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Old 03-17-2013, 07:46 PM
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What to do next.......???

I'm starting to think about what to do when I decide to lock my tool box up. At some point I'd like to walk away from my career and just get a job. I've been thinking of bartending. I can shoot the **** with the best of 'em, and I can stay on my feet all day long. I'm a bit weak in the wine department but I can figure it out.

Driving a limo has crossed my mind as well. I know the streets of New York City like the back of my hand. Airport runs, theatres, tourist stuff, etc., and I like driving. I've learned quite a bit about customer service in the last 25 years, so I doubt I'll have any problems dealing with difficult patrons (the answer is always YES!!!).

Anyone have any experience or thoughts?

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:11 PM
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Just so long as it's fun.

I have been getting involved in television production and so far it is a blast. Tons of details to work out over just the smallest production, and when I get a show in the can it is a greater feeling of accomplishment than I ever had when I was looking into a refinery fire or plotting out a new pipeline.

I have talked to a lot of Limo drivers. They can tell some weird tails, and when they work a high society wedding they get to sit around and enjoy the party like they are an invited guest.

One told me the worst tippers are the on the fringes of high society types. They have enough money to get into the right parties but never enough to leave a decent tip.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:25 PM
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Why not get an SBA loan and buy out an indy shop? Or buy a bar -- I've seen several for sale in NJ cheap, building and all, recently.

Screw working for someone else full-time with a sharp stick, unless you have enough bank in the bank to be able to tell them to fornicate their sisters while walking away any time you like.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:30 AM
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I tended bar and cooked all through college and off and on my first few years of teaching. Back at it sort of now as I'm involved with a nearby winery. Although I don't have to I sometimes like to get behind the bar in the tasting room and pour samples and BS with customers. In general, extensive wine knowledge isn't required to be a bartender, although it might be a plus in certain bars. I would think limo driving might have the same cash advantages bartending has. We get a lot of tours in the winery. The drivers tell me that after several stops the customers are happily buzzed and tip very well.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:55 AM
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I've always wondered about Limo Driving also - I'm not sure that I'd like wearing a suit everyday, but if the money is there... Are there no limo drivers on this forum ? even part time ones ? my impression is that you get your limo license(?) and start with a service- who fields calls and provides cars. IIRC sometimes the driver is responsible for cleaning the car at the end of the night- which may affect the working conditions. I'd fear that I might be distracted by what happens in the back seats....

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There is a member here with the handle "xlimodriver".
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:40 PM
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There is a member here with the handle "xlimodriver".
Beat me to it....

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/members/xlimodriver.html
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Actually - I play bartender at a friends bar when he is short staffed. Not going to lie - it is a blast, especially when you have a big group of people!
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:31 PM
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There is a member here with the handle "xlimodriver".
He's driven for some high profile musician-types. Bet he's got some stories to tell!
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Screw working for someone else full-time with a sharp stick, unless you have enough bank in the bank to be able to tell them to fornicate their sisters while walking away any time you like.
What kind of jobs are there that require a person to work full time with a sharp stick? Javelin toss in the Olympics?
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:26 PM
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Why not get an SBA loan and buy out an indy shop?..........

Thanks for the advice, but I'll be looking to lighten the load not add to it. After nearly forty years in the car biz the last thing I need is another sixty-plus hour a week headache! I've been doing that my entire adult life (FWIW, working for someone else isn't a bad deal as long as you're treated right )

Most folks spend the better part of their lives doin' what they gotta' do. I'd like to be able to do what I wanna' do while I'm still relatively young.

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