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Old 04-11-2010   #11
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RN. Six 12 hr shifts straight and eight off. Plenty of time for fun. Pays the bills in durango. Quick schooling. Employment anywhere.


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Old 04-11-2010   #12
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I'm a first year high school teacher, which is a lot like having your eyes plucked out by vultures wearing too much make-up on a regular basis, so I'm also a soon-to-be full time grad student. Though I know lots of school districts are cutting positions, summers and breaks off plus a ton of sick days and great health insurance isn't a bad way to go (if you can put up with the drama and the bull shit...).

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Old 04-11-2010   #13
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SICU nurse at the VA in denver. Killer money, schedule and job.

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Old 04-12-2010   #14
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High School teacher- 9 years; Raft Guide- 6 years. I love both jobs and I do at least one private trip every month of the year. I don't have any extra money after buying gear though, so if you want a civilized lifestyle and a bunch of boating gear, it might not be for you.
"There is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together, and have a long day of it?" -Wind in the Willows
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Old 04-12-2010   #15
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I ghostwrite judicial opinions.
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Old 04-12-2010   #16
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Old 04-13-2010   #17
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I'm a kayak instructor, I spend half of my year in Pucon Chile Safety kayaking on the Rio Trancura and traveling around and running the shit. The other half of the year I spend in Salida at RMOC teaching kayaking to people, I travel and I am on the water all the time 218 days in 2009.
Going on 5 straight summers of kayaking and love it still!!!!!
OH and the only sponsor i have is from go pro to get video, other than that I pay for it all.
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Old 04-13-2010   #18
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If you like lots of money, easy hours, prestige, contributing to society, and excellent job security, then I have the job for you. If I were to do it all over again, I'd definitely go this route. Listen carefully, one word, Allergist.

Yes, you need to go through med school, probably do some long hours in residency at mediocre pay, and accumulate some debt, but the payoff is huge. I started going to an allergist for seasonal allergies a little over a year ago and I never met a guy so happy in my life. Basically your job as an allergist is to wait for a patient to arrive, walk in, talk about politics or sports or something for 5-10 minutes, then send them back out and have a nurse run some tests. 30 minutes later you meet again and tell them: you have 3 options: avoid allergens, take antihistamines, or get shots (the latter translating to thousands of dollars more a year for no work). Regardless of the result you charge them a couple thousand dollars and then go check mountainbuzz until your next appointment.

Even better, allergies and asthma are only getting more prevalent with urbanization and pollution and people everywhere have them.

There ya go, the secret to career bliss.

Deepsouth's job doesn't seem to be too bad either - you get paid lots of money to do no work - but it leaves me somewhat unsatisfied. As an allergist you can make more money and help people out at the same time.
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Old 04-13-2010   #19
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I know PARKER and he gets out there a lot. The Medical field is great. Also know a Paramedic that gets lots of time off by doubling up on shifts and makes a decent living. Wife is a Teacher = tons of time off. The best job I ever heard of was owning a Mobile home park. The guy was roliing in dough. I met him in '93 been down the Grand like 4 times that year and going on his 5th trip with me that year. (B4 Park Service limits)

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I invest in precious metals.......Lead

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