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    Thanks to everyone who posted on this thread, offering a glimpse of their professions/passion! I really enjoy the insight and hope more people will post. Kinda like the picture thing, it helps make the "connection."

    Mary Jane-A Probation Officer in the San Joaquin Valley......we're neighbors! I am so impressed that you've hung with such an emotionally demanding job, especially when you see the cycles of parents/kids. I did a stint at CDCR's legal department--not a great match. Legal is a challenge because it's predominately negative and adding career criminals to the mix just exacerbates the negativity.

    My 17 year old daughter plays competitive soccer (goalie) and had two of her personal best games in Turlock and Ripon this past summer (got a scholarship offer as a result!). Superman is from Modesto, so I am pretty familiar with the area. I am 30 miles east of Sacramento.

    Angel--How about being an "intern" at a radio station when you're feeling up for it? Your "Baywatch Babe" photo can be your promo pic! As my signature line says "It's never too late to be what you might have been." Just make it on your terms.........

    Hatlady-My dearest friend is a tax specialist for California's tax collecting agency and has been looking for a different career (she's tired of being the "bad guy"). She recently commented that she wants to "help people" and considering a career change to HR. I about fell off my chair with your post and immediately called M to head her off at the pass! Your post was well written and, I believe, gave a true account of life in HR.

    Rastagirl-I begged my ex-husband to allow me to be a stay-at-home mommy, but he was concerned about my not being able to pay "my 1/2" of the household expenses (hence the divorce). My middle child (son) is hearing impaired with RA. I still carry the guilt for not being Mrs. Cleaver, but it all turned out well in the end. My two sons have graduated from college and my daughter will be graduating from high school in May and then on to college to study kinesiology. Now that the kids are mostly grown, I don't know what I'd do all day to occupy myself--although my health may not leave me any choice

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    Hey Bonus mom,

    Did your middle son, the hearing impaired one, go to university for free? Here in Texas they allow a person if their hearing loss is 50% I think and that is both ears, to attend University for free. We pay books. We were so excited to hear that...now One of our daughters can attend nursing school for free.
    Just wondering... It must be a relief that they are all through with school.
    BTW...of the stay at home moms I know, whether we had to because of health, necessity(I have so many kids my job wouldn't even pay for daycare) or just had a husband who wasn't an a$$, none of us could possibly be classified as Mrs. Cleaver...that was a ditsy image anyway...lol "Ward, but he is so young are you sure you need to take away his allowance" And who does housework in full Sunday clothes and pearls? LOL...I believe that any mom who has to work for whatever reason should not feel guilty about trying to make a better life for the little ones...
    I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.......Robert Frost

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    No, Craig didn't get his tuition covered--don't even know if it's a program available in CA . He's completely deaf in his left ear and a 60 dB loss in his right. Darn...I should've sent him to Texas! It would've saved a lot of money....but I would've missed him terribly.

    Awesome that your daughter is able to attend nursing school for "just" the cost of books. Just a thought, but our aspiring author "Rastagirl" should write books for the education sector--that's where the money's at!

    My dear MIL is a the classic Mrs. Cleaver aside from the pearls and dress/heels/hosiery. (Un)fortunately, that was a different time and I am employed full time. DH expects me to do it all, just like his mom did. Raise the kids, pay the bills, clean house, shop and cook. Oh, and can you grab me a beer while you're at it??? MIL apologizes to me for doing everything for him and not teaching him how to be independent and take care of himself. One thing I can honestly say is that my kids are self sufficient and didn't "learn" how to do their own laundry at 48. Oops--gotta stop my rant!

    And being a teacher, one of THE hardest occupations ever! I could never be a teacher although I love the kids and want to save/help them all, but I'd probably strangle the parents!

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    BTW, Sick n Tired, I was LOL with your Cleaver quote. The Mrs.' voice resonating in my ears !!!! Too funny!

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    Yes, i like this thread...thanks for such a good idea. Oh im not being rude when i never seem to put peoples names....i know in my head who you are i just carnt remember names lol Dare i try n remember....think its BonusMom.....pls let that be the right name im thanking

    Its so nice to see what people do and used to do. Bet you never thought me working as a motor mechanic in my past lol ? Those dirty nails just are not right anymore, but i so loved the smell of petrol...mmmmmm Oh n the look of those boys i worked with hehehehe

    Yes, you know i never thought of that. Maybe when i am feeling well hopefully in the future, i could do it as a volunteer for a while, who knows hey.I have no confidence what so ever anymore, so it could help me get it back.Oh to listen to music all day.....heaven

    Angel.xxxx

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    Angel, I can just picture you being a mechanic...I am not totally a girly girl, but grease in my fingernails.....of course if it paid the bills and you were good at it,,,I know that I would be able to take the car apart but it is the putting back together that would be hard.
    All that said, my first job when I was 12 was at a gas station. I checked the oil, put gas in the tank washed the windows and hopefully got a tip. My friend, also a female and a teacher, and I grew up together and worked that job together.

    Bonus mom, My mil was June Cleaver in the flesh, I think. She expected me to do the same thing. Unfortunately, I couldn't divorce her. My hubby watched the a$$ his father was and has tried to be different he also became a Christian and that helped, also. Actually, the last year that mom(MIL) was alive she was totally different due to altzeimers...she was not real bad with is yet but it changed her to being sweeter. I was the one who took care of her those last months. Hows that for Jekyll Hyde...
    I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.......Robert Frost

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    Sick n Tired,

    Ive forgotten it all now....in fact im lucky i know my name some days lol. Glad i decided to paint my nails instead of the dirty ones. How lovely of you to have looked after Mil. How kind and brave of you.That is a cruel illness, but glad she was sweet in the end. I hope you are feeling ok lately as i have not been on much.Sending you hugs n love.xxxxx Angel.xxxx

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    I'm one of those people who took the long road! From the time I was a kid I knew I wanted to be a few things - a mommy number one and an author/journalist.

    Somewhere along the line I added more things! When I was in high school I took an interest in psychology and knew that was it for me so I could help people who had lives like mine was (violence/abuse/substance abuse - stepdad) so I went to college to become a psychologist. My mom always wanted me to be a nurse but I thought nurses did a bunch of physical labor and wasn't sure how much helping/teaching/caring they could do. After graduating college and going to grad school I realized that psychology really wasn't the total package for me, it didn't have enough impact so I did not finish grad school and I went to nursing school. I also realized my dream of becoming a mommy while in nursing school, after 9 years of trying and one miscarriage. While I was going to college for Psych and later for nursing I worked in Human Resources and Recruiting for that time period - about 8 or 9 years. After nursing school I became a nurse and realized that while it is very physical it is also very emotional and there are opportunities to teach/educate/help and heal so its like therapy only its the whole body and mind.

    I know that I want to do more in nursing so I am back in grad school to get my Masters in Nursing Education so I can teach either nurses or the community!

    I still want to be an author, I love to read and will always dream of becoming an author but I don't know if I can write well enough to do that. But maybe one day! I always dreamed of living in a cottage somewhere and having a nice window seat to do my writing.

    My fave job of all is being a mommy!

    I am still working but it is so very hard on my body most days. Through sheer willpower and pain medication when needed I get by. I have rough days but I keep reminding myself that I have to pay the bills and I have a beautiful child that depends on me. Hopefully one day we can find a cure for this yuckiness that ails us. Between this disease and my juvenile diabetes, I think a cure is at the top of my wish list!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    I decided to add this, as I know Saysusie will like the pictures. She's a Sci-Fi movie fanatic like me. My 5 minutes of semi-fame. I got to build some movie guns for various studios and productions, including this gun for "The Matrix". It's a Dillon M-134 Machinegun called a "Minigun". It's a real weapon used by our military. I assembled the weapon myself and modified it to function properly with the special theatrical blanks that they use. I also was on the set for a safety briefing for the actors and crew. Theatrical blanks are quite dangerous even though there is no actual bullet leaving the weapon. It was really fun to immerse myself in that "world" for a day. Keanu Reeves was a really nice guy, very easygoing and laid back.
    ROB!!!!!!!!!

    My husband and I are both extremly envious of you now LOL! We love the matrix series, love Keannu and of course we are both fond of our guns as well LOL! I bet that was fun! We are sci fi enthusiasts too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rastagirl View Post
    I agree...Love this thread. I'm loving getting a glimpse into 'who' everybody is. What their passions are...where their lives have taken them.

    Rob....I am soooo jealous. After Lord of the Rings, The Matrix series are my fav. My 16 year old son and I love watching the triology over a weekend. That gun....I can not believe my absolute favorite gun in the movie...was specially designed by you. How cool!! What an amazing history you have. And meeting Keanu... Wow, now I've had my brush with celebrity...I know someone who's met 'Neo'. Did you meet Trinity?

    Lori
    Not designed by me. Actually General Electric, or GE, designed the thing back in the 1960's. The company I worked for right before I went into business for myself bought the manufacturing rights and we went through the whole weapon and redesigned it for better reliability and safety. It's a gun that is still used by our military today despite it's age, and it needed some major upgrades. It's basically an old fashioned Gatling gun like you see in the old westerns, but instead of being cranked by hand, it has a big electric motor, like the starter motor on a car to rotate the barrels and fire the weapon. It's capable of firing 6000 rounds per minute, around 100 shots per second. It was set up to fire 4000 rpm for the movie shoot. Blank rounds are different enough from live ammo that the weapon has to have extensive modifications to make the rounds feed into the weapon and fire. The whole scene was filmed in a studio in front of what they call a "greenscreen". They used an actual helicopter fuselage, but the backgound and rotor blades are all effects they put in later. And unfortunately, I didn't get to meet the actress Carrie-Ann Moss who played Trinity. I was rather unhappy about that!

    Although in the movie she was the pilot of the helicopter, shots of her in the pilot seat and Neo firing the Minigun were filmed at two different times in different places. "The Matrix" was my second movie. The first was called "Broken Arrow" with John Travolta and Christian Slater. The last was Terminator 3. The full auto Glock pistol Nick Stahl has in T3 was built in my shop, and a couple of the guns in the coffin/cache scene were non-firing dummy guns I made. The Matrix is the only movie I was ever actually on the set for.
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