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  • wcpreston
    Club Member
    • Nov 2016
    • 155

    Subject Matter Expert in backup and recovery. Google Mr. Backup, you'll find me! Here's my 20-year-old blog: http://www.backupcentral.com

    I'm now the Chief Technologist for a cloud backup company. (We say cloud data management because that sounds better, but in the end, the core thing is backup and recovery. Shhh. Don't tell anyone.)

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      So does that mean that "your head is in the cloud(s)"

      (sorry couldn't help myself)

    • Bogy
      Bogy commented
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      Just looked at your blog. Backup? Why would I do that? Actually, everything is backed up on a cloud account, two external HDs, my work desktop, personal laptop, and a flash drive. Paranoid, who, me? Oh yeah, I also use a password manager, and made my wife use one as well.

    • wcpreston
      wcpreston commented
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      No, CaptainMike. Our service runs entirely in Amazon Web Services. We're actually one of the top five users of their storage.

      Troutman You're hilarious.

      Bogy You had me there for a second. I like your style.
  • Livermoron
    Charter Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 435
    • 22" Weber one touch w/roti and SnS
      PBC
      Volcano3
      Lodge Sportsman

    I'm a Fed. Right now, I work for free...

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    • Livermoron
      Livermoron commented
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      ddmcwhirter yes...back pay will be issued, whether you were called into the office or "locked out". Another hidden cost of the shutdown for the taxpayer...

    • ddmcwhirter
      ddmcwhirter commented
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      Thank you for responding. I was thinking the situation where TSA workers are not showing up and airports are crawling.

    • Buck Flicks
      Buck Flicks commented
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      My wife, too... she worked without pay and we're ready to hunker down again and go on austerity measures. It's hard not to get political where this topic is concerned, so I'll stop now. I will just say that my spite is not directed in one direction or the other, but both.
  • NapMaster
    Club Member
    • Jan 2019
    • 562
    • Denham Springs, LA
    • WebberSummitGold6burnerLP, ShotGunSmoker

      Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer

    While we've all gathered here to learn more about BBQing, etc., this thread was the most interesting read for me. I read the whole thing from start to finish. So many interesting jobs and careers. This thread should be available for young people to read when they are trying to figure out what direction they want to go.

    Hauled hay in junior high and high school along with working at a golf course and numerous other odd jobs. I've mowed a butt load of grass and I still enjoy it. Obtained a degree in horticulture and worked in that field for a little over six years. Enjoyed it a lot but it was not a passion and I went back to college, got accepted into veterinary school, graduated and continued my education and training ending up with a PhD (post hole digger) and specialty training with Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. I work at a veterinary college, herding veterinary students and residents. I'm heavily involved in research directly and its oversight from a legal aspect.

    Hobbies are numerous with little focus on any one thing at a time. I like it all from gardening, astronomy, birds, hunting, fishing, cooking in general and specialty status in napping. I spent many years working with the Boy Scouts. I only look forward to retirement in that I can go down some other rabbit hole to see what is going on there. Life is too short in that you don't have time to do everything.

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    • ddmcwhirter
      ddmcwhirter commented
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      First big discretionary purchase of something new (I did not even ask my wife!) in 1977 was an eight inch Celestron and drive controller. We enjoyed that for years...spending all night up for viewing (if the moon wasn't bad, if the fog didn't show, it wasn't cloudy and it didn't rain) while camping out. I set it aside after viewing Jupiter with the broken asteroid hits over about a month. Pulled it out of it's special trunk four years later and found my mirror looked corroded.

    • NapMaster
      NapMaster commented
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      ddmcwhirter I still have my telescope (6" refractor) but it has collected dust for some time now. I hope to get back to it. Would go well with an overnight cook.

    • klflowers
      klflowers commented
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      Napping! I like napping.
  • Lazy Layne
    Club Member
    • Jan 2019
    • 50
    • Illinois

    Shipping team lead

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    • RonB
      RonB commented
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      So how much time do you spend at sea?

    • Lazy Layne
      Lazy Layne commented
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      My navy days are over, buddy
  • Bluegill
    Club Member
    • Jan 2019
    • 73
    • NC Piedmont
    • BGE (Lg)
      Weber Genesis E310
      Weber 22" Kettle
      Weber Smokey Joe
      2 Masterbuilt 30" electric smokers
      22" Blackstone griddle
      17" Blackstone griddle
      Browning 2-burner
      Certified KCBS Judge & TC

    Locksmith at one of the three major universities in the triangle for 30 years. Now retired and enjoying life.

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    • NapMaster
      NapMaster commented
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      Funny how those names can stick. Hope you join up.

    • Dan Deter
      Dan Deter commented
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      I'm currently at one of those three major universities...

    • radshop
      radshop commented
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      Never thought about it before:
      Big university, lots of doors, lots of locks, lots of keys, lots of absent-minded professors and hapless residents...
      Gotta have a locksmith! Makes sense.
  • kmwweiskircher
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 44
    • Middleton, Idaho

    First year of retirement after 30 years of teaching elementary school, grades kindergarten - 3rd grade. Miss teaching the kids and the staff, but not the other "stuff". Loving life : ) Got 2 husky puppies for retirement, both so cute we couldn't pick just one...keeping us busy!
    Love being outside hiking, reading, drinking, cooking, camping, playing with the mutts!

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    • Willard
      Willard commented
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      @kmweiskircher Beautiful. Thanks!

    • NapMaster
      NapMaster commented
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      God bless you for having the patience to deal with those little kids. Very tough job in my opinion.

    • klflowers
      klflowers commented
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      My mom was a teacher. Much love and respect for what you do (did). Happy retirement!
  • RichieB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2018
    • 733
    • Western Mass

    Congrats on retirement. Been there for awhile. Beats working for a living.

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    • Brownie
      Club Member
      • Feb 2019
      • 10
      • Cyrus, MN

      Crop insurance adjuster. I like to spend time at our camper, grilling and smoking pretty much anything I can. My hobby would have to be playing darts, been at it for 30+ years!

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      • radshop
        radshop commented
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        Friday afternoon of a long week, I guess my eyes are crossing. At first glance I read "Crop duster insurance." I was thinking - now that's a niche!
    • ofelles
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 898
      • Brentwood CA
      • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
        Klose Charcoal Grill
        VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
        Maverick ET-733
        Maverick PT-75
        Thermoworks Signal
        Thermoworks Dot
        Thermopen Mk4

      Retired Sheet Metal HVAC. 25 years in field and shop last15 in office as estimator/project manager. Commercial not residential; cleanrooms, hospitals, pharm. For many years I was head Pony herder (Mustangs) and Snake Charmer (Cobras) for the NorCal Shelby club and open-tracker. But health and mobility issues stopped that.
      Have always loved cooking (grommet and downhome), smoking and BBQ. Now it’s turning into a passion. I always cook tooooo much for just the wife and I so my friend loves me.

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      • RickyBobby
        RickyBobby commented
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        I too am guilty of cooking way more than my family can eat! Let it never be said that someone left my home hungry!!! Lol.

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        Too much.... Does not compute. My wife says I’m like an Italian grandmother.
    • Locotech
      Charter Member
      • Sep 2014
      • 326
      • northern Ontario, Canada
      • "Livin' hard was easy, when I was young and bulletproof"

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      • NapMaster
        NapMaster commented
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        Hard, bone-crushing, work! Your a natural. 😂

      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        Dang, I'd love to be sitting in that empty spot next to you!

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        Grreat Pic. Slow down and take a break. Perhaps java a beverage, you look parched.
    • MrB
      MrB
      Club Member
      • Mar 2019
      • 13
      • Nelson, New Zealand

      Work:
      Former electronics engineer.
      Turned embedded programmer.
      Turned database analyst.
      Turned web/desktop developer.
      Turned information technology manager.
      Retirement still a way off yet.

      Play:
      Electronics, 3D printing, Cooking, and have just added Charcuterie.

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      • synodog
        Club Member
        • Mar 2018
        • 49
        • Chandler, AZ
        • synodog or marcosamine

        Technology Manager for a local Emergency Management agency. Mostly systems analysis and programming. Less than 10 years until first retirement (not really counting).
        Other than smoking meat I’ve played guitar for almost 30 years but don’t play near as much as I used to.

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        • Mbloto
          Club Member
          • Apr 2019
          • 75
          • Northern Illinois

          Retired law enforcement. Did 20 years on the Chicago PD, the last 12 as a detective.

          Owned a 30 foot sailboat for several years and loved it. Also did some sailing in the BVI and Leeward Islands. Still do a bit of day sailing with a friend in Milwaukee. Much better sailing on someone else's boat (B.O.A.T. stands for Bust Out Another Thousand).

          Have been doing photography for more years than I care to think about. Used to do studio portiture / weddings. Now all I shoot is landscape and wildlife.

          Recently took up model wood ship building. We will see if I have the patience for it. LOL

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          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
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            Just sat around huh? Wow. What is BVI?

          • RonB
            RonB commented
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            I agree - thanx for your service. How about posting a few wildlife/landscape photos? There are a number of photographers here, including Meathead.

          • pkadare
            pkadare commented
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            HouseHomey - British Virgin Islands.
        • klflowers
          Club Member
          • Sep 2015
          • 2133
          • Tennessee

          I am an electrical designer in the power industry. Started as a draftsman many years ago, ink and graphite on vellum and mylar, moved up to designer and field engineer in the nuclear power industry, moved on to fossil fuel and hydro power plants, now working on the transmission and distribution side of things as a substation designer. Hobbies include traveling in the RV, fishing, golfing (badly), cooking and spending time with family. Getting close to retirement and looking forward to it.

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          • CaptainMike
            CaptainMike commented
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            The water in the retirement pool is great, jump on in!!
        • hubmacfan
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 40
          • Hattiesburg, MS

          I am a staff attorney for a trial court. Basically, my job is to research cases for the judge and to draft orders and opinions. My office is in Purvis, MS, but if you're looking on a map, it's easier to just find Hattiesburg (where I live).

          Outside of work, I'm a dog (and human) dad, and that means embarrassing my middle-school aged daughter is a requirement. I also love photography.
          Last edited by hubmacfan; May 2nd, 2019, 09:20 AM. Reason: added my hobbies.

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          • klflowers
            klflowers commented
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            I used to love embarrassing my kids. They are grown now and used to me so it is harder. Now, I have a 16 year old niece to work on. I had her terrified that I was going to show up at her sweet 16 party and dance.

            Is Purvis, MS named after Melvin?

          • hubmacfan
            hubmacfan commented
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            klflowers According to Wikipedia, it's named after Thomas Melville Purves. (Not a typo).

          • klflowers
            klflowers commented
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            It would have been cool if it was Melvin. I have actually been past there on 59 going to New Orleans a couple of times.

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        maverick PT55 thermometer

        A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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        slow n sear

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        Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

        the good one grill

        The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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        The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

        the good one grill

        The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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        Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

        Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

        The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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        The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

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        Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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        Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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        The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

        NK-22-Ck Grill

        Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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        G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

        Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

        If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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        grill grates

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        kareubequ bbq smoker

        Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

        The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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        Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

        masterbuilt gas smoker

        The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

        Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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        Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

        masterbuilt gas smoker

        Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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        PK 360 grill

        Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

        The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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        Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

        fireboard bbq thermometer

        With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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        Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

        Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

        Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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