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  • Old Guy Student 3:15 pm on January 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Time Travel 

    So this morning I made a mistake. My watch says it is 8:15am but I hit 88mph on Highway 65. Big mistake.

     
  • Old Guy Student 7:34 am on January 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Going Back To College: An Introduction 

    When I graduated from High School, I had been told my entire life that a diploma was what separated me from the jobless and being a bum.  Then my senior year they came up with the Good Enough Diploma, err, I mean the General Equivalency Diploma which allowed dropouts to take an exam and bypass the four years of work and time necessary to get a diploma.  In other words, we lowered the bar.  I thought about college but when I asked my mother at one point about going to the local community college and she laughed.   So I never asked or thought about it again.  This was the last time I thought about it.

    Until I moved to California and met Jeanne A.  who was the mother of my then girlfriend who was in her late 30’s and I was like 24.  Jeanne was going back to school at American River College in 1993 and I went with her one day and registered because she kept pestering me and finally said she would pay tuition and buy my book.  Not knowing what to take, I took English 1a thinking I would get the classes I didn’t think I would like out of the way.  It was also a way to tank the class, thinking that I couldn’t handle college level writing.  I didn’t.  The teacher liked my writing even if she disagreed with almost every idea.  My classmates loved my writing style and I helped half of them learn to use Word Perfect for DOS to write their papers.  And I Aced the class.  I was stunned because I did all of the writing and the homework while working full time and spending hours commuting on foot.  It felt awesome so I took English 1b.

    But the other students were just astoundingly poor readers and writers which frustrated and angered me because they said I was arrogant because I used big words and wrote in such a precise and wordy style.  When pressed they meant being descriptive, using the English language to its fullest. Using the term that best fit the idea I was trying to convey and writing how I think, feel and ultimately speak.  People who know me through Facebook will realize this immediately when we meet in person.  What you see is what you get, maybe a little toned down.  I am sure if Randy R. reads this, he will remember a time at some fast food place where I almost gave a woman PTSD because of the topic of conversation.  I tend to do that sometimes, it really is a side effect of Asperger’s and I am sure is why my childhood was so unpleasant because I also had very little impulse control.  But I digress.  So I used an excuse and dropped the class, with a W on the transcript.  That was like 1993, right after Bill Clinton took office.

    For most of my life, I worked a dead end minimum wage or slightly higher job.  Always doing something that would cause me to either quit or be asked to not come back.  Often it came because I would irritate coworkers or do something that they misread or misunderstood.  It was not an easy time in my life.  If it were not for a local BBS, called Afterlife and a couple of friends, Mykl and Mark B., I am not sure how I would have survived most of that time.  There was also Rob, Jennifer and Xavier who were my neighbors and people for a incredible period of my life, where I managed to survive on my own, just barely.  I finally began to connect with more people in real life.  I started meeting people from Afterlife and at bars and found friends.  And I drank like a college kid and lived life in the moment, spending incredible time with my friends.  And I had so many different circles and groups of friends, often with very few circles knowing each other.

    In 2009, I decided to take the Cisco classes at American River and took full time units in IT stuff.  I was not prepared for the Cisco Class and fulltime college.  The first semester kicked my ass and it was all I could do to maintain a C average in the easier classes to maintain an A in the cisco classes.  And I crammed.  All the time.  I sat around doing and thinking Cisco.  The tests hurt.  I mean they really left me feeling stupid.  All four semesters.  Ouch.  Yeah.  But I got in to a rhythm with the other classes and got all A’s and B’s.  I had to because I was paying for it on my dime.  But I disliked most of the other students because they just were not nerdy enough and the one nerdy kid, who turned me on to Chrome, was too introverted.  Then I couldn’t get any of the classes I wanted and I gave up because I started getting interviews.

    Now, I have decided to go back with a clear goal in mind.  I want to get a management degree and become a certified project manager.  In the process, I want to experience what it is like to be a full-time college student.  So I am going to treat it like a full-time job and pour myself in to it.  Totally immerse myself in the Community College experience as an Old Guy,  as a Student, as a Nerd, as a Social Networker.  Through my blogs, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram I will tell this story to you through my eyes, in my voice.  This blog is dedicated to my family, my friends, both real life and cyber because I don’t really make a distinction, and my followers.  Yeah, like I have followers.   As always, I love and appreciate you taking the time to read this, like this, subscribe to this blog and leave comments and feedback.  Oh and this is a shout out to Mykl.  How’s this for you? (Edited for grammar and spelling. Thanks Ralph!)

     
  • Old Guy Student 4:30 pm on January 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Shared People Watching. 

    Awesome girl I met at American River College today. She had her cheek and abdomen pierced.

    Awesome girl I met at American River College today. She had her cheek and abdomen pierced.

     
    • mykl 2:06 am on April 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Is this a re post ?
      I seem to remember her

      Like

      • Old Guy Student 2:08 am on April 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I got rid of Tumblr. Moved everything here since I seem to be getting more likes and comments here then ever before.

        Like

  • Old Guy Student 4:30 pm on January 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Jessica… 

    So this morning was just really unpleasant for me, it was 27 degrees outside and there was ice on all of my windows.  Since this only happens once a year, I do not have an ice scraper.
Then when I arrived on Campus, I found a great space, except that some inconsiderate idiot had already decided to park next to it and he was so far over the line that I could not park in the space and exit the vehicle.  Then Starbucks told me that they could not accept my card for coffee, since the terminal was down.  It was just not my day.
Then as the sun cut through the morning clouds, it made me realize how long the girl at the next table’s eye lashes were.  As I looked at her and realized how beautiful she was, I realized it was an excellent opportunity to make someone smile.  So I got up and went over to her table.
I explained to her that I was only there to tell her that I thought she was beautiful, ask her name and take her picture for this blog.  Stupid me forgot to setup my phone to take her picture, because the smile that she gave me when I said it was amazing.  She then smiled again as I took this picture, and while amazing, it was not the same.
So thank you Jessica Hernandez, for making my morning a little less awful, just by being yourself and having an amazing smile.  I win.

    So this morning was just really unpleasant for me, it was 27 degrees outside and there was ice on all of my windows.  Since this only happens once a year, I do not have an ice scraper.

    Then when I arrived on Campus, I found a great space, except that some inconsiderate idiot had already decided to park next to it and he was so far over the line that I could not park in the space and exit the vehicle.  Then Starbucks told me that they could not accept my card for coffee, since the terminal was down.  It was just not my day.

    Then as the sun cut through the morning clouds, it made me realize how long the girl at the next table’s eye lashes were.  As I looked at her and realized how beautiful she was, I realized it was an excellent opportunity to make someone smile.  So I got up and went over to her table.

    I explained to her that I was only there to tell her that I thought she was beautiful, ask her name and take her picture for this blog.  Stupid me forgot to setup my phone to take her picture, because the smile that she gave me when I said it was amazing.  She then smiled again as I took this picture, and while amazing, it was not the same.

    So thank you Jessica Hernandez, for making my morning a little less awful, just by being yourself and having an amazing smile.  I win.

     
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