Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:13 AM
I went to LTI in Pennsauken, NJ to become a pc technician back when 386’s were the new thing.
Due to lack of “skill” as a techie I jumped into “operations” having gotten an associate in it. I did the rounds with DEC mainframes and the type of computer that fills a room (DEC2060). The unit didn’t have any lightening surge protection. I had to pull cards to keep the network from being fried during lighting storms. Rider University in those days was still known as Rider College.
I spent 7 years working for a medical center in central NJ just before “computer operations disappeared on the job map”. I decided I wanted to give it another try with becoming a “pc tech”. I went to Chubb Institute and got a crash course in doing so.
I had an offer from a friend to and relocated with whatever fit in my pickup truck and drove to Phoenix. I networked with a number of people and developed a friendship with a professional female gambler. I had the wheels and she had the ability to win enough to be able to pay our way for a trip to Vegas for a month. Eventually I landed a job during the fourth week of my vacation there and shortly thereafter moved to Vegas.
I lived in Vegas for two years and then decided to change careers. I enjoyed travel and decided to attend a college in Wisconsin for Travel Services. During that time, there was an opening for an internship program with Disney. I signed up and within two months was on my way to Orlando. Disney was awesome (not as much fun as Vegas) but still worth the time I spent in sunny Florida. I moved back to Wisconsin at the end of the internship.
I landed a job with CSC in Milwaukee yet wasn’t able to do the 12-8 shift anymore (previously worked 12-8 for 8 years in NJ). An offer came from BCBS (Blue Cross) north of Chicago so I hopped on their ship and rode it for 18 months. I got a good amount of experience working with them. In fact when I came back to DE companies were offering me 45-55K!
By the time I returned to DE/NJ about 8 years had passed in time. My father developed stage 4 cancer and so I took a break from computers and the working world to assist my parents with dealing with this cancer thing.
In any case, I’m not a total newbie. I have not yet tinkered with Vista Windows, but am sure that will change shortly.