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Even those of us that love our day jobs have moments where we imagine what it would be like to do something totally different. Maybe you'd be a great weathergirl or television producer? Maybe an architect or art gallery owner?

Portland-based Vocation Vacations is giving people a peek into life on the flip side by offering its clients a variety of two-day "mentorships" in fields from fashion to dude ranching and beyond.

For those of you dying to spend a few days in the wild world of fashion, here are just a few of the options:

* Perfect the art of the make-over in San Francisco, California and shadow style expert Kate Rice;

* Become a costume designer for New York stage plays;

* Bag your current career and head to Laguna Beach, California to try your hand at being a handbag designer;

* Go totally Hollywood and find a niche in the world of industry make-up artists.

Whatever your dream job, chances are they'll have a vacation package that suits your needs just perfectly. Be sure to send us a postcard!

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malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
hey splenda -- you should chat with pinkangelmonkey! she apparently used to dance in baltimore... she even posted a blog about it! :)
Splenda Splenda 10 years
malibu stacey, umm...showgirl then dancer once in a while. I got to know the famous and just rich. Lots of drama, drugs, and prostitutes were difficult to deal with. Let's just say that I was the girl who weeded out the bad apples.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
hey splenda -- do we get details?! :) inquiring minds want to know!
Splenda Splenda 10 years
All great stuff, girls. I had the Hollywood lifestyle myself. Now, I'm much richer with my life and family. Not to say that I don't like my occassional shopping extravaganza!
FaeMuse FaeMuse 10 years
Damn this is a smart idea!
snowflake snowflake 10 years
LOL! I was running my husbands electrical company for 2 years befor one of my dogs died this past year. I quit to stay home and take better care of my family. I think they needed me.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
you're not a bum! and don't be sorry about the "retired" comment -- it's kinda true! :) you should absoutely do what makes you happiest as far as career/no career stuff goes... i've done both, at different times in my life, and both were the right thing for me at the time...
snowflake snowflake 10 years
Sorry about the "retired" comment. I have taken up alot of job skills in my past, but my love is for my home and family. That is where I found myself to be the most happiest. Hope that does not make me sound like a bum.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
well, i'm still doing some legal stuff, but it got boring, so i started branching out into some other things... it was a great foundation for all the other stuff i'm doing, though... "retired" makes me sound so old...! :)
snowflake snowflake 10 years
Thanks Malibu Stacey, I feel very lucky to have a supportive family. Are you retired?
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
ya, i'm a lawyer... well, used to be...! but it sounds like you have a great family to support you -- you're very lucky!
snowflake snowflake 10 years
That is very kind of you to say, thank you. You sound like your in the legal field. My dad is a retired Col. from the Army, mom is a legal assist, and my sis is president of a bank, I am a housewife with lots of animals to love. I can see why they look after me.(haha)
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
ah -- ya, if it was yours before you were married, you're on much safer ground... sorry to hear you had such a bad experience...
snowflake snowflake 10 years
I had been thru a nasty divorce a long time ago, I learned my lesson. I almost lost everything including my dog. Way befor I got remarried, I had my house and car and some personal assects put into my parents name. It just seem like the smart thing to do.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
hey guys -- not sure where you live, but in many community property states, the property you acquire during marriage purchased with community funds (i.e. money you make at your job or money you use to support the family) is owned 50/50 by both partners. the stuff you had before you were married may still be yours, but it's not quite as simple as just changing the title to your parents' names...
snowflake snowflake 10 years
Finally someone agrees with me, thank you soo mush!
sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
Good idea snowflake! I'm going to do the same thing. We can't trust man like that because one they can just easily take everything from you. I love my boyfriend but i rather trust my parents with the little i have
snowflake snowflake 10 years
Not to sound like I don't love my hubby, but I have everything in my parents name. My House, Car etc.. They are my lifeline. And I know they won't try to juke me.
cali4nagirl cali4nagirl 10 years
I have my moments, but I'm not always nice, really. EP it would have taken too long and the lawyer fees would of kept adding up, I looked into all possibilites, believe me. Can't make a living trust and then sell it, and sharing it wasn't an option, lawyers and the government, they make sure they get their money. The taxes were the worst on the given money, you can only give so much as a gift, then they tax the f*** out of the rest. I learned more than I ever wanted to, and it still gives me a headache to think about it.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
wow. those real estate taxes are killer. perhaps you should have put it in a trust in all your names, waited for new tax rules and then sold the house.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
that's awesome. you sound like an incredibly strong person with an amazing moral compass, despite having a bad parent... your kids are lucky to have a mom like you...
cali4nagirl cali4nagirl 10 years
No the hardest part was seeing over 75% of the money go to taxes, capital gains and lawyers fees.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
ooh can i go Adrianna>?
cali4nagirl cali4nagirl 10 years
I don't see it as fair, I see it as the only thing to do, being a parent myself, I would not, could not give more to one than the other, my father was just the type that never should of had kids, he was to selfish and it was his way to get get the last laugh by doing that, he loved to cause friction when he could, well, I'm as stubborn as they come and there was no way I was going to let him try and tear the 4 of us apart. I don't know if it would have, money can be evil, well I didn't want to find out. All three of them told me not to do it, my one sister flat out said, she wouldn't do it, well I'm not her, and I sleep well at night, I don't regret it, I joke about the heat, but I did the right thing for me, and when it comes down to it, that's all I care about.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
cali4, i'm sure i'll have a story like that in 25-40 years.
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