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OT: what would you have done if you hadn't done what you did ?

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Initial post: 1 Apr 2014 21:44:25 BDT
Sparky says:
Just thought I'd get on the OT bandwagon before it goes out of fashion.
So, what would you really like to have done if you hadn't flopped into that boring old job you've been doing all your life? or maybe you are one of those lucky people who have an exciting job or managed to earn a living doing what you always wanted to. I had stints as a Civil Engineer and Maffs Teacher before finally flopping into IT, but I think what I really would have liked to have done was carpentry. Nothing more satisfying than working on a decent piece of wood with some good sharp tools I imagine. Sadly I was declared a 'scientist' after a 2-minute interview with the peripatetic careers advisor and never had the guts to fight back. Immediate ban from the woodwork shed took effect followed by wall-to-wall trigonometry and Newton's Laws of Motion. Not complaining, it paid the mortgage, but I would really love to have put in just one bespoke oak staircase!

Posted on 1 Apr 2014 22:05:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Apr 2014 22:55:05 BDT
TheFoe says:
Interesting one Sparky, my late Dad worked for British Airways as a designer. His claim to fame was designing part of Concorde, (I always joked it was the nose and it should have been straight), outside of work however he was a brilliant artist, specialising in oil paintings of wildlife with elephants being his real love. Not only this but he was a dab hand at carpentry too, he made rocking horses from scratch as well as tables and cabinets. My only regret is we didn't encourage him to take this up as a career, because the level of craftsmanship was very high.

Edit - Don't mean that to come across as a brag, just proud of him.

Posted on 1 Apr 2014 22:59:07 BDT
Sparky says:
Nice story Foe, sounds like your Dad was clever enough to hold down a decent job and make something of his artistic talents so hopefully no regrets on his part.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2014 23:08:50 BDT
TheFoe says:
Cheers Sparky, I'm sure he had no regrets and when I visit my Mum it's nice to see his paintings on the walls, keeps his spirit alive.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2014 23:22:18 BDT
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Posted on 2 Apr 2014 08:32:33 BDT
i have no taste for what i do, and have done for the past 25 years, suffice to say i've been doing it for too long, and am considering voluntary redundancy. career-wise, i was never happier than when working in local record shops (one a national chain, one an independent). just too much fun, but not enough money. remember introducing the public to cds, by kicking one up and down the street, and then playing it to gob-smacked customers (only started mal-functioning when we knocked a lump off it). better than enjoying yourself.
my father is a gifted carpenter, who due to the fact that he had to spend stretches of his career on building sites, did not wish me to follow him in that line of work. in fact, so determined was he in this, that i am now practically clueless about even the most basic carpentry/joinery procedures.

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 08:40:50 BDT
After a few years "drifting", I settled into a career working for the government. As I was brought up by a talented musician, I should have learnt to play properly and maybe followed another path. However I have always considered "what ifs" a total waste of time and energy as the future is where life lies!
I retired from management 7 years ago and have spent them very enjoyably working p/t at a local tourist environmental garden/centre close to my home.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 10:47:58 BDT
Gordon D says:
I consider myself very fortunate to have a job that I enjoy enormously most of the time. I'm only slightly disappointed that I haven't managed to keep up my photography since having kids and therefore having less time to myself (and since the elder Little Miss D broke my expensive camera when she was a toddler). It's something I'll take up again when I retire; in any case, I don't think I would ever have been good enough to make a living out of it.

I did have a job as a van-driver for a short period after finishing university (summer of 1985). I know for certain that I wouldn't have wanted to do that for the rest of my life. I also spent a few months as a general office-boy in a town hall. One of my tasks in that role was to record staff absences: the astonishingly high level of absenteeism suggested that most people working there didn't find their jobs terribly rewarding or satisfying.

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 10:57:07 BDT
RABB says:
I want to be a teacher, although that is looking dead in the water without the degree that for a number of reasons I'm unlikely ever to earn. At the moment I'm stuck in a dead-end admin job which pays me just enough to get by but more than I probably deserve for what I actually do, and with not a lot to show for it on my CV.

So at some point I'd like to own a small business I can be proud of with a massive focus on customer service, which is one of the few professional skills I'm good at. Maybe a little cafe that doubles as a music store or something like that. Issue now is trying to get the captial for that but I have time on my side.

I would love to get some woodworking skills too, but only as a hobby.

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 11:24:25 BDT
easytiger says:
My dad was a plumber but his hobby was making violins from scratch. He stopped a few years ago due to health and lamp-oil issues. He was very good and regularly sold them to the Northern Spanish Philharmonic orchestra for whom my sister played.
Me, I have no patience with carpentry or musical instruments.
Been a site based civil engineer since leaving school and have been very lucky to see a lot of the world, especially my favourite place, west Africa.
Construction is cyclical so have had stints as a builder, taxi-driver, double glazing rep(honest) but one I hoped would last forever was as owner of a nightclub, bar and resto in Gabon where I discovered I could really cook. Sadly politics put an end to that.
It's not all wine and roses as I'm stuck back in UK and haven't seen my family in Africa since before xmas. Have had to sell my beloved Triumph 750 to make ends meet as it's proving hard to get back into the system here.
Things will get better, they always do.

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 11:27:26 BDT
easytiger says:
Btw, wot's OT?

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 11:28:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2014 11:28:43 BDT
Gordon D says:
>> double glazing rep (honest) <<

It's not often that you see the phrase "double-glazing rep" and the word "honest" in the same sentence.

Sorry to hear about your upheaval. Would Mrs Tiger move to the UK, or is the aim for you to get back to Africa?

EDIT: OT means off-topic, although I suppose it could equally well mean on-topic.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 11:42:48 BDT
easytiger says:
I was honestly selling the best replacement windows money could buy so I didn't have a problem with that. It was mostly fun and good money but work was 4-30 to 11pm.
In the long term it's back to Africa. I have an 11 year old tigress who is doing very well at school. She's a little bit ahem 'special' and in Africa she is a character whereas I fear they would probably put her on medication over here.
She has a magnetic personality whereby every where we go she has everybody running around after her and they don't know why.
Apart from the language barrier I just can't see her away from the sunshine, family and innocence of Pointe Noire.
Besides in Africa, papa's the boss.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 12:15:25 BDT
If I saw a carpenter would he no longer be a carpenter I wonder, I suppose it all depends on where I saw him.

I wouldn't do stand up for a living, no money in it. I've stood up thousands of times in my life and so far no one has given me a single penny for doing so.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 12:17:31 BDT

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 12:59:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2014 12:59:51 BDT
Sparky says:
Best job I ever had was a student holiday job as a hospital porter - main reasons being that we sat around most of the day waiting to be called to wheel someone between wards so could get on with some serious reading. (No iPods etc on those days I'm afraid). Heaven compared to my normal holiday jobs lugging bags of cement or digging trenches on building sites. Worst job was in the records dept at a large London hospital, 8 hrs a day filing scraps of paper in a warehouse sized storage room, 50% of it was scattered on the floor which was a bit worrying! Felt like quitting after 2 days but managed to last 2 weeks thanks to copious amounts of Young's bitter.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 13:21:58 BDT
Gordon D says:
>> If I saw a carpenter would he no longer be a carpenter I wonder, I suppose it all depends on where I saw him. <<

He'd be two halves of a carpenter. There is a philosophical discussion to be had about whether something divided into two parts is still the same thing. In the case of a litre of air: possibly. In the case of a reinforced steel joist: definitely not.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 13:28:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2014 13:29:53 BDT
Gordon D says:
>> Worst job was in the records dept at a large London hospital, 8 hrs a day filing scraps of paper in a warehouse sized storage room, 50% of it was scattered on the floor which was a bit worrying! <<

I don't think an awful lot has changed in most hospitals. GPs' records are generally well maintained and reasonably complete (although last spring's NHS reorganization is beginning to wreck the system for some GP practices); those in hospitals are very far from this state, according to sources that I regard as reasonably reliable. The proposed national patient records system was abandoned in 2011, after about £12,000,000,000 had been spent on attempts to create it.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 14:29:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2014 14:30:09 BDT
Sparky says:
Gordon - this job you enjoy enormously, is it replying to posts on the Amazon Music forum by any chance ;-)
Getting back to the NHS, I have spent quite a bit of time in and out of hospitals and surgeries recently and agree it seems they both have incomplete information at any given time, certainly not a joined up system where they can both see a full and up to date picture of the patient. I'm all for people participating fully in their healthcare but it's getting dangerous when the patient has to remember all details of medication and ops. -especially as we all get older!

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 19:06:49 BDT
Lez Lee says:
As a child I loved writing poems and stories and was sure I'd become a successful writer.
Then when I was 10, my school class was taken to the library. I couldn't believe the treasure house of goodies available, though I was a bit miffed that I couldn't borrow Gibbons' Stamp Catalogue. Anyway I abandoned all thoughts of being an author, librarianship was the way to go.
At that stage I'd only considered the joy of working with books and given no thought to working with the public. Just as well as I was a desperately shy child and it could well have put me off. Anyway, I duly got the necessary 'O' levels and became a library assistant with L'pool libraries without even having an interview. I never wanted library qualifications as I preferred to work with the public, not getting stuck with loads of admin and meetings. I became a senior assistant in charge of a busy branch, which was just the right amount of responsibilty and kept the same 'para-professional' position when I moved to Sheffield.
I was delighted to be offered early retirement in 1990 when Local Government was falling apart at the seams.
I'd do exactly the same again.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 19:43:49 BDT
SussexWelsh says:
Sounds like you're a happy bunny Lez. Great stuff and a nice job too.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 20:10:36 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 21:11:00 BDT
Derek W. says:
My library in London used to let you borrow the Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Lez. Only problem was carrying the thing home:)

I'm surprised that nobody's confessed to wanting to be a lumberjack yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 21:24:38 BDT
nocheese says:
Well I do like to put on women's clothing, and hang around in bars.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2014 21:35:17 BDT
A Dr I know told me the reason why the hospitals don't know much about folks in Northern Ireland is because there are 5 different systems used to record medical information here and that the govt would not just give the lot to one group as that in effect creates a monopoly. Sensible or what!!!!

What the NHS needs is more golf trolleys to haul around those giant wheeled cages that have several thousand folders jam packed with files between surgeries and hospitals so that the information gets transferred more efficiently.
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