Life before brown

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by DS, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Theres a lot of ways to make a living,I'm curious what job everyone had before enlisting .
    I spent 10 years working at a record(cd) distributor working for $12.50 an hour,and one day I got talkin to the ups guy and asked him how he was able to come back when we weren't ready one day, and he said, we get credit for what we do.I said HUH or EH? anyways I went in and asked for $15 an hour and they said no,So I applied at ups at 35 years old and I'm now an 18 year vet.Before I worked selling cd's I drove a 350 chevy van delivering coffee to macdonalds.
    I single handedly ripped out the old brine tubing at the hockey rink in Banff Alberta when it was being redone.
    This is still the weirdest job I ever had.
    What did YOU do before you turned brown?
  2. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    wow ds, how many years have you drove for. Starting at 35 can be rough, but not as bad as how many years do you think you will keep on going...or a better question is when would you be able to retire if you could?
  3. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

    I had a job in Ketchum Idaho (read Sun Valley) making ski goggles. I got fired for singing Beach Boy songs. Swear to God. Still like the Beach Boys, won't wear their stupid goggles. Another job coding birth certificates for the State of California. Talk about boring. Then got a PT job w/UPS when the part timers were still earning the same hourly wage as the full timers. (How many people remember that?) So I didn't really have to work another job unless I wanted to. Nice.
  4. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    I have driven professionally in some capacity or another for almost 16 yrs. Long haul and local trucking, garbage trucks, courier, and 6 yrs for 2 different school districts. Tractor/trailers (trailers- flatbeds, drop decks, possum belly's, live bottoms, rib-beds, dry boxes 45' 48' 53', refers, resi garbage trucks, school busses, right down to my own personal vehicle as a courier. I have even delivered flowers. I guess driving is in my blood. I doubt that I will ever get out of it.
  5. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    ? what beach boys song :censored2: them off?
  6. DS

    DS Fenderbender

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  7. MonavieLeaker

    MonavieLeaker Bringin Teh_Lulz

    Last job I had was working for a bolt/nut supply.....I regret getting fired as it was a decent paying f/t job but Ive put in almost 8 yrs at ups so im not giving that up for nothing :happy-very:
  8. rod

    rod retired and happy

    What did you get fired for------------------screwing around?:happy2:
  9. PassYouBy

    PassYouBy Unknown Acrobat

    I worked at a local Honda/Kawasaki motorcycle/ATV shop for 13 years. In those years I did delivery, mechanic and was the Service Manager.Worked three jobs while working preload. I also mowed yards after I got off from the MC dealership.

    Pre-Load = 5:30 AM - 9:00-9:30 AM
    Motorcyle Dealership = 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Mowed yards = 5:30 PM - Whenever it got dark!

    Plus, I have a family to take care of and I was not gonna be able to do it @ $10.00 per hour for 4 hours a day!

    Now only working at UPS, I now get to sleep :)
  10. Fnix

    Fnix Active Member

    Started at UPS fresh out of highschool 2 years ago. The only job I had before it was at a fast food place after schoo.
  11. Storm723

    Storm723 Preload Supervisor

    UH OH.....LMAO!!..... what is schoo ???

    (I know what it is but...after reading the entire post...I couln't help myself...LOL)
  12. sealbasher

    sealbasher Member

    i started driving an 18 ton roller when i was 16,dad got me the job Miller Paving,then roofer,then hole digger,then roofer again,then started at ups 17 years ago,been drinking since then,now taw going on 2 months.
  13. Lobofan5

    Lobofan5 New Member

    1. Contract Security Account Representative.
    2. Social worker
    3. Homeless hotline operator (I swear)
    4. Stay at home mom
    5. Aquatic Director YMCA
    6. Part time UPS for the last 3 years.

    1-6 covers from 1991 to now.
  14. rod

    rod retired and happy

    paperboy - 4th grade.
    paperboy and work at mink ranch shoveling mink poo - 5th & 6th grade.
    work with Dad at his typewriter shop (way before computers) - next 6 yrs.
    work at machine shop in Rockford, Ill. -18 months.
    drafted into Army Mar 68 - Feb 70.
    college -smoke a little wacky weed-drinking excesively ---1 year---I had a little catching up on my youth to do. Fun while it lasted:wink2:
    UPS Feb. 71 to June 2001.
    Screw off - rest of life:peaceful: ----
  15. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    97-01 worked in a warehouse night shift, supervised for last 6 months. 13.50./hr

    01-02 worked doing PC repair/housecalls, made 24/hr + driving expenses

    Jan 02 started UPS P/T, and worked doing PC repair in '02.

    03-06 landscaped (12/hr), started teaching drums for a few students (30/hr) and UPS

    06' UPS F/T, and 3 regular students right now.
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    1979-80 College (christmas bulb factory during summer)
    1981-89 USAF (also finished college)
    1989-now UPS
  17. MonavieLeaker

    MonavieLeaker Bringin Teh_Lulz

    I honestly dont remember might have been staffing maybe I was a good employee always on time never took off

    BLACKBOX Life is a Highway...

    1) First job gas jockey at Chevron-this was the time when you pulled up and we checked everything and cleaned everything even if you put a couple of dollars gas. Gas was .35 cents a gal.

    2) Warehouse forklift operator for a retail store.

    3) Started UPS part-time 1981 progressed to full time and package driver since...

    In between have been going to comm. college, too hard going to school and working full time...I was burnt out so I chose to work.
  19. SoyFish

    SoyFish Member

    UPS is my first real job >_>
  20. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Worked in a bowling center during high school, peeled the bark off trees for a logging operation in northern WI during a couple of summers, worked in a couple of print shops as a press operator and then manager, moved to Houston and worked in a couple of grocery distributors managing the in-house printshops for both, moved back to WI and started at UPS as a seasonal driver in May, 1988 gained senoirity in 1989.