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EvilRoy

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I'm a structural engineer, with specialization in bridge design, bridge construction inspection/management and bridge load evaluation, although I don't really do the latter anymore. Bridge design is what it says on the can but the other two probably require a bit of explanation.

Bridge construction inspectors are basically the people who walk around during bridge construction making sure all the rules are being followed. The standard technical rules for bridges fills a 50 mm binder, and then you have the specific rules for each bridge which ranges from a couple pages to another three ring binder. Plus if they decide to use specific products and those come with an instruction booklet I have to make sure those are followed too. It sounds like a lot but you just sort of get used to it and learn the ins and outs. Most construction crews are basically aware of all the rules and they generally want to do a good job within reason so there's rarely cause for argument. The hardest part of that job is understanding which rules matter and which ones don't in what circumstance. Even the special rules are often written with a kind of catch all flair and requiring someone to desperately follow the letter of the law in the most irrelevant situation does nothing more than make every interaction a slog and reduce the willingness of people to work with you on stuff.

Bridge load evaluation is a fancy term for deciding if a truck is heavy enough to make a bridge fall over when you drive on it. "Truck" is kind of a misnomer but that's how we always referred to it. More accurately there was a semi tractor leading a trailer doing the steering, and then behind the trailor there would be two to four trucks pushing it supplying the torque. There's a significant amount of calculations involved, and your own ass is on the line since in the most critical cases the person who signs the letter or their delegated stand-in has to walk in front of the truck as it goes over a bridge. When I did this I wasn't important enough to have people under me, so it was always me that did the walking. There have been more than a few times when I've felt a bridge pop and shift under me and I've really wondered if this is the time I finally fucked up and down we go. Never happened though, no recorded damage to a structure to date. I don't do load evals very much anymore since I've changed jobs. I kind of miss the evaluation half of the work, but the walks just killed me - not even the stress, just that nobody takes trucks like this on normal bridges in the city so I always had to drive goddamn hours to stand on a freezing bridge in the dead of night only to find out somebody shifted out of timing and blew the transmission out of a push truck and they aren't coming. Double points for no nearby vacancies so I had to sleep in the car.

Likes: I used to really enjoy the calculations but honestly that's kind of a younger persons job in the engineering world. Mostly these days I write technical reports, review other peoples technical reports, and manage other people, which is generally fine if un-engaging. I hate to say it but I most enjoy my job when shit is moving rapidly fanwards. When stuff starts to go wrong I start to wake up and get really into it. Something about finding solutions on a timer and working with contractors to find the most efficient solution to keep the job on schedule, or banging out design details late into the night really gets me moving. That may not be healthy, but I think I just legitimately work better in chaos and order becomes boring quickly for me.

Dislikes: I kind of hate managing people so I do my best to arrange things such that I'm just in charge of projects that require me plus one at most. Its not so bad keeping one person on track and we have some good juniors working for us, but I'll bend over backwards to avoid working with a couple people which makes it tough to be willing to take on jobs where I would necessarily have to dip into the larger employee pool and risk getting saddled with someone from the no-hurry no-worry brigade. I don't expect people to work the hours I do, but if they say they'll get something done "this week" I feel that should be a wide enough target that they could at least tell me they won't hit it with more than a days notice.

Dream job: I dunno. I think I'll echo the people above that its more about getting good coworkers and managers and getting comfortable. I live well and I get to do the things I want to which is plenty. I have the delightful distinction of being "difficult to fire" thanks to being one of the few who can do what I do, so I can enjoy some level of job security even now which is worth its weight in gold for a former freelancer.
 
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Crystal Violet

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I'm sort of unemployed now doing odd jobs to pay the rent and recovering from a self destructive phase.

I was a police officer for years until I was fired. I started in community policing, then rapid response, and then finally a sort of combination of rapid response and detective. I can't really talk of my field in detective because it is a small pool. I liked the variety of the work and hated being a tool for hurtful ideology.

My dream job is maybe social work which I would study i next semester.

And one day I'd like to be a full time author (one step at a time, I've been invited onto the creative team, the world building side, for an RPG expansion due for release next year).
Oh what kind of genre of fiction would you write? I would also like to write but more a hobby.
 
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I'm an Agile Technical Product Manager. Essentially I guide product testing and development for a high-tech lab. I'm a combination Director, Project Manager and Engineer. I determine the technical A-Z for developing a piece of hardware or software. I figure out what skillsets are needed, cost, time then build and manage a plan to make it a reality. Occasionally I help engineers or step in and do some troubleshooting and development myself, but I try to stay out of the weeds. Unfortunately I can't give you any examples because everything I work on is under NDAs and such.

Likes: when people pat me on the head and tell me I'm doing a good job, because I have deep self-worth issues. I like working on things that help people even if it's just a more stable service or more consumer driven features. I like making the people under me feel like they're important and not just disposable cogs. I know what that feels like and I work very hard to make sure everyone who works for me enjoys coming to work everyday.

Don't like: When initiatives become focused on things that can go in a splashy commercial, but that in my heart as a consumer I know no one really gives a shit about and will just make us look more out of tune. When I have to dance a jig and pretend like were doing the right thing when were not. *I don't..ever and it'll cost me one of these days*

Dream Job: Comicbook writer. I have a few books in development, in that same way that movie critics are always writing a script that will never go any where. I have 2 or so complete mini-series written, but I'm not very confident or in engaged in my artwork anymore so I'm dragging my feet getting the panels done. I'll give in one of these days and finish it so I can get it submitted. The sad thing is Kirkman has a whole label dedicated to funding this stuff, but I'm too insecure to just finish it and get it out there.

Secondary dream job: With CDPR saying they are converting their dev teams to agile I've started wondering if I might enjoy game development. I'm keeping an ear out to see if they're serious about restructuring and hiring agile leaders. If so I think I might interview. I know they're a trainwreck right now, but that's literally my skillset, fixing these development culture and strategy issues.
 

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This looks very familiar to me... I did a similar gig for... damn, 15 years or so and got quite a laundry list of various responsibilities (admin, customs, ops, deconsolidation, all that jazz) that I'd taken on company wide to the extent that literally no-one could either identify or give me a job title (acquire enough specialist knowledge of the company's internal systems and how they interlink and you become pretty invaluable despite not actually being a specialist). Turnover was already rather high, but apparently, things turned to crap after I left and there was a staff exodus over the months afterwards, including the then staunchly loyal general manager (I didn't realise how much he and the directors fell out until really late). Things were real grim when I did a few months of freelance work (system migration... which I also handled the first time round). Provided the office politics don't get to you, it's manageable, but in my case messing with my missus jaded me a lot even if I didn't let it show.

Oh what kind of genre of fiction would you write? I would also like to write but more a hobby.
If you want to write as a hobby, start writing(!) :) It's never the wrong time to practise (I used to write at work on company time if I knew I could get away with it(!)).

What I have published is historical fiction (mostly political-military and it's a project that I really should re-start as it's years old, I planned the whole thing way back when and churned out the first part at the cost of any social life, but that's a different story), but what I enjoy most is steampunk. I've dabbled in the other nerd usuals, but don't think I'm especially well suited to them, and while I still hold to the narrative devices and concepts I had as a snot-faced kid, they've changed a great deal more than I give them credit for.
 

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Off topic, but relevant to what I do: my boss of 6 years told me earlier this week that he's taking a new position within the company, but outside of Supply Chain. My new boss? Well, that story goes back to 2014... *watery fade to the past*

In a new leadership initiative, HR decided to have each of its corporate associates have a "mentor," someone of a senior position that you'd schedule monthly touchbases with just to discuss your career, opportunities, etc. I was assigned "Tiffany." She was cool as hell, real down-to-earth woman, strong, easy to talk to for REAL, i.e.: she didn't feed me a bunch of corporate bullshit. Our touchbases were casual; I actually enjoyed them. Then I found out she smoked. So do I. So our touchbases moved out to the parking lot where, over a cigarette or two, we talked about everything BUT work, personal stuff. She mentioned a co-worker (call him "Steve") who'd had an unhealthy obsession with her. I knew the guy, seemed nice enough, but apparently, he'd been begging her to go out for YEARS, but she just wasn't interested. She actually hadn't dated anyone in over 7 years at that point.

One day, she revealed to me that she'd found another job and was quitting and moving to North Carolina. It upset me, having the ONE cool person I could relate to leave, but people move on. She said she wanted to celebrate with drinks on her last day.

Tiffany is stupid hot: blonde, blue eyes, athletic (she's a runner,) made a 6-figure salary, has TWO degrees in international business, and was still single because she was so career-oriented. She was WAAAY out of my league, and before the drinks that night, I never knew she was even interested, but we tossed a few back and she invited me over to watch a movie afterwards. The movie evolved into making out, and making out evolved into sex. In the morning, she said "make sure you tell Jay [my then boss] we 'touched bases' all night."

I met her every day for the next couple of weeks after work as she prepared to move. In that short amount of time, we actually grew closer than ever. She cried the day she finally left and invited me to come with her. Yeah. I wanted to, but without a job waiting for me in NC, I didn't want to be completely dependent upon her, and the relationship was only a couple weeks old; as much as this was panning out like a Hollywood romance, that shit isn't realistic.

We talked or texted everyday for months. She surprised me with a visit shortly after. I visited her in NC for the 4th of July in 2015, and during that visit, she got a package... from Steve. She freaked out; she hadn't told him where she moved to, but turns out a quick google search of her full name (it is quite unique,) and bingo, her address popped up. She didn't even open the box; just tossed it in a dumpster.

Eventually, the distance proved too much to realistically sustain, and the texts and chats grew farther and farther apart until one day, I realized I hadn't heard from her in over a year. That fling was 5 years ago, and in a week or two, Steve is going to be my new boss.

I texted Tiffany and told her the news; she's in Chicago now. She doesn't know if Steve ever knew about "us," but she offered that if he tries to ruin me "you'd love it here in Chicago."
 

Crystal Violet

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What I have published is historical fiction (mostly political-military and it's a project that I really should re-start as it's years old, I planned the whole thing way back when and churned out the first part at the cost of any social life, but that's a different story), but what I enjoy most is steampunk. I've dabbled in the other nerd usuals, but don't think I'm especially well suited to them, and while I still hold to the narrative devices and concepts I had as a snot-faced kid, they've changed a great deal more than I give them credit for.
Awesome! I worked for some time in tactical policing and stuff in case you ever want to get some insight you can send me a pm
 
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What I have published is historical fiction (mostly political-military and it's a project that I really should re-start as it's years old, I planned the whole thing way back when and churned out the first part at the cost of any social life, but that's a different story), but what I enjoy most is steampunk. I've dabbled in the other nerd usuals, but don't think I'm especially well suited to them, and while I still hold to the narrative devices and concepts I had as a snot-faced kid, they've changed a great deal more than I give them credit for.
Yeah I've been semi-writing fiction for the last 2 years. My biggest hurdle is suplexing my crippling procrastination and actually sitting down and writing out the fucking words. I was doing well for a while, I would try and just do 1 hour of typing a day. I had a nice little outline of the key plot points in order that I wanted to tackle them, and I would just let my prose fill itself in, and hit the key points as I went along. And then I just...stopped writing. I'd sit down at the computer and instead of opening the folder for my novel....I'd pull up YT, or play a game, or both, or pop on a podcast, and basically just do anything other than write. It didn't help that both of my cats would immediately demand attention from me when I'd get home, but they don't like each other, so they'd both converge on me for love...and redirect at each other with hissing and growls. Which would force me to stop what I was doing and break them up, which pissed me off, which made it hard for me to get back into writing. And then my one cat would just sit at my feet and howl for affection, but he always relocates the petting session to where HE wants it, which again forces me to get up and not write. It got really annoying. Haven't written anything in a year as a result of all those factors.

I feel like I could do pretty well as an author, as I've casually written fiction for various roleplaying games that I've done online, and some fan fictions, and erotic fiction, and people always say it's really well done. It's mostly just motivation that is my problem.
 

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I used to work in data centres (installations, physical security, auditing, cabling, environmental monitoring and management and stocktaking) for a few years. Got jack of it, picked up a new job as a UHF Equipment monkey. It’s different, I’ll give it that much.
 
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I work in a law firm as a paralegal, we work in all sorts of domains such as construction law, corporate and commercial law, labor law and labor relation, financing and venture capital, right of the franchising, dispute and resolutions, mergers and acquisitions, real estate law, restructuring and insolvency, startups, wills, trust, and succession. Here is what the boardroom and the front desk look like

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Presently between jobs, but been doing land scapping for my neighbore. Prior to this I did some work for meal prep for meals on wheels back in Idaho, and before that Data Entry for a Tax firm.
 
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