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Old 12-18-2005, 10:23 PM
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Boy I hope nobody uses credit cards to feed the hobby. With the virtual online shopping cart, that could be very DANGEROUS. You simply type in the card numbers, and look what you get in a few days! I didn't have them in the past, and definitely won't get one now.
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:19 PM
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Hi guys I am also an airframe and powerplant mechanic.Been doing it for about 14 yrs now.I mostly work on singles and twins general aviation stuff and alittle corp. stuff also.you don't get rich or make alot of money doin it you just have to love it and it has an incredible community of people.It does pay the bills and gives me alittle to buy rc stuff proably because my wife works and is very supprtive of my hobby!!
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:33 PM
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Old 12-21-2005, 01:06 AM
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I spent a time as a Machinist and owned my own shop designing and building marine equipment and engines. ...then spent years running boats up and down the west coast from Washington to Alaska
Wife wanted me home more so I went into construction for a few years 15 or so I think...I am into real estate (as in realtor) till I retire in a couple years..started flying in about "58 and it's still lots of fun.
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Old 12-21-2005, 05:59 AM
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I have been a Pastor and / or Missionary since 1989 and have worked with neglected and abused kids from 1986-89 and off and on ever since. In 2003 I moved the family (wife of 21years and 3 teenage girls) to live in Honduras Central America. I was teaching 7th graders, training local pastors and starting an English Speaking church amoung the "ex-patriots" in La Ceiba.

After returning home about 18 months ago I was passing by a home in Central FL that had it's Garage door open. Just inside this door were stacks of model airplanes. I peeked such an intrest that I went around the block and did a double take. This one event stimulated my childhood thrill with flight. As A kid I was an avid modeler and Control Line flyer, but RC was to rich for my dads blood.

The rest as they say is history. After a year of RC I am now in it to deep to retreat, and certainly too deep into electrics to convert to gas - I get asked that a lot. If I bailed out now I would look like a flake LOL. The first day I went out to fly, the guys who's garage I had peered in was there and he taught me to fly - sorta. Well he got me in the air that day. I have been on my own ever since.

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Old 12-21-2005, 02:55 PM
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Default RC bills? ...but I needed it for the other plane, dear!

Application Support Specialist (oilfield drilling softwear). My boss thought of the fancy title. I've just been doing the same thing over and over and over until my feeble old brain remembers enough for my mouth to spew facts that give the perception that I know what I'm doing. However, I get to work with very talented people who solve problems by thinking "outside the box" on a daily basis. It's a blessing.

The main thing about paying the RC bills is the SAF (Spousal Acceptance Factor). I don't remember if I encountered this phrase in this hobby or another. I've only been in this hobby for a year, but it was clear from the start that SAF skills must be developed early on. I've found a spend ratio of 10:1 (10 her, 1 me) works pretty good. But, hey! She's worth it!
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:25 PM
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I run the main computer at a small bank and try to keep the network talking to the girls pc's most of the time.
Sometimes they let me take a long lunch to go for a ride in my 55 Spyder kitcar or go rc flying as I have to stay late an do the update each evening. Jerry
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Old 12-22-2005, 07:38 AM
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I fly bigger airplanes...
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:44 PM
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My wife yelled at me for not buying enough Blue Foam billets to build planes all winter.
She really means well.
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Old 12-27-2005, 11:49 PM
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Hi all
Just a truck driver. I Finance my hobbie Thru my Wife, She just don't know it yet.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:37 AM
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I am a Protecter of the Enviroment (a.k.a) Waste Water Plant Operater.Anything you put down the sink,toilet, stormsewer, Iget to deal with it.---- My job really stinks!!! But, it all smells like money.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:40 AM
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You ever find any gators down there, slowmover?
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:56 AM
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This has been a fascinating 3 hour read. What an interesting and varied bunch of characters you all are!
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:12 PM
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No gators Tram, but I did pull up a big BullFrog on the screen rack we clean. It's front legs and feet looked just like a baby fetus. Never Know what goes down a sewer. My job stinks!!
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Old 12-29-2005, 02:24 AM
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Well, I was a master cabinet maker for the last 20 years, but someone in a truck that wanted to park it on top of me and a Harley Fatboy ended that. I now do insurance adjusting for the Allstate National Catastrophe Team following storms and such all over the US. I've been flying RC for 30 years or so and just recently got in to helis.
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:54 AM
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What's a football? Does it fly. OK..who took my meds?

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Old 12-29-2005, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by bobzilla View Post
What's a football? Does it fly. OK..who took my meds?
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Old 01-02-2006, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 5GRAND View Post
Retired DISGRUNTLED POSTAL WORKER....and YES I had to turn in my AK-47 when I retired.

Wayne

A dog can't bite a Letter Carrier wearing shorts..... because he can't laugh and bite at the same time!!!
You only turned in one Ak.......Right? I would keep the other 3 for retirement. You just never know.
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Old 01-02-2006, 10:40 AM
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Wow, 12 pages to get to know all of you! Actually, I already know some of you in person, and some from the "other site", but it's an interesting read. Lots of techs of one sort or another. I started working life as a structural draughtsman, waaay before CAD, then after 8 years, bought out a high school chum's construction service business, where I'd worked part time for extra money. Been the owner/operator of that foundation damp proof coating business for the last 34 years, and I'm really looking forward to retiring soon :-) The hobby money comes from the occasional "cash" job. Don't tell the tax man.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:30 AM
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Very interesting thread

I live in London, UK, but spend a lot of time travelling, running training courses on topics like venture capital, leveraged buy outs, corporate finance etc., which was my professional area before I decided to go freelance (haven't had a job since 1995 ). I've also had 7 books published on this kind of stuff.

Flying wise, I kind of followed my father into R/C as a kid, but then forgot about it as I left home, got back into it in '88 or so, both heli and fixed wing, but was also into full sized flying and the R/C stuff got left behind as I became a member of a formation aerobatic display team, which did quite well throughout Europe. (www.aerostars.co.uk, though I am not there anymore!)

I quit all that in 2002, my full size licence is lapsed (I knew the moment had come when somebody knocked on my hotel room door, in France or somewhere, said "Garry, let's go flying" and I said "I'm not getting in the aeroplane unless I get paid" - flogging all over Europe in a piston single had become a bit repetitive for me)

Have been having the itch to get back into R/C - heli's and fixed wing scale - for a few years now and am delighted to have done so
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:10 AM
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[quote=Garry S;33835]Very interesting thread

I live in London, UK, but spend a lot of time travelling, running training courses on topics like venture capital, leveraged buy outs, corporate finance etc., which was my professional area before I decided to go freelance (haven't had a job since 1995 ). I've also had 7 books published on this kind of stuff.

Now if I read one of your books will it make me RICH?

Terry
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:14 AM
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Hay Terry, I didn't know you live in London

Anyway I'm a computer/network Jack of all trades, master of none.
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:22 AM
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Seems to be a lot of us "computer/network Jack of all trades, master of none" types around here.

Perhaps we need a "Technical" Support section here too! :P

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Old 01-11-2006, 03:40 AM
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While I was hauling cars out of Lorraine, Ohio, my son enticed me to purchase a modelers stuff, who's mother ordered sold, in 1960. Gradually slid into RC, came to Coxsackie, NY in 1963, built, flew, crashed, rebuilt, etc for a few years. Finally got to the point where I worked out a mini hobby shop in my basement, charged ONLY cost of getting items and my phone bill. Founded the Greene County Aero Modelers in 1969. With the experience of rebuilding my own wrecks, got a lot of business rebuilding others crashes. I had CouCon (Sig Cougar with Contender wing) with lites on it and flew it at nite for four years. That helped build up my reputation considerably. Eventually began building new kits for others from all over and made enough money to support my habit,. err, hobby! Been retired since 1988, from the City of Albany, NY, where I was Labor Standards Admin., Minority Loan Officer, and Real Estate Director, amongst other things. For the last several years, ARFs have bit into the Kit building business but I still get enough to stay with the hobby. Even get calls to get some ARFs up and running. The last big ship kit I built was a third scale Stearman with a big Fox Gas engine. It's main flight indicated a little heavy in the tail but was a beautiful flight and is still intact as I type. The owner has indicated that he was much more than just pleased. Hee hee. Well, that's how I supported my hobby over most of the years and I believe that was the question. Up to date, the club, GCAM is still in full operation, do ocassionable building and I play golf when the weather permits. Even fly at the golf course sometimes. "Thunderhart Golf Club", Freehold, NY.

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Old 01-11-2006, 05:59 PM
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I'm a Senior Project Manager for a CAT X airport, managing heavy power, communications and security projects. Have probably waved at 2DogRC without even knowing it
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