July 19th, 2004


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jimbojones
09:06 pm - 5 year track back (meme stolen from herbaliser)
20 years ago I was:

* anxious about girls
* trying to cope with two newly-acquired stepsisters and a stepmother
* dealing with my dad bending over backwards to be "fair" to his new family
* dealing with my stepmother favoring her own and making no bones about it
* dealing with a family in which one of my stepsisters tried to kill me and nobody gave a shit

15 years ago I was:

* anxious about girls
* setting school records on standardized tests
* graduating high school... barely
* enlisting in the Navy for its Nuclear Power Program instead of going to college
* getting a great programming job right out of high school that I had to give up to honor my enlistment
* finding out the hard way that the Navy already had a file on my family from the Vietnam era

10 years ago I was:

* finalizing my divorce from a disastrously stupid marriage
* watching other people get PAID to leave the Navy early while my discharge requests were denied
* getting drunk in blue-collar bars with blue-collar people who I liked, but didn't really fit in with
* still falling in love with nearly anyone who'd return the favor
* sublimating my suppressed computer geek tendencies by working on cars instead

5 years ago I was:

* finally employed as an IT professional
* realizing that I was stuck in a rut at the best job I'd ever had
* getting stoned several times a week
* supplementing my salary as a network / database admin by doing freelance IT on the side
* falling head over heels for and with a girl who was 1. supposed to be just a fling and 2. already married
* economically comfortable for the first time in my life
* running an E/N website that was almost popular
* the #1, #2, and #3 returns for my own first name on Google
* utterly in love with Windows 2000
* hating SCO before it was cool
* annoyed that everybody always kept bashing microsoft
* annoyed that everybody always kept praising unix

2 years ago I was:

* getting laid off from the best job I'd ever had (better than the one I was in the rut at before!)
* shifting my freelance IT work from part-time mode to "oh shit I don't have any other income" mode
* discovering that I really could make it as an independent businessman
* discovering casual sex, and avoiding relationships entirely
* six months away from meeting somebody who would change that
* pretty much over the whole "weed" thing
* flying out to meet and visit with long-time internet friends
* hating Windows XP like Mohammed hates pork chops
* learning to hate microsoft
* learning to love unix

 
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: Liz Phair - Shatter

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[User Picture] From: jette
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 02:41 pm
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awww, the memories...



 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 03:15 pm
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Re: awww, the memories...

::grins:: This one took me quite a while too.

Swear to god I'm not really that much of a drama queen, it just seems like most of my drama centered around 2, 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago... =\


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 03:23 pm
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Re: awww, the memories...

In completely unrelated news, that LJ icon of yours pwns me harder every time I see it than it did the last. :)


 
[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 03:12 pm
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finding out the hard way that the Navy already had a file on my family from the Vietnam era

what does "the hard way" entail?

dealing with a family in which one of my stepsisters tried to kill me and nobody gave a shit

...?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 03:21 pm
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1. Discovering that your whole family had an NIS file on them as "whistleblowers and troublemakers" after you yourself enlist for six (and make damn sure they connect you with the file, by bringing down a Congressional investigation onto your boot camp company because your company commander made a well-intentioned bullshit threat he never intended seriously, but that you took seriously) is definitely "finding out the hard way." I could write a book.

2. When I was 12, my stepsister of the same age very deliberately and coldbloodedly tried to put a needle-sharp bamboo javelin (mine, and not used for sister-stabbing - my predilection for throwing spears at a target stemmed from single-digit ages) through my throat. Instead of beating her ass like a drum on the spot, I remembered my father telling me over and over "don't take things with your sisters into your own hands, come to me about it and I'll take care of it." So I took him at his word, and did. Upon being informed that one of his stepdaughters had just made a very game attempt at stabbing his only son in the throat, his response was "well, you know, son, girls will be girls."


 
[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 03:23 pm
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1. that sucks
2. i would have qualified that as "some girls are just like that, son. stay away from them." but yeah, that sucks.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: July 19th, 2004 - 03:32 pm
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I think one of the children under your roof attempting to kill another one in cold blood probably merits a somewhat stronger address than that. But, y'know, I'm an authoritarian and all. =)


 
[User Picture] From: anyaatl
Date: July 20th, 2004 - 08:15 am
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I liked reading that. To quote a cigarette ad.."You've come a long way, baby." :-)


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