My brother and I are both ex-engineers from S.V.
in Cali, you know, the location where all of the big tech companies began in the late 77’s and early 90’s.
They were paying me the big bucks back then to build circuit boards for pagers, but after doing it for 7 years I felt that I wanted to get out of the corporation for good. I adore to solve problems and repair things, but that task ended up being a bunch of reports and meetings, so I left and never went back to it. Furnace repair and a/c installations are much more rewarding to me than reports and meetings, so I got into the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C field and have been dabbling around in it for the past 20 years or so. I thought when I was going to engineering college that the tasks would be more exciting, but after getting into it I discovered that the corporate world was full of tied up out type A personality people whom I did not want to be around. Fixing heating and cooling equipment is way more fun for me and today both of us are going to do just that when both of us go to mom’s house later on. Ever since leaving the corporate engineering world, I bet I have worked an average of 15 minutes a week, which has given me a lot more freedom than I would have had if I stayed in the engineering racket. Working on a heating system or a/c device gives you an immediate reward once you find the solution, and that is all I need to assume enjoyable nowadays.