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Joined: Sep 23 2008
Chief cook and bottle washer!

I'm not currently gainfully employed (should I even post?)

My first job (while I was still at school) was working on a stall in a market selling dried fruit, muesli and woks (?!!). The job was good - I ate my own weight in dried apricots during that time!

Then I went to university and graduated with a first in Classical Studies. However, I was in great danger of making a success of things at this point in my life, so I bummed around for a few years, before...

...getting a job as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities. This was the happiest working time I've ever had. The lads I supported with their day-to-day lives were so cool and we all had so much fun. I miss it bad. Anyway, the job came to an end and I got another one with a private care firm. It was hell, so...

...I packed it in and, since then, my wife and I have moved to the country and I'm in no hurry to seek paid employment: I'm currently in charge of keeping the house, cooking, cleaning, &c. It suits me and I'm satisfied. For now...

"Yes and the doctor call me crazy,
some says I am
some says I ain't"

Joined: Jun 23 2007
Just started law school last

Just started law school last month, no longer gainfully employed here...I had been in public accounting for 4 years previously as a tax accountant.

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
Social Science

I'm an assistant dean for planning and resource management for the division of social sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I love my job because there are lots of puzzles to solve, smart people to talk to, weird issues to contemplate, and diverse tasks to organize. It keeps me from being a dirtbag and wandering the beaches, and gives me enough money to buy strings for my electric guitars. UC Santa Cruz is also the proud repository of the Grateful Dead print and memorabalia archives that is part of our permanent library collection, making UC Santa Cruz a major point in the world of Grateful Dead research.....and I think it's so cool.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

the bee holder!

johnman's picture
Joined: Dec 26 2007
arr? arr!

madness is in the eye of the controller

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Joined: Oct 23 2007
Hey Mad Scientist

Sounds a bit like "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handy A La Pinky & The Brain :) Good luck with all of your Madness!


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Joined: Jun 14 2007
Mad Scientist

In my work as a mad scientist, sometimes it's nice to kick of one's shoes and relax to the music of the Grateful Dead or related bands. As you can well imagine, my work can be rather stressful. Making decisions in life and death situations constantly, plotting the destruction of... well, I'm not actually authorised to divulge that, but, I think you get the picture. Anyway, it's stressful. So, the music does help to relax me. One day I hope to understand what the heck they are trying to get at with all of those odd lyrics. Estimated Prophet, now that's one I can relate to in my job. The others, hmm... there must be a book out there somewhere that explains it all. I feel like they're trying to say something to us, but what?

"Are you kind?"

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Joined: Jul 9 2008
psych nurse

I work as a psychiatric nurse with geriatric patients in a Virginia community hospital. I've been in psych nursing since 1986, and the Dead's music has been a stress-reducing antidote to the intense emotional and physical interactions I've had with suffering people over the years. But I like my "day job" ... it's helped some patients and is a way for me to "give back" something to a part of our society that is broken and neglected.

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Joined: Jun 30 2007
looking for the next thing...ideas?

I'm currently out of work...nearly 30 years in retail corp mgt for large regional and national chains...ascending leadership roles in supply chain management, merchandising and analysis. sometimes boring but usually not. always new problems; always challenging.
I read someone in this posting refer to their job as a "white collar sweat shop"... I can relate as sometimes I've felt that way but always tried to prevent that or at least refrain from perpetuating that mind-set. One always need to manage people as you'd like to be managed.
As I've progressed through my career, there are 4 specific quotes from the Dead that seem to repeatedly resonate...
"If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind." (life, not just career for this one, for sure)
"...want the cup but you're chicken to race"
"don't waste your breath to save your face when you have done your best: when even more is asked of you, fate will decide the rest".
"Work hard in the daytime, sure get stoned at night". (for the record, "stoned" is more metaphorical than literal... stoned = playing golf, coaching my sons' baseball teams; skiing; enjoying the company of my bride of 29 years all get me stoned these days).
Anyway, if anyone has a great idea how to combine my passion for Dead, baseball, golf, skiing, with my 3 successful decades of retail leadership, for a kind, or at least similarly-minded, organization, feel free to comment to this post.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Road Ecology

Taking a break right now! Wildlife research and monitoring for a project that is going to construct wildlife crossing structures across I-90 in the Washington Cascades. A nice mix of office and field work.


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