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Non-professional musicians' professions
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KindaScratchy
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September 19, 2013 - 9:56 pm
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I'm curious what Fiddlerman members do for a living. I work in an office with a lot of people who have a scientific or technical background, and yet there are quite a few musicians among them. (I also wanted to try out the polling feature.)

So, if you're not a full-time professional musician, what do you do when you're not practicing your violin/fiddle? These are just general categories. You can select up to five, in case your profession doesn't fit neatly into one category.

What's your work category? (In no particular order)

  • Other(42% : 11 votes)
  • Agriculture/horticulture/food processing(23% : 6 votes)
  • Retired(19% : 5 votes)
  • Creative/artistic(15% : 4 votes)
  • Education(12% : 3 votes)
  • Communications/media/public relations(12% : 3 votes)
  • Engineering/scientific(12% : 3 votes)
  • Homemaker/Stay-at-home parent/home schooler(12% : 3 votes)
  • Administrative(8% : 2 votes)
  • General management/business owner(8% : 2 votes)
  • Government/politics(8% : 2 votes)
  • Retail(8% : 2 votes)
  • Information Technology(8% : 2 votes)
  • Entertainment(8% : 2 votes)
  • Insurance(4% : 1 vote)
  • Construction/carpentry/landscaping(4% : 1 vote)
  • Financial services/banking(4% : 1 vote)
  • Real estate(4% : 1 vote)
  • Medical/health care(0% : 0 votes)
  • Food service/hospitality(0% : 0 votes)
  • Transportation(0% : 0 votes)
  • Professional sports(0% : 0 votes)
Total Voters: 26

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Fiddlerman
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September 19, 2013 - 10:00 pm
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Cool Diane. Love it. I picked 4 including "Other" since it was there. In hindsight I should not have picked it though. LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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I am the Housing Coordinator for our local Women's Shelter. 

 

Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.

 

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Nice topic, Scratch. I'm a nanny to make the money, but I get to bring my 1.5 year old son with me so I'm also doing the mom thing. And I'm an aspiring freelance lettering artist/illustrator on the side. I do a lot of random crap, all of it creative, artsy type stuff. I'm one of those people who wants to do everything; it's kind of a problem, ha. S'why I took up violin.

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@KindaScratchy:  Great thread, Diane, I like the poll idea also.

I'm a retired 50 year union carpenter/cabinet maker and full time self taught violin student of 65 years learning.  LOL

 

Ken

 

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Kevin M.
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Fiddlerman said
Cool Diane. Love it. I picked 4 including "Other" since it was there. In hindsight I should not have picked it though. LOL

Was the other for sailor?

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I just voted. Currently no longer unemployed. I work for camping world selling r.v.'s. I am also taking a full load of college classes in computer programming, database administration. Busy busy. Fiddling is now a part time hobby. :(

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Fiddlerman
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September 20, 2013 - 7:38 am
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Kevin M. said

Fiddlerman said
Cool Diane. Love it. I picked 4 including "Other" since it was there. In hindsight I should not have picked it though. LOL

Was the other for sailor?

YAAAAAAA, that's it. cow-fingerscrossed

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but the one who needs the least."

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Interesting thread Diane - and thanks for the poll - it's a cool feature.

I'm a market analyst (a lot of number crunching) - probably as far a job from "creative" as I can get; I think that's why I'm so enamored with playing the violin!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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KindaScratchy
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September 20, 2013 - 10:16 am
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I'm so glad you all like this thread and poll. I just did it on a whim. I think I got carried away with so many categories and yet missed a few big ones like sales/marketing, non-profits, military, law, police/fire/EMT. Guess it was too late at night when I set it up. If you're in those arenas, sorry to have left you out.

I actually didn't expect folks to respond individually; just anonymously in the poll, but it's great that you're willing to share! So, I should, too.

I'm a public affairs officer (communications) for a federal government agency. I made a career change 10 years ago after 19 years in a similar position with state government.

-- Diane

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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I shovel, to be polite, manure for a living now. I spent most of my life in the automotive industry as a mechanic and running a parts rebuilding company then when I moved to PA I worked for Corning in the Photonics industry until I retired and now I spend my time with the animals. 6 horses, 2 donkeys, 10 goats, 10 geese, 1 turkey, 6 ducks, 200 chickens, 5 rabbits, 5 dogs and 8 cats.

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Software support for a global company. Pretty much sit in my cube and dial into computers and try and fix them.

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Nice thread, Diane =)

I'm a tech. support engineer (related to the communications) DSLAMs, switches... etc. Not so interesting. LOL!

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great idea!  it's neat to learn more about so many of you!

ok, my turn!

my 'work' varies depending on the season....

taking up the largest chunk of my time would be looking after my family at home and all that goes along with that.  -and i'd have to say that's the job that gives me the most satisfaction and I feel has the potential to leave the most important and lasting legacy! 

during the school year I also do some subbing on a casual basis for the public school system.  the job varies depending on what's needed.  I do a lot of library work, one-on-one student support and occasionally get to give out detentions to high school students!

2-3 mornings a week I do community work as a parenting mentor for moms including high school aged moms who are learning to be parents while also working towards completing their secondary education.

in the summer & fall I also keep quite busy turning as much fresh local produce as I can get my hands on into delicious preserved creations.  this past weeks' concoctions have included 2 types of pickled beets, 2 kinds of dills, 2 of pickled hot peppers, corn and pepper relish, hot pepper jelly, grape jam & grape juice!  ....40 items on the 'completed' list now, and still counting.  I sell it locally throughout the rest of the year.   working on coming up with a recipe for 'fiddle jam'!!  -any suggestions??  ;)

 

"you make a living by what you earn, you make a life by what you give." ~winston churchill

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sunshineb said
great idea!  it's neat to learn more about so many of you!

ok, my turn!

my 'work' varies depending on the season....

taking up the largest chunk of my time would be looking after my family at home and all that goes along with that.  -and i'd have to say that's the job that gives me the most satisfaction and I feel has the potential to leave the most important and lasting legacy! 

during the school year I also do some subbing on a casual basis for the public school system.  the job varies depending on what's needed.  I do a lot of library work, one-on-one student support and occasionally get to give out detentions to high school students!

2-3 mornings a week I do community work as a parenting mentor for moms including high school aged moms who are learning to be parents while also working towards completing their secondary education.

in the summer & fall I also keep quite busy turning as much fresh local produce as I can get my hands on into delicious preserved creations.  this past weeks' concoctions have included 2 types of pickled beets, 2 kinds of dills, 2 of pickled hot peppers, corn and pepper relish, hot pepper jelly, grape jam & grape juice!  ....40 items on the 'completed' list now, and still counting.  I sell it locally throughout the rest of the year.   working on coming up with a recipe for 'fiddle jam'!!  -any suggestions??  ;)

 

Cool.  Fiddlehead ferns are popular up here, pickled even.  

 

Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.

 

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Fiddlerman
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September 21, 2013 - 6:18 am
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sunshineb said

........40 items on the 'completed' list now, and still counting.  I sell it locally throughout the rest of the year.   working on coming up with a recipe for 'fiddle jam'!!  -any suggestions??  ;)

 

I got the idea that a jam might be good with some Rosemary in it. Why that would work for Fiddle Jam, I don't know but it just hit me. LOL

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
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Fiddlerman said

sunshineb said
........40 items on the 'completed' list now, and still counting.  I sell it locally throughout the rest of the year.   working on coming up with a recipe for 'fiddle jam'!!  -any suggestions??  ;)

 

I got the idea that a jam might be good with some Rosemary in it. Why that would work for Fiddle Jam, I don't know but it just hit me. LOL

That sounds more like Turkey Jam.

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Fiddlerman
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Well, I know that when I was eating sweet stuff, I had eaten Rosemary cakes and cookies and always loved them.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said

sunshineb said
........40 items on the 'completed' list now, and still counting.  I sell it locally throughout the rest of the year.   working on coming up with a recipe for 'fiddle jam'!!  -any suggestions??  ;)

 

I got the idea that a jam might be good with some Rosemary in it. Why that would work for Fiddle Jam, I don't know but it just hit me. LOL

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 @Fiddlerman ....yup, got it!!  cheerleader ....fantastic with lamb or venison.  but thinking it it would be outstanding on a nice cracker w/goat cheese & carpaccio too!  is that something like what you had in mind??  the 'PAUL ONION' Jam is very good with meat too.  ....made with really, really BIG onions!  ;)

 

 

"you make a living by what you earn, you make a life by what you give." ~winston churchill

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Fiddlerman
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Yeeeeee Haaaaaaaaa!!!!! I knew it. LOL

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