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Jediferret
Posted: 13 September 2017 - 08:26 AM                                    
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My assumption is that for a situation like Live and Learn, he probably volunteered his time. Kinda like when he was working with the deaf kids in Silent World... which, I may be wrong on this, I always assumed he volunteered for.

It would make some sort of sense though. Phoenix, I believe, is a non-profit organization and sometimes works with the government, so they're probably tax exempt. Phoenix kinda makes me think of a more broad Red Cross.

 
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I can see Mac doing a lot of volunteer work. He lives fairly minimalist, so the need for a ton of income really isn't there. I think Phoenix would be a blast to work for....just the variety of things you could get into would be so much fun. Imagine, too, working for Pete!! happy_dance.gif

 
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Posted: 14 September 2017 - 02:09 AM                                    
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QUOTE (Barry Rowland @ 14 September 2017 - 12:07 AM)
I can see Mac doing a lot of volunteer work.  He lives fairly minimalist, so the need for a ton of income really isn't there.  I think Phoenix would be a blast to work for....just the variety of things you could get into would be so much fun.  Imagine, too, working for Pete!!  happy_dance.gif

I would *love* to work for Pete. He's such a sweetie and he's one of those people that I would never, ever want to disappoint or let down. And given how much crazy stuff he has to put up with, however much they're paying Pete for his job, it ain't enough. laugh.gif

 
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I absolutely agree!! thumbsup.gif

 
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Yeah, I think working for Pete would be awesome.

 
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We come up with the brains and he can provide up with the paychecks. But yeah, Phoenix would be a blast to work with. They have such variety in expertise. You don't like data, numbers there is definitely something else for you. I would work there. Same arrangement as Mac of course.

 
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This is just my personal preference, but I think I'd rather work with Phoenix instead of for Phoenix. I wouldn't mind working with Pete and MacGyver on some sort of volunteer thing. That would be fun!

In my mind, working for Phoenix would be like working for Disney. Great as a visitor, not as a employee... for various reasons. XD

 
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QUOTE (Jediferret @ 14 September 2017 - 08:11 PM)
This is just my personal preference, but I think I'd rather work with Phoenix instead of for Phoenix. I wouldn't mind working with Pete and MacGyver on some sort of volunteer thing. That would be fun!

In my mind, working for Phoenix would be like working for Disney. Great as a visitor, not as a employee... for various reasons. XD

That's a good point. A lot of MacGyver's friends end up dead and a lot of Phoenix employees wind up in some very unpleasant scenarios. Like all the deadly viruses and whatnot. Maybe it'd be better to be a consultant for the Phoenix Foundation and just work on certain types of projects.

 
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I think it be really cool to have a job like MacGyver's. Ya know, as long as I didn't get killed... biggrin.gif

 
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QUOTE (Barry Rowland @ 9 September 2017 - 04:21 AM)
I agree!  All that and still generous....I love his lifestyle!  To me, that's the pinnacle of success....minimalist living and an exciting way to earn a living!

It might be an exciting life style when your watching it on TV, but I can guarantee you living with your life in danger every other week in real life would be VERY stressful and detrimental to your health so you'd want full medical coverage and a damn good income to make it worth while.

I've always thought that because he was the "contractor you call to take the special assignments no-one else could or would take", Mac was very well imbursed for his work and as we've already heard in For Love or Money we actually hear a figure of $250,000.

I also think Mac didn't really live the thrifty life style we all imagine. He was no doubt good with his money and had plenty saved away, but if you actually look at what he owns he seems to be a pretty normal spender....

He runs 3 cars plus a motorcycle - that alone is not cheap to keep up insurance and maintenance costs.
He has relatively new looking furniture.
Always has pretty new looking clothes - except for the bomber jacket.
He owned computers before they were cheap and common
He has a very expensive table hockey game.

As Joe pointed out his hockey equipment wouldn't be cheap either.

I think he lived a fairly simple life style but I don't think he had any qualms about spending money if he wanted something and obviously had plenty of it saved away.


If he's paying $1000 per month, that's only $250 per week not that much really.


 
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He's not a cheap skate but he will sure know how to use his money. Yet, I find it interesting that he just quit the Foundation to travel with his son while a long leave of at least three months would've done the trick. In Trail To Doomsday he says he saw plenty of KGB-pens in "his time". So I think that would mean he was still retired at the time. That makes me wonder, was Mac set for life? He was in his forties at the time. He said goodbye to a rather exciting life for his son but still he clearly had bills and rent to pay. And indeed he did have 3 cars and a motorbike to maintain. I guess we only can keep guessing. I'm sure he still had plenty to do after his career with Phoenix but it just seems so unlikely he would give up his job for his son and like never go back for guy who lived a pretty active life. Of course, plenty of travelling and other causes like the Challenger's Club to spend time with. But he's not the guy to spend his time behind a desk in a dead-end job. I think he did went back unless he was set for life. I just can't imagine him not working again for his own support.

 
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