I'm here, not with my mod hat on but with my Rex-Foundation-writer hat on, with a request.
I've noticed over the last few months that a whole bunch of folks here are teachers or otherwise workers-with-youth, and we'd really like your input. Specifically, on the Rex Foundation Blog, which I'm in the process of updating.
As many of you probably know, Rex is big on supporting youth arts programs, especially those that bring arts education to kids in public schools. (See, for example, Little Kids Rock, which does...)
In the course of thinking about such things, we realized that there's sort of an underlying meta question, namely, what is public education supposed to be in the first place? What do we WANT it to be?
So we've launched blog topic to talk about it here. Please come on down and speak up! (You need a google account to post, but in this day and age most of us do. If this is a problem for you, lemme know and I'll try to design around the problem.)
I retired in 2001 after 36 years on British Railways in what used to be the Southern Region way Back
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I work at a company as a parts room attendant. I pull parts for job orders, cut steel stock for the welders and machine shop. I also get track of tooling and inventory of parts in stock. But, since I work nights 10pm-6am, and we only have 9 people on nights, I tend to do other jobs as well.
I have done electrical work, painting, machine shop, welding, maint. work on many nights. So, in all every night I tend to do something different.
The company I work for makes/repairs/services crane brakes, hook blocks, magnets,lifting devices,crane parts,brake parts, for the steel industry. Most of our sales go to steel mills, foundries,recycling plants, scrap yards, railroad yards, ship building yards, steel process plants, and construction usage.
It's not a bad job. Pays good. Decent people to work with. Laid back environment with great health insurance. Yeah, some days are better than others...but it could be a lot worse!
I know that 9/11 is a sad day for all, but being an Iron Worker that day is dreaful, not only the lives lost but the man hours in the construction that were lost also. Peace everyone, and Please don't ever forget what happened that day in 2001.
I work for the National Park Service as a Facilities Management Specialist. So, I work every day in one of this country's most beautiful places. I'm lucky enough to live where I work too. My work commute is about 2 minutes in a car and about 15 on foot. I work for the Facilities Management Division (Maintenance) and I used to work in the field but now work solely on a new database software that tracks our asset information. I loved working in the field and learning how to fix stuff out there with the guys. And I love my geeky computer database job too. I'm pretty stoked. I think the thing that I love most about my job here in the Park is that mostly, the employees are here because they LOVE the park. They are certainly not in it for the money. I worked in the field everyday for about 4 years and I don't think that a day went by where someone in the crew didn't remark about how beautiful it is. Some of these guys are really hard-core, tough folks too. Not the type that you would think would notice the scenery (if you were stereotyping). We'd be out digging some ditch or repairing an underground high voltage line somewhere and we'd be all hot and sweaty (if it was August) or freezing cold (if it was January) and working away and one of these hard-core tough guys would stop, stand up, look around and say, "have you SEEN that waterfall today? C-mon guys, check it out!" and we'd all stand up and look around and then someone else would say, "thank god we're not doing this in Fresno".
I love it here.
My workplace is nice. Cool bosses (all like good music), laid back environment, no pushy sales crap. Trading/asset management firm, clients invest in all sorts of commodities, currency exchange, futures markets. I would go crazy if I worked at some nosy, beauracratic, conservative firm. As long as the work gets done, we are encouraged to have a good time and not stress out. If only all white collar jobs were like this...
i basically run a route for 12-14 hrs a day selling food, talking about food but rarely eating food,
tough to do when you love to cook, but a really cool job, getting to meet all kinds of people from
all walks of life. Boring story, I now live in Minnesota, but lived in Vermont in the late 80's for about 2 years in a small town of about 2,500 people, and just recently learned one of my customers here over 1,500 miles away lived in that same small town at the same time.
I'm a registered nurse currently working in pediatric homecare - visit cases and in-home nursing care of kids many of whom in years past would have been institutionalized or hospitalized longer for their needs. During the summer I took time off and worked at a camp mission in northeastern PA which hosts foster and underprivileged children and teens from NYC. Five busloads of kids come in at a time. It was a high just working with these incredible kids for their ten-day stays. I loved every exhausting minute of it. Hope to do it again next summer. The camp is nearby Mountain Laurel where Rat Dog just played last Sat. night, Aug. 18th. Fabulous show. This venue is only a few years old (built where an old resort used to be) but folks, this show topped ticket sales with 9,500 concert goers, more than they've had yet for any other band. Second highest was for Crosby, Stills & Nash a couple of years ago. Hope they'll invite Bob and his band back next year, and sure hope they'll come! They started for The Allman Brothers. The huge parking lot there is extended by acres and acres of grassy fields all around - filled up!
I work for a Telecommunications contractor in PA. My job setup the signal levels on the forward and return paths then certify the plant to the systems and FCC specs. This job means alot of traveling and looking forward to the Grateful Dead channel on Sirrus to help pass the miles.
I work in the travel/timeshare sales industry. Good $, but it sucks being the pushy, salesman type guy.