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Like many of my comrades in ops, I'm in transition. Although I anticipated this and was emotionally prepared for it, it's still difficult.

More later, perhaps. In other news, I might try out for the "Glory Hallelujah" solo tonight if I'm feeling up to it.


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Oct. 21st, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC)
What you said. I think I'm taking it for the kick in the head that it seems to be, and deciding to go back to school, but I'm not quite sure.

And go for it! I practiced that and "Sifuni Leo" last night, figured I'll give it a try. Can't hit that high Ab either, but my Eb is niiiiice and strong. Good luck!
Oct. 21st, 2003 05:43 pm (UTC)
academia and industry
I didn't know you were interested in marine biology. I would've figured you'd want to study music again, since you're so passionate about it.

I have toyed with the idea of going back to school, but in general, the idea doesn't really thrill me. For one, I already have been to quite a lot of school. (I have BS and MS degrees in computer science.) School was not the best experience for me, partially due to academics (long story). But that aside, I don't know if I could justify the cost of school again, considering there may not be any jobs available for any area of study. At this juncture, I don't perceive myself as passionate about a new field of study as ambar, but that may be due to general burnout, demoralization, etc.

In general, I attribute a lot of what has happened in the industry to economics. Too much money was thrown away on dot-coms, and there are people from outside the US who will work cheap, who are able to compete. Except for a few rare cases, being really bright, or really good at academic excellence, may not result in meaningful, lasting employment. I have been thinking that perhaps the solution is to find a way to live very inexpensively so I can at least compete in the marketplace on a salary basis.

Oct. 21st, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: academia and industry
I did the music thing, and just don't know what I'd do with a music degree, honestly. What I want to do is sing, to perform, and nearly every degree is a prep for teaching, which I'm just not into. Not enough patience. Marine bio, however, I'm utterly fascinated by, and I can't imagine not being happy working on/near the ocean.

With all the schooling you've had, I can't blame you for not wanting to go back. It's hard to add a lot more, well, value onto yourself once you get past a certain point. Me, I don't even have a bachelor's, and I'd be starting in an entirely new field, to boot.

Good luck to you (and all of us!) in whatever you do after your time at AV ends. It's hard to imagine anything else after this long, I can guess it's even more wrenching for you, being here longer than I have.
Oct. 23rd, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: academia and industry
Can't argue with what you say about teaching. More later ... very tired now.
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