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roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
Back story; sold my businesses almost 10 years ago and basically retired so I could spend time with my kids. Sold them on a 10 year buy out plan. October is 10 years, and have been quietly contemplating a part time job, along with my auto restoration hobby/profession, but not actively looking.

Doing a car for a local client, and he asked me if I'd be able to help out his father pressure washing some equipment. His dad has a hard time with the machine.

"No problem".

Stopped in at his dad's house this morning to see when he needed help. Turns out, his dad maintains a lot of AC units around the area, and he was looking for an employee, not just a hand for a day or two.

Hired on the spot for "as much or as little time you have available"...Company van, all the equipment, decent $, and lunch daily.

Told him I do have other comitments, and probably wouldn't be able to do 40 hour weeks until later (i.e. Fall), and he's good with it.

I'm going to go get a feel for it Thursday.

Strange how things work out.

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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    A cousin was a school teacher. He decided to start buying old houses for a song and make them into apartments for students. Decided he needed to do some foundation work and bought an old back hoe and did the work himself. Someone saw him and asked if he wanted to dig a basement. He did. One job led to another. He had to quit teaching coz it didn't pay. Continued to buy houses and contracting. After about 10 years, sold everything, bought a big boat and he and his family spent a year traveling the waterways from the St. Lawrence Sea Way, all down the inner waterways of the US, to the Gulf of Mexico and to the islands. Sold the boat and retired. At age 50.
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Well, yesterday was a tryout day to see if I liked it. I actually had a blast. Learned a lot about AC and refridgeration units, and even got an emergency call while we were out...that led to a 10 and a half hour first (weird after being retired for 10 years...I'm 42...easy math) day. First time I wasn't working for self or family, and I found out that work is good for the body and soul.
    Yeah, a bit stiff this morning, but ready for more. Told the owner that due to Scouts and other commitments, I'd only be available for Thursdays and Fridays for awhile...He has me booked thru fall.
    Company van...old and ugly, 330k miles, but runs and handle like a champ...with 400 gallons of water over the center of the frame...LOL!

    And to top it off, new boss's son wanted to help with the resto of his car today. Gave him the orbital sander to do the fiberglass, he handed me his AK with a 30 round mag to try out. Love these drop by toy playing days...whats next? Like to shoot a 50 some day...LOL!

    Looks like a full time gig if I ever get a "full time" open spot. Guy is thrilled that I came in, and gets the whole deal... You cant make this carp up.

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  • bellcatbellcat Posts: 2,040 Senior Member
    Good Luck!
    "Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain
  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Been away for awhile...here's why;
    Owner of company can't do field work due to health issues, so it's me and long term employee of 20+ years (I'm labor/trainee). Long term employee had a fan blade meet his hand in an argument...he lost...blade between pinky and ring finger...almost lost it.
    Now, a day or two has turned into full time plus OT, but I still have prior commitments (kids, scouts, etc.) and they are cool with that.
    7 to 6 today, and a crash course in refrigeration...learning the freons, gauges, trouble shooting, etc. Most of their contracts are high end resorts and high end camps, with a few fast food joints tossed in for balance.
    I'll never look at an AC unit or thermostat the same way again...

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  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Posts: 1,221 Senior Member
    Good on yer, mate! Always delighted when a hard-working man has things fall his way. Anyone able to retire
    at 32 must be doing something right!
    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
  • horselipshorselips Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    I had to work until I was 60 because my relatives never managed to die in the right order.
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