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What do Chowhounds do for a Living? (Part 2)

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    1. re: jpr54_1

      ah!, see you found it.

      A fellow hound found the link to the new thread I was trying to find earlier and confirmed I wasn't going crazy afterall...lol...

    2. Full time student and parent!

      1. Hmm, I couldn't get the first one to load, so I'll do the numbered survey linked by HillJ:
        2)2.5 years-ish
        3)Formerly in game operations for an NHL team, now I paint people's sneakers on a word of mouth type system. But in the end, I'm a housewife.
        4)50% Czech, 25% French, 25% Native American. I turned out blonde for the curious :p From Pennsylvania originally.
        5)SE Asian cuisine brings out my inner food nerd. Love it, want to make it, want to eat it!!!
        6)Fun fact: That construction paper dalmatian in the pic depicts my real dog. She's a rescue that was found on an interstate, and sits quietly to the side while I cook.

        Oh, I forgot current city! That would be Ft. Worth, TX.

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        1. re: alliegator

          <Formerly in game operations >

          Just for a moment I was very excited because I was thinking about video game...

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            No, not video games. The most exciting thing there was about that job was weeding out the "friends" that mistook me for Ticketmater ;)

        2. Black Helicopter pilot ~~ Most everything else is classified right now.

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          1. re: Uncle Bob

            Please be more specific: Do you pilot black helicopters, or are you black and a helicopter pilot? Or did you mean Blackhawk? NonnieMuss (a white secretary) is confused.

            1. re: NonnieMuss

              LOL ~~Sorry for the confusion. I pilot black helicopters with no markings or insignia. ~ Am not black.~ Husband to one wife.~ Daddy to three children...two boys, and one simply 'gawgeous' red-headed daughter!

            2. re: Uncle Bob

              I knew you were always so cool and mysterious....now I know why!

            3. Lately I think I just bang my head on the desk because I can't get Microsoft Excel to do what I want it to and they pay me for that.

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              1. re: hyacinthgirl

                Totally just choked on the coffee I'm drinking while reading this--in a good way, with laughter. I can't use anything Microsoft but Word, basically. So I admire you!

                1. re: hyacinthgirl

                  I often experience the same frustration with Excel because I use it to manage my wine inventory, but if you think that application is head bang-able, try using Microsoft SharePoint! A total nightmare.

                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                    In a previous job, I prodouced a lot of spreadsheets. When work was particularly stressfull, I would have spreadsheet nightmares at night - no kidding. I was always trying to sum total in my dream and the data would disappear over and over. I hate Excel.

                  2. Well I didn't do the survey before so I'm going to re-answer.. fun!


                    MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
                    I joined awhile back, a couple years maybe? But only recently very active starting last summer/fall.

                    CURRENT CITY
                    I live out the outskirts of Brighton, CO, which is a far NW suburb of Denver. I previously lived in Fresno, CA for about 18 months, then before that 7 years in Chicago, then before that 3 years in Fresno, and grew up in Visalia, CA.

                    PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
                    I've been in the real estate industry since I was 19, doing all sorts of things, sales, support, marketing, home staging. I currently am an Executive Assistant for the President of a small commercial real estate company. He travels often, and I have 1-2 hours of work a day, the rest of the day I have nothing to do so I spend my time on Chowhound, reading food blogs, participating on sparkpeople.com, and watching episodes of The French Chef on Amazon Prime and just about any food documentary that exists on Netflix. I went to school for interior design, as you can see it was money well spent *eyeroll*

                    CULTURAL BACKGROUND
                    Grew up in an almost blue collar white background. Dad was a landscaper, mom is a microbiologist in a hospital lab. I'm half Irish, and half a bunch of other things including german, scots irish and english.

                    CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
                    I'd like to think I'm pretty knowledgeable at this point about healthy cooking. I lost 50lbs in 2012 by using food. I didn't exercise, and I almost never felt like I was dieting because I was able to figure out how to cook great food at home that still fit into my calorie requirements. But otherwise I'm still a pretty newbie cook and have lots and lots to learn. Oh and I like to collect vintage kitchen-ware and gadgets. My favorite is my plug in butter warmer.

                    FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
                    Umm, SO and I have a really cute basset hound named Deacon. SO raised him from a puppy, and he doesn't bark, so he's pretty much the best dog ever. He keeps me company when I cook.

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                    1. re: juliejulez

                      Brighton is NE of Denver, home to Riverdale Dunes, a classic Pete Dye golf course open to the public, and a pretty good stock show nearby. A lovely area.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Oops you're right, I don't know why I put NW! I guess I'm still adjusting to the mountains being west instead of east! :-D Riverdale is only about a 5-10 min drive, we're about 6 miles due east from there.

                        It is nice out here, we have a panoramic of the mountains from our backyard and living room, so while I wish there were a few more amenities out here (we did get a grocery store last summer), I can't complain too much.

                        1. re: juliejulez

                          Enjoy the tranquility, and your view of Long's Peak!

                          1. re: Veggo

                            I grew up in Longmont... I miss that view of Long's Peak.

                      2. re: juliejulez

                        I am in awe that you managed to lose 50 lbs just by cooking presumably lower calorie foods, while your favorite gadget is a butter warmer! :-)

                        1. re: susancinsf

                          Haha well I don't actually use the butter warmer... it's pretty old and electric with the old style plug so I'm not really sure how safe it is. I just think it looks great and it's so odd. I haven't been able to find another one.

                          But, I do still use butter (and bacon fat!) in my cooking. Not in large quantities, and I didn't do a low-fat diet...no way could I deal with using low fat cheeses and stuff like that. I found a higher protein ( try to get 100+ a day), and higher fat (usually 60-80 grams a day), and mid range for carbs (150-200 usually) works best for me.

                      3. AGE
                        Old. Also known as in my 40s.

                        MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
                        One month.

                        CURRENT CITY

                        PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
                        Accountant. Writer/editor. Now working on developing graphic art skills. And I take care of the husband by feeding him his favourite foods.

                        CULTURAL BACKGROUND
                        From western Canada. Married a Sri Lankan / moved to Sri Lanka in 2003. Lived in Auckland, New Zealand for half a year in 2011. For the last year, we've lived in Singapore and love it here.

                        CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY

                        FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
                        I used to have hot pink hair. And Ronald McDonald Red. And purple. And orange with black tips. And platinum blonde. Most people have a hard time reconciling that with the accountant side of me. Eh.

                        1. I am a real estate broker with an office of 20 agents. Private pilot, love cooking and making wine (from grapes). My business is selling second homes, cottages and islands. Great question....

                          1. I suppose it's time for me to update. I am still working as a Registered Nurse, but am just about to begin my Postgrad Diploma in Sexology in a months time. I can't wait to start, should be a really interesting year and will give me lots of options for new roles in 2014 :)

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                            1. re: TheHuntress

                              I can only imagine what the "hands-on" practical cousrework is like! :-)

                              1. re: Fowler

                                LOL I have been warned that the course contains "explicit material". I said I would be disappointed if there wasn't. Problem is now people won't just be asking for bed baths, but positively begging for them...

                            2. Licensed Master Plumber and my office is in Flushing NY!

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                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                I knew you were a plumber, but you never said you were from Flushing! LOL - great party conversation starter!

                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                    Further to that I went to City University of New York, Queens College.....and guess where it is located?....Flushing!
                                    My real name is Fred, but that name is usually not avaliable on any blog...thus I use PHreddy or Pfreddy....there is a plumbing faucet manufacturing named "Price PFister"....so well you can figure out the rest.

                                1. Middle school science teacher. I have been lurking around for years. I finally started posting.

                                  1. AGE

                                    MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
                                    4 months

                                    CURRENT CITY
                                    Louisa, VA (between Charlottesville and Richmond)

                                    PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
                                    Local produce distributor. I'm hoping to go back to school this fall and finish my degree, and then get around to being an astronomy nerd again.!

                                    CULTURAL BACKGROUND
                                    Ethnically, I'm primarily a blend of English/Finnish with a Scottish surname. I've also got smatterings of Norwegian, Swedish, Swiss, Danish, and German. Culturally, I'd have to call myself American. Boring, I know.

                                    The most formative years of my childhood were spent in Tucson, AZ. My dad spent some time in Uruguay and speaks fluent Spanish. Those things have left me with a subconscious love of Latin flavors, though I have only discovered a few thus far. My mother spent time in South Korea and often fixed a version of bulgogi (we always spelled it pool kogi), which was the precursor to my current stir-fry obsession.

                                    CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
                                    Nothing, really. I don't pretend to be an expert on anything. :/ I find I ask more questions than I answer.

                                    FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
                                    Outside of cooking, I'm a serious star nerd. I've got posters of Sol's nearest possibly habitable stellar systems and have downloaded spreadsheets from the Terrestrial Planet Finder program filled with the most deliciously nerdy data imaginable.... I really need to finish my degree. :(

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                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                      Funny you mention Finnish background, I am Canadian with Finnish parents and cooking wasn't a big thing. (it is to me however) I have never heard anyone say "boy I sure am in the mood for Finnish cuisine". I think our exotic dinner was extra pepper on the potatoes and meatballs. :-)

                                      1. re: realtorav8tor

                                        I've thought about learning some traditional Scandinavian cuisine, but when I looked it up... not that appealing! :p I've found I like foods that are as far away from my heritage as possible, oddly enough.

                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                          Pickled herring, gravlax (which I love to make) any smoked fish. Simple desserts like pulla coffee cake (which I also make)
                                          Give me french and italian all day long.

                                      2. I was a clinical trials statistician for a pharmaceutical company before I retired almost 15 years ago.

                                        1. Just retired. Home ec ed /Art History majors. Was in the housewares and tabletop business for 40 years. I did lose my mind and became a Realtor for about 15 years. I came to my senses about 8 years ago and went back to sales again and buying.

                                          Now I am adjusting to retires life. I do test recipes for cookbook authors, teach some cooking classes and putter. We have to get the house ready to sell and then move (back for me) to Savannah, Ga. Hopefully in the next 2 years or sooner.

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                                          1. re: Candy

                                            I also have an undergraduate degree in Home Economics/Ed/and Poltical Science. I was a Food Preparation teacher, Home Economist in Social Services, and Rehabilitation Instructor.
                                            I also have Masters Degree in Public Health (Community Health Education) and worked for over 25 years as an Health Educator.

                                          2. I'm certain I answered this generically in a previous thread long ago, but the questionnaire wasn't part of it then so I'm answering anew:


                                            MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
                                            7 years

                                            CURRENT CITY

                                            PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
                                            I am a writer. I do a ton of proofing and editing as well as part of my job. I work in the marketing department of a professional services firm.

                                            CULTURAL BACKGROUND
                                            I am half Greek/Macedonian and lean strongly towards that side in terms of cuisine. My Mom is an American mutt with Irish and English in her background but it never had any cultural influence on her food.

                                            CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
                                            Irritating people and making them mad at me, I guess. I seem to have done that a lot over the past 7 years.

                                            FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
                                            I am raising a chowpup who is a very good eater. I am "one of those theater people." I got to sing once with Big Brother and the Holding Company - yes, the original guys.

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                                              1. re: grangie angie

                                                No, no, no, way after Janis. About 15 years ago.

                                            1. Test pilot in the 50's, F100s, f104s, f4 Phantom weapons checkout, astronaut Apollo 19. Southern Pacific railroad engineer after leaving the military. Ok I work in retail at a major electronics place, usually grill food on the weekend while the wifeacita cooks veggies which we use along with grilled meats for lunch during the week. I was off today and saw a bunch of NASA specials with our heroic astronauts.

                                              1. Age - 72

                                                Time on this Board - not sure, but it was well before Jim Leff sold it.

                                                City - Pasadena, CA

                                                Occupation - Graphic art/design plus copywriting/editing for about 45 years; after retiring was hired to redesign small regional car-freak's monthly, then became Managing Editor/DTP until two years ago, when the owner took it online-only. Now contributing to www.curbside.tv, a car-events calendar and blog site.

                                                Cultural BG - Lily white: all the British Isles plus one-quarter German; some claim there's a Cherokee woman in there somewhere, though. Several folks on Dad's side sure look it.
                                                Born and raised in east-central Illinois; parents were inquisitive omnivores, so I come by both a venturesome streak and fondness for oldfashioned down-home cooking naturally.

                                                Specialty - showing off? Heck, I don't know. Trying to be both informative and amusing. Working on my writing skills. Still can't type, though.

                                                Fun Fact - the first time I was ever known to refuse any food was at around 13 months, when we were snowbound in a wayside hotel in Maine. The only baby food they had was a couple of cans of strained green beans. I chose that night to decide I couldn't stand strained green beans. I was walking and talking before I refused anything else.

                                                1. I seem to recall doing this before, but it wasn't with actual categories, so here goes:

                                                  fourteen and a quarter birthdays so far... (but I was born on Leap Year...)

                                                  MONTHS/YEARS ON THIS BOARD
                                                  can't remember

                                                  CURRENT CITY
                                                  former Egg Capital of the World

                                                  PROFESSION/FIELD OF WORK
                                                  Front-of-the-house work for a custom furniture/upholstery shop. This follows about ten years of nagging faculty in a graduate research department, a few years in corporate America, a few years of sporadic construction helper jobs, and assorted jobs in the food business (prep cook, hostess, bartender, cocktail waitress, short order cook), not necessarily in that order.

                                                  I forgot... working in tobacco in CT when I was 14.

                                                  CULTURAL BACKGROUND
                                                  New England (CT and ME); northern European mutt.

                                                  CHOWHOUNDER SPECIALTY
                                                  After all these years, I have finally learned how to cook a steak. Good ribeye, CI skillet, salt and pepper.

                                                  FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
                                                  I named my hens after the Two Fat Ladies; the Buff Orphington (blonde) is Clarissa, and the Golden Wyandotte(brunette) is Jennifer.

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                                                  1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                    "I named my hens after the Two Fat Ladies; the Buff Orphington (blonde) is Clarissa, and the Golden Wyandotte(brunette) is Jennifer."

                                                    Too funny! I like your sense of humor.

                                                    1. re: Fowler


                                                      I started out with four little 2 day old chicks a year ago. Jennifer and Ina were the two brunettes, and Clarissa and I-can't-remember-her-name-now were the two blondes.

                                                      I-can't-remember-her-name-now grew up to not be a "her", was renamed Gorgeous George and was given away, and Ina didn't make it.

                                                      The eggs (average a dozen a week this time of year) are marvelous.

                                                    2. re: kcshigekawa

                                                      Congrats on the steak! A perfect steak is a thing of beauty in our house which we admire several times a week.

                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                        The steak is a much-too-infrequent treat for us these days, but we really enjoy it when we can!