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]

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]

Workin’ for the Man – Part 2

Oct 25, 2007 | | 3 comments

This is part two of a series about my work career… Sheet Metal Mechanic’s Helper Much like my first job, this was working for one of my dad’s sub-contractors. In the 1970’s we didn’t have flexible duct work like I see in houses today. Air Conditioning ducts were either sheet metal boxes that we had […more]