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Mike Edwards's picture
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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!

Mike Edwards's picture
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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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Medical Educator

I manage medical communications and medical education activites for a small firm based in Milan Italy that makes and sells contrast agents used in medical imaging tests. If you've ever had an MRI or an angiogram or a CAT scan and they squirted some dye into you then you've had a contrast agent. Mostly I work with doctors, do some writing, some design and production, and some management of educational programs. The work is self-directed and it feeds my family (and lets me go to shows). Oh, and in my spare time (what spare time?) I do work on my house, which is a crumbling pile of boards that needs a lot of TLC.

Nothing left to do but smile smile smile.

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writer

I'm primarily a writer. That's the thing I really like to do....granted it doesn't pay much lol I have a few sites that I run where I write some of the articles, as well as some other people. Nothing overly interesting......

marye's picture
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some of the other things I get to do

various work for the Rex Foundation

ditto for DogTrekker

and currently, helping out with Dead Letters, about which you'll be hearing more in these parts in due course I'm sure...

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Stereotypically speaking, I'm being serious lol

I work for a company called Cedar Rapids Janitorial in which I work with my Father, My older Brother and my Uncle cleaning a medical office. So yes I'am a janitor. And sadly alot of the stereotypes you hear about janitors are sadly true in someways lol.

(PE(A)CE)

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oh well

it was nice while it lasted!

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My Gainful Employment