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Re: [at-l] Occupations
- Subject: Re: [at-l] Occupations
- From: Atcamel@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 16:00:07 EST
I'm an engineer by profession, like Wingfoot and Ray Jardine. My last
long-term job was in Saudi Arabia as a researcher for the state oil company
(hence the trail name Camel).
One of my previous jobs was for Space Shuttle and Space Station hardware. I
was a technical analyst for the Space Station water processor. We had to
process urine and shower water and turn it into drinking water. I also
worked on the infamous Space Station toilet. I was responsible for "odor
control". At least I could say their sh*#s don't stink!
The job after my thru hike only lasted a few months. I was threatened my
second week on the job. I decided that the crap and stress wasn't worth it.
My perspective on what I would take and what was important had changed after
my thru hike.
When I was in Saudi Arabia we talked about the two buckets - the cash bucket
and the crap bucket. When one of the buckets overflowed, you knew it was
time to leave Saudi Arabia. I think this philosophy works for a thru hike.
Of course, most people don't have an overflowing cash bucket. But, you can
save and live beneath your means to help the cause. I wanted to thru hike
when I was 20 but wasn't able to do it until I was 40.
The PCT may be in the cards for me this year. I'll extend my sabbatical for
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