What does your significant other do?

Beautiful flowers - Flowers that my boyfriend brought me home from work. So pretty. Especially those lilies.
United States
April 30, 2007 12:36pm CST
I have been with my boyfriend for five and a half years. We met in college, so his career choice was no surprise to me. When people ask him what he does for a living, they often get weirded out by his response. He is a funeral director. It doesn't bother me that that's what he does. Someone has to do it. The cons to him being a funeral director are the long hours or odd hours he has to work. His on call nights can be calm or crazy. He may not get woken up or he might get woken up every few hours. The pros to having him be a funeral director are almost always having lovely flowers around the house. He often brings them home since most of them just get thrown out. Today he brought me home two huge vases of them!
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@amydawn11 (906)
• Canada
30 Apr 07
My boyfriend is a crane operator and is one of the best on the type of crane he runs. He works long hours a lot and has to go out of town all the time for weeks on end. it gets lonely and in the begining I found it really hard but I am used to it now and I enjoy the time alone a bit more.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
That's pretty cool. I can imagine the hours would be long. And I would not think that there are a ton of crane operators so I can see the out of town travel. I'm sure the adjustment was a real pain in the beginning. I'm glad you're able to enjoy your time alone a little more.
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• Canada
1 May 07
Thanks :) He actually just left yesterday for 2 to 3 weeks.
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• United States
2 May 07
Awww. Got any plans for while he is gone?
• United States
30 Apr 07
My husband is a soldier serving in the united states air force, he's a wonderful man. Sometimes we get greif from people who don't support the military, however I look at it as a reason to work harder at what we do.
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
1 May 07
Your post caught my attention cause my husband is in the army, and I know exactly what you mean about getting grief from people. It drives me nuts! It just makes me even prouder of our guys for putting up with that stuff and still doing a great job. :)
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
1 May 07
Just ignore the bad comments. I'm not one of those sorry people that puts the military down. I salute your husband for choosing a job that only a few can do. Because of people like your husband, those few can say crap to you. They don't see the true picture. Where other countries don't tolerate such things that goes on here in America.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
Some of you may get a kick out of this... my boyfriend stands around and pulls his wood all day. That's funny considering he works for Superior Lumber. He either feeds sheets of plywood into the dryer, or more likely, he's standing around, pulling wood out of the dryer. Therefore, he pulls his wood all day. And there are plenty of jokes going around. Sometimes he even gets to plug the (knot)holes with wood(plugs). They got a million of 'em.
• United States
30 Apr 07
That's too funny. I can only begin to imagine all the jokes about his job. I'd also mess with people when they asked me what I did. Then when they get all embarassed be like, "what are you talking about? what DID you think I did?" haha
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Very interesting career your boyfriend has. I would have never thought about the odd hours he has to work. But I guess it makes since that someone has to be there when things happen. My fiance runs his own computer repair business. The funny thing is he went to college and got his degree in English. And he went for a year to try to get his masters but got burnt out. He has been breaking and fixing computers since he was a kid. He has always been good at figuring out whats wrong with computers and fixing his friends. So a few years ago he decided he was going to start a business doing just that. He has only been doing this for 3 years and his business has taken off. It's been a very good choice for him. And the great thing is a lot of times he works from home so he can spend time with me and our daughter.
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@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
30 Apr 07
haha. I think that is an awesome job. I knew a girl going to school for that. It's nice to be able to help people look their best for their farewells. My husband has a more boring job working with mortgages. He helps people who are in or approaching foreclosure regain their house and to get their payments back on track. He helps people who are selling their houses but the houses aren't worth what they owe his bank. A good job but nothing exciting.
• United States
30 Apr 07
I know my boyfriend loves his job. He is really good at it. It most certainly does not bother me. =) That's a good job. Not just in the sense of good but yeah. It's nice to try to help people get back what they have and work towards keeping it.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
My husband is an assistant logsitic manger at Office Max. He's worked there since 1999 and just now in September 2006 he was finally promoted to a worth while position.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
Very cool. It's amazing how long it takes them sometimes to promote people. Then they wonder why people give up after a few years! Good for him!!
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• United States
1 May 07
hehe. This is funny. Well my significant other is a concierge. The good thing about it is that he has money every day. The bad thing about it is that he meets a lot of people. All sorts of people in a crazy city. So I worry about the girls he meets at work. But oh well.
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• United States
2 May 07
I can totally understand that. A job like that would be cool though. Never the same thing every day. Always seeing new faces and such. The having money every day thing is nice as well. Reminds me of waitressing. I always had cash on me!
@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
1 May 07
wow, my uncle was one and he loved the job, but i dont think i would do it. my hubbie is an Officer in the Army
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• United States
1 May 07
It's the same with my boyfriend. He loves his job. He never really complains about it unless it's one of the owners. He doesn't complain about the on-call thing or the hours he sometimes puts in. I have a lot of respect for our military folks! Good for him.
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@pendragon (3354)
• United States
1 May 07
She is an amatuer photographer better than any pro I've ever seen and a fiction/poetry writer.She has aday job I'd like to help her shed so she can just do what's important.
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• United States
1 May 07
Very nice. I enby those with creative skills. I love to take pictures but I'm not very good at it. I'd also love to have the ability to write flawlessly. That will never be the case. =)
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• Canada
30 Apr 07
My partner is a lighting technician in the Film and Television industry. This means that he lights sets for films and tv shows that are shooting. He's done a lot of work on Smallville and the biggest show to date that he worked on was X-Men 3: The Last Stand. He works very long hours during the summer when shoots typically run to 14 or 15 hour days. When he's on film shoots, he's up before myself and the kids are, and not home till after we go to bed. We sometimes don't see him till the weekend. However in the "Off" season (late fall through mid Spring) he drives a truck for a place called Iron Mountain. Regular hours, good pay, and overtime if he wants it. Plus myself and the kids see a lot of him too.
• United States
1 May 07
That's a really cool career! I've never heard of anyone doing it. Obviously there are people that do it but you know what I mean. Very cool stuff.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
My boyfriend is currently in college majoring in communications and working in a coffee shop on the side. He really wants to be a cop though, so I'll help him study when I can. :)
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• United States
1 May 07
That's cool. Why doesn't he switch over to criminal justice or something? Even though technically, most police departments don't care what your degree is in as long as you have one. Good luck to him in whatever he does!
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• United States
30 Apr 07
My boyfriend is a piping design engineer for a very large company here in our city, he loves it there and is currently taking courses on Saturday to learn a new software so he can get a raise in pay which will make everyone in our family happier and me the happiest since I will be extremely proud of him for all his hard work.
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• United States
1 May 07
Very nice. That's not a career that you hear about too often. Good for him and I hope the best for him and his courses!
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@inked4life (4228)
• United States
30 Apr 07
My wife is has a degree in survey engineeringand is involved in the GPS industry. She is a VP of the company she is presently with. She is a very smart woamn and is highly respected in the industry which is predominantly male.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
That is great. It's always nice to see a woman doing something and doing it so well. Especially in a predominanly male industry! Good for her!
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
1 May 07
My boyfriend is an aircraft maintainence technician specializing in helicopters. He works out of town a lot, but he loves his job, and that's important.
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• United States
2 May 07
That is very true. Loving you job is what is most important. Doesn't matter what one does as a job as long as they love it, it will always be worthwhile.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
1 May 07
I don't think that is an odd job at all to be honest - it really no different than being a coronor or someone else like that...and as you said, you get lots of flowers :-)
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• United States
2 May 07
Exactly! It's just a job! hehe The flowers are a perk. You can't get those from a coroner! =)
• United States
1 May 07
My significant other is a janitorial custodian. He works in a middle school and likes it. All the kids hollar after him when he comes into school a couple of hours before the school gets out. He retired from the Air Force and did a couple of other jobs and than ran across this one and applied for it. He likes this job a lot.
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• United States
2 May 07
Nice. Any job can be great when you like it. It's something that needs to be done and most of the time pays pretty decently! Good for him!
@Jerry132 (44)
• China
1 May 07
i should say you have a wonderful boyfriend despite what he does. That was his choice and it's good for both you and him. My wife is an engineer of cable TV network. She didn't get that job until one year after graduation. Well, it might be her choice, who knows. She has to do it for a living and is doing it all right. Someone said life was a thing worth living for, what do you think?
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• United States
1 May 07
Of course he is wonderful. I see there being nothing wrong with his career. There are a lot of people out there that do it. Of course live is a thing worth living for.
• Philippines
1 May 07
What really matters is you love the person.Don't think about what other people say... I think it's a decent job and you have flowers as a benefit from his job. Whatever your boyfriend you should really be proud of him...At least after a very stressful day of work...he still brings you beautiful flowers and I think that's so sweet.
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• United States
1 May 07
I do love my boyfriend. I'm not worried what others think. I actually could care less what they think of his job. Someone needs to do the job and he happens to be it. They will think back later on when they lose someone about what a hard job he has. It's okay. I am very proud of him. He does his job and he does it well.
@rachael5760 (2657)
• Israel
1 May 07
My husband is a nurse. He had just gotten his Israeli licence when we got married so I figured that he would have a steady job at all times. He works in Public Health, giving immunizations in the schools so he has steady hours. I am the one who has career hopped. I was a secretary, real estate agent and now I'm studying to be an English Teacher (if the college student strike in Israel would ever finish) I'll be teaching part time next year!!
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• United States
1 May 07
I think men who are nurses are great. They are definitely needed. I hope the strike stops soon so you are able to teach part-time! How long have they been striking for?
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
1 May 07
My wife, she finished a degree in accounting and work as a production specialist in manufacturing company where we meet. She was a leadgirl (assistant of the supervisor) before she resigned and now a fulltime mom. She enjoy doing the household chores and having a great time raising our children. In her spare time she is a sale consultant in an investment company. She is paid by commission and sometime she gets good money. She did not regret leaving her old job and now enjoys just being a mom.
• United States
1 May 07
That's wonderful! I'm glad she enjoys staying home and being a mom. I see nothing wrong with it. I think it is wonderful for the children as well.