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What's Your Hugh Akston Job?

Posted by  $  Abaco 5 months, 3 weeks ago to Philosophy
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I marveled at the character Hugh Akston. Very highly educated and capable, running a diner. I'm wrapping up my main career in a few years and still want to keep busy. I recently realized I can do whatever I want. Much depends on where I end up. But, hell...I may end up pouring beers in a brewpub. Maybe coach kids golf. Maybe be a tour guide at an aquarium (I already know the biology). Nobody'd suspect a thing. They'd just see an older guy with a twinkle in his eye. No more office politics. No more big tax bills. No more regulations.

So...what's your Akston job? Did I mention that I'm a pretty good cook?...


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  • Posted by mia767ca 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    MBA...Air Force pilot...and pilot for American Airlines....retired...spending the summer (till mid-October) living in an RV in Yellowstone National Park as a stocker at the Fishing Bridge General Store...living in the wild...
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  • Posted by tprikryl 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I currently own an industrial advertising agency. When (and if) I sell this business, I am going to go back to technical school and become a motorcycle mechanic. I grew up working as a mechanic and derived a great deal of satisfaction from "fixing" things. And while only having only ridden a motorcycle for 10 years, I am crazy about them. I could envision myself deriving a lot of satisfaction from such an endeavor.
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  • Posted by BradA 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I own a bar. Have for the last 15+ years. My engineering skills benefit me and my customers only. I came to the realization that, like Akston, I have NO interest in contributing anything but the bare minimum to a culture that deserves nothing more.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    After I closed my business and "retired" I went back into an entirely different business with my son, later, I "retiured again. demonstrated and taught home electronic organs, now I'm retired again and am keeping busy writing articles, editing other's articles, playing an electronic keyboard, and getting into trouble on the internet. I do all that in between naps.
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  • Posted by preimert1 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Not exactly on point, but I've been concerned about then demise of the wood shop, auto shop, etc at our local schools and emphasis on college prep. Not all kids have a desire nor aptitude for college and where will the skilled mechanics and technicians be coming from? Robots can build stuff, but can they fix stuff? Eventually when the college-educated retire, will they have the hands-on skills to enjoy a fulfilling avocation?
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    • Posted by  $  5 months, 3 weeks ago
      I dream of starting a summer school where I teach kids how a car works, how to at least balance a checkbook, basic deduction, how to take care of a yard (mow a lawn, pull weeds), how to wash a car, and how to grocery shop and prepare meals.

      Trust me...I think once word got around it'd be booked up.
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  • Posted by  $  AJAshinoff 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I've already begun working toward my Hugh Akston profession(s). I was in IT for many years (owned 3 consulting companies with many local and some national clients) and did OK until the bottom dropped out (about 2003). When the industry dynamic shifted I decided to chance course and began my writing career (3 books, working on 4, 5 and 6) and later (presently) began produce a multiplayer video game under my own production company LLC.

    The pay sucks - little income from the novels, little income from IT, and no income from the game, yet. My wife hates it (not overly thrilled about me either lately). But the work is mentally engaging, I completely enjoy it, and when the game is finished I will feel I've accomplished something, along with my novels, that I take great personal satisfaction in finishing.
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  • Posted by a59430802sojourner 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I am retired now. I had a lot of organization and management skills, but no one would pay me for my abilities. So, i cleaned toilets and other areas in hair salons for the last nine years of my working life.
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  • Posted by minesayn 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    I volunteer at the library cleaning/sanitizing the computers as well as volunteer at a nature preserve answering the phone and questions. I have also worked for the local Board of Elections during early voting (two elections) as well as being a precinct election official (poll worker) during several elections.
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  • Posted by  $  elfshelf2 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Nowadays I make vases out of glass for dollars. Others modify said vases for purposes of their own, as the world awakens to alternatives to alcohol. In the heyday, beginning some 32 years ago, the "donuts" were glass subassembly parts for wedding cake tops. Evolution brought contracts for chandelier parts, but I backed away in the last few years due mainly to it feeling too much like work. In this mountain environment where once I employed up to 12 friends, I now consider myself mostly retired, which means mostly broke and extremely happy. For my Akston "job", I do free landscaping for my not that older anymore neighbors 'cause they can't do it for themselves.

    Near zero tax bills is an art. Having a fun life is a skill. I shrugged at 21, then used the following 17 years to build a base from which I really could.

    Just find something fun to do, and do it lots! :)
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Suppose you pick something you really love, and then you end up making a bunch of money and owing a big tax bill. It's like what Dagny told herself when she was on vacation in a cabin up north when she kept thinking of ways to serve customers like opening a store: Just stop!
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  • Posted by handyman 5 months, 2 weeks ago
    What a wonderful way to express a post-retirement occupation! Never thought of it that way.

    After many years in research and research management, I retired to become a landlord and "handyman" for my own properties. It's a real switch from the corporate culture.

    In addition, having a bit more flexibility in my work schedule, there was time to dive more into Objectivism. That helped provide the inspiration to found a local Objectivist discussion group. Many of those participants thought they were the only Objectivist in the area. Now we meet on a regular basis, either for some good discussions or just to socialize. I recommend something similar very highly.
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  • Posted by ohiocrossroads 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    RV Transport Driver, delivering travel trailers from manufacturers to dealers. Use your own truck, go places all over the US and Canada. Paid by the mile. Work when you want, and go where you want. Start at $1.20 per mile in the US, $1.45 on Canadian runs. You only get paid when loaded though, then you're deadheading back to the terminal.
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  • Posted by  $  DriveTrain 5 months, 1 week ago
    Barista at the Mori no Tokai (Forest Clock) cafe in Furano, Hokkaido would be my pick - a place that seemed almost like another central character in the drama series "Yasashii Jikan" ("Gentle Time"):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRQBm...

    It's actually a functioning cafe on the expansive grounds of the Furano Prince Hotel, and yes, you get to grind up your own beans by hand. A great place to be if you like to spend your time thinking, from the looks of it. Unfortunately, I think Japan's taxation is almost as bad as here.
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