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ishmael
11-06-2008, 10:42 AM
I think I'd be a chef, a cook. What fun! Trying to remake the ideology gets really boring after awhile. OK, we disagree about it, but we all need to eat.:)

Paul Pless
11-06-2008, 10:43 AM
pornstar


What fun!

hokiefan
11-06-2008, 11:54 AM
Athlete. I'd need a new set of genes to make that happen though.

Always wanted to play football, but when you have a cornerback body and offensive lineman speed, that doesn't work. Wanted to be either a tight end or a possession style wide receiver, ala Fred Biletnikof, who caught anything that he touched. Or a possible a free safety doling out punishment to anyone daring to cross MY middle of the field. I still love to catch a football and will toss with my son pretty much anytime he's interested.

These days, I'd pick soccer. I'd want to be a central mid, making those killer passes that turn the dangerous striker loose. That would be sweet.

Fact is though, I never could run worth a rip, so I found a sport, tennis, that doesn't require blinding speed. Was obvious I wasn't going to make a living at it. Given that, I've been pretty satisfied with my Engineering profession.

Cheers,

Bobby

Chris Coose
11-06-2008, 11:59 AM
I've had two very supportive, hugely varied careers to which I have become masterful. Either of which I could market about anywhere and make decent money.
I am lining up to return to the first job (never a career) I made money at from when I was 10-12 years old.
Lobster fishing.

hokiefan
11-06-2008, 12:02 PM
I've had two very supportive, hugely varied careers to which I have become masterful. Either of which I could market about anywhere and make decent money.
I am lining up to return to the first job (never a career) I made money at from when I was 10-12 years old.
Lobster fishing.

I have this vague thought of building a nice workboat and crabbing when I retire. Seems like a good idea some days, but we'll see how the long run works out.

Cheers,

Bobby

George Roberts
11-06-2008, 12:06 PM
I spent the last 2 years doing theoretical math. I have one paragraph written.

Sure wish I was as good as I thought I was 30 years ago.

Tom Montgomery
11-06-2008, 12:06 PM
I think I'd be a chef, a cook. What fun! Trying to remake the ideology gets really boring after awhile. OK, we disagree about it, but we all need to eat.:)

You know what? That is a career path that is still open to you.

paladin
11-06-2008, 12:13 PM
Jigalo....sounds like a fun job.....

Paul Pless
11-06-2008, 12:18 PM
I have this vague thought of building a nice workboat and crabbing when I retire. Seems like a good idea some days, but we'll see how the long run works out.

Cheers,

BobbyA couple of years ago I spent a year living on the Ogeechee in Richmond Hill. I watched the crabbers and inshore commercial fisherman work singly everyday. It seemed the ultimate stoner job.

Flying Orca
11-06-2008, 12:19 PM
I've done most of the things I've really wanted to do, but here are some I haven't done:


environmental law
physical anthropology
high school biology teacher

I may yet run for public office, though.

Popeye
11-06-2008, 12:39 PM
i want a brand new house on an episode of cribs

Keith Wilson
11-06-2008, 12:46 PM
I'd have studied history, or maybe linguistics, instead of science and engineering, and ended up an academic like most of my relatives. Most days I'm glad I didn't, though. In another life I'll run a used bookstore, with cats.

David G
11-06-2008, 12:48 PM
pornstar

Mr. Pless,

I think you reversed the question :D

David G
11-06-2008, 12:51 PM
Jigalo....sounds like a fun job.....

I think you're just a naive romantic at heart. Gigalo would be a sweaty, unpleasant, degrading task. I'd much rather sleep with who I pick - rather than with who can afford me.

Another One
11-06-2008, 12:57 PM
I recently came across someone on Facebook who I'd lost contact with almost 30 years ago, but was one of my compatriots in 4th through 10th grade. We had a lot of the same interests, took the same classes and both enjoyed top grades. He's now a middle school principle out west, which I find very interesting. (I've intended for some time that my next career will be teaching high school English literature.)

David G
11-06-2008, 12:59 PM
I think I'd be an orthopedic surgeon. It has a lot of the tasks and rhythms that I enjoy about woodworking: careful craftsmanship; knowledge of engineering (anatomy & physiology); fine eye-hand coordination; work with a team... as the boss; etc. The only thing is... I wouldn't be able to put my work on display for all to ogle & enjoy. For that, I'd have to become a cosmetic surgeon, which doesn't interest me. Oh... and the money is much better.


"He knows nothing and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career" -- G.B. Shaw

J. Dillon
11-06-2008, 01:06 PM
An Explorer. Always admired the age of the Great Explorations.

It's coming up again, in space. What a time to come back again and participate


JD

Kaa
11-06-2008, 01:08 PM
It's interesting how everyone interprets a question "If you could be..." as a question about occupation.

Kaa

Popeye
11-06-2008, 01:17 PM
expired dairy products checker

Darren McClelland
11-06-2008, 01:21 PM
A Contractor, maybe an Artist, Iam happy teaching highschool

Darren

Flying Orca
11-06-2008, 01:24 PM
It's interesting how everyone interprets a question "If you could be..." as a question about occupation.

It is, isn't it? I was thinking about that, too. I answered the question that way because:


It was framed that way, or at least I took it to be; and
I can't think of any non-occupational "something other than what I am" goals. :)

bamamick
11-06-2008, 01:30 PM
Well, the alternative at the beginning of all of this was sailmaker/fibreglass repair/professional sailor (boatbum). If that's the direction that life would have taken me then I'd have never married my wife, had my kids, or been able to do what I have done.

No thanks. I am serious need of some time off and some time on a boat, but all in all I wouldn't do anything differently.

Mickey Lake

switters
11-06-2008, 01:35 PM
I became conscious of that a few years ago also. Lately when I meet someone and they ask what I do, I answer that I fish and hunt and canoe and recently developed the appalling habit of making small boats out of plywood. I also work at a somewhat satisfactory job to support my vices.

If I could be something other than who I am right now it would be a better father.

Kaa
11-06-2008, 01:44 PM
It was framed that way, or at least I took it to be

It was framed openly enough, but Ish answered his own question with an answer about an occupation...


I can't think of any non-occupational "something other than what I am" goals. :)

Heh. In my mind there's a rather big distinction between "what I am" and "what I do". Changing "what I am" means changing my personality, not what do I do most of my workdays...

Kaa

Flying Orca
11-06-2008, 01:49 PM
It was framed openly enough, but Ish answered his own question with an answer about an occupation...

That would be the framing I meant.


Heh. In my mind there's a rather big distinction between "what I am" and "what I do". Changing "what I am" means changing my personality, not what do I do most of my workdays...

My work is integral to what I am, and what I am is integral to my work. It's not a big distinction for me. I'm aware that some might consider me lucky or unusual in my happy circumstance, though!

Kaa
11-06-2008, 01:59 PM
I'm aware that some might consider me lucky or unusual in my happy circumstance, though!

I'd agree :-) A bit dangerous, but all in all a happy position to find oneself in.

Kaa

johnw
11-06-2008, 02:02 PM
The joy of bookselling is a deep and lasting one, and I never tire of it.

What would I be if I wasn't what I am? Rich.

Kaa, it's interesting that you would think of personality. Most of us can't imagine being something else in that sense.

Up on Capitol Hill (the Seattle neighborhood, not the one in D.C.) a lot of people seem to want to be a different sex. I suppose we could even interpret the question as being about what species we would prefer to be. I suspect most forumites would be crows -- more argumentative than most birds, and trying to be more clever.

Kaa
11-06-2008, 02:11 PM
Most of us can't imagine being something else in that sense.

I don't know. On the one hand, if you were different it wouldn't be you any more. On the other hand, I would expect most people to have wished at some point to be more wise, or less impulsive, or more courageous, or less stubborn, etc. etc.

Kaa

huisjen
11-06-2008, 02:41 PM
For the next two weeks I'll be going through a Certified Home Energy Auditor class. I hope to make that into a decent part time job.

I start classes December 1 to become a high school biology teacher.

It's not a question of what I would do. It's what I'm actually doing.

Dan

Flying Orca
11-06-2008, 02:44 PM
For the next two weeks I'll be going through a Certified Home Energy Auditor class. I hope to make that into a decent part time job.

I start classes December 1 to become a high school biology teacher.

It's not a question of what I would do. It's what I'm actually doing.

Nice. :)

Flying Orca
11-06-2008, 02:47 PM
A bit dangerous, but all in all a happy position to find oneself in.

How, dangerous?

AussieBarney
11-06-2008, 02:49 PM
Went from being an interstate truckdriver to being a socialworker. Did this at the age of forty. I saw a lot of runaway kids when I drove and wondered WHY? So, I got the chance to study and it was the best thing I ever did. Turned out to be very satisfying and good for the soul. I am my brothers keeper

Kaa
11-06-2008, 02:51 PM
How, dangerous?

You invested your sense of self in something outside of you.

Doesn't mean it's bad -- falling in love is dangerous in the same sense and it's certainly not a good reason to try to avoid being in love :D

Kaa

Flying Orca
11-06-2008, 02:51 PM
Went from being an interstate truckdriver to being a socialworker. Did this at the age of forty. I saw a lot of runaway kids when I drove and wondered WHY? So, I got the chance to study and it was the best thing I ever did. Turned out to be very satisfying and good for the soul. I am my brothers keeper

The juxtaposition of this post with your response in the segregation thread makes me very happy, for you and for your world.

Flying Orca
11-06-2008, 02:53 PM
You invested your sense of self in something outside of you.

Doesn't mean it's bad -- falling in love is dangerous in the same sense and it's certainly not a good reason to try to avoid being in love :D

Like I could avoid that. :rolleyes:

I'm not sure I invested my sense of self in my work, though, so much as I found a line of work that is a natural outgrowth of, and reinforces, my sense of self.

John of Phoenix
11-06-2008, 03:05 PM
The juxtaposition of this post with your response in the segregation thread makes me very happy, for you and for your world.Ditto.

I can't think of much that I'd change about my life. Lived pretty well, made lots of mistakes and tried to learn.

mmd
11-06-2008, 03:09 PM
Twenty-five years ago I got sidetracked on my way to becoming a ship's captain.

htom
11-06-2008, 03:13 PM
Pilot (airplane, first military, then commercial; and as a hobby.) Astronaut. Oh, there are many more. I'm having a very good life, just not what I expected.

ron ll
11-06-2008, 03:17 PM
I knew in Junior High that I wanted to be an architect and I'm now 65 and have no regrets. Altho my second choice probably would have been scientist, but Kathy is a senior research scientist in biotech so I get to live my second interest thru her. (Altho I probably would have chosen physics rather than biology.)

Peerie Maa
11-06-2008, 06:00 PM
It's interesting how everyone interprets a question "If you could be..." as a question about occupation.

Kaa

Musical, in that I love music, but cannot play an instrument for toffee.

Rigadog
11-06-2008, 06:18 PM
Easy, I'd be Jacque Cousteau and spend my days scuba diving, and speaking French.

brad9798
11-06-2008, 07:47 PM
I would go back in time and make a bunch of money on sports betting!

John B
11-06-2008, 08:10 PM
well....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xToPCaNxaow

seafox
11-06-2008, 08:13 PM
I would have built machine tools when I was in machine shop in highschool and built a busness as a young man, and I would never have got involved with a welfare queen who destroyed me financially
jeff

Vince Brennan
11-06-2008, 09:18 PM
Psychiatrist/psychologist. I could get rich just on some members of the forum.

LeeG
11-06-2008, 09:55 PM
I'd be a coastal mountain ridge overlooking northern California

LeeG
11-06-2008, 09:56 PM
or what Dan is doing,,

LeeG
11-06-2008, 10:13 PM
or Harvey Kietel

TimH
11-06-2008, 10:46 PM
HS -> Harvard -> CEO -> Golden Parachute -> Retire and sail the south Pacific :)

pcford
11-07-2008, 12:00 AM
pornstar

My late brother was a bit of a rascal; he worked on the set of porno films. Said it got boring watching two a$$holes jump in and out of each other all day.

Also, I've heard that sometimes the chemistry is not so good between the stars. The male lead then requires "handlers" to keep his ummm.....ardor up.

Chip-skiff
11-07-2008, 02:33 AM
I wish I'd started writing fiction earlier in my life. Love it.

I also wish I'd learned to sail when I was young. The pastimes of my youth (ice-climbing, ski-mountaineering) are not well-suited for late middle-age.

Ron Williamson
11-07-2008, 06:25 AM
I don't know if I'd do or be much different,given a re-try.
Kids put a pretty big twist on things.
Maybe more art work and less grunt work,but the grunt work always seemed to keep groceries in the fridge.
Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.
J. Lennon

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Bill R
11-07-2008, 09:11 AM
So far, I wouldn't change much. I enjoy chasing electrons around and make a decent living doing it. I had my sideline then full time woodworking business in between radio jobs, and am still doing that part time. Eventually, when I get sick of chasing electrons, I would like to end up with a small woodworking business that specializes in restoration work ard replica millwork. I'm slowly headed in that direction.

Peerie Maa
11-07-2008, 10:14 AM
Also, I've heard that sometimes the chemistry is not so good between the stars. The male lead then requires "handlers" to keep his ummm.....ardor up.

Apparently they used to be called "Fluffers" but a little blue pill made them redundant.

paladin
11-07-2008, 10:35 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by paladin View Post
Jigalo....sounds like a fun job.....
I think you're just a naive romantic at heart. Gigalo would be a sweaty, unpleasant, degrading task. I'd much rather sleep with who I pick - rather than with who can afford me.

At my rates I could be choosy.......
I really have no complaints. I've done much that I never intended to do and had fun doing it.....

Popeye
11-07-2008, 10:39 AM
hustler

ucb4ume
11-07-2008, 10:42 AM
Tug Boat Captain. It would bee so cool to push barges up and down the Mississippi River.

pcford
11-07-2008, 10:48 AM
Tug Boat Captain. It would bee so cool to push barges up and down the Mississippi River.

One of my clients used to be a towboat skipper. He said he got out of it because he thought there was more to life than watching the world go by at 1.5 knots.

Mrleft8
11-07-2008, 11:02 AM
Miserable SOB, scallywag, and all around scumbag... Seems like they do very well for themselves....;)

rddrappo
11-07-2008, 11:23 AM
i want a brand new house on an episode of cribs

and a bathroom I can play baseball in!

Dan McCosh
11-07-2008, 11:35 AM
Tug Boat Captain. It would bee so cool to push barges up and down the Mississippi River.


The guy who put the roof on my house was a former Mississippi tug boat captain. That he gave it up to do roofing gives you some idea. He did have a way with words, however.

Dan McCosh
11-07-2008, 11:35 AM
I would just like to try it over again. Like Groundhog Day.

ucb4ume
11-07-2008, 12:14 PM
One of my clients used to be a towboat skipper. He said he got out of it because he thought there was more to life than watching the world go by at 1.5 knots.

In my current job, I watch the world go by at the speed of light. I would welcome a slower pace.

hokiefan
11-07-2008, 12:29 PM
I would just like to try it over again. Like Groundhog Day.

Some days I'd like to try it all again, but only if I get to know what I've already learned the hard way. I really wouldn't want to learn it all again, some of those lessons hurt. Start over as a freshman in high school. I'd have a lot more fun:D, and get in a lot less trouble.

Cheers,

Bobby

Leon m
11-07-2008, 12:52 PM
"If you could be something other than how you've gone"

Free

Popeye
11-07-2008, 01:23 PM
oh , and i would have to be tony stark for awhile

http://screenrant.com/images/first-rdj-as-stark.jpg

that way i get to nail pepper potts for a week or two

Tylerdurden
11-07-2008, 03:37 PM
An Explorer. Always admired the age of the Great Explorations.

It's coming up again, in space. What a time to come back again and participate


JD

I am with you on that. My choice too.

Bob Triggs
11-07-2008, 03:41 PM
More:
More patient.
More honest.
More humble.
More forgiving.

but then...there's still time...:rolleyes:

Rich VanValkenburg
11-07-2008, 04:27 PM
I spent 37 years writing computer code. Most of it was challenging and fun, but led me down a path that was machine-centric, that being the IBM AS400. I was able to do quite a bit over the years and made a lot of friends at the manufacturing plant level.

But I should have leaned into PC-oriented languages and hardware, and maybe I'd still have a job. In the 70's we thought that the big iron would always be there to pay the bills. There's quite a big difference in what I did vs. what I should have done, though it wouldn't seem like it from non-computer folk.