1952 - ?
1965 - 1970
Hobby jobs -
Mowing lawns, salvaging TVs, lawnmowers, and whatever
Nothing I liked better than going out hunting salvage on the night
pick up day.
That's REALLY special when you're living in some of the richest
neighborhoods in the country.
1968 - 1969
Mowing lawns and landscaping
Joe Macri, Norwalk Ct.
Joe was a wonderful guy and was really good to all of us who worked for
Joe had the landscape accounts at some incredible estates around
Fairfield county, where there's certainly no shortage of money.
to some amazing places and met some famous and interesting people.
Foreign/Exotic Auto Apprentice Mechanic
Cars & Classics, Darien, CT.
He imported unusual european cars in semi-rough condition and restored them.
Unfortunately, he "forgot" to pay the feds his payroll taxes,
so that was the end of that job.
Foreign/Exotic Auto Apprentice/Mechanic
New Canaan Foreign Car Service, New Canaan, CT.
This was one very tough German who taught me decent work habits and
excellent basic mechanical skills.
I Left here to try my hand at being a dealership mechanic at
Continental Motors in Bridgeport Ct.
Pool Table Moving, Setup and Repair
A friend was moving back to Colorado and he gave/taught me this
business so someone would be there for his old customers.
I was doing this nights while working a job during the day.
You always have to play a game of pool after you work on someones table.
After hundreds of games...
I still can't shoot pool!
Foreign Auto Mechanic
Typical (boring) dealership line mechanic work.
These were the years of the first Arab embargo fuel crisis.
Most of us, myself
included, were laid off.
Truck & Construction Equipment Fleet Mechanic, Operator, Driver
E.M. Workman Co.
This was a septic tank and portable toilet rental outfit.
Some of the
best people I ever worked for.
I would have done almost anything for
them but I finally had enough of northern winter weather and
deciced to head south.
This was where I got my first truck license in 1972.
The guy who taught me how to drive a truck, Shelly Knight, was one of the Red Ball Express drivers in WW II.
I consider that an honor.
1976 - 1977
Auto & Truck Mechanic, Machinist, & Manager
Ed Lovells' Auto & Truck Garage
Ed is gone now.
I'll always appreciate the time he took to teach me the
ways of the south and his crazy sense of humor.
1978-1979 & 1980-1981
Foreign/Exotic Auto Mechanic, Machinist, & Manager
Oscars Imported Car Service
Oscar Rich was another VERY tough old mechanic of German heritage and
the best mechanic I ever met, bar none.
Oscar's gone now too.
I'm forever grateful for all the things he
Partners in a motorcycle shop
You know how partnerships can be.
My partner having the nickname of
"Rotten Ron" should have been a major clue.
I bailed out of this one.
Automotive & Truck Mechanics Instructor
Gainesville Job Corps Center, Gainesville, FL
I do love teaching, but this was definitely "public service", as it
only paid minimum wage.
I finally had to give it up and go back to working with Oscar so I
could pay the bills.
Stock Car Racing
Hobby stockers and IMCA modifieds. Local tracks.
This was just at the end of the golden era, when you could win with
determination, intelligence, and junkyard parts.
Replaced by the era of
I even tried to be a driver...but what I did best was
"safety harness tester".
My reaction times aren't quick enough to be a
skilled driver and I got tired of fixing the race car after I wrecked
Domestic/Foreign/Exotic Auto/Truck Mechanic, Machinist, & Manager
Dave Mays Automotive
Dave is still one of my favorite people, he's an entomologist who would
rather work on cars.
Dave is still doing good work and still a whole lot of fun.
1982 - 1984
Newspaper Route for The Gainesville Sun
The Sun canceled my contract because I would not deliver any more
papers to people who would not pay.
I never missed a night for those few years but I guess circulation
numbers meant more to them than good service.
Salvage/Scrap Metal Business Owner
Dave Bross, Cash for Junk,
I started this one from nothing, running those newspapers at night
while I made all the mistakes and learned all the lessons.
I built it
up to where it made a very good living.
At it's peak, I was moving over
million pounds of metal a year all by myself.
The zoning department, forced into it by a few jealous neighbors, put
me out of business.
Auto Parts Sales
B&L Auto Parts
My friends who owned this needed a little extra help part time.
This was some good experience in retail sales and parts work.
This is now owned by my friend Ruben Sapp.
If you ever need a real parts man, he's the one.
1990 - 1990
Working with my sister Nancy in her management consulting business
Man, did I learn a WHOLE lot doing this.
My sister was always way ahead
of the curve.
Things like her business was running digitally instead of on
paper in 1990.
I wasn't overly happy locked up indoors in a suit, so after a year it
was back to more familiar things.
I worked with her some behind the scenes for years afterward.
She died in 2008. RIP Nan.
Truck Fleet Mechanic/Driver
Nuts & Bolts Recycling
This one ended with me injured on the job and some serious
Looking back on this, I can tell you some very funny stories . . . but
it wasn't so funny being right in the middle of it at the time.
University of Washington Experimental College
Shoreline Community College
Continuing education. Courses to teach people how to get the most from
Pizza Time, Seattle WA
A very fun part time job. People are always glad to see you when you're
bringing them food.
These days I volunteer as a driver for a local rural food bank and I still love bringing the food.
Salvage/Scrap Metal Business Owner
Dave Bross, Cash for Junk
Seattle "no sun" winters finally got to me, so it was back to the sunny
south and back into the scrap business again.
Scrap prices were higher
in these years then they had ever been.
Then...the Feds let the Asian countries dump all their metal into our
markets for pennies on the
dollar in '98.
That was almost the end of the domestic steel
with the domestic scrap metal market.
Park the truck...say goodbye.
1998 - 2001
Transport Driver, self employed
Moving trucks, RVs and busses to where they needed to go.
This work started to disappear due to insurance companies
requiring the owners of the vehicles to carry expensive liability
insurance on all transport drivers.
The vehicle owners had to go to
employing "in house" drivers and not hiring the self employed.
2001 - ?
School Bus Driver
Levy County School District
My favorite job of all time. Good pay for great part time work. Full
benefits and the summers off too.
My favorite thing about this? Teaching those social skills to kids who
never would have known.
Go grab a copy of the School Bus book I wrote.
Even if you're not
thinking about being a driver it will tell you how to keep your kids
safe by spotting any problems on the School Buses where you live:
How to be a School Bus Driver
1986 - ?
Beads, decorative art and jewelry
Lamp work, furnace work, fusing
and cold working.
Research and experimentation with glass color chemistry
Research on glass technical history.