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As I was on the road today, I was thinking about our community.  

We are attached via this website, and a handful of other networks, but as a whole, I really don't know too much about you people.  One of the best parts of having a community is not only sharing what we like, but also sharing what we know so we can help one another.

To get the ball rolling, I'd love to know what everyone in our *punk world does for a living.  Are you a student, an engineer, a full-time parent, a mad scientist?  Did you find your fortune at sea, work at factory for 50 years, or did you pull yourself up from the gutter by your own bootstraps?

As most of you already know, I'm a web engineer/designer at a major East Coast telecom in the States.  The commute sucks and the hours are long, but it gives me the money and time I need to keep Dieselpunks alive and running.  Plus, it helps me stay on top of the tech you guys play with every day.

How about you?  What do you do?  Is it where you thought you would be?  If not, what can we do to help you get back on track?

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  After 16 years in the military, I decided to start my life over. Now I take things apart and put them back together in different ways that work better for people. I'm happier than I've ever been but I still spend a lot of time contemplating the difference between my former life and current life, still adjusting to the transition and contrast between the two and I'm constantly amazed at what other people's lives are like and how they view things. I like to build things out of wood, metal and leather; usually a combination of the three, often on machines but preferably by hand. My commute is either a 20 minute walk through an interesting part of the city or a much quicker bike ride. Today's ride was a spectacle as I sped through the rain loaded down with several large rolls of material strapped to my back like Boba Fett's jet pack. They are soon to be...backpacks! Sorry Tome! I've had your commute, as well! So, that's me in the "trying to be appropriate for public consumption" version. Fabrications, Modifications, and Abominations.

I've a BS in geology.  Worked 5 years in that, mostly haz mat remediation.  The state I live in decided to allow things to be 10 times more dirty before any remediation needed to be done and I was laid off.  Spent the rest of my working career in various admin assistant type/jack of all trades positions, for health insurance, industrial real estate, and now in a small dying non-profit.  Job market sucks so I'm just waiting 'til it dies and then hoping to try something else.  

I am just finishing my second year at a community college in june. However, in late March, I joined the Navy Reserve and will be leaving July 24th and be gone from home for nine months and from the internet for at least two, depending if I get access to the internet, or have the time, during A School. After that I'm planning to return to Washington State and get a degree in IT Management (Navy is gives college credits for the training I will get).

Other than college and Navy stuff, I've spent most of my time lurking around a couple forum sites, designing assorted things in my sketch books and working on my DP LARP that I will probably never get to begin. 

Long and sorted story. Former USAF F-15 Avionics technician turned Electrical Engineer (radio frequency specialty but transitioning into power electronics and smart grids with my new job).  [Lawrnence: welcome to the military, and be wary of whatever the recruiter told you; get it in writing or it never happened!).]  I've worked almost exclusively for the government, mostly Defense save for a three-year stint doing spectrum management with the Dept. of Commerce in downtown DC (Tome, I see your commute and raise you 50-100%).  Now with the Marines who know how to get things done but leave little time to Punk it.  Most of my spare time is with my family, for which I have no complaints.  Former roleplayer back when I had that "T" word and have some freelance work published with Palladium Books.  Trying to get into the fiction racket along with everyone else in the galaxy, but living in eternal fear I'll die in a cubicle.  I travel when I can, mostly for work, and would become a nomad if that job description would feed and house and clothe my family.

F-15s!  I miss that rumble in my chest! Maybe we roamed the same flight lines at some point. I was AF Comms Maint. for a while, and then switched to translator.

Cap'n Tony said:

Long and sorted story. Former USAF F-15 Avionics technician turned Electrical Engineer (radio frequency specialty but transitioning into power electronics and smart grids with my new job).  [Lawrnence: welcome to the military, and be wary of whatever the recruiter told you; get it in writing or it never happened!).]  I've worked almost exclusively for the government, mostly Defense save for a three-year stint doing spectrum management with the Dept. of Commerce in downtown DC (Tome, I see your commute and raise you 50-100%).  Now with the Marines who know how to get things done but leave little time to Punk it.  Most of my spare time is with my family, for which I have no complaints.  Former roleplayer back when I had that "T" word and have some freelance work published with Palladium Books.  Trying to get into the fiction racket along with everyone else in the galaxy, but living in eternal fear I'll die in a cubicle.  I travel when I can, mostly for work, and would become a nomad if that job description would feed and house and clothe my family.

I was tech school Lowry 93, 53rd Spangdahlem 94-95, and 336th Seymour Johnson 96-97. You?

T. von Kramer said:

F-15s!  I miss that rumble in my chest! Maybe we roamed the same flight lines at some point. I was AF Comms Maint. for a while, and then switched to translator.

Tome,

I'm a digital artist. I started out doing comic books in the early 90's then moved into CD-ROM games, multimedia and the web as it blossomed. During my career I wore a creative director's hat at a few international recognized companies based in Chicago. Now I'm basically a one man art department and have my own studio. Outside of hardcore programing, I can take just about any digital project from idea to delivery. I'm currently focused on iPad development, but I create illustration, websites, video, iPad content, 3d modeling and animation for clients of all scales, in-between bringing my own stuff to market. I have low overhead, no debt and I'm lucky enough to have the freedom to treat myself like a client, ha ha.

I'm one of the dieselpunks willing to help other members on this site get on their dreams on track, if that's what they want. Over the years I've learned a lot of stuff and I'm happy to share that information. However, I'm not willing to give away my creative skills, but I can work within thrifty budgets. I will also barter for services if someone needs something that i can do and is willing to work out a trade.

John

Thanks.

That is one of the things my recruiter told me before I went to MEPS. So far, everything I have been promised I have in my contract.

Cap'n Tony said:

 [Lawrnence: welcome to the military, and be wary of whatever the recruiter told you; get it in writing or it never happened!).] 

I have my BA in History. I work for the federal government, and before that I worked at a university library. I miss working at the library.

Well at the moment Iam a Gardner at a girls school hear in Perth (Western Australia) but sudied theatrical set construction but work is limited hear before that I was a Farmer on a family farm so nothing that intresting I do get to be outside all day and at the moment hear the weather is fantastic

I am paid by the local gouvernment to run a film workshop for youth, a voulentary spare-time activety. No grades, just hanging out and making whatever movies we want with people who have the same interrest. It´s the best job in the world!

I've worked for over 20 years as a telephone Customer Service Rep.

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