Do You Like What You Do? ..Or Not?

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    Me...I like what I do..It is challenging .. I invent things..mostly tools or systems that make a job easier or faster. The building I prototype in reminds one of "Thunderdome". It is an odd collection of artists in glass, metals and machine shops spread out at various levels up down and sideways over most of a city block. It is never boring...everyone is a character.

    What do you do? Do you enjoy your occupation?
     
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    I love teaching, I love my subject area and the kids. Now my school? Some of the people, yes, others not so much. Still and all, probably the same wherever one works.
     
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    So...you are an editor?
     
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    First, I'm going to tell you what I used to do.
    I spent over 20 years working in warehousing and distribution. I know that's sound boring and mundane, but I loved it. Most of that 20+ years was spent trying to figure out how to make a warehouse function better. How do I take boxes of merchandise off a truck, store it in warehouse, then ship that merchandise via another truck to a store that sells it? How do I make it easier, faster, more efficient for people to move 'stuff' from a manufacturer to a retail outlet where people can buy that 'stuff'? There's nothing glamorous about about that sort of work, but if I can figure out a way to get you a pair of shoes, an alternator or a light bulb more efficiently and cheaper than the store next door simply by moving boxes better than the other guy, I'm worth my weight in diamonds. And I loved the challenge of doing that.

    3 years ago I got downsized (fired) from a position doing just that type of work, so I made a career change.

    Now, I work in IT for a fortune 500 company. Man oh man, I love this work to. Most people would think that changing from warehousing/distribution to information technology is a huge switch. Hell, I still do the same stuff. Instead of figuring out how to make moving a box from one place to another easier, faster and more efficient, I figure out how to make that computer on some persons desk do what they want it to do (not the desktop computer itself, but the database behind it). I make the computer better do what they want it to do. They tell me what they want the computer to do and I work with code developers and testers to make sure it does what they want it to do. I get challenged everyday, I learn new things everyday, and I love it.
     
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    Cool! I wrote a book a year ago about my smuggling days/years. I had no idea how long the whole proccss takes after ya "think" you wrote a book ready for publication.

    What kind of stuff do you write about?
     
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    Quit being so eloquent.
     
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