So what is your DREAM JOB?
Mine is to play NFL Football. Think about it. LT (LaDamian Tomlinson) makes $9 Million a year, for a job he works 3 hours a week, for 14-17 weeks a year!!!
OH, there are countless hours of working out and practice, but most people PAY to do that, at Health clubs. Besides the 9 Mil, he has many many commericals that bring in even more Millions per year. He is rich beyond his wildest dreams. And, he is getting OLD!!! He is almost 30 and ready to retire!!!
He has a house in Rancho Santa Fe, the most exclusive and ritzy QTH in North America. Who knows how many cars he has, but I do know he has a new, tricked out Lincoln Navigator. Probably a few Ferraris and Mercedes to drive around too. He is not alone. Many many football players make those kind of bucks. Soccer stars, in Europe, get paid OBSCENE Amounts of money!! One guy is making $40 MILLION a year!!!!!!!!! It is just hard to comprehend that kind of money. Here, I lost an Ebay bid because I couldn't afford a few cents more, and these guys could bid where there was NO CHANCE they could ever ever lose! $20,000 for a manual? Notta problem!
But back to reality, I do have a job many Hams would die for, but for how long who knows. I work in a tiny electronics plant where I have a 22 Ghz Spectrum Analyzer sitting here on the desk, along with every other piece of test equipment you could need. After hours, it is all mine to use to my delight, which is why I can so easily repair all these radios. I have 24/7 access to the plant so I come in on weekends to get free air conditioning or heat (in our very brief winter). Also, I have a giant back room and upstairs loft where I store hundreds and hundreds of boxes of junk; parts for the old radios. In the back room, I have assembled the West Wing of my Radio museum and have about 200 rigs on display. Customers who come to the plant always get a tour and most are completely blown away. I tell them, HEY! I have another 1000 at home! During work hours, I have continous access to the internet so I can do Ebay and QRZ between tweaking radios.
So, that would be a dream job for many, but the pay sucks. I haven't had a raise since around the year 2000!!! I make less than most of the guys working in a 7-11! And every day might be the last, as the company is as stable as Nitroglycerin! Each day I arrive I am pleased to see the doors not padlocked shut and a court order of seizure not on the window. As it is said, all good things have to come to an end, and it will be a sad day when I have to leave here.
But Money would help cheer me up greatly. A 50 cent an hour raise won't help. I had a job offer to work in Carlsbad, for $.50/hr more, but then I calculated out the gas per day I would use to commute. I would LOSE MONEY!!! I need a job that pays $25-$50 an hour. That would be better. THEN I could win some Ebay bids. Some rotten rat bastard outbid me by TWENTY FOUR CENTS last night and stole out a manual from underneath me. Had I a decent job, I could have bid a Quarter more!