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Old 09-01-2003, 01:16 AM
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What do you do for a living?

Hi all,

My earlier question about SL owners' ages got many interesting replies from folk - and seemed to be such a popular topic - that it has brought out the curiosity in me again.

So I wondered - what do other SL owners do for a living? Do we all fall into a neat job slot, or do some of us have off-the-wall occupations?

It would be a great topic to share.

So to start it all off, here's my job: As well as some business interests and investments, I write and publish 'how-to' books on marketing solely over the internet, and have been doing so for the last 10 years or so. I've sold over 300,000 - mainly in the last couple of years - and it's a growing, profitable business that runs on autopilot... leaving me plenty of time to ask these crazy questions on this forum

What about you?

Ken Silver
~1993 SL500, glistening triple black, xenons:
~1999 SLK 230 Kompressor, silver /black, CD, immaculate (my wife's)
~1991 Daimler, shiny grey / grey leather, best in country!
~ex 50SL, 230E, 280E, MX5 and a lot of other makes not nearly as nice.

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Old 09-01-2003, 08:35 AM
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Physician--family practice rather than neurosurgery, which means a 14-year-old 560SL rather than a new 500, which is ok because I actually like the 107 better; the 129 and newer seem too automatic. I also work part-time for my hospital on patient safety and patient care processes, and I may eventually figure out how that kind of interest might predispose me to MB addiction; fell in love with them in 1969 when my folks bought one, and bought one myself only 33 years later!
Craig Bethune

'97 SL500, 40th anniversary edition

'04 Olds Bravada (SWMBO's)
'06 Lexus ES330
'89 560SL (sold)

SL--Anything else is just a Mercedes.
(Kudos to whoever said it first)
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Old 09-01-2003, 09:12 AM
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Barrister--that is a court attorney in England. I wear one of those funny wigs and and a gown. I specialise in commercial and chancery disputes.
JJ Rodger
1999 SL 500
1993 320 TE
1986 500 SEC
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Old 09-01-2003, 11:26 AM
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Chartered Engineer. Which, because of the appallingly low value that the UK puts on its engineers means a 20 year old SL instead of a 2 year old one.

1983 380SL
1991 BMW 735iSE
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Old 09-01-2003, 11:51 AM
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Airline pilot.
Captain for American Airlines.
Been with American since Oct 1984 and have until June 29 2014 until I retire. We must retire at age 60.


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1970 220D, owned 1980-1990
1980 240D, owned 1990-1992
1982 300TD, owned 1992-1993
1986 300SDL, owned 1993-2004
1999 E300, owned 1999-2003
1982 300TD, 213,880mi, owned since Nov 18, 1991- Aug 4, 2010 SOLD
1988 560SL, 100,000mi, owned since 1995
1965 Mustang Fastback Mileage Unknown(My sons)
1983 240D, 176,000mi (My daughers) owned since 2004
2007 Honda Accord EX-L I4 auto, the new daily driver
1985 300D 264,000mi Son's new daily driver.(sold)
2008 Hyundai Tiberon. Daughters new car

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Old 09-01-2003, 01:22 PM
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Talking WORK??? Did that . . .

I retired last year, after eleven years as an "organizational repairperson" and quality improvement consultant for Boeing, teaching graduate-level college courses part-time for ten years, and practicing marriage and family therapy for seventeen years (my Ph.D. is in psychology).

Been thinking about getting a tattoo: "Born to Retire" (left upper arm so it would show when I drive the SL in a T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up)
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Old 09-01-2003, 10:33 PM
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I have a degree in theology and I was in the pastorial field for 20 years. Eleven of those spent in Swaziland and the Republic of South Africa. I am now Case Manager for a social services company in Los Angeles county. My company has many vocational programs for the developmentally challenged adults. My particular office runs an adult day recreational program. I handle the cases for 45 adults.

Enjoy your day and whoever you spend it with.
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Old 09-01-2003, 10:37 PM
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When I started about 15 years ago I was a "patent" attorney -- now I am an "intellectual property" attorney -- an industry with some insecurities-- I guess. Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights are what I do.

1986 560SL (52.5k miles) sold 11/24/04

1987 560sl (55.6k miles)
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Old 09-02-2003, 02:23 AM
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Electronics engineer, specialising in the combination of Medical and IT technology. Have been techno since the age of 3. I can't remember when I wasn't making something from batteries & bulbs and when I got really old, door bells!

Bedroom alarms, miniture lighting and modifying CBs featured in my great apprenticeship of early life.

Now it's all designing PCBs, and IT infrastructure - hence my interest in the SL's electronic systems - and still loads to learn

Bobw - have to agree with you on this one
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Old 09-02-2003, 09:30 AM
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Director of IT (Information Technology) for a large corp....been in IT for the last 22 years. Presently my time is spent on Strategic Planning, Contract Management and Information Protection.

At heart I'm an inventor and marketer. In 1980 I designed and succesfully marketed the first multi-angular suction cup radar detector winshield mount (what a mouthful). Also, the first coil power cord for radar detectors. This entailed everything from drafting and machining to importing and writing ad copy.

Ron Popeil (SP) is my

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Old 09-02-2003, 01:32 PM
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Corporate legal advisor, on the brink of retirement.

I paid my dues.
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Old 09-02-2003, 03:30 PM
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Former broadcaster and now a contract specialist at second largest telecommunications company in the country (and shrinking); the notorious one.

Born in 1939 to a DeSoto-Plymouth Dealership owner, I grew up around cars (and as a child and teen was totally loyal to DeSoto...I turned 21 and DeSoto disappeared at about the same time). Had my first Mercedes (a 1962 190Cb) in 1968 and have been smitten ever since (except for about a 23 year period of Cadillac fever). The Mercedes I have or had:

1962 190Cb Sedan
1962 220SEb Coupe
1966 230 Sedan
1980 300TD Wagon (still in possession)
1980 350SL euro (still in possession)
1983 300SD Sedan #1
1983 300SD Sedan #2
1984 190D Sedan (still in possession and my daily driver)
1985 500SEL Sedan (still in possession)
1994 S420 Sedan
Jim Sehl
'80 350SL
'80 300TD
'84 190D
'86 300E
'92 600SEL
'94 S420
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Old 09-02-2003, 03:50 PM
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My wife and I both work for FedEx. She is a technical writer and applications testing lead, and I'm a programmer analyst.

In a year or so when you get a FedEx delivery and the courier gives you a handheld device to sign...think of me...I'm on the software development team for the new device...
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Old 09-02-2003, 09:30 PM
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I am a retired industrial education teacher. Taught metalworking, woodworking, automotives, mechanical drawing, CAD, and photography over a 30 year period. I have been retired for four years and work part time for an animatronics company(LifeFormations) doing installs, repairs and project management.

Randy Starkie
Hamilton, Ohio

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... and about a dozen Volvos
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Old 09-03-2003, 12:02 AM
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Haven't heard from any lottery winners yet. Maybe the SL is not their car of choice
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