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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:We've covered ages, names, how long we've been spinning, injuries and embarrassing moments. I read in one of the threads that Dangerboy is into biology or something which got me wondering...what do you do as a day job????For me, this is my day job. I also am a freelance writer. I own a production company called Creative Illusions, which helsp coordinate different acts, including Pyromorph. I also direct/teach improv theater and write for events.Other than that I have managed a book store, been a bartender at a wild bar and taught first and second grade special ed, none of which is nearly as fulfilling as performing to me (though bartending is close).Oh, and now I can also add that I am the newly inducted Reptile Specialist at a small pet store chain here in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't interfere with the performing and it is another job I love to pieces!And yes, I do know I am one of the lucky ones!
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------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir..."I prefer not to go where there is a path but to blaze a new one!"[This message has been edited by Pele (edited 05 January 2002).]


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Skye
member
Location: Boise, ID, USA
Member Since: 15th Mar 2001
Total posts: 33
Posted:I'm also a freelance writer and a musician. My day job is as a newspaper editor right now.Skye

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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:Freelance Japanese translator, something I've been doing since 89. Damn, has it been that long? Yes. Anyhow, it gives me lots of freedom to take a 20 minute break and go in the backyard and twirl, or knock off for 3 hours and go for a bike ride out in the hill country. Or even take a week off and visit friends in the Bay area (don't do that often enough). It's interesting work most of the time, although at the moment I am slogging through a huge Asynchronous Transfer Mode specification, which is not particularly interesting.OK, time for a twirling break.

Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

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Superman
Superman

member
Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:damn...my job is going to seem boring as hell..i do AutoCAD for an engineering company.Woohoo..With all these Engineers in my office, it is so exciting, i could just do a cartwheel and fart.Super'------------------"Only the warrior that hears the call will know when to leave, Where to go" -unknown

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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TaiGuy
member
Location: Yorktown, VA, USA
Member Since: 10th Feb 2001
Total posts: 127
Posted:Full Time High School Student ^__~I manage a few websites for fun, and have already gotten some contracts to do websites [easy summer cash
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]. Not so good tennis player, and swimmer, but mainly it's just the books for me lol. I feel so young now!------------------"Happiness is not a destination, but a method for life"- Burton Hills


The reason communism doesn't work is because people like to own stuff

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Superman
Superman

member
Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:its cool Taiguy...i still look like i am in highschool... I act like im in highschool. My wife to be hates it when i wear my Superman shirts. And that "stupid string thing" i do outside all the time...its all good.Super'------------------"Only the warrior that hears the call will know when to leave, Where to go" -unknown

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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Jeff Duncan
member
Location: sidney, bc, canada
Member Since: 3rd Jan 2001
Total posts: 140
Posted:im a high school student.i sell drugs for a living..... mainly ecstacy and mushrooms

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emptyset
member
Location: Albany, NY United States of Am...
Member Since: 24th Jan 2001
Total posts: 98
Posted:I too am a high school student. im currently interning at a local college (and hopefully am going to start being paid soon).

Its all in good, clean, light producing fun.

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Jesse
member
Location: Pittsburgh, PA/ USA
Member Since: 3rd Jan 2001
Total posts: 118
Posted:Woo Hoo... Day Jobs... Night Jobs... By day, I am a mild mannered beta tester/tech writer/ application support provider for a major .com corporation.By evening I'm a featured entertainer at a strip club.By nightfall, I'm exhausted! Har har har... No really... If I could find a job that better balanced my physical and mental needs, I'd be there.<feeling corny today>

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dangerboy
dangerboy

original member
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Member Since: 14th Dec 2000
Total posts: 205
Posted:Ex-biologist. Graphic designer for a local software company. Freelance web designer. I think that's about it. Hopefully, performance artist will soon be at the top of my list.------------------Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, fire my spirit

Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, fire my spirit

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Superman
Superman

member
Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:quote:By evening I'm a featured entertainer at a strip club.Ever spin fire onstage?? That would bring the tips a flowing...Id be dropping some cash on a girl that danced and spun...
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Super'------------------"Only the warrior that hears the call will know when to leave, Where to go" -unknown


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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Jesse
member
Location: Pittsburgh, PA/ USA
Member Since: 3rd Jan 2001
Total posts: 118
Posted:<snort> *Of Course* I spin fire during features! (One of the first things I said to Rowan when we met was "Do you have any idea how much money you could make doing that at my club???") What kind of entertainer would I be if I'd missed that opportunity??? <grin> Now I'm trying to figure out how to integrate two of my favorite things: poi and polework[This message has been edited by Jesse (edited 21 March 2001).]

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Posted:Jesse, you rock.
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I hate to admit my day job, cuz there's so much trouble in my neck of the world between artists and geeks. I'm a software test engineer by day, but only half time. The rest is fire and music. Diana


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Posted:Full time web developer...Soon to be, full time world globe trotter
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Seeya all soon,Josh


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tigger2oo
member
Location: Florida
Member Since: 21st Mar 2001
Total posts: 1
Posted:i deliver import beer for a livling, i highly recomend a job like this to anyone
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Rick aka Loki
Rick aka Loki

member
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: 18th Dec 2000
Total posts: 134
Posted:I work full-time at Discovery Cente, a science centre in Halifax, NS. I get to do buskerish science demos and design/build/fix (heavy on the FIX... you wouldn't believe the destructive power of 1000 kids a day
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) science exhibits. I have access to a workshop here where I can make any kind of fire toys my little mind can come up with.
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I also tutor math and physics (my Physics undergrad degree (focus on force theory and crazy shennanigans) will be finished in April), model for fine arts classes, and, of course, spin fire by night for passers-by.Quite a few writers here, I see. My minor is english. Writing is on the back burner for the moment, but I'd love to start getting my stuff published as soon as I get the time.In fact, these long-ass messages I post (aside from some recent wacky hip-hop and scribbled poetry) are the bulk of my writing of late. Does anybody read these crazy things?Peace, Love, and Fire to all.-Rick[This message has been edited by Rick (edited 21 March 2001).]


-Rick aka Loki
oh, man, a signature?... uuh... this is like coming across wet cement... uuh, shoot, I had something clever I was saving... I hope I don't run out of sp

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Drake
member
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Feb 2001
Total posts: 72
Posted:tigger, for some reason you just made me laugh. import beer=dream job. im a junior in highschool but after class i go and teach people how to injure themselves and others.....martial arts. no i dont perform but not because i dont want to, i do, i just cant really get that kinda shit together right now.DRAKE

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Kat
Kat

Pooh-Bah
Location: London
Member Since: 13th Dec 2000
Total posts: 2211
Posted:I'm working for the planning bureau of the World Games in Akita. My job is mostly translation work, but I also get to visit elementary schools and teach kids and in approx. 10 minutes I get to go sightseeing as "research" for a welcome giude book I am making for foreigners visiting the Games. What hardship - especially as it's a lovely spring day!!Kat------------------"London is a city coming down from its trip and there's going to be a lot of refugees" - Danny,Withnail & I

Come faeries, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame.

- W B Yeats

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crispyx
member
Location: Denver, Co.
Member Since: 28th Dec 2000
Total posts: 53
Posted:I do computer support by day, small amounts of club/concert promoting and occasionaly DJing at night.

How is it ever possible to feel safe and secure in a world in which everyone dies?

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Shibaki
enthusiast
Location: Tampa, Fl
Member Since: 28th Mar 2001
Total posts: 309
Posted:Im a customer service rep soon to be massage therapist. My final plan is to fuse dancing in everything I do; massage therapy, poi of course, all forms of dancing. Rhythm and love tie my world together!

Wow

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Simos
enthusiast
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 12th Dec 2000
Total posts: 382
Posted:...full-time student (and when i say full time i mean full time, i hate exams!
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) in electrical and information science....not for long though (if i continue posting and not studying i'll be out of here b4 i know it! back to studying
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gάrbǿ
gάrbǿ

addict
Location: Bristol / London / Norwich / C...
Member Since: 9th Jan 2001
Total posts: 521
Posted:I am doing a third repeat year of A levels, finish on june 15th (yipee) and am off to uni in London in oct to study Law or technical music.peace outgarbo
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be excellent to each other: safe:

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Posted:Haven't posted much on here, but this is very much on my mind...I'm a journalist for a physics magazine who's looking forward to going home to NZ and being a hippy living in the mud again. Maybe a glacier guide. Who knows.

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Posted:I'm a molecular biologist - but I like spinning better.....

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ALIBABA
member
Location: ambleside
Member Since: 17th Dec 2000
Total posts: 52
Posted:well look at that, the majority seem to be on the technological side of things or writers.i'm neither, i am currently studying for a degree in outdoor studies, i will do any work at all but have been and will be again an outdoor (or experiencetal) educationalist though am busy contemplating being a dish washer for three weeks to finance a climbing trip to the italian dolomites. i do spend a lot of my life working hard on the circus stuff though, probably a couple of hours a day on unicycle, clubs, balls, fire poi and fire clubs.

ALIBABACHICKENMANICANSEEYOURUNDERWEAR

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*GiZmO*
member
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 21st Feb 2001
Total posts: 7
Posted:Well, were do I start.....this will prolly sound a bit cooler then what it really is....I work in E-Commerce Security, encyption. I basically work in a secure building monitoring machines owned by big paying customers and make sure they are always secure at any time.....and alwayz running....To get into my work I have to pass through retinal scanners and use swip cards.....every door I have to swipe through (gets annoying after a while)We have distress buttons allll round the building. Whenever near actual machines there alwayz has to be 2 ppl and because we are short staffed it sux coz ya alwayz get dragged along just so someone else can do something. I have had to go through a 3 month security clearence to give me a Highly Protected status, they basically go back 10 yrs in my life (which they were prolly seein if I was on detention in primary school, haha), they ring people and everything, just to see if am a good person :P We have no windows, everything is solid mesh walls and ceilings....it's startin to look like a damn space station, haha (the building is only new). The building itself has to go theough intensive accreditations, urgh, and audits, sheeesh, spent 9 hrs answering questions I don't even understand and that was just a basic test one. The paper work is outstanding, you drop a damn pencil in this place and ya have to fill out a log book, haha (maybe a bit of exageration :P)Anywayz, ya's get the drift, tis kinda cool to talk about but really tis kinda boring and sometimes annoying. But all is good....
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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:By day: mild mannered staff development librarian.

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Posted:so i'm not the only librarian!

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Thistle
Thistle

old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:I'm a care assistant for a tetraplegic at university, she goes into lectures and i get payed for chatting with you guys on HOP
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. I used to work in an office doing switchboard & typing b4 I realised there was more to life than school, work, retire, die.I'm also a full time mum & I make and sell uv commett poi & other party toys. Soon be off for the summer though, then i'll be a full time crusty & fire pixie travelling around europe in a bus! Can't wait!


Are we nearly there yet?

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Finn
member
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 23rd Dec 2000
Total posts: 341
Posted:Wow... We do things unconventionally on the home of poi dont we! Most people ask this question when they're first introduced to each other!I love the fact that we don't identify ourselves by what we do for a job. I love the fact that most of you are probably only mildly interested in what I do for 38 hours a week. You know, it's like... 'hi, I'm Finn and I'm a firedancer' Not.. I'm Jude and I co-ordinate a recreation program for young people with an intellectual disability.*Ugh!*I mean really! How did that sort of thing start? Since when is something we do for only a small percentage of our time the most defining aspect of our character!Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but the fact that I work with people with disabilities doesn't tell you a hell of a lot about me. Does it! That people make assumptions about me based upon what I do for a living, how much money I earn and the status attached to my profession apalls me.I guess I fall into the category of people who work to live rather than live to work. What about the rest of you?Can you tell I studied leisure management at university! The old work/leisure dichotomy!Love it
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LOL.. um, sometimes I can be kind of intense too!
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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:Here, here, Finn. It does annoy me when people ask right off the bat "what do you do" and then we launch into a pre-scripted 5-minute conversation. I was out having a beer with a friend once, he engaged the ladies at the next table in conversation, and right off the bat, they ask "what do you do"--he actually launched into a tirade similar to yours, right on the spot.The fact that the fire people down here are not like that is one of the things I like about the crowd.So tell us, Finn--how well do you manage your leisure now that you've taken classes in it? (g)

Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

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