I have, for the last 20+ years, worked with my father. He started a drag racing newspaper covering just Tulsa International Raceway (now Tulsa Raveway Park) in August of 1990. We branched into photos to help suppliment the paper and found it was a good was to sell a subscription (usually a free 8x10 with the purchase of a subscription). Over time we expanded to include Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and a few further flung racetracks. In late 1997 he was hired to manage Ozark International Raceway (now Ozark Raceway Park), over the winter we installed a new timing system (Accutime). That lasted about 6 months, until dad found managing for someone was more about enforcing the owners ideas than really managing the track, but he was hooked on running a track. We spent the next 6 months looking at buying OIR and a few other tracks, all the while we still published the paper. Fast forward to April of 1999 and I'm on my way to work for Accutime in Houston, Texas and dad is signing the papers to buy Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri. The Accutime gig was part time really, in the sense of when I was there it was 12-16 hour days, but there wasn't work to be done all the time so I was back and forth a few times between Accutime and Mo-Kan. By late 1999 I was tired of Houston and ready to help dad full time with Mo-Kan. We published the paper (American Drag News) and ran Mo-Kan simultaneously up until 2002 or 2003, when dad sold the paper so we could concentrate on just the drag strip. The dragstrip is a full time job for the both of us, plus we keep a couple people busy through most of the week and we still run it to this day. My duties are quite varied, from building and maintaining the website to onsite plumber/electrician and everything in between. During the races I'm either running the computer or announcing, sometimes both at the same time.
In 2010 I found out that the trophy shop we bought our plaques from was for sale. At first I just hoped that the new owners would be as easy to deal with as the current, but after while I thought it might be a good sideline business and something to keep my wife busy. After negotiating a bit with the owners we struck a price (lower than they had hoped) and on December 13th, 2010 my wife and I bought the business. We had a new baby at the time (only a month old and on oxygen) so I ended up running the shop the first few months alone. Soon my wife joined me and for the first year we ran it together. In February 2011 (after we moved to a larger location) I turned over the operations to my wife and she has ran it with my assistance since then. I'm usually there 1 or 2 days a week. We do dye sublimation, rotary engraving, laser engraving and many other things. My background with the paper and being the sole person in charge of flyers and the website at Mo-Kan has really helped me at the trophy shop.
Of course I also dabble a little in car repair, buying and selling cars and parts. That kind of helps pay for my addiction to cars... :lol:
I'm a Software Developer. I primarily focus on web applications built in C# but I really work with pretty much any application type.
At my current job, I work on building and maintaining the software that handles leads for auto manufacturers. Basically, on sites like edmunds, auto trader, kbb, etc or at events like auto shows, if you fill out a (digital) form saying that you would like more info about a car, the info is sent to us, we process it and send it to your closest dealer.
I optimize the waste handling for large(ish) producers of waste in northen Europe, both in the public and private sector - contracts, economy, legislation, environment and the procedures in the physical handling. Certainly not what I was dreaming of doing growing up, but it is all right. I came by the job more or less by chance and have stuck with it for far longer than I expected. Best thing about the job is you get to see a lot of interesting places "behind the curtains". Almost all corners of society have waste. And the clients are often happy to give a little tour and explain what they do.
On the weekends I film racehorses at country racing meets for steward revision and broadcast, but only in the summer. It gives me a great excuse to do a lot of country driving through hilly roads and passes.
Corrosion/Remedial Consultancy. People come to me and want to extend the life of Pipelines, Storage Tanks and Concrete Structures. Involves a lot of materials work, cathodic protection, failure analysis and prayer.
I'm a watchmaker. While actually making watches isn't my job (the number of people on the planet who actually make watches from start to finish is perhaps a few dozen) I service, repair, and maintain watches- mechanical primarily, but also some quartz. I also have training to work on vintage watches, including the early electric and electronic types, and tuning fork and Accutron technologies. Very few watchmakers are familiar enough with the electrics and tuning forks to work on them, so I'm glad I was able to get that training, though the extent of my work with them now is mostly personal hobby or the occasional friend with one that needs work. My day to day work involves overhauling watches- diagnosing problems, disassembly, cleaning, reassembly, lubrication, regulation, and casing. It's about the equivalent to pulling the engine from a car, pulling it completely apart and rebuilding it, and then replacing it. Except much smaller- it varies from model to model but sometimes hundreds of parts in a package the size of a few coins stacked on each other. One of the movements I've been working a lot with recently is an ultrathin movement from Piaget, at 2.1mm thick.
I previously worked for about a year with a locally owned Mom and Pop type jewelry store doing watchmaking, but also acting as sales, running the engraving machine, and some minor jewelry repair. About 6 months ago I started working for a new company, Richemont, which is the third largest luxury goods company in the world- they do high end watches (obviously), jewelry, writing instruments, leather goods, clothing, and firearms. I'm in the workshop doing watch repair, started primarily with Baume & Mercier, some work with Montblanc, and recently they've moved me more into Cartier, working on their higher end collections.