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Kinky Tom
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« on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 13:58:08 »

Since I've been back in the UK for a week I've spent a lot of time with my sister's kids, got me to thinking what their dreams might be at such a young age.  When I was 7, the age of oldest of the 4 of the kids, all I wanted was to become a mechanic and I think that was moslty because Tom is MOT backwards.  I never followed that dream as an adult as it wasn't something I was remotely interested in by then.  

Did any of you actually follow the dreams you had when very young, did any of you have any strange dreams that you now look back on and laugh/cringe at?
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« Reply #1 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:02:49 »

Iím 32, have been an engineer for 15 years and I still donít know what I want to do when I grow up.  Smiley

I always thought I wanted to be a mechanic because a family friend did it, then I wanted to be a barber, then I spent a week on a building site to get experience as a bricklayer, following that I did a year at college studying to become a fitness instructor.

I never had any idea what I actually wanted to do for more than a month when I was a kid, other than the obvious ones like becoming a professional footballer or racing driver etc.
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« Reply #2 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:04:59 »

A Submariner, and being from a military family I was allowed a visit to a recently returned diesel down in Portsmouth. I was told not to let the smell put me off as you soon become accustomed to it. It was fucking awful, I joined the Army
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« Reply #3 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:08:20 »

A Submariner, and being from a military family I was allowed a visit to a recently returned diesel down in Portsmouth. I was told not to let the smell put me off as you soon become accustomed to it. It was fucking awful, I joined the Army

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« Reply #4 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:08:29 »

When I was 7, the age of oldest of the 4 of the kids, all I wanted was to become a mechanic and I think that was moslty because Tom is MOT backwards.

Good thing you weren't christened Lana really.

I wanted to be a journalist when I was a kid. I could not be more glad that I dropped that idea when I didn't get to do work experience at the Adver!
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« Reply #5 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:09:34 »

I was a boring kid, I wanted to be an Accountant - as far as I could tell, it seemed a good way to make money and I was good with numbers.  I studied for a few years and determined that I found it very boring - who'd have thunk it.

I never chose my career, it has been a series of next job up decisions and I fell into the particular field of work, more as way of keeping me busy I think.  I always fancied owning my own Hotel - not that I'd be any good at it, too many people.
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« Reply #6 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:11:33 »

Good thing you weren't christened Lana really.

I wanted to be a journalist when I was a kid. I could not be more glad that I dropped that idea when I didn't get to do work experience at the Adver!

A good friend of mine has a good friend called Lana actually, the friendship group all call her Anal of course.
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« Reply #7 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:11:38 »

Good thing you weren't christened Lana really.

I wanted to be a journalist when I was a kid. I could not be more glad that I dropped that idea when I didn't get to do work experience at the Adver!

As my job title has often included Analyst, I used to play on that in pubs in my 20's and 30's - expressing that my job was that of an Anal ist.  When receiving a sufficiently confused look I'd play along - odd how many people would fall for it, I don't exactly have the porn industry look about me, well, maybe some Kinky shit if they fancy a geeky looking, slightly over weight dad I guess.
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« Reply #8 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:13:15 »

Along the same lines, I was once invited to an "Anal Cyst" meeting by someone who was clearly overly reliant on predictive text on their phone. Much hilarity ensued.
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« Reply #9 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:15:43 »

When I was a small, I decided I wouldn't do a job that involved wearing a uniform....

Forst proper job was scaffolding (wanted to be a Fred Dibnah stylee steeple jack).

That was too much like fecking hard work for 15 1/2 year old me so, after a couple of years I turned it in a went to work at a petrol station before joining the army for 6 years, driving a lorry for 6 months and then the Old Bill for 26 1/2 years.

So much for youthful decisions.
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« Reply #10 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:20:01 »

Apart from some vague idea of being  atrain driver when I was really small, I never really seemed to have a clue what I wanted to do.

Even when we did work experience at school I was pretty meh, did 1 week at Brize in ATC which was OK but quite dull as there isn't much you can ask a 15 year old to do in a control tower (the day refuelling over the north sea was fun though!) and then the other working in a camping and outdoor equipment shop (as I was quite outdoorsy) which actually held me in good stead as it let to a Saturday and holidays job from 15-23 which basically paid for me to go through university without having to work whilst I was studying up in Newcastle.

Kind of fell into my degree and career as I found something similar at A levels easy to do and a bit interesting, but its generally painfully dull.

Still pisses me off that I don't really have a practical skill to do as a hobby or fall back on, but that's life I suppose.
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« Reply #11 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:38:03 »

I wanted to be an archeologist as a youngster, then didn't dig it.  Eventually, I followed a career in engineering which is a most misunderstood profession.
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« Reply #12 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 14:51:41 »

Apart from a footballer or rock star would have loved to own my own farm.

Ffs where did it all go wrong. The porn industry not for everyone.
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« Reply #13 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 15:02:44 »

I wanted to be an accountant as I was good with numbers.
Hated exams so ended up in IT which was ok, but never really felt like a career I chose.

Ironically my son is an accountant (albeit part qualified at the moment), he didnít want to be in IT as he heard me moaning about it Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 15:02:59 »

Most people I grew up with didnít have a clue what to do. I had a right thick mate who I later learned ended up working for NASA!

Things happen over the years and I just went with the flow. Longest stint was setting up and running my own business for 20 years.
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