In 1981 after several years employed as a warehouseman supplying materials for carpet, vinyl, and ceramic tile installers, and making the most money I had ever made in my life, things turned bad. On a particularly crummy, rainy day in October, I found myself suddenly surrounded by installers taking away all of the construction materials that they had squirreled away for a rainy day -- maybe this one. They warned me to do the same. My heart sank; this was not going to be good. On another crummy day in October, I was unemployed. I heard cocaine was involved in the business’ demise. Damn; life just isn’t fair; However, I was good at the work I did, and the aptly named “Crazy English Tilesetter” working there knew this. He took pity on me, and offered me a temporary job installing tile. I wasn’t tough enough to be a construction worker so this wouldn’t last long.
Two years later at my temporary job, the economy tanked and I was out of work once more. Fortunately, Crazy English Tilesetter knew som...
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...sure outcome. However, I do so with a sense of hope. All of my aspirations have been reasonable but vague, many of my choices have been well considered but unfortunate, and on many occasions my resolve was tested, however, my aspirations, choices, and resolve -- were, are, and will always be my most treasured assets.
So, I sit here, debating the merits of two career choices; one that sits ponderous and old in the past, and a fresh new choice that lays before me like a box of puzzle pieces, daunting yet doable. I’m dwelling upon the future and past at the expense of the present, and my document remains shiny, clean, and bright on my laptop like my hopes for the future. I will choose my path and proceed in valid directions along those paths that I choose. The computer beckons. I am now old and wise, and taking another baby step toward my bachelor’s degree.
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