Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Answers Day

The sequel to Questions Day

"Do you ever regret your career choice? If you could start another career, what would it be? For instance, I once had a job offer to sing in a nightclub after I auditioned at a radio station many years ago; I chose instead to work in IT for the US Government. I don't exactly regret my choice, but sometimes I think about the road not taken'." - Mom

I'm 100% satisfied with the career I ended up in. I'm good at what I do, and my job grants me the flexibility and stability to pursue any sorts of ridiculous enrichment projects I want in my spare time. My career also evolves at a manageable but continuous pace so there's always something new to learn. I knew in grad school that I would not have thrived in music academia, and have no regrets about dropping out of music school after the master's degree. Looking back even further to primary education dreams:

  • Artist: I'm colourblind! This was always a non-starter.
  • Archaeologist: Seems dirty, and there are no good dinosaurs left to discover.
  • Biotechnologist: I don't think I ever truly wanted to be this. I think my dad just kept saying it in hopes that I would subliminally do it.

"Will do a Review Day except with your friends? We are (mostly, I think) tough enough to withstand your grades and excoriating commentary." - Mike (and Ghost Chompy)

Mike:

  • CON: Makes typos like leaving the word "you" out of the first sentence in the question.
  • PRO: Composes normal music.
  • PRO: Makes the effort to keep in touch.
  • CON: Moved away.
  • PRO: Moved back.
  • CON: Chose to live in DC upon moving back.
  • PRO: Travels to the suburbs to hang out.
  • CON: Will probably move back to the West Coast and return to being a vegan hippie weirdo.
  • PRO: Tells funny stories like getting a bloody nose on OSHA day
  • CON: Utterly dismissive of anyone or anything he doesn't like
  • PRO: Embraces being the asshole in the group so you don't have to
  • PRO: Plays nerd boardgames and computer games.
  • CON: Never watches movies.
  • PRO: Stays in good shape and continues to self-improve.
  • CON: Is somehow able to flourish without a 9-to-5 job while you're at work.
  • PRO: Can probably recite the tax code for every state in the Union.
  • PRO: Has a blog.
  • CON: Stopped updating the blog.
  • PRO: Runs a coupon site full of wicked deals.
  • CON: Coupon site never has any deals for stuff I want.
  • PRO: Gave us an excuse to visit Chompy.
  • CON: Chompy is a ghost.

Final Grade: B+

People who liked Mike also liked Kathy, Alex, and Mark.

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