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plants

i have been fortunate enough to work for a small company for the last six years as a grower of non-hybrid,native perennials. It doesn't pay a lot and it's physically demanding(greenhouses get hot,especially in this summer from hell) but very satisfying knowing that these plants, whose genes are 10's of thousands of years old, are still being propagated by us and sent all over the US. who knows where the birds or the 4 winds take the seed. we produced approx 370,000 plants so far this year..... of which 300,000 were hand sown from seed. Me arms and back is tired (but glad to be employed in this cool endeavor). Up until 6 years ago, I worked in various windowless industrial labs doing completely rote tests every day,all day. It paid the bills but crushed my spirit. would never go back..........unless..........the planets aligned............and........... nick sands called and was looking for a tech. THAT, i would definitely consider. Dream,dream,dream.

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mental health worker

I am a Mental Health Practitioner in the Partners in Recovery Apartment Program located in Orange County NY.

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another day, another spammer...

welcome to the Internet. Lourdes is no longer with us.

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Reply to: Lourdes Guenthartx re: Criminal Backround

That's a real bummer subject to bring up when someone is celebrating a job. Do you think all Dead fans have to worry about drugs in their systems? Sure sounds like you do or are you just jealous because you have to sell fake snakeoil (see link Lourd included in post).

How about some positive energy and congrats when this mean old world finally open it's eyes and gives one of us a job - dammit....

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Steep hillsides in

Steep hillsides in rattlesnake country is no good, not to mention scrub oaks alone. Nice to know there's another arborist around! Practicing or otherwise. When my wife is out of school I'll be going back in to obtain my teaching degree; I'd like to teach world history. So Thanks for inspiring me the whole way round man!

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Thanks marye

That's exactly what a former professor who's now my faculty mentor calls it: a gig. The word fits, I have to say, since all I did was riff on language and life and how we view these things for two sessions of roughly eighty minutes each. And when I compare that to how I earned my dough last year, which involved cutting scrub oak and pinon pine on sixty degree hillsides in rattlesnake country, there's simply nothing left to do, but smile, smile, smile...until it's time to grade essay #1 at least.

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hey congrats

that's a good gig!

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Depends on how you define 'gainful'

I've been a full-time student for the last eight years, so it's been a while since I've experienced anything like gainful employment, but tomorrow I re-enter the paid workforce; I'll be teaching two sections of English composition this spring at the local community college where I started my long, strange educational trip eight years ago.

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Trees, man

I work in the field of Tree and Yard maintenance with a company called Eco Tree Service out of Colorado Springs, CO. We are a two man operation. My boss and friend close enough to call a brother is the Owner, Operator, Estimator and Climber and I am Grounds Tech. I am a glorified grounds keeper. My job is to clean up all the brush that comes down, get it cut down to a manageable, stack which goes by loads into our truck, all logs cut down to firewood size and a "no trace left behind" manner of cleaning it all up when we are done. We do contract work for the city and county but more residential work than anything else.
For the record, I did a dead tattoo on my boss that reads "Me and My Uncle" in red above a SYF he already had in place. It is always nice to work with other deadheads. We never show up on a job without his iphone with either dead radio or our san francisco pandora station playing.
Let It Grow!
and for side income, I write freelance for a few different publications, play a few open mic nights here and there and my wife is a chef, although she is currently in school pursuing her degree as a social services technician.

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