What do you want to do with your life?

You should be a really cool fish! Like a marlin or a grouper or a red-lipped batfish!

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I think I would like toxic nudibranch.

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Or a mantis shrimp!

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I did a dual Classics/Phil. undergrad, did a Classics MA, then started Classics a PhD at UT. Fear of job scarcity and quality (and crap pay) and especially having kids made me give it up. I’m programming now and am also locked in this career until the kids are through college.

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I dropped out of my doctoral program during the first semester when it was clear that there would almost be no chance of working in my field (Buddhist Studies) when I was done and that it would cost me over $100K to get the degree (plus the normal expenses of life). So I went back to full-time in my tech job.

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So when I get a boat, we can sail past Alaska,and have a fuckin’ Big Year!?

(The movie was alright, the book was better)

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I did a religious studies minor and thought about trying to do Buddhist Studies at UW since I did some Sanskrit as an undergrad and loved the whole thing, but stuck with the Greeks. Still go to a Gelug temple here, but I’m happy as a lay person, being a scholar’s a lot of work.

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UW Seattle or UW Madison? :slightly_smiling:

Gelug’s…putting the church back into Buddhism! I was always more partial to Nyingma folks.

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Oh Hell yeah! I really liked the movie. Did you hear about Noah Strycker’s International Big Year in 2015? Massive.

Yeah, they can be a little …Jesusy… sometimes, I take it with a grain of salt and am pretty lax (I’d go to the Zen temple, but they’re, uh, weird, here). I’m partial to memorizing lists and the analytic side of the Gelugpas. There’s a really lovely Nyingma temple I visit sometimes, and I like their lama (we all went out to do life releases of animals before).

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also want to build better props for hedgehog photos
make it to Panama
also be a fish
not hog BBS thread as much

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There’s a lot of places I want to see. I also would like to get involved in an organization that helps humanity. Maybe MSF, or the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, or something like that.

When I was a little kid I wanted to be a hermit crab. Turns out I grew up to just be a hermit.

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When I was 6 I got one of those What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up worksheets and filled it out. Believe it or not, my answer was “a singer and a mom”. So that’s done.

But seriously, it will soon be time to stop putting other family members first (older AND young generations) and I’m just starting the process of figuring out what will be next. I’m pretty certain it will NOT be in Chicago, and have a few potential outlines sketched out, but otherwise I’m clueless.

Does anyone ever really grow up?

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I wanted to be a saxophonist and a dad. Never figured out how to do the second one.

(If I don’t get sarcastic comments to that, its one demerit for each of you)

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I think becoming an astronaut is going to be a bit beyond me now, and I’m glad my early plan of becoming a fighter pilot never happened. So now pretty much 18 years of proving for and bringing up Jr. and paying off our ludicrous mortgage, then we’ll see.

Unless we win the lottery.

That’s probably not positive enough, is it? Sorry, all I got.

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You know, you don’t have to be an astronaut to explore. I hear the sea is pretty outrageous. And waaay cheaper.

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The galaxy full of those boring single biome planets anyway. We’ve got a nice diverse mix here on earth.

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Maybe I’ll join the French Foreign Legion. That sounds like a laugh.

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And neat looking hats.

Hay, @OtherMichael, what are you gonna do with your life? @popobawa4u I expect an answer from you as well.

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Oh, the other thing I’m going to do with my life is really understand Lisp. I’ve played with it, but I don’t get it. C is still the paradigm in my head (at least BASIC is gone, now).

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My dad played saxophone! Kismet.

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