Seems like all my jobs have been hot and dirty ones and usually dangerous. I am old enough to have been drafted. So I joined the Navy, thanks to my trade school training. The Navy is where the hot, dirty and dangerous jobs started. I was rated as a Boiler Tender, later changed to boiler technician. My duty was aboard an aircraft carrier. To be exact, the USS John F. Kennedy, CVA-67. The Kennedy is now, like me, retired. I'm in mothballs in Florida. In 1971-72 I enjoyed a Med. cruise, eleven months in a hot screaming hell--before hearing protection was provided. I say that just to provide the following explanation of why I was called a "snipe." Our jobs were almost exclusively below the ship's water line.