Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What I've Learned in my Twenty-Sixth Year

I turned twenty-six yesterday. I decided to make a list of things I've learned:

  • Making sudden, life-altering decisions may not work out how I plan
  • It is more valuable and useful to make the decision to change than to decide on what (I hope) that change will be
  • If I want to pay off my debt, I shouldn't quit my job, especially in the middle of a recession
  • I am not well-adapted to work in customer service
  • I am horrible at keeping in contact with good but distant friends (though, I think I already knew this)
  • I have a very skewed perception of how strangers, coworkers, friends, and family view me
  • The Cubs are awesome and the Sox suck ... I guess
  • The thought of going back to school doesn't utterly repulse me anymore
  • I am capable of enduring
  • Apple soda is delicious
  • Possessions -- things, stuff, junk -- are a liability; one that I am happy to eschew when needs be
  • I still really like programming, and I should find a way to get back into it
  • CTA buses don't give change cards
  • I still hate old people

In addition, there are some things that I have failed to learn:

  • Employers do not care about The Way I Think Things Should Be Done™, no matter how efficient, cost-effective, or time-saving I believe it to be (or that it actually is)
  • Why the only emotion I can fluently express is Anger
  • What it is like to live by myself, on my own
  • How to motivate myself to write again
  • How to fix a motorcycle

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Over a week ago, I had to shave my beard because of a job interview. As this image illustrates, I was saddened. To make matters worse, when I got to the interview, the interviewer was sporting a beard. Oh, tragic irony! Oh yeah, and I didn't get the job either. I guess that was kind of a bummer.

Then, over the weekend, I shaved my head. Partially because Happy Time and Stellar shaved theirs in support of Happy Time's mother enduring chemotherapy. Additionally, I so desperately want a change in my life, and this is the only one I can afford. Please, someone give me a job soon, or lord knows what else I'll cut off!

Circa Now