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dorookie
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Hey ALL,

I thought it might be interesting to find out what everyone does for a living. Kind of like what we did when we asked everyone where they are from. So I will go first.

I am currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security, I work for Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) formerly known as INS. I am a Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer. I supervise all aspects of Deportation proceedings and removals from the United States and supervise detention of people that are illegally in the United States. I have been doing this for over 8 years now. I love my job, I know alot of people hate what I do, but I believe its needed. There is a right way to come into the United States and if you do it the right way well then you wont see me, but do it the wrong way and you might just come get to meet me.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.

Okay who is next?

God Bless
Beth

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Buzzard
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I am a Shift Operations Supervisor at USTVA and have been employed there for 25 years. I am 54 years old and was looking forward to retiring at 55. Not any more, with young children and this little deal I will continue to work til the cows come home and thats ok also.I love my job although it sometimes has its moments as they all do. I have been blessed with a good living and the ability to care for and give my family a great comfortable life..........

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kristasplace
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I'll go next, though mine is not very fascinating, and i've done many things. I will go with the more recent stuff. Before i got sick, i was working as a caregiver for psychiatric patients, and before that with people who were moderately to severely brain injured. I also cleaned houses, and had my own business for several years. I loved it, and unfortunately, i'll never be able to work in either of those fields again. The work was hard, so i won't complain!

Many hugs,
Krista

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CherylHutch
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Well, I'm currently on Long Term Disability Insurance and have been for 2 years now. But, my employer and fellow employees still treat me as if I'm one of them (IE: I get invited to the Christmas party or any potluck lunches they may have, the going away or retirement parties, etc). I worked as a Systems Analyst/IT Instructor for the Ministry of Social Services for the Province of BC (British Columbia provincial government). I have been with the provincial government for 35 years (ok, I started when I was 2 years old??). One can retire on full pension after 35 years of service but you have to be 55. Since I'm only 53, I can't retire until February 2010. When the time comes, I will have to weigh the odds as to whether it's better to stay on Long Term Disability or retire and go on full pension. With Long Term Disability, the insurance company pays my medical, extended health and dental insurance, but I can't work on the side. If I retire, my medical insurance is paid for, but I would have to pay my own Extended Health and Dental insurance (at subsidized rates), but there would be no restriction on working... part-time or full-time.

So, I'll have to figure it all out, but hey... I have another year to figure it out ... meanwhile, I continue popping into the office and giving them all a hard time. My employer (and co-workers) have been soooo supportive of me throughout all of this!

Huggggs,

Cheryl

PS: Meanwhile... I'm still very much active with the Vancouver Theatre Community... and that definitely keeps me busy, so it's not like I'm sitting around feeling sorry for myself or getting bored :)

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msccolon
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I bet we'll get a whole host of different things here! I am a computer programmer, employed with the same company since August of 1992 (very rarely do programmers stick with the same company for more than 5 years). I have a great boss, although today is one of those days I would like to throttle him! Before that I managed the library and worked in the mail room at TRICCSMA in Newport, RI. Before that I was a purchasing agent at a beer distributor in Charleston. Before that I did temp work at various places, and before that did inventory with RGIS in Jacksonville FL. I'm not going any further back than that!
mary

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VickiCO
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Beth, I publish two magazines for the machine quilting industry - Unlimited Possibilities for professional longarm quilters, and Machine Quilting Unlimited for the home machine quilter. It is great fun! You can see then on my websites, www.upquiltmag.com or www.mqumag.com. Next summer, if the beast can be tamed, we are launching an Art Quilt magazine. That is my passion...

What does everyone else do?? Vicki

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ldot123
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Hi there,

I sell computer hardware and software that is specific to the graphics industry. My clients include ad agencies, pre-media houses and printers. Interesting and sometimes stressful work but overall has been a great industry to be involved with. My employer has been awesome since I started going through this. I found out about the colon cancer two months after I started.

Cheers, Lance

dorookie
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Sounds very interesting I will check out your websites.

Thanks
Beth

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VickiCO
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I started with a degree in Finance, worked my way through college at night. Had several 'ladder climbing' corporate jobs, including with Apple Computer in the 80's. Changed to Director of HR, found over time that it became way too legal and not fun at all, so I became a personal assistant to CEO's of major industries. That was fun, but I burned out after six years of no life of my own. I had always loved publishing, and even did a stint as an editor for a national sewing magazine. The opportunity presented itself to purchase an existing niche quilting magazine - and the rest is history! I absolutely love what I do. I work from home, have a virtual staff as well. We are a great team and we are having a blast. When I was DX'd in Oct, my staff stepped up immediately and seamlessly took over my roles. I think I will have a hard time when I am ready to take back the reins! LOL!

In my down time I create art quilts, paint fabric, crochet and felt yarn and live for my three grandsons!

Vicki

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I founded and have operated a PR agency starting in 1982. Before that, I was PR manager for Johnson Outboards, i taught journalism at a state university right before that. I'm a frustrated journalist, so we also produce a newspaper feature service and produce and syndicate two radio programs. We specialize in outdoor recreation and automotive. Before I started the agency, I was PR manager for the consumer products at Armour-Dial. Products such as Dial Soap, toiletries, Bruce Cleaning products, shampoos, etc. Great products, but not as much fun as boats, motors, fishing tackle, and Toyota Lexus and Scion automobiles.

I love what I do. Mary, my wife, and Pete, my son, are in the agency with me. My daughter, Penny, is a serious newsie and a senior copy editor at the Arizona Republic newspaper.

I'm also a retired U.S. Navy officer.

What a great and interesting group we have, how about us!

dorookie
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I was in the Navy for 8 years as well. I worked as a Radioman Second Class (E-5). LOved it, should have stayed in but I have a job I love as well so it all worked out!

Beth

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trainer
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Read your other post about the Hep C. I'm curious, which is Beth in the photo. It helps me to visualize when I communicate with people when I know what they look like. Thanks.

dorookie
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I have the shades on and Wendy is wearing the white T-shirt!

Beth

dorookie
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we both have shades on, but wendy is wearing the white t-shirt

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I have worked in Health Care for 28 years, I was a Respiratory Therapist for about ten years then I completed my Masters in Heatlh Care Administration and started with the Veterans Administration hospital system. I have worked in seven different facilities and in Alaska, California, Missouri, Washington, Texas and now I am back home in Arizona. I have recently started a new job, still with VA in the area of health care planning and emergency preparedness.

Its been different after all these years to be the patient myself. I have to admit when I was an inpatient, I actually was intrigued by the experience because it was my field. I have 23 years of federal service now and need to get to at least 56 before full retirement. I really like the veterans and believe in what we do. I am now a patient there too.

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I work as an independent contractor in educational sales. Basically, I recruit working professional adults to go back to college online at major colleges and universities like: Indiana State University, Regis University, USC, Indiana U, George Washington U, and others.
I specialize in healthcare - nursing, paramedic to RN, respiratory therapists. I love what I do but it requires long hours and lots of driving (50,000+ miles a year on my car for business) that I just can not do anymore. I am working very part time and have applied for disability. In the 16 mos since diagnosis, this is the toughest. I really LOVE working and giving it up is hard.

My background is workforce development. I have worked with welfare-to-work, adults with disabilities, dislocated workers and ex-felons to get them back in the workforce and/or more education.

My plan now is to be off work until I can get this stupid disease to leave me alone and then start my own business. I'm 44, my youngest is a junior in high school and I will have to give up the job I love...seems like it's perfect timing for a career change! Maybe consultant work?

Kimby

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I have been repairing industrial and domestic sewing machines for 45 years. My only break was as a senior computer operator with the Australian dept of defence computing services division ,10 years of rolling shifts. Ron.

dorookie
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One day I am going to make my way to see your wonderful Country. I have traveled all over the world, the closest I got was Fiji. But one day I will make it there!
Beth

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impactzone
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I am a high school teacher in CA. This is year 23 for me as a biology, physics and technology teacher. I also am the 18 co-director of the Ca Science Project at UCSB. I have been a volleyball coach (girls and boys) over the last 18 years as well. Its a great job and I love the school and kids.
Thanks

Chip

Karmar
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Me next-

I raised three kids as a single mom cleaning houses and any other part time Job I could find. I worked 2-3 jobs most of my childrens lifes. 2 years ago I was let go at this time of the year from a managing position. Then my husbands brother died and I became partially retired doing only 1 house w eek to give me an outing.As of september I had to give it up I can barley do my own home without getting very tired or being in pain. Still waiting on a Dx for whatever I have. ANd plan on working once I get better as I am totally unisured.
Miss working tho-
Karen

dorookie
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I think teachers have the hardest jobs these days! They dont get paid near enough to do the job they do and have the responsibilities that are put on them. God Bless ya

Beth

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jillpls
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I've worked full time for a high school in Ca for the past 8 years. I am the technology specialist for the campus. I love my job and the students. It's always a challange to figure out what went wrong with the computers this time. I also ran an in-home day care for 15 years when I was raising my 4 kids. They are all either in college or married now. I'm 52.

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I'm an attorney. I work full time as in house counsel for a bank, which is painful & busy right now with the state of the economy. I also have my own practice which I do part time mainly concentrating on real estate, civil law, family law and estate planning. I also do co-counsel work with my brother who is an attorney practicing primarily in real estate title insurance defense, real estate closings and civil law and he also dabbles in criminal law with my husband who is also an attorney. I've heard every lawyer joke imaginable.

I also wear the hat of caretaker for my mom, my most important and favorite role.

dorookie
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My dream is to one day be an attorney. I work with attorney's on a daily basis (well when I was working) I love dicussing the law with them. Love it even better when I prove them wrong..LOL I always have said I might be the oldest person to ever take a bar exam but some day it will happen. People ask me what I would do if I won the lottery, I would go back to school and become a lawyer. But for now, its being a LEO!

Beth

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Jimbob-
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After Graduating from Ohio Univ. in 1964, I started lawschool at univ of Toledo, Part time. Got drafted before I had even completed the first course.

Wanting to be able to choose my own fate, I ran down to the Marine Recruiter and signed on as an Aviation Candidate. Was Commissioned and received my wings in July 1966. Twenty years later retired. I think that Draft Notice was the best thing ever happened to me. Never had to be the Butt of Lawyer Jokes.

After retirement I worked as a Flight simulator Instructor, raining Naval Aviators in Pensacola, Florida.

Struck by Colo-rectal Cancer in April 2005.

Finally Hung up the Spurs July 2008.

Now i sit around and Tink, when I get tired of that, I just sit.

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2bhealed
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Hi Beth,

My friend's hubby used to work for INS out of Minnepolis and he was able to travel all over the world taking illegals "home".

He has some very cool stuff he has collected on his travels!

peace, emily

dorookie
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That is so cool. Yes a small world. I take it he doesnt work there still? I have a nice collection as well. I chose to collect small plates from every place I went. I also brought back shot glasses for my Best Friend from every place I went.

Beth

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2bhealed
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So what do YOU do they ask.......that dreaded question for homemakers..

I am a homeschooling mother of 5 who went from university to marriage to pregnancy all within a matter of months. BC (before cancer) I helped run a non-profit on our farm bringing inner city kids out to give them a farm experience. We also hosted a missionary training school every summer with it culminating into a trip to the Rainbow Gathering (any old hippies or Rainbow Family out there?). Our Farm was used as a retreat for missionaries from all over the world. I wrote a monthly newsletter for support-raising and post cancer I gave it all up (the ministry that is--raising support while doing alternative medicine out-of-pocket was waaaaay too stressful) and sold the farm (had to) and moved to a little log cabin in the Northwoods of Minnesota's awesome Lake Superior North Shore where I mush sled dogs, ski and snowshoe on 200 acres of wilderness (40 of it is ours).

Currently I work one day a week for our county financial workers doing clerical office support, and I put on Juicing Workshops at my local coop. That just covers my organic veggie addiction.

I still homeschool my littlest one. My oldest is 22 so I have been working the mom gig for that long.

My dream is to open my cabin up to cancer survivors needing retreat (and some carrot juice HA!), hiking, skiing, sitting in my hot tub or sauna. That's what I will "do" in my next next life.

peace, emily the juice chick

dorookie
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Teachers have the second hardest jobs, MOTHERS have the hardest job! Way to go emily and all those that stay home to raise the kids. I am not one of those, I sometimes tell people that I would rather do 12 hours of hard labor outside in the heat, then to do one hour of housework! LOL I was/am just a career person, I do wish I had been home more when my daughter was little, but I was a single mom and had to work. All in all I did my best and didnt mess her up to bad. However, she wont be wasting money on her head doctor, cause I am sure I have given her plenty to talk about. LOL

God Bless
Beth

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Joy1216
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I call myself a professional volunteer because I have spent most of my time the last three years volunteering at church and at various cancer and community events. Prior to that I worked for the Government agency that everyone loves to hate, IRS. I retired January 2006 after 27 years with IRS and 3 years with Social Security prior to that. (Was diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer two months after I retired, so that postponed the volunteering about six months). I started with IRS as a tax auditor, then became a revenue agent (also CPA and MBA). I spent the next 19 years at various levels of management, ending my career managing a call center. In the process, I moved all over Alabama and then to Kansas City. I still prepare tax returns for my relatives, but no way would I want to prepare them for a living. I'll stick with volunteering. My husband just retired in July and we plan to do some traveling.
Joy

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valeriec
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I had our first son 2 months after I graduated high school, and our second son 2 years later. Stay at home mom during the day and college at night. When I turned 26 I went to work teaching GED and ESL at our local community college. Taught mostly at night so hubby was home with the boys. When our boys were 10 and 8....oops, along came number 3 boy. Took two years off and then went back to same job at college, but was able to take our third son with me. He attended a daycare at the college. When he entered school, I took a few years off. A few years later, took a position at our local elemetary school. Was there 2 years when my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 CC. I quit and spent the next 15 months helping my mom and dad. My mom was 62 at the time of diagnoses. We traveled quite a bit going to different places for her treatment. Unfortunately, she lost her battle just over a year ago. We now own a small ranch and my dad lives with us in the guest house. We are attempting to be ranchers. We know nothing about it, but are figuring out as we go. I do know it is hard work. Feeding morning and night in freezing weather is a challenge, but we love it. Everytime we get a new animal, my dad says, "Did we think this through???" He takes the morning shift and I take the night. It is very peaceful and beautiful and as I type, snow is falling. On Monday, we are going to get 3 new horses for our boys for Christmas. Ha!!! Maybe they can take over some of the chores!
This was fun, I enjoy reading what everyone does....
Merry Christmas and God Bless,
ValerieC

dorookie
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As I was reading your post that movie came to mind. You guys are the real deal! WOW that must be so much fun. So sorry to hear about your mom though.
God Bless
Beth

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