questionswhat job did you have that you enjoyed or miss…

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I worked as a courier for the Federal Reserve in Arkansas. Basically I drove all over the state (250 miles a day) and either picked up or dropped off boxes of documents and paperwork. I loved it! I had all the bank holidays off and no office politics, just the open road. I could dress however I wanted and I could bring my dog with me. My hours were 10 AM-ish to 3-4 PM depending on traffic which I rarely saw unless I had to go to Little Rock. It was hard on my car so I reluctantly looked for a real job after 18 months or so.

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i used to work as a medic on a private ambulance service in illinois. best job i've ever had. the work was interesting, my co-workers were awesome and i got to drive fast. the sad part was, i found out i was making less than an assistant manager at taco bell. medics are seriously underpaid for what they have to put up with; at least back then. (only talking about private ambulance, not sure if city EMS pays better)

if i ever hit the lotto, i'd go back to that job in a heartbeat. (pun intended)

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@ohcheri: And that's how you ended up with Ohcheri?

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I worked as a maintenance worker for the County School system a few years ago. It was great. I started out in the summer and wound up being able to work there until the end of March the next year. The work wasn't always too fun, but the guys I worked with were really great, especially since they were all a lot older than I was, by about 30 years or so. It was a great experience.

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@mtm2: My journey to OhCheri-land started much later. When I quit the courier job (2001) it coincided with a divorce and I moved back to NV where I got a job at Lowe's. It wasn't until I met my current husband that I ever had a thought about starting a business.

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@captainsuperdawg: Sometimes all you need to make a job awesome is great co-workers. My job at Lowe's wasn't super fun or exciting and certainly didn't pay well but I loved all the people I worked with.

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I used to work for the Rival Company. The pay wasn't too great but the people there were so much fun! We worked hard but at the same time had fun and joked around all the time. I haven't been able to find people like that since then. They got bought out in the late 90s and we all got laid off.
I do love my current job but hate that people there don't hang out with anyone from other departments.

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The job I miss the most is the one I'm still at. It used to be a lot of fun, but a lot of bad management decisions have made it a pretty depressing place to be despite working with a lot of great people.

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I worked as a radio DJ for about a year and a half when I was in my early 20's. It was back before music was all run from a computer and we could still manually load music. It makes playing requests much easier. I would sometimes get free beer from local folks for playing a song or two for them.

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I was a volunteer with the youth group at my church for over 13 years. I didn't get paid but often referred to it as a job. And I loved just about every minute of it. I got to hang out with the kids and do some teaching. I helped chaperone all the activities and trips which usually meant just driving, having fun and making sure we didn't lose anyone. I helped out with the administrative stuff, proofreading mailings, getting supplies for events, doing some planning, running things if the youth guy was out of town. And I got to be a part of the lives of some amazing kids. Some of those kids have grown up and become some of my best friends. I also was close to our youth guys and they offered me invaluable counsel, were great friends, fed me meals, let me play with their kids and pets and just be a part of their families. I never got paid actual money (other than a few gift cards or ice cream cones) but the other benefits were more than any job I've been paid to do. I really miss it.

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I enjoyed working at the movie theater. Laid back, cool people for the most part, free movies, get to see movies before they come out. Just not enough money.
Domino's was fun. Had a blast working there. Would probably be overweight by now if I stayed.

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I used to work as a lighting/sound/laser/pyro tech for a traveling lasershow company. It was a lot of fun and the hours worked for me. I worked on and off there for 7 years, mostly in the summers.
The company started going under in 2005 and I got laid off, so I moved to Tennessee to get a job in my field (engineering).

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I was a police officer for almost 18 years when I was attacked by a pitbull on a drug raid. Yes, before you ask, I did shoot him but he was one tough pit and lived. Unfortunately, the injuries I sustained from the bites forced me to retire. I loved my job as much on that last day (12/02/10-day of raid) as much as the first day.

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I actually rather enjoyed my time working retail many many years ago. I used to work the upgrades counter at CompUSA, back when running a computer store was almost like having a license to print money. The pay wasn't very good but I got the most interesting customers (and their problems) and my coworkers respected me in spite of the fact I was the youngest employee for quite a while.

This was back when CompUSA was an American-owned company, traded on the stock market. I remember when the Palm VII came out (first one that worked with wireless data services), we joked we could use it to watch our stock prices fall in real time. I left in 1999 for a job that better fit my future plans. A while after that CompUSA was sold to the richest man in Mexico, and of course more recently went broke completely.

The biggest problem really was corporate. Our company employed baboons to do purchasing which meant I frequently told customers "I don't have any of those".

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@carl669: You are correct!! They are underpaid and under appreciated, at least in certain areas. The medics in Baltimore get shot at-it is absolutely out of control. You have to be a special kind of person to want to do that job.

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@crazyraccoon007: That is awful, how scary! Law enforcement is definitely one of the most underpaid and under appreciated professions.

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I worked at a small liquor store during college. We could drink all we wanted during work, and take a 6 pack when we left our shift.

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@crazyraccoon007: Seconded with @ohcherie. Hope everything is working out now.

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@daveinsocal: Holy crap, I didn't get that good working at the bar.

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@ohcheri: You owe me a new keyboard for this remark. :::standing ovation:::

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@ohcheri "You're working for WOOT?" ooh snap!

I had a job for a while doing core drilling. It was a two person crew and usually we were out in the middle of nowhere almost literally. The only people you might see were the geologists once in a while. We got hired by Johnson and Johnson once to do some work in a talc mine, checking where the ore was.

It was hard work , on 10 days then off 4, but I enjoyed being outside all day, got to see a lot of nature and undeveloped country.

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My favorite, and a job I would gladly go back to in a heart beat, even with a pay cut, was a local desktop admin. Worked with great people who taught me a few things and had been there longer, got to actually work issues until the PC was back up no matter what the issue was, and people are a LOT nicer about their computer problems when they are looking you in the eye.
Though, I gotta admit, I would never imagined how many people would try to play off like someone ELSE spilled coffee on their PC, or couldn't figure out why having a space heater right next to their computer could cause heating issues, it was still a lot of fun working in an element I enjoy. ^_^ Sadly I was a contractor and the new management had no issues telling the contractors that he felt they were a waste of money, when the full time employees can just work twice as hard to cover what we did. :'(

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I miss teaching, or at least the part of teaching that really was spent with students. Not the politics or paperwork, but the real classroom time. Felt like I made a positive difference.