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    Cyburbian Planderella's avatar
    Dec 1998

    Family Professions (AIB Dan)

    Me: Urban Planner
    Husband: Urban Planner
    Mom: Social Worker
    Dad (deceased): Attorney
    Brother: Entrepreneur (Computer Network Engineer)

    Grandparents (deceased): GRANDMA & GRANDPA (as far as I'm concerned, that was their job)

    FIL: Engineer
    MIL: Medical Technology
    SIL: Dentist

    Grandparents (deceased): Same as above
    Last edited by Planderella; 22 Mar 2006 at 11:04 AM. Reason: Added more family members
    "A witty woman is a treasure, a witty beauty is a power!"

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting
    me: Planning Director for a town

    Mom: stay at home, but previously was a biochemist with Bristol Labs, I wish she hadn't quit, she was on the team that thought flouride in tooth paste was a good idea

    Dad: railroad conductor - went to college after WWII for electrical engineeirng, came home and went on the railroad like his dad before him - my mom's dad also was on the railroad

    my brother: a research organic chemist

    my sister: an IT person for a univeristy

    my hubby: landscape architect, but he's really a nice guy, really...

    my brother in law: manages a Trader Joe's and spends every visit with us telling us how he makes so much more than we do and gets better benefits, argh

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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    May 2003
    Staff meeting
    Me: Planner
    Father: Librarian (executive director)
    Mother: Librarian (assistant director)
    Sister: Library clerk
    Brother: converyor systems draftsman

    Grandfather (paternal): various factory jobs
    Grandmother (paternal): homemaker/various factory jobs
    Grandfather (maternal): autoworker/auto factory floor manager/assembled and engineered components for WWII bombers
    Grandmother (maternal): homemaker/factory worker during WWII
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    me: future planner (i hope!!)
    mom: social worker
    dad: corporate educator
    sister: nanny/teacher
    brother: appraiser
    paternal grandfather: steel worker
    paternal grandmother: clerical worker at bank
    maternal grandfather: mechanical engineering professor
    maternal grandmother: secretary
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Forums Administrator & Gallery Moderator NHPlanner's avatar
    Apr 1996
    New Hampshire
    Me: Town Planner
    Mom: Elementary School Teacher
    Dad: Newspaper Pressman
    Paternal Grandfather: Newspaper Pressman
    Maternal Grandfather: Pharmacist
    Paternal Grandmother: Homemaker
    Maternal Grandmother: Executive Director of State Public Employees Labor Relations Board
    Brother 1: Teacher
    Brother 2: Granite Stonecutter
    Sister: Occupational Therapist.
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
    Jul 2003
    Down by Dun Ringill
    Blog entries
    Me: county planner
    brothers: head of coastal management in La.'s DNRC, and a CPA for BP
    mom: dietician, though mostly she was a stay-home mom
    dad: attorney
    maternal grandfather: farmer, president of a bank, county agent, president of a oil distribution company (fuel oil, car oil, etc.) and CEO of the family's agricultural corporation. (Type A personality?)
    paternal grandfather: surgeon and professor of surgery at LSU
    paternal grandmother: surgical nurse
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    Corn Burning Fool giff57's avatar
    Jul 1998
    On the Mother River
    Me: City Administrator

    Dad: (deceased) Farm Worker
    Mom: Retired factory worker
    Brother #1: Worker at the same factory as mom
    Sister: Stay at home farm wife
    Brother #2: Employed by a major car dealer in Georgia (not in sales or service, but I don't really know what he does)

    M Grandfather: Poultry supply store owner
    P Grandfather: I'm not sure what he did

    Both Grandmothers were stay at home moms
    “As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
    Feb 2004
    on my 15 minute break
    me: anthropologist (just biding his time pretending to be a planner until the grant goes through allowing me to do field study on the sexual mores of the southern Kamchatka Ainu)
    brother: chiropractor
    dad: industrial manager
    mom: artist
    grandfather (paternal): carpet layer
    grandmother (paternal): aircraft parts assembler
    grandfather (maternal): alcoholic bum
    grandmother (maternal): various factory jobs
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Cyburbian jmello's avatar
    Mar 2005
    Clayobyrne, CB
    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    I always found it fascinating to compare your profession to that of your parents and grandparents, and maybe your great-grandparents if you knew what they did..
    Good one.

    Me: transportation planner
    Mom: waitress
    Dad: bum/painter
    Grandparents (Mother): Grampy=butcher, Grammy=cashier (torpedo assembler during WWII)
    Grandparents (Father): Grampa=electrical engineer (eavesdropped on Japanese from Aleutian Islands during WWII), Nanny=teacher (WAVE during WWII)

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    Cyburbian Plan-it's avatar
    Nov 2005
    In the Peach State
    Me: Planner/Economic Developer (business development focus)
    Significant Other: Actuary
    Mom: VP of Personnel for a small manufacturing company
    Father: Draftsman
    Brother: Economic Development (entrepreneurial development focus)
    Grandmothers: waitress and manufacturing laborer
    Grandfathers: fleet maintenance and manufacturing laborer both were WWII vets
    Satellite City Enabler

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    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Paris of Appalachia
    Me: Urban Planner
    Dad: Construction Planner
    Mom: Emergency Planner
    (Anyone spotting a pattern here?)
    Sister: Worked in logistics planning but is now a stay at home mom.

    Maternal Grandfather: Farmer/ WPA worker /Lineman
    Maternal Grandmother: Textile mill worker
    Fraternal Grandfather: Farmer
    Fraternal Grandmother: One-room school teacher

    Farther back it seems that almost everyone was an Appalachian farmer of some sort, mostly corn and cotton. Although, I've heard tales there were a couple of country-type professionals and bootleggers thrown into the mix.

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    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
    Mar 2002
    Me: planner-leaning more and more into the housing end of things

    other half - computer systems engineer
    Sister - receptionists mostly screw up (flunked out of a full ride to school)
    Dad former Army officer, electrical engineer, part time Harley store guy
    Mom - mayor, MK Lady, wallpaper hanger

    Paternal GF- Army officer, spook, college professor
    paternal GM - Homemaker, officers wife (eye roll)
    Maternal GF - Air force grunt, insurance salesman and farmer
    maternal GM - grandmother

    pseudo brother in law - computer engineer
    other pseudo brother in law - computer communications engineer
    pseudo sister in law - network admin
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Oct 2001
    Solano County, California
    Me: Planner for Municipal Planning Department
    Brother: Executive for Internet Real Estate Firm
    Sister: Was Database Manager, "retired" to take care of health issues, now studying to be a nurse
    Brother in Law: Executive for Hotwire.com. He's a Golden Boy.

    Mom: A series of odd jobs over the decades to hold everything together (babysitting-we had 25 kids at one point), paper route, lawn mowing, work in a high school kitchen. One tough lady!

    Dad: Failed insurance agent. Poor dad. Never got his act together.

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    Me: Planner
    Father: DPW Engineering (Retired)
    Mother: Municipal Clerk, (Left when my brother was born)
    Sister: Vice President of a large bank in Chicago
    Brother: Owns several car dealerships (I can't remember how many)

    Grandfather (paternal): various factory jobs (deceased)
    Grandmother (paternal): Ford Motor Co, Line worker
    Grandfather (maternal): Church Organist, Insurance Salesman, Wulitzer salesman (Deceased)
    Grandmother (maternal): Flint/Detroit Public Schools teacher (Deceased)
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

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    Cyburbian Mtn Woman's avatar
    Dec 2004
    deep in the Hundred Acre Wood
    me - by day, a transportation planner, by night volunteer planner for my town
    Mom- P/T phys ed teacher, F/T homemaker
    Dad- Electrical engineer & quality control manager for a major computer corporation that did not start in someone's garage
    M grandfather - steamfitter
    M grandmother - teacher of business & typing
    P grandfather - tobacco farmer, potato farmer & general handyman to the neighborhood
    M grandmother - homemaker & Red Cross volunteer
    Living and dreaming are two different things-but you can't do one without the other."
    -Malcolm Forbes

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    Me: Traffic Engineer
    Wife: Nurse Practicioner
    Mom: School teacher, now Principal
    Dad: Highway Construction worker
    Grandpa (both sides) - Factory worker
    Gramma (both sides) - Factory worker
    Great grandpa - taxidermist
    Who's gonna re-invent the wheel today?

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    maudit anglais
    May 1997
    Me - Transportation Planner
    Brother - Graphic Designer/desktop publisher/IT guy for a small media company
    Dad - Management (insurance)
    Mum - Office Clerk (insurance)

    Paternal Grandfather - no idea, was not around
    Paternal Grandmother - ran a boarding house, restaurant, golf clubhouse
    Maternal Grandfather - aircraft assembly (painter, rivet counter) WWII RAF groundcrew (Burma-India)
    Maternal Grandmother - homemaker (I think)

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    me: planning diirector/building commissioner
    wife: school teacher
    dad: cop(retired) factory worker(retired) piano rebuilder
    pgf: steelworker
    pgm: housewife
    mgf: railroad worker
    mgm:factory worker
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    Jukin' City
    Me: county planner
    Dad: (deceased) retired postmaster
    Mom: textiles then stay at home mom

    PGF: logging
    PGM: stay at home mom
    MGF: civil engineer
    MGM: nut case
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Cyburbian jmf's avatar
    Sep 2001
    in limbo
    Me: Planner
    Husband: Engineer working in management for a major tire manufacturer
    Dad: Lawyer
    Mom: teacher, before kids; mom and volunteer, after
    Sister: works for non-profit environmental action agency specializing in promoting transportation alternatives

    Maternal Grandfather: payroll clerk
    Maternal Grandmother: trained artist; stay-at-home mother
    Paternal Grandfather: doctor
    Paternal Grandmother: stay-at-home mother

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    In a new discovered reality where it doesn't snow
    Me: Professional Hockey Fan, Republican, and Ski Bum. Oh there might be some planning stuff too.
    GF: Going to be a nurse

    My Fam:
    Dad: Radio DJ & General Manager and part owner of a radio network
    Mom: Sales Clerk
    Sister: Office manager for Telecommunications Company
    Future BIL: Union Contractor / Personal Trainer / Body Builder

    GF’s Fam
    Dad: Machinist
    Mom: Teacher
    Sister: Sales Person
    Her Fiancée: Line Cheff

    My Grandparents
    Mom’s Dad: Fire Fighter (now deceased)
    Mom’s Mom: House Mom
    Dad’s Dad: Truck Driver/ Mechanic
    Dad’s Mom: Social Worker (now deceased)
    Trusting a DC politician with your money is like trusting a hungry dog with a raw steak.

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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
    Aug 2001
    Me: Urban Planner (Manager of Planning Branch)
    Hubby: IT Guy in private company
    Mom: Runs the HR/Maintenance and other departments of the largest Jewish history museum on the West coast
    Dad: Stock Broker/Commodity Dealer/Financial Planner
    Brother (deceased): was severely mentally unstable and did not have a job for more than a month or so
    Grandma: Manages the apartment building she owns and lives in (at 90 years old... she even gets up and prunes the trees!)
    Grandpa (deceased): Insurance agent to the stars!

    Edit: Forgot my Dad's parents. Grandma was stay at home (with 11 kids!) and my grandfather was a mailman. But he died when my dad was 2 or so. He got some kind of disease when a rat bit him in Miami in the early 40s... it was one of the last deaths to trigger the clean up of the dock area and ridding the city of the terrible rat population in the early part of the 20th century.

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    Cyburbian zman's avatar
    Apr 2004
    Blog entries
    Me: Planner, Dreamer, Covert Operative, Psychotic Drifter
    Girlfriend: Project Coordinator for Construction Company in the Town Next Door. (Often her work is pissed off at my work...)
    Dad: Commercial Landscape Contractor, Bartender, Skier, Fly Fisherman
    Mom: Art wholesaler, Literary, Liberal Rant Generator

    Maternal Grandfather: Dentist (retired), Computer nerd, Philanthropist
    Maternal Grandmother: stay-at-home mother, Philanthropist
    Paternal Grandfather: Engineer, Auto Dealer, Immigrant, Various restaurant positions
    Paternal Grandmother: Glue that held family together (sadly no more, RIP Grandma...)
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone

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    Cyburbian mike gurnee's avatar
    Feb 1998
    Greensburg, Kansas
    females mostly stay at home, mgmother made parachutes during WWII
    father - farmer, later bum
    pgfather - newpapers KY, IN
    pggfather - stove merchant NY, NJ
    pggfather - farmer KY
    pgggfather - general store WV
    pgggfather - farmer KY
    pgggfather - grocer Wales
    mgfather - traveling shoe sales KY
    mggfather - iron foundry IN
    mggfather - farmer IN

    brother - cop
    brother - forestry

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    Cyburbian Bubba's avatar
    Aug 2005
    Above urban19's plane field
    Me: architectural historian (although I carry the job title of Transportation Planner)
    Mrs. Bubba: Manager of Marketing Communications
    Father: retired history professor/department head
    Mother: preschol teacher
    Sister: lawyer
    MGF: insurance sales
    MGM: homemaker
    PGF: killed in action in WWII (combat engineer), was a farmer (sharecropper, mostly) before being drafted
    PGM: homemaker, occasional retail clerk after the kids left home
    Paternal step-grandfather: construction

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