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Old 10-25-2006, 10:42 PM   #1
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What do you do?

As i was reading the "what type of watch do you wear" thread and seeing that some of your watch collections cost more than my familys house, i started wondering "what in gods name do these people do for a living"

so basically i'm 20 years old now and i'm a waiter at TGI FRIDAYS in westburry NY and i'm working 6 days (50hours) a week to be able to afford my Boxster, i apparently need to egt into whatever fields of work that some of you people are in so...

let us know (and give me some direction in life haha)
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I think you are looking for this....
http://986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=550&highlight=occupation
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:54 PM   #3
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thats the one lol, thanks

looks like being an IT guy is the way to go!
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:21 AM   #4
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thats the one lol, thanks

looks like being an IT guy is the way to go!
yap...being in the IT field is the way to go. I started as the last person in the assembly line counting PC board, sheetmetal, and screws...10 years later, SUpervisor of the IT Engineering support in one of the biggest insurance in the nation, got my self a 4Bed w/1 1/2 bath townhouse, 99' Boxster, 03' C230 and a very happy wife

....but you have mentioned you are in 20's...IMHO, get into medical field...be a Pharmacy Tech or Medical Assistant or anything that's in the medical field
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:09 AM   #5
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As i was reading the "what type of watch do you wear" thread and seeing that some of your watch collections cost more than my familys house, i started wondering "what in gods name do these people do for a living"

so basically i'm 20 years old now and i'm a waiter at TGI FRIDAYS in westburry NY and i'm working 6 days (50hours) a week to be able to afford my Boxster, i apparently need to egt into whatever fields of work that some of you people are in so...

let us know (and give me some direction in life haha)
I mean this with the best of intent... In my opinion, a Porsche is not a vehicle you want to stretch for unless you plan to have a warranty the entire period of ownership or extra money for repairs. Look through this forum and you'll find posts on the typical repairs and concerns with Boxsters. This is not a cheap vehicle to maintain/repair and if you are one of the unlucky few, an engine replacement can cost $12k-$15k.
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I don't mean to sound like anyone's dad, but a 20 year old working at a restaurant has no business driving a Boxster if you ever want to get anywhere in life. You should be putting your money to better use -- either saving and investing, or spending it on college (which is another type of investment).

If I had bought a Boxster when I graduated high school, I'd have..... a 6 year old Boxster! Instead, I put my money into school (ok-- and alcohol!), and at 24, I have a Boxster (non-S) that I purchased used, which is parked in my brand-new 5, 3.5 bedroom house. And I'm far from house-poor or car-poor. I'm not trying to brag; just pointing out the difference that can be made by delaying your automotive dreams until you've accomplished a few other things financially.

Not to say buying a Boxster young is a bad idea in general. Had I not bought a Boxster before meeting my wife, I'd probably be driving an Acura TL or something right now.

Oh, but to answer your original question, I'm a statistician for the financial services industry.
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:42 AM   #7
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good point there DAD! j/k
you are right...i promised my wife and 3 kids (1 in college, 1 in H/S & 1 in 2nd grade) that I would get them a house w/ their own room before I could buy one of my dream car (Porsche and M/B) I'm 38 now...for the longest time, total of 10 years, I've driven a Mercury Villager Van...215k miles to be exact before i gave it to one of the college kid that i know. It was worth it...now everytime i go home and open the garage...there's always a smile on my face...good point there Yellow! I post my garage below


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I don't mean to sound like anyone's dad, but a 20 year old working at a restaurant has no business driving a Boxster if you ever want to get anywhere in life. You should be putting your money to better use -- either saving and investing, or spending it on college (which is another type of investment).

If I had bought a Boxster when I graduated high school, I'd have..... a 6 year old Boxster! Instead, I put my money into school (ok-- and alcohol!), and at 24, I have a Boxster (non-S) that I purchased used, which is parked in my brand-new 5, 3.5 bedroom house. And I'm far from house-poor or car-poor. I'm not trying to brag; just pointing out the difference that can be made by delaying your automotive dreams until you've accomplished a few other things financially.

Not to say buying a Boxster young is a bad idea in general. Had I not bought a Boxster before meeting my wife, I'd probably be driving an Acura TL or something right now.

Oh, but to answer your original question, I'm a statistician for the financial services industry.
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I COULD buy a $5K watch today.

How insane would that be?
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that my friend is "INSANE"...ahahahahaha!

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How insane would that be?
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As i was reading the "what type of watch do you wear" thread and seeing that some of your watch collections cost more than my familys house, i started wondering "what in gods name do these people do for a living"

so basically i'm 20 years old now and i'm a waiter at TGI FRIDAYS in westburry NY and i'm working 6 days (50hours) a week to be able to afford my Boxster, i apparently need to egt into whatever fields of work that some of you people are in so...

let us know (and give me some direction in life haha)
Unfortunately, the watch thread seems to perpetuate the typical stereotype for a Porsche owner.... More concerned with status than substance.

Yes, there are some people on this board with serious money - but most are just car enthusiasts like yourself. Some stretched for it - others bought it with no problems what so ever.

I do have to agree with YellowJacket. Stretching for a car is about the worst thing you can do. Stretch for a house? Maybe. Car? Never.

I know quite a few people in the service industry who are back in college or going to college for the first time. It won't guarantee a wealthy future - but it's a whole lot more likely than the road you're on right now. You're already a hard worker - the next step just involves finding something you want to do, the motivation to go after it, and the discipline to keep your eyes on the prize. You'd be amazed at how far a good work ethic and good attitude will take you in a field with room for advancement.

Have you spoken with your manager about advancement and/or your goals? It could really help. I have one friend who started as a waiter, became a bartender, moved up to manager, and now is the regional manager for 7 restaurants. I guarantee he's making 6 figures. My best friend skipped college and apprenticed as a pipe fitter/welder at around your same age and now makes serious cash. The common thread was they each had a goal and worked towards it....

I don't know if any of this will help - but I do admire your asking the question.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:21 AM   #11
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I wear a Breitling for Sport and a Rado for Dress, both of them good watches...

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someone sent me this quote 11 years ago...just passing the torch

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Hey so do I and I also have a 99! I wonder if there is a relationship there between a Breitling and a 99 Boxster. Where are all those statisticians when you need them
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...I wonder if there is a relationship there between a Breitling and a 99 Boxster...
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Simply that they are men of refinement and taste...

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Have you spoken with your manager about advancement and/or your goals? It could really help. I have one friend who started as a waiter, became a bartender, moved up to manager, and now is the regional manager for 7 restaurants. I guarantee he's making 6 figures. My best friend skipped college and apprenticed as a pipe fitter/welder at around your same age and now makes serious cash. The common thread was they each had a goal and worked towards it....

I guess i should have mentioned, restaurant is not my "ultimate goal". I recently hurt my foot (medical discharge from the marine corp) and am waiting on a surgury, but in the meantime im also on the waiting list for both the NYFD and NYPD, so i'll definatly be out of the restaurant soon enough.

Just looking for some alternate career options

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If you could afford it, why not?

I can afford it. I simply don't get the point. I can think of plenty of other things I would value more than a $5K watch.
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I guess i should have mentioned, restaurant is not my "ultimate goal". I recently hurt my foot (medical discharge from the marine corp) and am waiting on a surgury, but in the meantime im also on the waiting list for both the NYFD and NYPD, so i'll definatly be out of the restaurant soon enough.

Just looking for some alternate career options

01slowbox, you sound like a hard worker. Thanks for protecting our great country, too!

Choose a career that you have passion for! This will prove most rewarding...in more ways than just financial.
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That is one kick %#@ watch though....
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