First job at 16 was temporarily at the XMAS tree lot on Camp Pendleton. They kept me on to work the Country Store for 2.5 years until after High School. Then got a job working for Printronix (dot matrix printers) in Irvine starting out as a Material Handler working my way up (and taking College night classes) to eventually an Engineering Technician. Worked there 7 years total. Went through the testing process and got hired as a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Cadet. 6 months at the Sacramento Academy, graduated and got assigned to the Baldwin Park Office in East Los Angeles. Worked there for 1.3 years then transferred to San Diego for 3 years. Transferred to the next northern office (Oceanside) and worked there 6.5 years mostly on the graveyard shift. Transferred to the Mammoth Lakes Resident Post for 3 years. Wife said enough of the snow (house was at 7,500 ft.) moved the family back down south to Temecula. 2.5 years there then got hit on my bike (yeah just like CHiPs) on Friday the 13th, 2003 when a 40'stakebed truck came across the double yellow lines and took me out head-on. 1.5 years of therapy, 10 surgeries and got retired after 18 years of service. Started a small (which grew quite large) company building custom fishing rods (fishing was a passion since very young). Everything I did was made to order. Eventually grew allergic to the epoxies and had to give it up. Kids all grown, sold the primary house in Temecula and moved to our second home in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Now, I work (lol) 1 day a week for a couple of hours at a local golf resort for free golf. Also help with weddings and other events as needed. Not really work at all. Married, wife is retired from banking and commercial real estate (although she still dabbles a bit) and have four grown kids (2 girls, 2 boys). Oldest son was Navy for 5 years and now is a Chula Vista (CA) Police Officer, youngest son is a CHP Officer in South Central Los Angeles. Both daughters attended and graduated from the Air Force Academy. One lives in Seattle and the other in San Antonio. Got 3 grandkids. Have played drums for about 38 years. Other than that my life is pretty boring, lol.