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    What would you do if you weren't a white-collar worker?

    Some days I envy the blue collar workers and wish I was doing more laborious work. I would probably be working in residential construction. I'd be in alot better shape and wouldn't worry about work after working hours were over.
    Then again I could spend time making $1000/week working at home on my computer, or passing chain mail to hundreds of people for $100/forward from Bill Gates and Microsoft.
    Based on your skills/hobbies, what would you be doing if you weren't a planner/engineer/surveyor (Matoon)?
    Who's gonna re-invent the wheel today?

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    I would be a baker, or mow the grass at the cemetery across the street.

    Oh, wait, I might be a blue collar worker; I stay home with my kids. Noble, but not glamorous.

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    Quote Originally posted by ssnyderjr
    Some days I envy the blue collar workers and wish I was doing more laborious work. I would probably be working in residential construction. I'd be in alot better shape and wouldn't worry about work after working hours were over.
    Then again I could spend time making $1000/week working at home on my computer, or passing chain mail to hundreds of people for $100/forward from Bill Gates and Microsoft.
    Based on your skills/hobbies, what would you be doing if you weren't a planner/engineer/surveyor (Matoon)?
    Sorry, but a million dollars isn't going to get as much as you may think.
    And it's getting smaller with every federal deficit increase.
    Maybe 2.5 million? Five would be even better. Of course, if you want to
    feel secure, you'd need at least twenty. Depressing, isn't it. Bums me out.

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    I been there, done the blue collar worker gig before:
    pipefitter storeroom clerk in a shipyard;
    wood floor refinisher;
    stocker in a grocery store;
    wireline rigger trainee in the oilfield;
    dishwasher/kitchen steward;
    sewer line maintenace worker;
    construction/hotel security;
    Volunteer Firefighter/EMT;
    Volunteer trails construction.
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    I'd be a park ranger. Did it in high school and college, and loved it. It turns out that women campers like rangers.

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    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    For a blue collar job, I would be in landscaping or building street rods and custom cars. I did both of them when I was in HS and now I do them as hobbies.
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    Winemaker. But that means I'd have to take chemistry. So, maybe not.

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    I always thought the guy driving the street sweeper had a pretty sweet gig.
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    I'd want a job that invovled a lot of walking, and maybe some mild lifting, not too much mind you, but enough to combat the need to do even more exercise at the end of the day!
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

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    Subway operator, drywaller/plasterer, carpenter, or army/police officer.

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    I would probably fit the costume to play Minnie down at Disney World.

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    work in a garden center
    or own a funky junky thrift/antique shop
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    Quote Originally posted by ssnyderjr
    Based on your skills/hobbies, what would you be doing if you weren't a planner/engineer/surveyor (Matoon)?
    I actuallly chose surveying because it is half labor intensive and half office work. One day, I'm blazing a trail through the woods or pounding stakes on a construction job. And the next, I'm crunching numbers or drafting.

    But if I had to do something different, I would probably do custom woodworking. Designing and building custom cabinets, bookshelves, fireplace mantles, etc.

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    My back-ups in college were teaching and journalism....so I'd either be a teacher or journalist.
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    I want to have a tea shop that also has take-away meals when I burn out in this profession...

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner
    I'd want a job that invovled a lot of walking, and maybe some mild lifting, not too much mind you, but enough to combat the need to do even more exercise at the end of the day!
    Yeah a meter reader wouldn't be too bad.
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
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    I'd be a chef or a work in a coffee shop.
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    bartender...have done it, loved it and made great $$...just a little rough on the bod as you get a little older...

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    Quote Originally posted by CosmicMojo
    work in a garden center
    or own a funky junky thrift/antique shop
    Same here! I love gardening and landscaping, so that would be the first choice.

    Actually I could only do that half the year because of the weather, so the other half would be spent refinishing furniture.

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    I'd like to be a transit bus driver (did it in college and liked it).

    or

    own and operate my own bicycle shop.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon
    I actuallly chose surveying because it is half labor intensive and half office work. One day, I'm blazing a trail through the woods or pounding stakes on a construction job. And the next, I'm crunching numbers or drafting.
    I always thought surveying was an interesting profession where you're doing all the things mentioned above and then you dust yourself off and present something before a land use commission. Surveyors often end up acting as semi-attorneys for clients.

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    I would do antique/classic car restoration. I did my own frame-off restoration in high school with a 1957 MGA and really enjoyed it. British cars particularly interest me because of their unique issues...

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