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  1. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozone drone View Post
    Since June 1972...... Coming up on 37 years.
    Lord knows what I'd be doing if I responded to a different matchbook ad ???

    (That's a joke kids ... back in the olden days all the Correspondence schools advertised on matchbook covers....... "Be A Locksmith!! ... Contact the Nurdlinger School of Locksmithing")
    I remember those matchbooks. I'm getting old.
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  2. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    I remember those matchbooks. I'm getting old.
    Do those type of matches still exist?

  3. #29
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    13 years for me.,

  4. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by zzonko View Post
    Do those type of matches still exist?
    I haven't used matches for so many years now.
    I don't know if they still advertise in them or not.
    The Bic lighter may have stopped that.
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  5. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocHVAC View Post
    Damn he even beats me, I'm only at 40 years.
    There DocH and u thought you was the oldest living man on the internet j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    yep what I said...........his only competition is BigBird and Benny......but hey Benny put the HVAC in the Mayflower.................And Big Bird........ was Noah's Apprentice..........
    LMAO Roscoe. Birds gonna get you

  7. #33
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    By accident in 1969 I signed up for a Refrigeration and AC VoTech class. I thought I was going to learn how to fix appliances. Had a great instructor, sure am glad I didn't become a washing machine repairman, no offense to the "Maytag Man", I just think this is a more interesting and challenging field. Was a refer tech. in the army after that, but my first civilian HVAC job was in 1973
    Anything I say here is only my opinion. Even if you understood what I said.... What I said may not even be what I meant.

  8. #34
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    I'm in yr 33 now and still enjoying it. The advances keep it interesting.

    I started with an aptitude test in high school that showed I would do good at this trade. So two years of Vo-Tech in high school and two years of theroy
    at the local university and some RSES training. I got my first job as a service man and told do not leave the job until it works. Man that made for some long days.

  9. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrL_Brann View Post
    22 years,almost 23.I have been in service for 12 years.I rode with my dad every so often with my dad before that starting at 6 years old.I along with others on here I am sure was raised in this field.
    Same here...21 years almost 22. Dad taught me most of what I know. I am convinced he is still holding some back, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    Yep same here........That's called Indentured Slavery.....................



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    Yup!!

    Quote Originally Posted by jimj View Post
    I started out at $.50 per hour.
    You were paid!!!!???!!! I've been robbed!!!

    Wouldn't trade the experience for the world, though...I love my Dad dearly and it will be a sad day indeed when he passes.....From what he says though, that won't be for awhile!!

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    Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency - F. Leghorn

    Ain't I a stinker - B. Bunny

    \m/ (>.<) \m/ ROCK HARD!!

  10. #36
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    I'm not even in the running with 15 years...............

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    [QUOTE=ball a/c;2153672]I started working as a trim out man, putting on grills, stats, hooking up gas lines and starting up furnaces. The company did mostly RNC work. I would trim out four houses each day. This was in 1961.
    I started our company in 1964.
    All this said, Ive been working in this industry for 48 years.

    WoW 48 years.

    Do we have any 50yr or greater.
    If you help others then you are a Success

  12. #38
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    24 years, not sure how that happened as I still feel like the young guy on the job.
    Live each day like it is your last, for one day you will be right!

  13. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimj View Post
    I started out at $.50 per hour.
    Bragger

    I've been in it 33 yrs and still don't make that much

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