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  • hoovarmin
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1124
    • Neptune Beach, FL
    • Weber Performer 22
      Thermoworks Smoke
      Thermoworks Thermapen
      Kingsford Blue Bag

    How on earth did I miss this thread? I've just spent 2 hours in front of the screen when I should have been working, but it's been amazing learning more about everyone. I even got to see our beloved Mr. Bones lay down some SWEET blues! I already knew he was a certified bad_ss, but dang!

    I'll throw my hat in the ring, albeit late. I've been a psychotherapist since finishing grad school in 94 and I specialize in Gottman Method Couples Counseling. Most of that time I've been in solo practice and last year decided it was time to begin developing income that didn't require me to be "in the chair" all the time. I hired my first clinician last June and just added my 4th this week. The practice is called Living Well Therapy and Coaching. My pal is joining as director of coaching and consulting and since he has 2 Super Bowl rings (one as a player and one as a coach) I think we my have a shot at growing that side of the business .

    These days I've cut my caseload to no more than 14 appointments per week and focus more on developing my clinicians and finding new ones that fit our culture and are at the top of their niche. Soon I hope to work nearly exclusively on the business rather than in the business so that I can focus on spending time with our kids (7 of them, ages 4-24, hers, mine, and ours) fishing, sporting clays, and of course, playing with fire and food in the backyard. We just purchased our first power boat, so I hope to engage you with many photos of dynamic fish-cookery very soon (provided I don't wreck the boat, which is a distinct possibility.) I also like learning and doing handyman stuff because I never learned as a kid.

    Thanks to everyone who shared on this board. What a treat.



    • EdF
      EdF commented
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      Watch out for that "on the business" thing - it may have an effect opposite to freeing up time!

    • hoovarmin
      hoovarmin commented
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      EdF I know what you mean. In the early days trying to do it all myself nearly killed me. Now I'm of a mind to farm everything out, and by "on the business" what I really intend to say is "drink beer, fish, shoot guns, and BBQ."

    • EdF
      EdF commented
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      That's the right perspective hoovarmin !
  • eric8839
    Club Member
    • Jun 2020
    • 21
    • Avon NY

    Heavy equipment mechanic for past 20 yrs,last 14 years specialized in JCB construction and AG equipment.BBQ is my way of relaxation also helps me keep my sanity.


    • Stuey1515
      Club Member
      • Dec 2019
      • 358
      • NSW Australia

      I need to spend more time on this site looking through the archives, what a treasure of members personal info!!
      Thanks to ComfortablyNumb for the link in another thread.

      Ok I'll put myself out there.

      55 year old fitter and turner by trade, spent many years in sweatshops then a decade in an underground coal mine.
      Developed a passion for longwall mining machines and I knew a bloke who wanted to start a company manufacturing auxiliary machines required by longwalls. I became employee number one and over the last 15 years have worn many hats, and learned many things, typically the hard way. The old saying that "good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgement" rings very true for me through this period.

      Spent the last 5 of those years at the dizzy heights of General Manager, or General Masochist as I learned was a more accurate description of the role. Basically everything was my fault haha, and then along came the plague and now I'm redundant as of November.

      It's not all bad, not looking for sympathy votes here, I got a generous pay out. The bride is getting plenty of work so were are keeping up financially, just had to tighten the belt a little. My BBQ passion with my little COS is getting plenty of practice and I might even break out the dusty model aircraft that litter the shed from years gone past.


      • Panhead John
        Club Member
        • Aug 2020
        • 953
        • Houston, Texas
        • Weber 22” Master Touch Kettle, added a side shelf
          Weber 14” Smokey Mountain Smoker
          SnS For the Kettle
          Set of Grill Grates
          Thermo Pro Remote Dual Probe Thermometer
          Rotisserie For The Kettle
          J. A. Henckels Knives
          Work Sharp E-5 Electric Knife Sharpener
          Char-Broil Instant Read Meat Thermometer

        I’m an in demand Super Model. I’m currently working on the runways in Paris and Milan. Just shot several magazine covers, most recently for Bladder Leakage Monthly. Here’s an ad I did for Incontinence Digest.
        Attached Files
        Last edited by Panhead John; February 6, 2021, 08:41 AM.


        • RichieB
          RichieB commented
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          U R one sick but funny MF.

        • Elton's BBQ
          Elton's BBQ commented
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          Haha.. good one..

        • Northern lights smoke
          Northern lights smoke commented
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          Panhead John Coffee just shot through my nose on this one John. That's funny crap right there!
          Last edited by Northern lights smoke; February 6, 2021, 08:09 AM.
      • Jfrosty27
        Club Member
        • Mar 2020
        • 1184
        • Muskego, WI
        • Current cookers:
          Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
          Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
          Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
          Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
          Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
          Weber Smokey Joe
          SnS Deluxe
          The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
          Blackstone 17" griddle
          Joule Sous Vide circulator

          Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
          Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

        I do NOTHING. I turned 65 two days ago and that was my 5th anniversary of being retired. Seriously. I do as little as possible and love every minute of it. I was in the medical equipment business for 30+ years and traveled every week all over the world. I moved my household too many times to count. I’m tired. And happy to be back in my traditional home doing almost nothing. I bbq and fiddle in my woodworking shop. That’s it.


        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          I tell people I work 24x7. That is 24 hours a week, 7 months a year. Sounds better than the truth of NOTHING too.

        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          Ha! My last wife says I also do NOTHING.

        • Bogy
          Bogy commented
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          Dang, you guys have me beat. As a preacher I used to work an hour a week. Now with COVID restrictions I keep the service to a half hour.
      • jhoskins
        Club Member
        • Dec 2020
        • 57
        • Grand Rapids, MI
        • Smokers / Grills
          • Weber Original Kettle Grill
          • Weber Q Gas Grill
          • Big Green Egg (Large)
          • Weber Silver A (fixer upper project, currently sitting dead in my garage)

          • Weber iGrill Mini
          • Weber Instant Read
          • Random Digital Instant Read from the Grocery Store (in a pinch)
          • Weber Charcoal Chimney
          • Slick University of Michigan apron w/built in bottle opener

          • Favorite beer(s): Bell's Oberon, Founders All Day I{A, Corona Extra, Heineken, Guinness
          • Red Wine: Anything dry and under $15 per bottle
          • Whiskey: Oak & Eden, Larceny... not extremely picky

          About Me
          Real name: Jesse
          Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
          Favorite Football Team: Michigan Wolverines (NCAA) and the Detroit Lions (primary NFL) / Baltimore Ravens (secondary NFL, after the Lions are statistically eliminated from the playoffs... usually by Thanksgiving)

          • Aerospace/Software/Systems Engineer

        I missed this too!

        I am an Aerospace/Systems engineer at GE Aviation. I’ve worked commercial drones and some military Avionics. I’ve spent most of my time (~5 years) working R&D, which I tend to enjoy, although the pandemic has put a dent in my work enjoyment admittedly.

        I have quite the addicting personality so I keep my hobbies few but intense. I love to cook and to golf... that’s about it! Of course hanging with my wife and dog is great as well... don’t call that a hobby though


        • Mickslick
          Club Member
          • Jun 2020
          • 12
          • Spokane, WA

          Retired and keeper of my CEO wife. I was in commercial insurance for 20 years, then switched roles with my wife 15 years ago, took over the home, kids, dog, cooking etc... and let her go after her career which had much better potential for where we wanted to live, kind of a hard ego adjustment at first, but worked out to be one of the best decisions ever.

          Many hobbies over the years, usually do one or two at a time 110% then switch to others. Fishing, guitar playing (did lead guitar at our church for 10 years), Landscape Photography (actually led workshops and private tours for five years up until recently) Michael Brandt | Flickr, and now this BBQ / Smoking obsession.


          • PBCDad
            PBCDad commented
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            Wow, those pictures are unreal!

          • fracmeister
            fracmeister commented
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            Wowser. Nice work

          • JoeSousa
            JoeSousa commented
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            Awesome pictures! All those rolling hills look somewhat familiar. I love taking drives south of town.
        • Starsky
          Club Member
          • Dec 2020
          • 101
          • Midlothian Il.

          I'm a technician at a national laboratory. I install and maintain safety systems and devices for an electron particle accelerator almost a mile in circumference


          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
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            Ok that sounds awesome.
        • HawkerXP
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 6105
          • Virginia
          • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
            Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
            Slo n Sear
            Cold beer

          Come on now Starsky you don't think we're going to believe that electron particle accelerator stuff do you?


          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
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            I bet Starsky was throwing us off track with that particle thing.

            He really works on the “Aluminum P-36 Explosive Space Modulator.”

          • Starsky
            Starsky commented
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            The money from the show sort of ran out

          • HawkerXP
            HawkerXP commented
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            I hope you kept the car.
        • fracmeister
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 1363
          • Sprang, TX
          • Dances with lemmings

            (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

          Well time for an update. June 2020 I retired from the corporate gig and (sort of) resurrected my consulting gig as a petroleum engineer. Much more time for BBQ but not surprisingly my travel has stopped. So I am a consultant trying to convince people to pay me ridiculous hourly rates because I don't want to work a lot of hours. Interferes with my efforts to perfect the brisket.

          I play with the nine grandsons and one (finally) granddaughter as much as possible.


          • JaySwen
            Club Member
            • Jan 2019
            • 39
            • Newberg, OR
            • Enjoy the ride!!!

            2 months ago I became a hospice clinical nursing supervisor for a large non-profit health system. I was an RN case manager for the past 5 years.

            For fun, I have a number of hobbies but I've been a cyclist since the mid-70's. I'd rather be riding my bike than nearly anything else. My new job allows me to commute by bike daily rather than driving around the county, visiting people where they live. It's a win/win for me!!!


            • zero_credit
              Club Member
              • Mar 2020
              • 500
              • Near Chicago, IL
              • Current Pride and Joy:

                Masterbuilt Gravity 560


                Old (sold) Loves:

                Weber 22" Premium


                Thermoworks POP

                Preferred Charcoal:

                B&B Charlogs/B&B Lump

              A first for this thread I guess.

              I am a professional stock analyst. I do a lot of writing, working in excel, and research!


              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                I'm not even as smart as the "amateur" investors on Reddit. Wish I had known about this back then.

              • Bogy
                Bogy commented
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                My involvement in the stock market is deciding which mutual funds I want to give my money to. Split between 4 different funds. I'm just a dumb preacher. I had a church council in 2000-2001 who were all big players (or thought they were), who decided moving our church building fund into high tech overseas stocks would be a great move. I protested, because we were currently working with an architect on a building plan, and would need the money within a year. 60% gone virtually overnight.

              • CaptainMike
                CaptainMike commented
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                Just to chime in, we jumped out of the market game and cashed out. Paid off the house and will save about $250,000 over the life of the loan. Still have some retirement investments and hope those continue to earn, but we've simply lost faith in many of these institutions and the ever-looming government.
            • Northern lights smoke
              Club Member
              • Apr 2019
              • 26
              • Brainerd Mn.

              Worked in management at UPS and Pillsbury, retired at 58 and now garden. golf and do competition BBQ! Just lovin Life


              • Soonerpop
                Club Member
                • Jan 2020
                • 372
                • Plano, Texas
                • Cookshack Smokette 008 (2005)
                  Weber 18.5” Kettle
                  Weber 22.5” Performer (drop-down shelf)
                  SNS Elevated Grate
                  Pit Barrel Junior (PBJ)
                  Freedom Grill (for tailgating, but don’t do much anymore)
                  Sizzle-Q Stainless Griddle
                  Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

                  Thermapen (Red, of course)
                  Smoke Alarm (Likewise)

                  Kingsford Professional
                  Weber Briquettes (longer cooks)

                  Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
                  Coors Banquet (why bother with light beer?)

                I’ve just discovered this string with the recent responses being posted. Very interesting.
                Work? I think I did that at one time, but it’s hard to remember. Now I play golf, smoke meat, and—before the China virus—traveled and went to grandkid sports—baseball, basketball, and volleyball. I hope we can get back to those last two in the near future. We had our second shots today, so that’s a start.


                • SheilaAnn
                  Club Member
                  • May 2020
                  • 411
                  • Long Beach, CA

                  I just saw this because fat fingers clicked on fracmeister instead of whatever thread I was supposed to click on. How fun!

                  as a few might know, I used to own a whole animal butcher shop (got bought out). Prior to that corporate restaurant training and operations (9 years). All my life has been in hospitality. Everything from busboy to chef. A short sabbatical in IT (4 years) installing point of sale in hotels, restaurants and bars. The job took me all over the US, Okinawa (camp foster) and Vancouver.

                  besides the obvious cooking/BBQ, I am into culinary history (on the board chsocal.org) and working on getting a cooperative grocery store in Long Beach, CA (long beach grocery.coop). I also keep a fresh water aquarium. Sports are also very big in my house! NFL and MLB.
                  Last edited by SheilaAnn; February 6, 2021, 02:15 PM. Reason: Fixed a sentence




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