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Old 01-26-2018, 04:34 PM
Location: Chicago area
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My last preretirement job was in a very small hospital that was like Mayberry. Everyone knew me from the maintenance workers, security and even HR people. I did a training seminar for the nurses. It was a lot of fun. I had a work son and daughter and I still talk to them on Facebook. I had a work husband, yes my husband John knows I saved his life and he was hauled out of work via ambulance. He was a bad alcoholic and a smoker. He was having a cardiac event and was on his way to the basement where nobody would have found him until it was too late. I took one look at him and brought him into an empty room. I grabbed a nurse and luckily there was an MD on the floor. He was running out of time. Unfortunately I accidentally deleted all of my phone contacts without having a back up and I lost track of him. Maybe it's better that way.

I loved working there, but the job itself was high stress and very depressing. We all pretty much had the same we're all in this together mentality which made it like Mayberry. Funny how it didn't take me long not to miss working there when I quit though.
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:50 AM
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I was in my 30s (I'm 60 now) and working as an engineer for megacorp. The ratrace was becoming ridiculous since the rats were always winning. So I resigned, packed up my bag -yes, just one- and went to live with the nomads in the Sahara desert for 2 years. Best thing I've ever done, and it opened many doors for me later. And it always comes up in job interviews, after I had come back to the US.
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Old 01-27-2018, 02:14 PM
Location: Western Colorado
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I was thinking about this today.

My partner and I were chasing a robbery suspect through backyards, oh in the late 1980's...

My partner was 6'0"
The suspect was 5'10"
I was 6'4"

The clothesline was 6'2"

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