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Brewery Packaging Manager(40 yrs)----------------Schlitz and Stroh Breweries. Played Tuba nights anywhere I could over the years. Retired now and play everywhere I possibly can.
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I am retired now, but was employed by 3M as a regulatory specialist. Basically, I worked on chemical control laws world wide making sure 3M products complied with those laws. I also wrote those pesky MSDSs that Bloke so dutifully ignores. My degrees are in chemical engineering and a masters in public health. I've been playing tuba, off and on for 45 years in church and community bands.
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For about ten years I was a professional philosopher. (You will ask, "So how does that work?" The answer is that you get a Ph.D. in philosophy, land a job in a university, publish, get grants, tenure, and you get paid for doing that and teaching.) Then I got bored with that and became a software engineer for about fifteen years (primarily writing compilers and software tools). Then I got bored with that and moved into the pharmaceutical industry as an R&D "knowledge exploration" scientist in drug discovery and drug safety for about ten years. Then I "retired" (though I am working on a couple of books). I'm back to being a philosopher, but only part-time and they aren't paying me much for that.

For about fifteen years (from sixth grade in school) I was a pretty well-trained saxophone player, which continued through college and then I stopped playing (except for flute on occasion), ultimately selling the sax. In my 40s I decided that I found low brass attractive and bought my first tuba (a used 321 Eb from Vince Simonetti). It was great, but not optimal for playing in community band. I traded it in on the Cerveny BBb. Now I wish I had an Eb too!

I was inspired in this tuba direction by my high school band director who was Robert T. LeBlanc (now retired after many years teaching low brass at Ohio State: http://www.iteaonline.org/2008/members/ ... p?page=leb" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank). It never occurred to me at the time to play tuba, but I did learn that the tuba was a serious instrument -- and I learned a great deal more from LeBlanc about playing and music in general. He was one of those teachers who had a profound effect on my education.
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I'm a landscaper right now, that's being a music student for ya haha,
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I'm a former Marine and a retired Assistant Fire Chief and now supplimenting my retirement by working at the local Sears Hometown Store.

I got the bug to play tuba during Advent services at church. I started playing in Feb. this year. I haven't touched a tuba since my junior year in high school 1973.

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Former (as of 5pm PDT) Software Quality Assurance Engineer.

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Current student.

Started out earning a B.A. in music (with concentration in Tuba Performance, in a special program to go onto my M.A. in Music Ed.)
I met some wonderful people in my Freshman and Sophomore year that had degrees in music ed and couldn't find a job.
That got me a little nervous, but when the high school I went to started to pull the music programs I decided I need something more stable.
So, I am now earning my B.S. in 'Brain and Cognitive Sciences' (also known as cognitive Neuroscience) and I hope to finish my B.A. in music in the next two years as well; however that is very dependent on scheduling.
After undergrad I am thinking about joining the Peace Corps for a few years before going to grad school.
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Linux Server Engineer. Been in tech for about 15 years.
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Peace Corps. Been there and done that. Definitely not for everyone, but if it is for you, you will love it. Met my wife there (Guatemala) about 30 years ago. One son plays tuba yet, one, I don't know if he has played anything since ageing out with Spirit drum and bugle corps a couple of years ago. He doesn't even go to Tubachristmas or help infect his nephew or niece (daughter's kids) with low brass. But he still volunteers for Spirit when they are close.

My profession (job): I work for a home builder in Marietta, Ga. as a punch-out man. Been doing it for about 16 years now, could have moved up if I wanted stress in my job. But we are still building houses and I still have a job. Being bi-lingual doesn't hurt. I learned that in the Peace Corps! English is my wife's fourth language

It's time for me to go to work now.
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alfredr, can you drink while in the Peace Corps? Yes, this is a serious question.
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Serious questions require serious answers.

Assuming you mean alcoholic beverages, the answer is yes, there is no prohibition against drinking. As always, I recommend that you drink responsibly. After all, you are representing the Peace Corps, your program and the United States, quite often in places where you may be about the only American the people know. Or maybe not.

If your question referred to drinking the water, that can be more complicated, but mostly you need to be careful. If you don't know the source and trust it, then better not. Bottled water is a possibility, boiling is another. When I was a volunteer, I did drink the water in the town I was stationed in, but as I say, I knew the source: a huge spring up the mountain. But they say it isn't as trustworthy now and everyone boils their drinking water. I also collected rain water for drinking without boiling it. I would not drink tap water in the rest of the country however.

And there is always Coka-Cola and other soft drinks.

Personally, I don't drink any alcohol, but that's just me. Otherwise beer would be an acceptable substitute for not drinking the water. As you can see above, beer is much simpler than water.

And then there was the Mormon volunteer who was out of sight of the Mormon church...
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Oh, darn. I can't believe I wrote Coka-Cola. Of course that's Coca-Cola.
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Yes, I should have clarified. Was talking about alcoholic beverages. I didn't know how restrictive of a lifestyle that the Peace Corps requires of its volunteers/employees, nor the availability of alcohol in the locations where they are sent to work. Thanks.
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I don't really have a profession yet since I'm still in school (MM in brass pedagogy).

I work at Walmart as a part-time cashier to pay the bills. I am hoping I can teach some private lessons (outside of my GA duties at school) as well.
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Happy to say that I got a job as the 5-12 band director at a rural school here in SE Nebraska!
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Tubajug wrote:Happy to say that I got a job as the 5-12 band director at a rural school here in SE Nebraska!
Good luck to you. That's what I was doing the last couple of years here in North Dakota except I also had general music and choir.
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I play tuba and trombone on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship (The Allure of the Seas)
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I am a technical writer.

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