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    I started out the same way. Got a credit card and would buy something nice then pay it off. Well then I bought an engagement ring, then a week long honeymoon then stuff for an apartment, then bought a house, then crap for the house, then a car for her and finally a new truck for me. I consolidated all the big credit cards down to a personal loan and paid off the little ones but still 75% of my monthly income (and I make decent pay) toward all the big bills but have 22 more payments before the smallest one now will be paid off. I'm thinking of trying to pick up something else to do in the evening (I'm salary now and get off work around 3-4 each day and my wife has to work late or go to school late) since I'm sitting home kind of bored now. Anyone need any part time work in OH in IT or electronics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    did I hear you say at the meet that you were moving to nashville? is that final? Did you get a better job there?

    and any luck getting them to pay for your move?
    My parents are from Nashville, and I grew up there. I changed my "home address" on monster.com and amazingly I got huge amounts of hits on my resume. I talked to a guy today about a job up there and I have an interview on friday

    We'll see if they impress me at the interview, because the guy didnt make the job sound like a whole lot of fun.

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    yup ... that was me.

    hopefully the interview goes well (or another one comes up).

    All my contacts in nashville are in the music industry. my company has an office in franklin, but it's not big enough to need any IT staff (I support it). If you're interested in doing non-it work I can see if there's something though. we're a HVAC controls company.
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    actually let me rephrase ... ONE of those guys was me ... not sure if it was the me you're thinking of

    I had the silver jeep ... the guy with the two rather thuggish looking guys following me around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    the guy with the two rather thuggish looking guys following me around.
    Bodyguards, Jake? Or brothers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R32 JUhl
    Bodyguards, Jake? Or brothers?
    both I think

    believe it or not they're my 'little' brothers. Dad always said they'd be bigger than me one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    both I think

    believe it or not they're my 'little' brothers. Dad always said they'd be bigger than me one day.
    Are they for rent?

    "Little" brothers, huh? I hope you weren't too mean to them when they were growing up!

    You mentioned you're in the HVAC controls biz earlier... home or car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R32 JUhl
    "Little" brothers, huh? I hope you weren't too mean to them when they were growing up!
    Oh I was. But either they have forgotten or let it slide because I toughened them up. I'm still smarter though.

    Quote Originally Posted by R32 JUhl
    You mentioned you're in the HVAC controls biz earlier... home or car?
    I'm actually in the IT biz ... supporting the networks/PCs for a few offices across the southeast. The company I work for though does commercial HVAC controls. We don't actually run ductwork or install units, someone else does that, we install and program the controls for those units (and controls for security, fire, etc). But I don't know much about HVAC ... I just keep the network up (and browse forums when I should be working)

    We do have an automotive division ... but they build seats and interriors (your Golf probably has our seats ... errr ... had) ... and we have a battery division (we own optima, diehard, etc) ... I get optimas at about $50-$70 each I'm limited to buying two a year though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    I'm still smarter though.
    That was the impression I got.

    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    I'm actually in the IT biz ... supporting the networks/PCs for a few offices across the southeast. The company I work for though does commercial HVAC controls. We don't actually run ductwork or install units, someone else does that, we install and program the controls for those units (and controls for security, fire, etc)..
    So I'm asssuming your company would have the means to repair commercial HVAC systems? We need help, at "the center".

    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    But I don't know much about HVAC ... I just keep the network up (and browse forums when I should be working).
    Sounds familiar.


    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    We do have an automotive division ... but they build seats and interriors (your Golf probably has our seats ... errr ... had) ...
    Maybe the normal Golf seats? The R32 is a completely different beast.

    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    and we have a battery division (we own optima, diehard, etc) ... I get optimas at about $50-$70 each I'm limited to buying two a year though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatO
    The most empowering thing you can have is independance. There's a magic number I've heard in various circles - save up enough money to live for 4 months. Anyone can get a job in 4 months - even a capable out of work software programmer. Bring that in to work with you one day. You begin to laugh at the piddly things your boss asks you to do. Brush off the things the office suckup tells you that you are doing wrong. That's not to say I'm looking to get fired - it's just empowering to think that I could leave at a moments notice and walk around the office, pointing my finger and saying "**** you... **** you... you're cool... **** you... **** you..."

    I agree with this 100%. The best job I ever had (and was promoted into management in the end) was working for a company that knew that I could leave at a moments notice. While I was not looking to get fired either I also did not put up with a lot of the crap that most do (because they "have to have" the job). We have 6mo of expenses saved up, we own our home (it is paid off 100%) and we have 2 paid off vehicles. Our debt at this moment is $0 and I am planning on keeping it this way. We have 1 credit card (which is locked in the safe unless something really bad happens) and a debit card that we use from time to time. Mainly it is a cash only thing though. When we started out (5 years ago) we had $6000 in debt (wifes credit cards) and over $20,000 in student loans (both of us). Bottom line I fought to pay off the credit cards (and then I burned them) and we fought and paid off the student loans.

    Bottom line if you can get out of working paycheck - paycheck you will be better off. (and many live paycheck to paycheck without thinking about it because the credit card debt can alwasy be paid off later).

    Just thought I would chime in a bit with my .02 (and we all know what thats worth :>)

    And the funny part about this is I am now unemployeed (company shut down 3 mo. ago and laid off 98% of the workers) and we are living better now then we have in the past (because of the way we live). I am back in school (again) and hoping when I graduate with this degree (criminal justice) that it helps even more.

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