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    Your dream job for 2006?

    Is there anyone who has a dream job that also allows them to pursue their passions; especially mountain biking?
    Most people just seem so jaded in their work life and only come alive when they hit the trails(or is that just me?)
    So if your work is enjoyable and enables you to lead a good mountain biking lifestyle too share it with the forum.....I'm looking for new options!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    when i grow up, i definitely want to be an mtbr.com moderator
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    Work Whizzle Mtn bike park. Just for summer 2006 between school and preping for the LSAT. It would be the perfect place to relax when I want and ride when I want.
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    Too easy...

    Fully funded MTB trail tester. US and Canada for starters.

    When do I start?

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    [QUOTE=goatman]Is there anyone who has a dream job that also allows them to pursue their passions; especially mountain biking?
    I have a sweet job as a CNA (nursing assistant) on my way to an RN degree. I work twelves so I'm on for three days and off for four. I can ride over half the week. Now if I can just get my degree without actually going to school. That would truly open up a ton of time.

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    If all goes as planned,.....

    By the end of the year (2006), I'll have retired and relocated to Grand Junction with my wife, where we'll have as much time as we want/need to ride bikes and just have fun. Fruita and Moab just short drives away, plus tons of other trails close by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goatman
    Is there anyone who has a dream job that also allows them to pursue their passions; especially mountain biking?
    Most people just seem so jaded in their work life and only come alive when they hit the trails(or is that just me?)
    So if your work is enjoyable and enables you to lead a good mountain biking lifestyle too share it with the forum.....I'm looking for new options!

    Everyday I go to work I can't touch a bike for 24 hours. Yet it is the best job in the world. I get to drive a big red machine that carries 500 gallons of water. I get invited into strangers homes at all hours of the day and night. I try to fix their problems and or help as best I can. Sometimes I make an impact, but other times it is hopeless and they cannot be helped. As for mountain biking, I get the next 48 hours after work to find time to ride. I usually will ride during the day while everyone is at work. I have the trails to myself. If I happen to take a day off work then I get 5 days off in a row to travel to distant trails and explore. Then I go back to work with a smile on my face looking forward to the day ahead and all the scenes of the human condition that I am able to witness. While it is definately not for everyone, a job in the fire service does have many rewards and being able to ride is one of them. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    when i grow up, i definitely want to be an mtbr.com moderator
    Well.... it's a cool job but it doesn't pay for the bills.... not to mention it doesn't pay for any bling bike items.

    I'd rather be a pornstar or a full time bike tester.

    Seriously, I'd work on an oil rig. You're a lot of time away, but you make big bucks and have a lot of time to ride.

    But here, behind my desk, from 9:00 to 19:00, mon-fri and whenever I'm needed......
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    I'm hoping to be a philanthropist. The lack of money is the only thing holding me back.

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    Great Job!

    As far as biking goes I have a pretty good setup. At least thats what my friends tell me. I own and operate my own personal training studio in SoCal. Pretty much I train athletes from 5:30am - 10:00am and again from 4:30-7:30pm. I also rep for a supplement company and I am in the process of organizing my first race series. The 12 Hours of Temecula. Most of my work revolves around biking and the athletic community and I wouldnt change it for the world. The best part of my job is that I get to spend time with my family. Who happen to bike with me!!!!
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    I comfortable being a Chinchilla Rancher. As long as you don't let your "job" define you you'll win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    when i grow up, i definitely want to be an mtbr.com moderator
    It's a great gig.

    What it lacks in pay, it makes up for in swag kick downs and egotistical power trips.
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    Still dreamin

    My dream job would be to own a sports park. Baseball, Soccer, Football, and run leagues there for kids and adults. If it turns successful, bring in a dome so I can run indoor leagues in the winter, maybe Hockey.

    Second best dream job would be to own a bunchof land and build short track and cross country trails for the general public to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder
    An old favourite thats hard to beat........

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    Rode 108 days in 2005 so.....

    .... so I suppose I have the dream job everyone is looking for. Home early enough to ride, six weeks vacation, great pay, lots of holidays, little stress, excellent co-workers, time to ski and surf too.

    Sh!t, thanks for openning my eyes! Happy New Year.

    In the end, its not the job at all but the way you look at things and I am the optimist's optimist. To think I also get to retire with a secure and ample pension in a few more years on top of everything else. Hey, my parents were right. Stay in school, work, save your money and quite your b!tching and all will work out in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrid
    Everyday I go to work I can't touch a bike for 24 hours. Yet it is the best job in the world. I get to drive a big red machine that carries 500 gallons of water. I get invited into strangers homes at all hours of the day and night. I try to fix their problems and or help as best I can. Sometimes I make an impact, but other times it is hopeless and they cannot be helped. As for mountain biking, I get the next 48 hours after work to find time to ride. I usually will ride during the day while everyone is at work. I have the trails to myself. If I happen to take a day off work then I get 5 days off in a row to travel to distant trails and explore. Then I go back to work with a smile on my face looking forward to the day ahead and all the scenes of the human condition that I am able to witness. While it is definately not for everyone, a job in the fire service does have many rewards and being able to ride is one of them. Hope this helps. Good luck.

    Mark

    I have to second that. Being a fireman is the best job in the world. I work 10 days a month 48h on then 96h off (2days/4 days). I only drive to work 5 times a month. Lot of time for ridding, family, vacations. Plus the job is super rewarding.

    I was a techy before. An electrical engineer. I left to pursue my passion, life.

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    I finally graduated with a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in September. I start my new job tomorrow, Jan 3rd, as a process engineer . I had two similar offers and took the one closes to good mt biking. Its an 8am-5pm so hopefully I'll get out and do some night rides during the week. We'll see if i'm not too tired after work

    I have a friend that graduated with a business degree but went straight to the fire academy after graduation. He's currently working as an EMT in the ER and volunteering one day a week at the fire station. He seems to be having a hard time finding a fire fighter position. But yeah, sounds like a great job as far as time to ride, time with family, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr711
    I finally graduated with a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in September. I start my new job tomorrow, Jan 3rd, as a process engineer . I had two similar offers and took the one closes to good mt biking. Its an 8am-5pm so hopefully I'll get out and do some night rides during the week. We'll see if i'm not too tired after work

    I have a friend that graduated with a business degree but went straight to the fire academy after graduation. He's currently working as an EMT in the ER and volunteering one day a week at the fire station. He seems to be having a hard time finding a fire fighter position. But yeah, sounds like a great job as far as time to ride, time with family, etc.
    Hey man, congrats on making it out of school. What'll you be doing as a process engineer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr711
    I finally graduated with a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in September. I start my new job tomorrow, Jan 3rd, as a process engineer . I had two similar offers and took the one closes to good mt biking. Its an 8am-5pm so hopefully I'll get out and do some night rides during the week. We'll see if i'm not too tired after work

    I have a friend that graduated with a business degree but went straight to the fire academy after graduation. He's currently working as an EMT in the ER and volunteering one day a week at the fire station. He seems to be having a hard time finding a fire fighter position. But yeah, sounds like a great job as far as time to ride, time with family, etc.

    Congrats on graduating, but when you work in manufacturing they will inevitably give you a pager. It'll be the curse of your entire life....trust me. When I was a process engineer I'd carry a spent pager battery with me, so when it went off and I didn't respond I'd have an excuse.

    Good luck.

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    heh. i'm an ICU nurse now. and have been for the last 8 years. nights. 3 x 12 hour shifts a week. lots of time to play. i get to ride alot. i get to sit around and read alot. i should ride more. for as much as i do ride, i'm not in as good a shape as i ought to be......
    i get to commute to work by bike, too. i plan to keep enjoying that, unless some sort of move changes it in the future.

    love my job, and have no plans/reasons to change it. but, having said that, it doesn't identify me, or make me who i am.
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    Got It.

    Unfortunately, a major part of my job description is riding nearly everyday. Can you taste the sarcasm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maniac
    Congrats on graduating, but when you work in manufacturing they will inevitably give you a pager. It'll be the curse of your entire life....trust me. When I was a process engineer I'd carry a spent pager battery with me, so when it went off and I didn't respond I'd have an excuse.

    Good luck.
    It could be worst... if he was working as an engineer in the construction field. You get the pager, a radio and moving for short periods of time all over the country (or world).

    Been there, done that. It's a mixed curse and a blessing... bike wise too.
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    Im in nursing school now... between 40 hrs a week and full time nursing school, I have not much time to play. Im counting on it paying off and being able to play more (and afford it) in the future. Thanks for your post. Im getting pretty burned out and its good to hear that what Im aiming for can be reality if Im just patient and hold out a while longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goatman
    Is there anyone who has a dream job that also allows them to pursue their passions; especially mountain biking?
    Most people just seem so jaded in their work life and only come alive when they hit the trails(or is that just me?)
    So if your work is enjoyable and enables you to lead a good mountain biking lifestyle too share it with the forum.....I'm looking for new options!
    Local bike shop. I'm only 12 and I might have to be 13-14 to work. It sucks cuse pay is minnium wage. But the discounts!!!! It's like 40% off bikes! Need to learn more about road,bmx,comfort bikes though. Can't wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    Well.... it's a cool job but it doesn't pay for the bills.... not to mention it doesn't pay for any bling bike items.

    I'd rather be a pornstar or a full time bike tester.

    Seriously, I'd work on an oil rig. You're a lot of time away, but you make big bucks and have a lot of time to ride.

    But here, behind my desk, from 9:00 to 19:00, mon-fri and whenever I'm needed......
    My friend wants to work on an oil rig too. I just don't see what is fun about that. My aunt was CEO of BP and was on them all ( oil rigs) the time. Yes, she's rich, if $$$ is your goal...fine.
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    I'm working on the perfect set of gigs...

    This coming summer I am hoping to get started on building a master trail network plan at a local ski resort. I spent last fall hiking and designing a trail network, and it looks like I will get a crew to build them with my direction, if all goes well. I also started this little Mt. Bike tour company, www.pocolocotours.com , my next trip is going to be May 7-14th in and around Cusco, peru. HUGE downhills, climbs, Macchu Picchu, crazy great food, and all night partying with hot latina girls. I have opening for this trip, btw!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathaniel Williams
    My friend wants to work on an oil rig too. I just don't see what is fun about that. My aunt was CEO of BP and was on them all ( oil rigs) the time. Yes, she's rich, if $$$ is your goal...fine.
    Can your aunt have my resume??

    I never said it was fun while you were up there... it ain't. But the times off are rewarding as the pay is.

    I worked some time in the constrution business... it's like being on an oil rig, but all the time and without breakaways. The job per se is fun... but it's stressing and it's 24 X 7, not to mention a bit better paid than average, but not much.

    Oil rig jobs are hell dangerous... that's why it's so highly paid and that's why you get a lot of free time.

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    self employed headhunter...

    ...make stupid money with the ability to work from remote locations

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    That's easy!

    For 2006, I'd like to be an attorney for a non-proffit and do good work for people like IMBA or Surfrider. I want to make tons of money and live in north San Diego county. I'm not at all qualified. Where do I send a resume?

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    my dream job: win the lottery

    then i don't have to work and i can go do what ever i want. ride, travel, hang out......work occasionally............yeah, that'd be nice.

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    working on it...

    dream job would have to be making it to the point where i can support myself with my photography. simply put, i would like to become the next sterling lorence....
    it's been a fairly recent 'aha' moment in my life, and i also realize that the process will be a lengthy one, but it is fun to start to see the ball rolling in that direction slowly.

    great post, why not pursue our passions?

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    Not the dream job but...

    I like the job and the people I work with are great. I have only been here for 3 months but it is working out. The only thing is the hours..8-5/hour for lunch...I can't stand being here that late so we are going to change my HRS a bit...8-4 half hour for lunch/3days a week. It's only an hour and a half a week off my pay and yet all the extra time I can spend riding..IN DAYLIGHT...that would be nice..even if it's only for an hour or so. K
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    DON'T be a machinist. It sucks. You're too busy working on "work stuff" to have any time/energy to make bike stuff, or "anything else stuff", for that matter. At least I have good people to work with.

    I often find myself wondering about people "working" on E-Bay selling bike parts... do they get to write-off their own personal toys, claiming they need them to have knowledge of their sale's parts?

    Anyways, I guess if winning a lottery wasn't an occupation (sorry rt!) then maybe that would be it. Wear glove's and you don't have to worry about cardboard cut's when packing.
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    Being unemployed has me thinking constantly about going back to school. I never wanted to go into debt like that but it would be nice to have job security and not worry about office politics so much (impossible to avoid completely, I know.)

    Seems like everybody's scrambling to be a nurse these days, which sounds like a good way to go- recession-proof, good pay, lifelong career options, flexible hours. Except for the 3 year waiting list to get into school for it!
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    Right now I work for the City of Mountain View, Ca in the Parks Department. I enjoy it very much. I start early and get off early, make decent money, work outside, and get every other friday off. So in spring, summer and early fall I have plenty of time to ride. Plus Mountain View is near many great MTB trails. So, for right now this job is pretty good... but for my Realistic Dream Job I would have to stay in the City but become the manager of the Parks or Rec Department, most likely Rec. The higher you move up in the Parks the more you are inside and less attached from people in the community. In Rec you have more contact with the community. I am halfway through skool so one day may help out my cause!! But my Real Dream Job would be a part time lift attendent at a resort that has 600 inches of snow in the winter and killer downhill and single track in the spring, summer, and fall

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    I finally found it!

    I finally found my dream job. I'm a mtn biking, rock climbing and hiking guide at a desination spa in southwestern Utah. It took everything I had to move here and making enough money to survive is hard but somehow I manage to do it. I was crosscountry skiing this morning and this afternoon I was riding the JEM trail below Gooseberry Mesa! I'm from the east coast and I gave up a lot to move here but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. You have to decide what is going to make you happy and go for it. Life is all about taking chances. You never know what's around the next corner until you take the steps to see!

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    Hey Christine

    If you can stomach it, move to FL if you want to be a nurse. There is a huge shortage of nurses down here. It's a little competitive to get into nursing school but there is no wait. Our local hospitals have been going to other countries recruiting nurses. You wouldn't have the culture of NYC but I can promise warm weather!

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    winning the lottery isn't an occupation??!!

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    Anyways, I guess if winning a lottery wasn't an occupation (sorry rt!) then maybe that would be it. Wear glove's and you don't have to worry about cardboard cut's when packing.
    cr@p! well, there goes that dream job! bummer. on the other hand, i guess in order to win the lottery i would actually have to buy a ticket, eh?

    looks like i'm going to have to stick with the job i have. oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollbarbie
    Im in nursing school now... between 40 hrs a week and full time nursing school, I have not much time to play. Im counting on it paying off and being able to play more (and afford it) in the future. Thanks for your post. Im getting pretty burned out and its good to hear that what Im aiming for can be reality if Im just patient and hold out a while longer.

    it'll be worth it! sure, i'm never going to be rich, but i'll always have a job. and the flexability, etc. is great. then there is that whole job satisfaction thing, too. nice to do something for a living that i actually enjoy.
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    For me my dream job will be to work with the MTBR.com guys but that's a long shot.

    I have been lucky enough to work with companies like Amgen and Aventis as part of their IT staff, now I work for a contract manufacturing company which doesn't have much business and everyday is a struggle to stay open for business.

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    Some would say I have it.

    However, anyone who's run their own business knows just how "fun" it can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knollybikes.com
    Some would say I have it.

    However, anyone who's run their own business knows just how "fun" it can be.



    Cheers!
    and time consuming. Im self employed also. I suppose its about getting established and then reaping the rewards. I havent had a vacation in 7 years, just 3 more payments and I will be debt free in business, and I can start to enjoy all the hard work Ive put in over the years. Its been a pain in the butt, on the other hand I dont have to answer to anybody, and I do enjoy my work.

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    A coworker had the best job in college...

    He was the assistant to a Playboy photographer.

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    nursing shortage

    Bob's right, there is nursing shortage and it is world wide. The waiting to enter nursing school, actually is not that there are not enough nursing school around but not enough nurses to teach quality nursing education (I am married to one who is a clinical nurse instructor). You are in the right track Christine and you have a lot of variations in the job as a nurse. It is true the medical field in general is recession proof job, unless they invent a robot that will do all the treatment and care. The joke for nursing job is you may interview in your scrubs... and work right after the interview (well it is not really a joke but seems to be close to reality)
    You may opt to be a traveling nurse too...

    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    If you can stomach it, move to FL if you want to be a nurse. There is a huge shortage of nurses down here. It's a little competitive to get into nursing school but there is no wait. Our local hospitals have been going to other countries recruiting nurses. You wouldn't have the culture of NYC but I can promise warm weather!

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    plan on starting it in 4 months Aircraft Maintenance Engineer...who know with which company though
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    Medical Marijana guinea pig?

    are there any positions available to test medical marijuana?

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