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  • #16
    Originally posted by L-1 View Post

    That one surprised me. Most law enforcement agencies down here have conflict of interest rules that prohibit sworn personnel from holding secondary employment, paid or not, in jobs involving the serving or sales of alcoholic beverages.
    I kind-of was living past the edge doing that, so, yeah...
    #32936 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police - 1975-10-27 / 2010-12-29
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    • #17
      I REALLY liked the Customer Shuttle / Parts Delivery driver job with the Chrysler dealer, as I kind-of like talking...to people. I was asked, and had no problem, with even picking up cut tree branches from the Dealer Principle's yard to bring back to the store to dump into the dumpster (his home was 1 block away from my home and further away from the store, so it was not a problem). The DP wanted me to re-organize the parts department (old building, needs to be replaced, which is apparently in the works), and I am kind-of into organizing stuff. Part of my duties was keeping the doorways clear of snow and ice, which, again, I did not mind doing. I was even willing to go out of town to exchange loaner vehicles with customers, or rescue clients before the tow truck arrived, and do so past the end of the business day, and had a key to lock the place up. I would certainly recommend it, as long as you do not have to work with an idiot that feels he can try to bully others; I was not cowered, but also was not going to stay and put up with it.

      I have no problem dealing with retail customers, for the most part; I HATE seeing customers wandering around with that look on their face of, "Now, where in the H e l l are those widgets, ffs?!", and it seems that no other staff are doing something as simple as greeting them, asking them if they need help, and taking them to where the widgets are, then I go back to being a warehouse troll.

      YMMV, and I fully admit that, since I am the only constant in my post-retirement work situations, I am not really fit for human consumption, but neither am I desperate and destitute. As long as my wife is happy with what I am doing, and I finally, kind-of, do as she asks / tells me to, I am good.
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      Proud Dad of #54266 - RCMP - 2007-02-12 to date
      RCMP Veterans Association - Regina Division member
      Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada - Associate (Retired) member
      "Smile" - no!

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      • #18
        Regarding mixing work and hobbies:

        Before law enforcement, I worked in the outdoors industry. I regularly spoke to people that loved to hunt, fish, shoot, etc. They came up with an idea for a better mousetrap, got a little entrepreneurial, and started making a living in the industry. Most complained to me that the demands of running a successful business (sales, marketing, accounting, and more) left them with little to no time to engage in the activity that initially brought them into the industry. I once spoke to the owner of a very successful up-and-coming firearms manufacturer that hadn't been able to visit the range or go hunting in over a year.

        Same with outfitters/guides; they loved hunting or fishing so much they figured they could make a living at it. Then they found out that most of the job was nothing but customer service in the woods or on the water. If they were successful, they rarely got time to hunt or fish themselves. Some even lost the passion for the sport after enough years.

        In short, be careful when you decide to turn your avocation into your vocation. There can be a very thin zone where you get to participate in a field you find interesting without dimming the interest that brought you to it in the first place.

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        • #19
          I still remember a high school guidance counselor telling us: "Don't make your hobby your career. If you do, what are you going to do on your time off?"

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          • #20
            I've thought about it and I can see myself working at Costco and not mind it. I love costco! I've also thought about going back to school and becoming an RN but I don't know if I want to deal with doctors every day. I diffenately don't want to do anything in law enforcement again.

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            • #21

              For many years I had a part time business buying, restoring and selling antique slot machines. (They are legal here in California) I had a three car garage as a workshop and showroom. At one point it was lined with 30 machines and looked like an old time casino.

              For someone who is mechanically inclined, the machines are not hard to fathom, were easy to restore and I got to travel the country and meet all sorts of people going to trade shows, auctions and to sell at antique shows.

              If you are handy with your hands you can find old things of any type to restore and sell. It will keep you busy, put some extra change in your pocket and feed whatever artistic need you might have.

              Of course with your Spanish speaking ability, you could serve as a volunteer at one of the service centers for illegals. (I'm going to run now before you shoot me.)
              Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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              • #22
                Originally posted by SHU View Post
                I've thought about it and I can see myself working at Costco and not mind it. I love costco! I've also thought about going back to school and becoming an RN but I don't know if I want to deal with doctors every day. I diffenately don't want to do anything in law enforcement again.
                You're not the first person to mention becoming a RN after retirement. I have a friend who's chief of a 200 officer department, close to retirement, planning on becoming a RN when he hands in his paperwork.

                QUESTION: what's the attraction? Four more years of schooling then 40 hours a week of what? I'll tell you what: bedpans and IVs and nads hanging out of medical gowns. Plus, I've spent more than a few nights in hospitals recently (family members under care) and it seems like RNs are the PFCs of the medical world.... doctors don't seem to give them much respect, and neither do the patients. I simply don't get why anyone would want to transition to nursing after 25 years of dealing with blood and teeth on the asphalt and body fluids from only God knows where....
                One day, lad, this will all be yours.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post

                  You're not the first person to mention becoming a RN after retirement. I have a friend who's chief of a 200 officer department, close to retirement, planning on becoming a RN when he hands in his paperwork.
                  .
                  I know a crap load of ex cops who are RN's and EMT/Paramedics

                  Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
                  QUESTION: what's the attraction? Four more years of schooling then 40 hours a week of what?
                  .
                  You can get an Associate Degree RN in less than 2 yrs...............

                  Many if not most larger hospitals have "Weekend" packages where you work 30 or so hours over a weekend and get paid for a full time job in the 60k price range

                  Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
                  like RNs are the PFCs of the medical world.... doctors don't seem to give them much respect, and neither do the patients.
                  .
                  I totally disagree.

                  Most doctors respect the nurses who REALLY take care of the patients. ESPECIALLY in the ER or ICU areas where the RN's are specialists

                  Most of the cops I know work in the Critical Care areas like ICU ER OR etc
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post

                    You're not the first person to mention becoming a RN after retirement. I have a friend who's chief of a 200 officer department, close to retirement, planning on becoming a RN when he hands in his paperwork.

                    QUESTION: what's the attraction? Four more years of schooling then 40 hours a week of what? I'll tell you what: bedpans and IVs and nads hanging out of medical gowns. Plus, I've spent more than a few nights in hospitals recently (family members under care) and it seems like RNs are the PFCs of the medical world.... doctors don't seem to give them much respect, and neither do the patients. I simply don't get why anyone would want to transition to nursing after 25 years of dealing with blood and teeth on the asphalt and body fluids from only God knows where....
                    I guess intellectual curiosity. When I went to college back in the early 90s I wanted to be a doctor. Things were going well until I got an organic chemistry class on Tuesday morning that interfered with my margarita Monday nights, so that was that. I still enjoy reading about medical stuff and listen to doctor radio on Sirius every morning driving to work. lol They get paid well and can work a 3/12 week. And I kind of look forward to the idea of going back to school. I think I'd be much better at it as a grown up. And the blood and stuff doesn't bother me.

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                    • #25
                      People do unpredictable stuff in retirement.

                      One of my doctors was a Professor of mathematics for many years at a state university. He retired, went to medical school and became a dermatologist. He just retired for a second time.
                      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                      • #26
                        I've thought about doing the RN thing too. Always had an interest in medicine/EMS, runs in my family. Good money and a 3 day work week sound pretty good to me! I'v also always wanted to be pilot, starting working on my license recently.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by hpclayto View Post
                          I've thought about doing the RN thing too. Always had an interest in medicine/EMS, runs in my family. Good money and a 3 day work week sound pretty good to me! I'v also always wanted to be pilot, starting working on my license recently.
                          I'd also love to be a pilot but the cost for the training and the awful schedule when your first starting out eliminates that option for me.

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                          • hpclayto
                            hpclayto commented
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                            Just depends on what you’re doing. It’s expensive for sure. I’m doing helos, fixed wing is much cheaper but still salty. Getting your private and then commercial licenses is one thing but to actually be qualified for most jobs you’ve gotta have a crapton of hours logged which is where the struggle comes from taking odd jobs and trying to survive.

                        • #28
                          I live in a state that's gone craft beer crazy. It's a beautiful thing.

                          Microbreweries are as ubiquitous as Subways. Almost every town has at least one. Some have several. My little town of 5,000 doesn't (yet).

                          There's an abandoned auto shop across from the hardware store for sale. Old brick building that's seen better days and would need some serious work but still has lots of character.

                          When I saw the local realtor recently posted it with signs saying "Great Microbrewery Location!", my wheels started turning....

                          Ratatatat Brewing Co.

                          Get a SBA loan. Fix up the old building. Install the brewing vats and a tasting area. Hire some hipsters who work at competitor breweries to make the swill.

                          I think it will have an 80s vibe. Will have lots of cultural references to the decade of fun, and a bunch of artifacts for people to admire like a Sony Walkman, an Apple II computer, and a VCR machine. 80s history must be preserved and enjoyed but there's reason why a museum can't offer suds and snacks, is there?

                          The music will be a mix of 80s metal and 80s Nu Wave. From AC/DC to the Violent Femmes and everything in between.

                          Even some old school rap. LL Cool J. Run DMC. Biz Markie. Just no 90s music. Any employee who asks to listen to Limp Bizkit and Korn gets terminated immediately.

                          I don't think I'd have a full restaurant. I have no interest in running a kitchen. I just want to make beer. But there will be more to eat than just chips and nuts. Probably would offer little trays with stuffed olives and smelly cheeses and fancy meats. Maybe some wild game jerky. Finger food that meshes good with craft beer.

                          And the beer would be different than what most microbreweries offer. Instead of IPAs and stouts and porters, I'd focus more on lighter, less hoppy beers. And more sour beers, like the many gose styles. Wild concoctions with crazy ingredients, like an Icelandic moss, spruce tips and coriander Leipzig gose. Or a sea salt, melon rind and cucumber kettle sour. Hopefully I wouldn't drink it all and there'd be some left to sell....




                          One day, lad, this will all be yours.

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                          • #29
                            Well, at the risk of pointing out the obvious, when you get to the point of retirement, and then go back to a post-retirement job, you really ought to do something that you like to do. If you "have a fire in your belly" for it, better yet.

                            I know a number of retired cops. A few of the more common cop related retirement jobs are:

                            -Airport Police(Part Time) MSP MAC has folks that work a four on/eight off schedule. Essentially they are near the TSA check points.

                            -Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Division. (Full Time)

                            -Court Security Officer for United States Marshals Service. (Often starts PT with the option to go FT.)

                            -Court security for a local sheriff's office. (Often Part Time)

                            -Get a state job for another pension. (Often investigative related, but sometimes traffic safety related. Often related to a specialty learned in pre-retirement work.)

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                            • #30
                              Originally posted by Jim1648 View Post

                              -Court security for a local sheriff's office. (Often Part Time)

                              -Get a state job for another pension. (Often investigative related, but sometimes traffic safety related. Often related to a specialty learned in pre-retirement work.)
                              I had to wait 4 months after "retirement" in order to start my job with the sheriff's office because the job is covered by the same retirement system that I am getting a check from each month. They have a rule about the 4 month lay off.

                              I have almost 8 yrs on the SECOND pension account with Iowa IPERS...................When I hang up THIS uniform the pension system will cut me a check for whatever the full amount of my benefit is rather than figure a new second pension . CASH.......

                              Originally posted by Jim1648 View Post
                              Well, at the risk of pointing out the obvious, when you get to the point of retirement, and then go back to a post-retirement job, you really ought to do something that you like to do. If you "have a fire in your belly" for it, better yet.
                              I ran into a former coworker from my prison job yesterday when I was still in uniform. He retired a couple years after I did as a Major. He reminded me that retirement means not working......................I told him that I was doing something that I really enjoyed & I just wasn't ready to stop working & if I was going to work I was going to do something that was fun.

                              I really do work with a great group of guy/gals in the Sheriff's Office...................my division is all retired LEO's Between the 5 of us we have about 180 yrs of service in Corrections or LE............I retired as a Lieutenant, 1 retired as a Sgt, 1 retired as a deputy but was also an Army Reserve Major. One retired as a Prison Counselor Supervisor and the last retired as Police officer but was an Iowa National Guard Command Sgt Major


                              Last edited by Iowa #1603; 12-23-2018, 01:16 PM.
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                              My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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