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We Shouldn’t Celebrate Birthdays Once We’ve Passed 21

on 5 May, 2014

Blah. Bah humbug. Grrr. Sigh.

Definitely not a lover of birthdays. Well, not at least my own. I don’t recognize the person in the mirror staring back at me. I’ve not become my mother; not even a female version of my dad. Sometimes I think I look like my maternal grandmother Bertha… God love the woman. She was the only person in three generations that I was taller than. By about a half inch. Tough old lady, loved her like crazy.

So, where was I? Oh yeah… today marks another year gone. I don’t worry about death… rather I worry about being bored to death. Ha.

I’m still trying to figure out what to do in this stage of my life. I would still consider Europe, but it would have to be soon or my health isn’t gonna get me there and back. Knees are just about gone. And the more time I spend babying my knees, the less exercise to get and the heavier I get. Damned cycle of degeneration.

Weird thing about my career too. I am at a point of diminishing return. I mean, I have the skills and experience to do just about anything (and everything) but I’ve garnered a pay scale that most companies do not want to pay. I mean, what’s the difference between someone with 25 years of experience and someone with 10? And considering that computer technology changes so often and so drastically, that some of the technology I’ve worked with isn’t even around any more. So, how is that experience applicable?

q4001Although, I will let you in on a little secret… one of the skills and experience I have is with AS400 (that’s mainframe computing for the less technology experienced). And some companies – usually one that requires lots of computing power (like insurance or banking) – still use it. But God help me, that technology is so frustrating and aggravating that it hurts me physically. I really want to work on the new stuff, mobile platform stuff and the latest technologies. I just don’t seem to have an edge there.

Actually, as of late, I am thinking I would like to do something else. If I could only hit on the right idea or business model and just work for myself. I love messing around with the furniture, but there isn’t really enough there to be a business. Besides, if I turned it into a business, I know I wouldn’t like it as much. If at all.

It stands to reason for most things. One thing I thought about doing is long-arm quilting. Not only for others, but hell, for me too.DSC02435 I cleaned out the attic storage for the yard sale last weekend and found two large bins.  These weren’t any ordinary bins, but ones filled to the brim with quilt tops that need to be finished. And at the current rate of an average of fifty bucks apiece, I am looking at (at the very least) $5,000 to $6,000 and probably more like the $10,000 mark, which would more than pay for the price of the machine. And then I could actually start doing this as a service for other people. I still have to do some research to see if it is feasible as a business and if it would be something I would even like to do for the foreseeable future.

I’ve even just thought about taking a run of the mill retail job. Like at Jo-Ann’s. It wouldn’t pay as much as I am used to, but I would have the pressures and expectations of a technology sector job. But perhaps, maybe the rewards wouldn’t either.

The downside (?) of being a techno-geek. LOL

Either way, I am going to have to do something soon. I almost say this as a joke, but I think I have watched (and re-watched) everything worth watching on television, iTunes, Netflix and the cable movie channels. I really need something a little more structured in my life. But speaking of watching television, I am still investigating the possibility of being a closed caption transcriptionist. You know, one of those people who write the on-screen dialog for movies and television. This has a real potential, I think, as I could do this from home and maybe even do it on my own schedule.

So, today was a relatively nothing day, other than I got to spend the entire day with my most favorite person: The Kid. And we watched our favorite movie “John Carpenter’s The Thing” for like the three thousandth time. Several of our inside jokes revolve around this movie. It’s awesome. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. If for no other reason than Kurt Russell in the 80’s. 🙂

thing8And so ends another uneventful birthday. And tomorrow promises to be just like today.



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