I'll throw in...
Started at age 13 officiating youth soccer. Work one day a week, and make $70-$100 for it. This would be in the 1980's (yes, I'm still young), and it was great to be a kid making good money
. I worked some construction, got on with an electrician, started with him as a trencher (old school
, with a shovel). Worked hard, eventually did hookups and installs. He built custom computers
at night. I was in to computers
, so I started working for him nights putting the pieces together. Parlayed that into a series of computer related jobs that payed for college (along with being a janitor, and still pulling wire), ended up as a UNIX administrator for an ISP. Still reff'ed the footy, although by then I was doing HS games making $75 each.
Graduated, got married, stayed in the ISP world. Dropped out of grad school to be involved in a startup ISP. It got pretty big. Got bought out by a big microwave company that wanted to get more into data. Got transferred from administration to field engineering. Got headhunted into the music
industry as a mercenary geek. That got big. Wrote some software
while there that I ended up starting my own business based around. That didn't get big, but big enough. Then the economy tanked, my client's budgets had no room for me, so I went to work as a consultant for an IT firm. Did home theater installs on the side.
Wife wanted to move back home, so we did. I couldn't get past the paper screening for any decent IT jobs (no degree in it) so I went back to work as an electrician. Got an interview for an intern spot at a consulting company, and didn't get the intern job, but did walk out of the interview with an offer to be their senior engineer
. That was great, making tons of money, but had no time to spend it.
Gave it all up to follow my childhood dream of being a fireman. Now I have a funny
"Magnum P.I." mustache and ride around in big red. I clean toilets and mop floors every work day. I don't belong to the yacht club, but we have a nice boat and are looking to get a bit bigger one. The admiral is a teacher, so she has summers off. I have a bit of seniority now, so between trading shifts and vacation
I can get blocks of time off during the summer too. I have 12 years till I'm eligible to retire, 14 till the house is paid and the kid graduates college. Till then we'll just have to continue loving life and spending our free time together on our little boat.