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What do you do for a living? I'm a cake decorator, and the bakery I work for was just remodeled and doubled in size.

Our brand new bakery just opened, and here's what I do for a living... these are things I made at work tonight:

St. Pat\'s Cake

German Choc. Torte

Orange Choc. Cream Cake

White Choc. Almond Torte

Mini Tortes

(the middle one is a raspberry one!

Chocolate Fantasy Cake

Mini Fruit Tarts

Very Berry Fruit Tart

Strawberry Ladyfinger Dessert

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Wow! And baking ONE cake is a big deal for me! Lots and lots of work, especially cleanup. I'm impressed!

I teach string instrument lessons to little fourth and fifth graders in public school and direct the elementary second year orchestra.

I used to teach high school, junior high and vocal music as well. Have also taught high school choir and been a music supervisor in Illinois, but that was at the beginning of my career. I have taught 36 years counting this one. Six more and I'll retire, hopefully with my masters degree by then. I love my day job and adore the kids, but the administrative %$&^%&%% is a pain. But my night gig (which is delicious---no Tony, I'm NOT a lady-of-the-evening!)is playing the violin professionally. I am in five symphony orchestras (due to time constraints and conflicting rehearsals, I play as a substitute player in one of them), and made Trenton Chamber Orchestra this year. My plans after retirement is to get a Masters in performance and Artist Diploma from Juilliard. There is no longer an age limit there and I can go at age 62, or whenever. I couldn't afford to go when I was young, so that will be realizing my ultimate dream. My parents always regretted that they couldn't afford to send me, and Juilliard didn't give out scholarships then, so for me and for my parents, who are gone now, I'll fulfill that dream. Before she passed away, my Mom said she'd love to see me do it. So I will.

smile --Darlene

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Pretty impressive yourself, Darlene! My mom had hopes for Juilliard for me as well, but while I love music, I don't necessarily love "performing" music (tho I've done it a lot, I was in a few local bands, playing bass guitar and drums). She wanted me to be a Rockette, too! That was probably a lot more likely to happen, I love dancing, especially onstage, but there was one drawback, my mom wouldn't let me go more than a mile away from home without her :rolleyes:

That sorta put a crimp in the plan.

But I discovered cake decorating/candymaking on my own, never took any "lessons", and I've worked my way up from "novice" to "master professional", and my mom was proud of my accomplishments in the field. smile

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Fulltime dad and husband with 3 Gr8 kids.

work as a plant engineer for Intel

Used to be a fulltime musician but could not pay the bills that way so now I play in my home studio.I do miss being in atouring band sometimes.I also coached my sons baseball team for the last 5 years and recently bought a pitching machine that throws 100 mph,curves,sliders knuckleballs and fastballs.Hopefully he will make the high school team.It is extremely cutthroat and competetive.JuliaD I'm sittinghere at work starving and you torment me with those beautiful cakes.Good luck with the bakery

Darlene more power to you.That is quite a resume.I hope Julliard works out for you.

That takes some guts to go back to school at 62

I'm hoping to just get my kids through college and write a hit song and play a few rouds of golf

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I have a Radio show in a very small radio station.I cook,I do politic activism,I listen to music,I look after my mice,I go with my special friend(The others live far away from me.Next Monday one of them will visit me here!),I get into the bookshops to read the foreign dictionaries and learn the phonetics,I go to buy records...

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I've been a respiratory therapist for 25 years. My specialties are working with burn patients and premature babies. I absolutely LOVE it. It's wonderful to be paid for something i enjoy so much. Helping people in whatever ways i can to get through these traumatic events and move forward with their lives is what it's all about for me.

I also volunteer at the local animal shelter, and honestly, it's something I do more for ME....it's so relaxing to be around animals. Any other animal lovers out there ?

Oh..and i can't not mention that i'm a "kitty mom" to 3 smart, beautiful cats of my own...that takes a lot of work !

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Retired auto shop owner/technician, retired radio show host. Currently a part-time debt counsultant. Father of 5, my wife & I operate a recording studio out of our home & play weekends in the local bars/clubs. Used to be in a Beatles tribute band.

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Julia, how on earth do you keep looking so good with all those cakes around? I'd be huge if I ever got my fantasy of working in a bakery or Dairy Queen.

I've had a very varied career (not unlike Eric!)

Here's the brief version:

- Got my B.Sc. (specialization in pharmacology)

- Went to work in a pharmacy for 7 years

- 1 hostage taking (me) and 2 robberies later, I decided to do something a bit quieter.

- Got my Master's Degree

- Went to work as a Reference Archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

- Got pregnant

- Moved to Ottawa for my husband's job (he was made a manager)

- Wrote a book for the University of Toronto

- Teaching at Algonquin College

- Husband lost the job that we moved all the way across the country for and left our families behind for (Am I bitter!!!)

- Work as the Regional Services Librarian at the Ottawa Hospital. I'm in charge of answering the questions from all the health professionals for 8 hospitals in Eastern Ontario. I just got the job 3 weeks ago, so I'm not sure how hard it will be. 8 hospitals sure sounds like a lot!

So that's the poop. The plan was for me to stay home with the baby until he started school, but fate changed that. I love challenges, and get bored if I do something for too long, hence the reason I think I've changed jobs so many times. My husband now is the stay at home dad, and is loving it, as he's burned out from working too much.

Michelle

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I'm a Certified Activity Director in Long-Term Care. I work in a skilled nursing facility and am the head of our Activity Department. I plan, coordinate and lead activities for the elderly. Our facility has an Alzheimer's Unit, Assisted Living, Independent Living and regular and skilled nursing home residents. I have worked here for 13 years and love my job very much. I have a terrific staff and great residents to work with. I have a Bachelor's in English and Speech Communications.

Previous to this, I had my own photography business, shooting weddings, family portraits and seniors (of the high school persuasion). I also did all of my own hand retouching. I gave this up when I lost the center vision in my left eye, but still maintain an avid interest in photography and digitally restoring/retouching photographs.

I've been a Sunday School teacher, County Food Pantry board member, County Arts membership secretary (and a bunch of other strange stuff)and currently I do volunteer work for our local library (I am helping to automate and catalog the library--it's a small library--about 8,000 titles--still, it will take about a year to complete). I also am a volunteer for our county's Genealogical Society. I am helping to digitally photograph all of the tombstone's in our county! HUGE project!

I'm not married and never have been (although I am currently "on the prowl") and I am a "mom" to 2 kitties.

---Julie

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Julia-Those desserts look way too good. I hate to cook and am not any good at it, so I appreciate those who are able to do it and do it well. spin But those 12 hours shifts were getting to be a killer as I got older. <img border="0" alt="[blech!]" title="" src="graemlins/blech.gif" /> Plus now I get weekends and holidays off, and only work 8 hours a day. laugh

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I like this group. Good people! I'm amazed Michelle is not in therapy or a religious fanatic with everything that has happened to her. I would have been looking over my shoulder and looking up at the sky for a cloud following me...

I am an office manager at my brother's financial planning firm. Then at night and weekends I do property management and handyman work at a 4-plex rental that is falling apart. I used to teach part-time computer essentials at ROP until the budget cuts hit California.

I was in retail sales, music equipment and appliances for 15 years before that. Till retail burn-out hit me.

I used to write songs and record at my little home studio until I got addicted to the internet in 2000.

I got married for the first time at 41 last year. And I'm finding out the stereotypes between men and women instantly apply when you live together.

Funny how that refreshing smart-ass young thinking attitude you fall in love with turns into an immature, never satisfied, nagging shrew when you get hitched. Hmmmmmmmm... frown

So to summarize: 42 year old under-achiever with a troubled marraige, who goes to EC.com to pay homage to a great songwriter, but mostly to escape a strange and boring reality, and talk music and fun stuff with my EC.com buds. spin

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Tony, are you OK? Your post actually sounded serious!

I've been a psychologist since 1979. I have worked in Mental Health Centers and Nursing Homes in the past. I've had my private practice since 1986, and I've also worked part-time in a state prison since 1988. I don't know what I would do if I were not a psychologist - maybe a basketball player if I were a foot taller! I decided a few years ago to limit my work hours to 40 per week and not to work on weekends - there is more to life than work, money, and material things.

Steveh

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I like this group. Good people! I'm amazed Michelle is not in therapy or a religious fanatic with everything that has happened to her. I would have been looking over my shoulder and looking up at the sky for a cloud following me...

Tony, you're not the first person who's said that to me. Oddly, everyone is always amazed that I'm so normal, comparatively, after all that's happened to me. I guess after your dad dies when you're 15, you can deal with anything else.

In the last 3 years, we've moved across the country, my husband has taken a new job, we bought a house for the first time, we had a baby, I almost died from a blood clot (and we're still dealing with that - every time I get chest pains I run to the doctor, and I still take blood thinners and get blood tests weekly). Now my husband lost his job and I've had to go to work 1/2 time - against my doctor's advice - just so we don't lose the house. So, not only has it been a hard 3 years on me, but incredibly hard on my husband too.

However, we have the world's cutest 2 year old, we've got a great marriage (13 years in June), I have a job that pays a great amount of money for the time that I do work, and my husband is considering starting his own business. So, with the bad comes a tremendous amount of good too. The blood clot hasn't hampered my life so much that I can't walk at all - and I'm still here, so I have a lot to be grateful for (at the time I got it, my baby was 2 days old and I was told I had 2 hours to live, so anything is better than that). On top of that, I have the cutest little bald head, so people certainly remember me, and I tend to get people being nice to me because they think I have cancer. I certainly use it to my advantage if I need a seat on the bus!

Tony, I'm so sad to hear that your marriage isn't the wonderful journey that I know it could be. When we heard you got married last year, it sounded so romantic and great. Of course, like the song goes "If you don't like what you've got, why don't you change it? If your world is all screwed up, rearrange it." So, if you're staying in your job and marriage, there must be something that's better about staying there than leaving. There are lots of times I think I'd love to be single and travel the world without a care, but then I stop and ask myself why I don't do that - and the reason is because I'm much more comfortable with my life the way it is now, even if it gets boring every now and then. You'll have to ask yourself the same hard questions.

Michelle

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Tony, you never said what the age difference is between the two of you. You might find as you both age, you'll have more in common.

Or, you'll have to get her interested in EC's music, and then you can argue for hours over Winter Dreams, and if Marvin is right in his opinions about it (YES he IS!). laugh

Michelle

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Forty-Nine year old retired Postmaster. Received my bachelor's from Kent State many moons ago. Played in bands for 25 years and now help the younger generation get ready for the rock world and also have a home studio. Married 26 years with two children and we all enjoy music (especially Eric's). Have spent the last ten years investigating and finding the truth about our town and the defense contractors who polluted it. Now in Middlefield Ohio we have four times the national rate for childhood leukemia in our township. Very SAD!

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