All posts by jimazing

Workin’ for the Man – Part 11

Nov 27, 2007 | | 1 comment

My First IT Job My programming curriculm at Trident Tech was focused on mainframe computing, hence my first IT job was as a mainframe programmer. This was the early 1990’s when the personal computer was just beginning to be considered a serious business machine more than a toy. Our labs at school were setup with […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 10

Nov 26, 2007 | | 1 comment

Choices Economic pressures caused me to think about my choices for a career. I was learning quickly that raising a family of four daughters is expensive! At the same time, I realized that my income potential was limited as an instrument repair technician. At the same time, I noticed people who were making lots more […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 9

Nov 18, 2007 | | 2 comments

Back to the Instrument Repair Business In Part 4 , I talked about my initial job learning musical instrument repair trade and why I left that job. I came back, but under a much better pay scale. This time, I was paid just like all the other technicians and I felt like I could make […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 8

Nov 12, 2007 | | 5 comments

Restaurant Business While looking for my next job, I met a man who owned a small restaurant in Boone. The name of this restaurant was “Ham & Eggs”. When he offered me a job as a short order cook, I took him up on it. As a young man with a family to support and […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 7

Nov 10, 2007 | | Say something

 Linn Cove Viaduct I must admit that it feels very cool to be able to tell my friends that I helped build the Linn Cove Viaduct . This was a “missing link” in the completion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For many decades, tourists had to have to leave the parkway for a dangerous 14 […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 6

Nov 5, 2007 | | 1 comment

Rocko I do not remember why I left the tree crew for Rocko. Maybe it was the off season. Maybe it was a desire to have a job that paid me money and didn’t require me to be out in the elements. Whatever the reason was, I took a job at a startup company (called […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 5

Nov 1, 2007 | | 2 comments

Tree Crew I loved working on musical instruments. It was a craft that I felt proud of and I thought I was pretty good at it. However, when it became clear that I was not going to get paid a reasonable wage, I decided it was time to follow the other men I knew and […more]

Heart Friends

Oct 31, 2007 | | 2 comments

I just returned from a trip with my friend Dave to the hospital to visit our friend, Bob. Bob had open heart surgery two days ago. He’s recovering well and full of spit and vinegar. His stories are so amazing. He tells how God has helped him over and over throughout his life… including some […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 4

Oct 28, 2007 | | 1 comment

Brass Musical Instrument Technician (Apprentice) When I was a teenager and thinking about what I wanted to do for a career, I knew that I had three loves (other than Jeanie, of course): Jesus, music and working with my hands. I can remember agonizing about what I was going to do for a living the […more]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 3

Oct 26, 2007 | | 8 comments

Music Librarian At Newberry College as a music major, I worked in the music library for a short time. I have no strong memories of the music library. It was a job that gave me a little spending money. I was a student at Newberry for two years majoring in Music Education. The funny thing […more]