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Jan. 19, 2010
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Just Curious!
Please forgive me if I am being too forward or personal. However, I am curious about the variety of jobs or professions in which many of you find yourselves out in the real world. That is, when you're not being heroes on the softball fields.

Part of my questioning has to do with the prolifiration of players in certain parts of the country, while in others, players are scarce. for example, here in the Bham metro area we have one league with about 8 teams. 4 teams play on Tuesday night and 4 play on Thursday morning.

Does location play a major role; is it purely genetic or does profession play a part in it?
Or, all of the above?

I am a former postal employee and Baptist minister. What about you, I may ask?
Jan. 19, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4364 posts
In my area the PO workers and teachers out number any other. But the range is from one end to the other in reality for the others within league and tourney ball.
Jan. 19, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Here in So Cal,......well if you know anything of Cal you know the rest of the story. The different professions are endless, the stream of people coming and going is also endless, which gives us a very large pool to draw from.
People find the time necessary to participate in whatever their chosen hobby maybe.
I own an Automotive business. With emphasis on HotRods/StreetRods and Classics
Jan. 19, 2010
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
In Indiana, we also draw from many vocations and professions. Some retired, some retired and working part time, and others continuing to work in their chosen fields. I am a teacher.
Jan. 19, 2010
Omar Khayyam
994 posts
Southpaw, I think it is mainly vocational. Most of our league players (we play during the day three days a week and evening once a week) are retired. Of the younger guys still working, most are self-employed who get out to the field of a morning. We have some postal workers with flex shifts, some skilled workers (plumbers, electricians, etc.) who can work around softball and aren't interested in 40 hours a week, and yes, we have ministers and priests! The Lord provides (but not on tournament teams on Sundays)!
Jan. 19, 2010
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
Steve, down here in P'cola we have court judges, lawyers, college professors, law enforcement and firefighters and all the other vocations listed. I myself, 1,retired Naval Officer, 2, Environment/Safety Specialist retired from International paper
Jan. 19, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1975 posts
I'm outside sales for a company here in NM, but i see all walks of life out there-even unemployed. Gary Johnson-exgovernor of NM and possible presidential candidate used to play here in the 80's.
Jan. 19, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2650 posts
We seem to have an abnormally high number of postal workers on our teams here in Marietta.
As for me, I've go 41 years with Avaya Communications. Actually Avaya has only been around for 5 years but my senority with Southern Bell, American Bell, AT&T and Lucent Technologies count towards the 41.
Jan. 19, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Airbosn, a Squid? =)
Jan. 20, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1975 posts
E4/E6 you sound like ex-Marine. That's what we called them when I was in the Marines.
Jan. 20, 2010
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
E4/E6 Absolutely...BTW, Never a ex-Marine, always a former Marine.
Jan. 20, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1975 posts
I caught that after I posted--nice call!
Jan. 20, 2010
terryspears
Men's 55
38 posts
Retired Army, currently Corporate Office Manager in Pensacola, FL.
Jan. 20, 2010
stick8
1283 posts
Here in Michigan we're in the land of the mostly unemployed. Having worked in sales with primarily automotive accounts for a number I could see the current economic crisis coming 5 or 6 years ago. That old saying of something that is too good to be true isn't true definitely applied to the automotive industry. Now I dabble into several part time jobs where I'm my own boss--all of which add up to one full time income. Working for a big company may have it's advantages but as fast as they hire you they can turn around and sh-tcan you at the drop of a dime.
Jan. 20, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
We used to pull security for Marines, =)
I am a Boonierat (Army) 11B. UVN 68/69.


Jan. 20, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3932 posts
well here in Tyler,tx(we 3 or 4 teams depending)its a mix of jobs for the players.myself am retired from civil service(electronics tech)working for the army first(9 yrs) than finishing with the navy(13 yrs),with a 4.5 yr postal stint(haven't had my mandatory postal blowup yet so watch out,LOL,so southpaw u waiting too,LOL).
Jan. 20, 2010
OTE24
Men's 65
122 posts
John,
Went to the same school 68/69.
Are you guys playing in Anny on the 31st?
southpaw,the league/tourney options in SoCal are endless. You can play somewhere everyday of the week if you want to deal the traffic. Retired this
year from the PO.
John
Jan. 20, 2010
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
DALLAS AREA-- day league players ( starts march) are mostly retired, or self employed business owners that can get a away for 2-3 hrs. nite league- about half are retired, the other half are self employed, or guys that that work during the day, and can play at nite. me- retired 3 yrs from a large natl electrical distributor ( GRAYBAR ELECTRIC ). WORKED THERE 41 YRS IN LA, VAN NUYS,CA. AND FINALLY DALLAS. (RETIREMENT IS NOT "OVER-RATED, I DONT MISS WORKING ! ). 4 YRS IN THE NAVY, A LONG,LONG TIME AGO. FRANK
Jan. 20, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
John
Yes, at this time we are going to be in Anaheim. We are also looking at Temecula later next month for a tune up before Mesquite.
Jan. 20, 2010
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Thanks to everyone who has responded; all very interesting. Hope others will inform us as well. Not really a concensus, I guess, but I am sure that we are all quite thankful that we are so fortunate.

Of course, the South is known for its high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart problems. When I first tried to put together a 50/0ver team, I call more than 70 guys whom I had competed with or against over the years. Only 2 were physically able to play. Very sad.

On the other hand, our little senior league this past spring had one player who was 80! He was engaged to be married--could not remove the smile off his face!
Jan. 20, 2010
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Mad Dog: true story--Years ago, my 16 year old daughter was finally persuaded by her friends to have a blind date. When he arrived, something about him struck me the wrong way. She was not quite ready, so I stepped out on the front porch and greeted him. Shook his hand and squeezed it as hard as possible. I asked him whether or not my daughter or her friends had told him about me. No, he stuttered, and back away from me. Well, I just want you to know: I am a Vietnam veteran, I work for the post office, and I am a baptist preacher. You, young man get to decide which one you want to deal with. I stepped back in the house, closed the door, and called for my daughter. She came down the stairs, opened the door and saw that he was in his truck, backing out of the driveway! Surprisingly, she thanked me, because she really did not want to go with him anyway!!

Please feel free to use any or all of my (Threat) declaration, if the situation warrants. Thanks
Jan. 20, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
302 posts
My three Major professions were Police Chief, professional archer (couldn't make enough to buy a coke) and Aircraft Windshield Design Engineer.
Retired in 2003 and went back consulting in 2005, just missed getting to design and test windows by shooting chickens at them at speeds up to Mach 1. They make a really big mess at any speed over 180 knots. Seeing more and more bird strikes as the airports are mostly surrounded by water and sanctuaries. Wonder when PETA will start telling the Pilots to stop hitting them and start avoiding the collisions. A bird in the windshield can be just as dangerous as those that got into the engines on the US Air flight but if the windshield fails you may not have a pilot to save the plane.
God Bless,

The Hitman #13
Jan. 20, 2010
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Hey Jim, now let me see if I have this progression correct. Archer, then chicken chunker, and now softball pitcher! No wonder you are so accurate! Take care, Steve
Jan. 20, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Steve, dont forget he went from bullets to arrows to chickens to softball. =)

Hitman, have you ever heard the name Darold Bell, owns Aircharft Windshield Refurbishing here in Calif.
Claims to have designed and fabricated the first Production Jet Canopy for the military.
Jan. 20, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
302 posts
Southpaw,
I can't believe you missed the opporunity to throw in BS Chunker but I don't want to compete in that contest. If I was as accurate with my pitches as I was with arrows and bullets, you would really be in trouble.
Looking forward to the early tourney on the 27th. Hope all is well with you and family.

E4/E6,
I don't him personally but have heard and know about his Company, I'm sure some of the folks in our recently purchased west coast plant know him.
We have the fastest chickens in the WORLD when they exit the end of our cannon, (40 foot barrel with 10 inch bore. Max speed about 730 MPH. No time to duck or play chicken (-:

The Hitman #13
Jan. 20, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Thawed or frozen? =)
Jan. 20, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3932 posts
otay hitman,now i know where micky D's gets their chicken strips and nuggets, DOH LOL.
Jan. 20, 2010
hitman
Men's 65
302 posts
Always thawed otherwise we might as well use Rocks, just like softballs when they are frozen very hard. Rectal stick at 70 degrees F +/-5. In the south in the middle of the summer they smell, very, very RIPE!!!!!!!
NO! NO! strips or nuggets, cream of chicken purree!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan. 21, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1975 posts
I swear that I though frozen chickens could fly!!!! WKRP Cincinnati
Jan. 21, 2010
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
"Rick and Bubba" (radio personalities) make frozen turkeys fly in Bham every Thanksgiving.
Jan. 22, 2010
Wes
Men's 65
311 posts
Architect--69 and still working
Wes
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