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Old 04-15-2010   #31
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My number one occupation is stealing women from their men.

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Old 04-15-2010   #32
Deckers, Colorado
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I do fuels mitigation work in the South Platte Valley. If you are down in the Valley and see a white truck with a tree on the side and a dog in the passenger seat that is me. I wave at anyone with a boat.

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Old 04-15-2010   #33
Edwards, Colorado
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I didn't see anyone post for Fireman. I know some guys on the FD and they work similar shifts to the medical/nurse jobs described. Less schooling involved to get started. Lots of ability to string together days off. It's a mobile job - move from mountains to coast to wherever. And for the first poster - military guys usually get a good shot at the openings. Opportunities to move into management level later on.

And didn't we all want to be a fireman when we were 6 years old?
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Old 04-16-2010   #34
Bozeman, MT
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I guide rafts in the summer, and mush dogs in the winter (aka dogsled tour guide). Only problem is finding work in the shoulder seasons. Recently iv'e been a furniture delivery man, and the latest a helicopter portable drill laborer! (dangerous, and exausting as hell, but i make like $250 for a 15hr day)
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Old 04-16-2010   #35
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Raft guide/safety kayaker bla bla, though I'm also an independent contractor for the government. I decide when I really want to work and I negotiate for how much. Works well for me. I also own a small business selling outdoor gear (keyword- small). Everytime I walk out the door I can just about take it as a tax write off.
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Old 04-16-2010   #36
Summit County, Colorado
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I'm an interior designer in the Vail Valley and my husband is a hydrologist. Late spring/summer/early fall are my slow times so it's perfect and I can usually get off work without problems. My husband's schedule is even more flexible, especially since he can put his overtime to vacation time. We can typically take two or three extended week long trips, and we're on the river every single weekend as well. Pays us enough to have two oar frame boats and three kayaks
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Old 04-16-2010   #37
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I work in an office (a lot). I love to Kayak, and just thinking about it makes my heart pound. I think that people who get to do what they want and get paid for it are very lucky (kayak instructors, guides etc.) But.....with that said. Working hard at my job makes me value my time on the river more. Its more meaningful to me, I appreciate it more.
Plus there is something sexy about working all day in a skirt & heels, and then outfitting in gear & a pair of noseplugs in a matter of minutes for a 4:00 Launch!
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Old 04-16-2010   #38
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drum roll please...........
I'm a window washer. I set my own schedule, low overhead high profit margin, I get to work with my shirt off and....................
occasionally I am asked to clean the mirrored ceiling in a bedroom.
Go Dawgs!!!
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Old 04-17-2010   #39
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bs scott.. anybody want to hire a kayaker? to ahh kayak?
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Old 04-18-2010   #40
Blue River, Colorado
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Seasonal work

If you have a CDL you could drive a bus for a rafting company, you would close enough to the river to play everyday and the pay is descent. In the winter I am a snowmaker and groomer, if you work the schedule out right there is potential to boat thru the winter.

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