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How a City Boy Trades Driving the Freeways for Flying in the Bush

"Nobody else is out there, no air traffic control, no runways, no designated procedures..."

LA city boy Rob Norberg lives off the grid as a bush pilot in the Alaskan frontier

Conquering a fear of flying

I have been flying for twenty years and work as a seasonal bush pilot for a fishing lodge in Dillingham, Alaska. People stay for a week, and we take them fishing in the wild.

I grew up in LA, so I am a city boy, but I always yearned to see Alaska. For a year or two I read everything I could find on Alaskan bush pilots. Alaska still has that sense of frontier and freedom that allows you to be your own person, be somewhat off the grid, and not be so exposed to the crowds and the rigmarole of society. Flying is the ultimate extension of that because you are going to places only accessible by airplane.

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molly | May 03, 2011 | Fishing, Job Search, Small business, Sports | 7

Lessons learned for professional hockey player

Hockey player Mark Lutz grapples with leaving the ice for a financial career

"I worked my ass off because I wasn’t always that top player. I had to earn it."

Mark Lutz, 27

Professional hockey player turned financial analyst

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Grunt work for a goal

I was a hockey player for nineteen years. When I was eighteen years old and just out of high school, I moved away from Wisconsin to Michigan where I played junior hockey in a scouting league. While I played, I had to make a living, so I had quite a few part-time jobs in succession. My team paid for my room and board, but I needed to pay for all other expenses. I worked at a Subway restaurant where I did some dishwashing and sandwich making. I was pretty exhausted all the time, so I liked to sit in the back and wash dishes and not interact with people. I worked at a snow hill where we would put kids in tubes on a rope that went up the hill and just hope they didn’t fall off and roll down the hill. I did a lot of grunt work for a brewery—cleaned kegs, hand delivered kegs between Stevens Point and Madison, did bottle returns, labeled bottles and kegs, and bottled the beers.

It was at this time that I received advice from my older sister, and it was the best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten.

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molly | January 18, 2011 | Finance, Sports | 4

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