and had the tightest inventory control and profit of all the stores.

The Next 9 years were solving computer problems on the phone for Sears customers.

Then I met Mike Kory at KP4, and he told me that when applying for federal aid for his college bound kids they would deduct his earning from the total aid package.

So I retired, My oldest son took over the Computer Consulting, and my youngest son has taken the Photography Business while attending UofA. I spend time remodeling the house and traveling.

Re: Your Job

Posted: Tue, Jan 20 2009, 09:01 PM
by DB Cooper
Wow, Mike that is a cool job history. Seems like you were able to make jobs fit your life instead of the other way around. Glad to here your son is going to the UofA, I am an alum from there, Go Wildcats!. I was heavy into photography all through highschool and part way into college (until I lost access to my darkroom). I've spent a lot of time at the photography exhibit at the UofA. It is a great campus for photography. Now I am trying to get into it with all the digital stuff, but it just doesn't have the same interest to me with pixels instead of developer and fixer.