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Melanie is back to “normal” this week with her own four questions and nothing on HP.

1. Where do you feel most at home? Please be more specific than “at home, doh” please. It could be a room in your home, a person, a location… 😝 😁 😇

I enjoy being home and feel comfy sitting at my kitchen table with laptop, phone, cuppa tea, and Gatsby nearby.

2. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car? 🐎 🚗 🚲

Car, I guess, if I have to. Definitely not a horse because all that bumping would kill my back, and so would a bike these days, probably. Last time I rode a bike, I had massive neck and shoulder pain for a week after.

3. What song would you sing on “Karoke Night” (if you were forced to do so)? 🎤 🎶 🎻🎷🎺🎸🎵🎹

I have sung at karaoke and done a terrible job too. My voice is horrible plus idk when to even start singing! I think I attempted “Bang Bang” by Cher and a few others. Blocked it from my memory mostly…

4. University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life? 🎓

First, I don’t think the “traditional” college experience of living away from home with a bunch of other clueless teenagers, being thrown into social and sexual situations you’re unprepared for, and drinking booze like a maniac is a good thing. Don’t even get me started on the travesty of “Greek life.” Second, I think trade schools have been way undervalued the past several decades while people rack up ridiculous debt to get a 4-year degree. The trades should be much more respected ~ we need plumbers more than marketers! That said, if someone takes a well-rounded slate of college classes and exposes their mind to literature, philosophy, art, psychology, etc., this all can be helpful throughout your life in order to better grasp history, logic, and human behavior. But ultimately, nothing better prepares you for life than living it and transforming your bad choices into learning experiences.

5. What are you grateful for?

This week I’m grateful for delicious pluots. Mmm, so good!

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18 responses to “Home Share

  1. I agree about college vs life experience. I didn’t go to college and felt like I’d missed out, but I had an awesome job with excellent benefits and lots of opportunity for advancement, making good money. I’d still be working there if I hadn’t gotten all broken and stuff.

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  2. Sitting in the kitchen with your cup of tea and laptop, it seems the ideal place to be.

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  3. University was an amazing experience for me in many different ways, but it’s certainly no more valid than any other option.

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  4. My wild teenager-away-from-home experience began with basic training beginning with a drill sergeant screaming at me at 0400 on a particular day when I was 18 years and 1 month old, followed some weeks later by a variety of training courses that taught stuff that’s utterly useless anywhere except the variety of hot spots they sent me to and wrapped up my carefree “young adult” life by getting married and having three kids.

    Then I turned 25 by which time I was older than God.

    I started taking a few college-level courses, but never got around to a degree. For the rest of my life (so far) I just skipped that part of any resume I had to fill out. I discovered that most people just assume one and will never get around to asking about it. I guess they figured I wouldn’t apply if I didn’t meet their minimums. The few that did dropped it in favor of experience and whatever they saw in the personal interview.

    Anyhow, I’d bet some pretty safe money that my first 25 prepped me for the rest of my life as well as the most well-rounded degree holder dropping into the real-life/job market six or seven years behind me. Probably not as much fun, though. Got some mixed feelings about that…

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    • Actually, now that I think of it, I’ve always had jobs that I liked with pretty good benefits, etc., etc., etc., and they’ve always been interesting, even if “fun” would be a rather fringe definition once the deep black places are counted. I’ve usually been and continue to be mostly happy — and so far as I can tell, that may be more rare in the general population than one might expect. That DOES make the “no frat party fuckathon at the U” early life worthwhile, assuming they’re related at all….

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      • Sounds like you lived a whole life before the rest of us have to pay an electric bill, AD. I had no idea you didn’t have a degree. You be writing good regardless 🤣

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    • Thanks! But it’s been a long life, and chipping away at classes now and again across the years has resulted in enough hours to get me somewhere between bachelor and master.

      Unfortunately, as with the rest of my life, I only took classes that happened to interest me right that minute, which means all those eclectic hours (physics, logic, critical thinking, math, writing, philosophy of rationality, comparative religion, etc., ad nauseum) awarded by colleges and universities all over the country add up to diddly-squat (a technical classification) in terms of degrees. My major would probably have been “Shit I Was Curious About”, which is not recognized in the Ivy League.

      Rabbit Trail: My boss is going for his Ph.D and watching him I thought “I can do that.”

      A few months, maybe a year, slamming basic classes I haven’t got around to yet, a couple of finishing requirements, and presto, a Master’s Degree in 18 months, then a Ph.D a couple of years after that.

      Then I remembered the “holy shit, boy, are you old” part of my current status and started laughing. I mean, what’s the goal here? Am I going to buff up the ol’ resume? Pfft. I’m retiring in a couple of years. I need that like I need an extra butthole.

      Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll just get on with being one of those po’ raggedy ol’ barely-literate sad-sack high-school grads that y’all can feel sorry for and support along with the rest of the downtrodden. Hah! 🙂

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      • Lol! I recently had an opportunity to go for a masters, but it wouldn’t help my career or income… I thought it would be fun and empowering though. Then I looked at the application and even that was too daunting. Eff it!

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  5. Thanks Paula for Sharing Your World and some wisdom with us today! I agree that, in my own opinion, a prudent mix of life skills and book learnin’ produces the best outcome. One should get a broader view of the world which can be gained by college education, BUT the cost is too steep and will cripple a young person with horrible debt for a long time. Which is the better choice? Learn some, and then go out and apply it, earn some money, learn to save and budget (skills that are not taught in school), and as one ages and learns what they truly enjoy doing, go back and get education to help achieve the goal. I don’t know how anyone faces University these days. The cost would have permanently daunted me!

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    • It’s insane. You can go to a community college for 2 years for the GE classes. Then go to a “lesser” university to finish. I would freak out at piling a hundred thousand dollar debt on my kid!

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  6. Agree wholeheartedly with you about the university route. It shouldn’t be a default option.

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  7. I don’t think college or life (?) prepares you for life. Childhood does. And after college, all there is to learn from is life, so basically you’re learning from life the whole way. Biking, riding or driving: None of them; am afraid to, don’t know how, have forgotten how.

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