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If I ever get kicked out of Planning....

So you've been kicked out of Planning. Now where do you work?

  • A job still involving some sort of planning - travel planner, event planner, etc.

    Votes: 4 16.0%
  • A job that still involves working with the public - I'm a people person.

    Votes: 6 24.0%
  • A job that doesn't work with the public - I've had enough of those yahoos.

    Votes: 7 28.0%
  • Other - which I'm happy to describe below.

    Votes: 8 32.0%

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Today I booked my little brother's christmas flight home from Los Angeles and it struck me that if I weren't a planner, I would love to be a travel agent. It made me so happy to research flights, wait for a good price, pick out his seat assignment and meal preferences (he's getting a Hindu meal - hee!) ( he's not Hindu). I just enjoy planning things - weddings, showers, parties, vacations. And I was thinking, what would other planners do if they were disbarred from Planning?
 

Mastiff

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I'd be...

...a professional assassin.

Does that count as "working with the public"?
 
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I have always been the office/department party planner, so event planning would be a natural progression for me. If I were married to Mr. Rich and Wonderful, I would do event planning for play money while he worked to pay the bills................:D
 

Cardinal

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I would become an Evil Developer and propose new subdivisions in all your cities!

No, really, it might be fun to work on the other side of the table once in a while - historic preservation, "green" development, etc. Alternatively, go back to college for the Ph.D. and become a teacher.
 

el Guapo

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I'd be a mountain recluse with a stockpile of arms and dangerous literature instead of a suburban planner with a stockpile of arms and dangerous literature or I'd be a Volvo dealer/salesman/repairman.

Police sharpshooter sounds good also.
 

Repo Man

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I would like a job in music. I would consider myself a music nut, so some music related job would be ideal. Concert promotions, CD reviewer, concert reviewer, etc.
 

Cardinal

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El Guapo said:
Police sharpshooter sounds good also.
Police sharpshooters don't get much action - too many liberals worried about "excessive force" and what not. I'd suggest going freelance, or maybe team up with Mastiff to form a business.
 

Dan

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Geek. Try to make some money from Web development, if that's even possible in the early 2000s. Maybe go back for my PhD.
 

el Guapo

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Choices

Ok then, how about Police Sharpshooter in Houston. The humidity sucks but on the up side you don't have to worry about the ACLU crowd there.

Upon refelection maybe I could be the executive director of Planning Magazine, after all that is not a job in planning, right? Its more of an advertising promotion gig.
 
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Re: Choices

El Guapo said:
Ok then, how about Police Sharpshooter in Houston. The humidity sucks but on the up side you don't have to worry about the ACLU crowd there.

Upon refelection maybe I could be the executive director of Planning Magazine, after all that is not a job in planning, right? Its more of an advertising promotion gig.
You sure you don't want to be a hit man for the mob?? They like to kill at will. ;)
 

PlannerGirl

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Humm Lawyer for a developer *hey id like to be the tough guy *girl* once in a while

or maybe a fashion designer-on the mroe extreem end of course.
 

el Guapo

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Happy Happy Joy Joy

I'm really working on the kinder and gentler - thousand points of light - kind of El Guapo. Perhaps I can be a kitten handler at a children's literacy petting zoo.

Kitten handler, hey that sounds sort of familiar....
 

Mastiff

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Re: Happy Happy Joy Joy

El Guapo said:
I'm really working on the kinder and gentler - thousand points of light - kind of El Guapo. Perhaps I can be a kitten handler at a children's literacy petting zoo.

Kitten handler, hey that sounds sort of familiar....
Wear welding gloves... just in case they explode.
 
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If we win the Mega Millions this week, Rob is going to buy an extremely run-down historic house around the corner from us, rehab it for me and we're turning it into a bed and breakfast open only during Saratoga Track season.

We play the "What would you do with $50 mil?" game a lot.
 

boiker

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KMateja said:

We play the "What would you do with $50 mil?" game a lot.
Don't get me started.

I would buy practically every old historic home in Peoria and renovate them.
 

El Feo

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Top Ten Dream Jobs

1. Astronaut - old school, not the bus drivers that "pilot" the shuttle
2. Warbird Restorer
3. Professional Student
4. Jazz musician - again old school (bop - not that Kenny G crap)
5. Professional Loafer
6. One of those guys who seems to know everything on "Antiques Roadshow"
7. Somewhat related - historian
8. Steve Thomas on "This Old House" - what a scam!
9. Better yet, Norm Abram on "This Old House."
10. Architect, but not if it involves designing post offices and industrial buildings
 

Chet

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Re: Happy Happy Joy Joy

El Guapo said:
Perhaps I can be a kitten handler at a children's literacy petting zoo.
I dont think I want you petting my children.
 

Chet

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A sign

I would be a full time land lord near some university so I could screw all the students the wat they screwed us. I would bar tend at nights just for fun.


Moderators note: This was bturk's 666th post. -El Guapo
Congrats bturk and Lucifer
 

el Guapo

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Resolved: El Guapo will not pet bturk's offspring - legitimate or otherwise.
 

Chet

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PlannerGirl said:
OHHHH

ok

sorry still tired from move, and date

After all, why would Hot Psycho Guy have kids before getting a wife? That's contrary to the mass murder plans... errr. matrimony plans...
 

giff57

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I suppose I could go back to my job as a blaster at the quarry. Blowing up stuff is sort of fun. I would have to hire El Guapo to guard the supply shack nowadays.
 

el Guapo

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El Guapo used to be a blaster for Uncle Sam - Perhaps he could share in the joy.
 

troy

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"Motel 6 Manager"--that's been the backup plan since I started planning school. However, based on my disappointment with the quality of the Motel 6 I stayed at while visiting Graceland, we've changed the back up plan to "Super 8 Manager".

Actually, if I were to change professions, I'd like to create something instead of merely regulating other people's work. I'm thinking...have my own farm. I don't know a thing about agriculture, but I'd like to learn.

History/Poli Sci teacher in a local high school would be another option, but I really don't want to have to take the teacher's certification exam. It would be embarrasing if I passed it the first time through when my sister in law has failed the thing repeatedly.... and teaching's what she's trained to do.
 

Jeff

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Hey, I already gave up my career as a planner and joined the "other side" Pays a whole lot better :)

I'd love to be able to work for the Philly Fire Department (I'm a volunteer now). It has always been my dream job. Unfortunately it's a little hard to go back to the whopping 29K starting salary.
 

PlannerGirl

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hears the call of the "dark side" pretty damn strong living in the DC metro area.

NOW SOMEONE HIRE ME!

*notes to herself "its the economy stupid"*

Lol i cant be had but damn skippy i can be bought!

D who feels a rant about income coming on
 

gkmo62u

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Like Mr. DeVuono I have also been kicked out of planning only to fall to the Dark side of development.

But If I was asked to leave the real estate, planning, development business entirely...

Mr. Mom. No Doubt. I can see me shuttling the kids to school, growing a beard, wearing the same flannel shirt every day....
 

giff57

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El Guapo said:
El Guapo used to be a blaster for Uncle Sam - Perhaps he could share in the joy.

Sure, the more the merrier. Explosives are much more fun when there is a party. Just don't fill the holes all the way to the top with ammonium nitrate. That makes all of the rock go straight up.
 

giff57

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I put myself through grad school driving a 40 foot bus around Iowa City, I suppose I could do that again as well.
 

nerudite

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If money were no object... I would probably work in a video store or book store or something. I have a feeling that my friendly public demeanor would probably change into someing a la "Clerks", but... hey... that could be fun too ;) Especially if I could play roller hockey on the roof...
 

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Tranplanner said:
Wow Giff - you're like a midwestern Renaissance Man!
At one of my many meetings old jobs came up. I was the hit of the party.. uh-oh new thread coming.
 

Cardinal

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Forget about development...
Forget about teaching...
Just put me out to stud.
 

Tom R

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Job?

I'd be a professional fisherman and raise golden retrievers on the side.
 

Richmond Jake

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I didn't get kicked out of planning; rather, I left the profession voluntarily. I now own a rural convenience store. Long hours and I don't make much money but I don't miss the night meetings.
 
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