Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:46 PM
I also spent 37 years as a volunteer fireman. Retired from that as a chief.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:52 PM
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:34 AM
I was a volunteer firefighter (Certified FFII & Instructor) with a couple of busy departments while I copped for pay. The two hats evolved into one as I became an Origin and Cause investigator (Certified, National Fire Academy, Court Qualified Expert). After retiring as a firefighter and moving to AZ I still played with the big red rigs ... I volunteered at the National Hall of Flame for 7 years ... polishing red and brass, restoring and caring for and driving the vintage rigs. Highlight of that was when Rescue 51 came to live with us for a year.
Before all of that, I was a top-40 rock-n-roll DJ and before that I had a newspaper route (junior high & high school), grilled MickeyD's when they were 15cents (18cents for a cheeseburger), and bagged groceries until I became a world-famous (okay, not) DJ.
Been a fun life. Too bad it didn't involve copious quantities of cash, too.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:26 PM
I make pulp. It stinks but pays the bills
You don't happen to live near Canton NC do you?
Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:42 PM
I make pulp. It stinks but pays the bills
That it does! I assume you're not making fine writing paper. I used to design high density tanks where you may store your spit balls.
Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:48 PM
Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:25 PM
As time went on I was involved in giving presentations to the investigators at the meetings all over the world, and that allowed to travel to great places and meet a great number of people in the industry. I was the go-to guy on the study teams for questions about the data that was coming in and clarification on the data. I ensured that the data managers who performed the day-to-day work on the studies were following all SOPs and adhering to the ICH GCP standards. I sat on a board that ensured the data standards used to design the databases were being used consistently across all studies so that data from different clinical trials could be merged together and compared properly. I made sure that we had documented everything that was done so that in the case of an FDA, EMA, or MHRA inspection we could prove that we were following our SOPs and all federal and international requirements. Spent many long days making sure that our databases were clean and ready for freezing which basically means that we lock down the database and ensure that not a single thing can be changed by anyone. This way, we can unblind the double-blind, randomized studies and report out the results. I was well respected by my peers, my supervisors, and the data managers who worked under me as well.
In late July of this year, however, the company decided to "change their philosophy" and outsourced every single part of the clinical trial process to external companies except for the clinicians who write the protocols. As a result, my job was eliminated and I was given a 60 day "departure period" whereby I wouldn't work but I'd still receive my paycheck. That period ended on the 25th of September and I am now officially unemployed. Been spending the last couple of months looking for a new job but have found nothing. The only things I've found have either offered a salary so far below what I was making that I would not be able to afford my mortgage payment, or required that I relocate at my expense for a temporary position. Suffice it to say, I haven't been able to find anything. With the bills I have, I calculated that I can take a job that will let me work from home if the salary is 75% of what I was making previously. It would be a little bit tough, but I could do it. I'm thankful that my previous employer has given me a severance package and payment for the vacation days that I had accrued but not used. That check should be deposited this coming week, and if I get absolutely nothing in terms of employment, it will keep me afloat until the end of February next year. Of course, the severance is being taxed at an insanely high rate, but I'll likely get that all back when I file my taxes next year. So it means that once I get my tax return I should be safe for another three months.
Still, I would like to become employed again so that I can use that severance check for buying things I want but don't need. This is the time period where buying my own house has hurt me as I can't afford to move due to the work needed on the house, and the mortgage payment each month prevents me from being able to save up money so I could put a down payment on a new house. Had I just gone and moved into an apartment five years ago when I bought my first house, I'd be able to have a bunch of money saved up and be able to move relatively easily.
I'm still fairly bitter towards my old company due to how the cuts were made and how they decided who was going to be kept and who was going to be cut. The only good thing is that talking to people who were retained there, they say that things are getting absolutely horrific there and that getting laid off was a better fate than getting retained.
Too bad you can't build model cars for a living.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:16 AM
If you pursue it and need to re-locate, or simply decide to grab an apartment for the work-week, please let me know. I do a little real estate on the side, and would be happy to help you.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:43 AM
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:55 AM
Great when its going to plan, but very stressfull when its not !
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