I once wanted to be a social worker. I thought with my past I would make a good one. I have experience with addictions and mental illness. I could use my life experiences to help others; my goal was to be a good secular humanist. Well, a reader of the blog contacted me and dissuaded me from becoming one. “It is the hardest and most thankless job you could ever have,” she wrote me. “And you get paid crap!” That dashed my hopes and grand dreams. I was already enrolled in college at the time and on track to become one.
I am a man possessed tonight. I want my mother’s big flat screen LCD HDTV. Dad bought it for her for Christmas a few years ago and she has never turned it on once. I noticed today that it had analog hookups for a computer. I am having dreams of having lots of computer screen real estate. Mom can’t make any decisions on her own so I just called dad to inquire about it.
“Pretty please?” I pleaded of the television. “I am so excited about it!”
“Let me think about it,” dad said, sounding wary.
He didn’t sound too enthusiastic about the idea. I think the TV was pretty expensive being an high definition model. But what good is it sitting in mom’s bedroom and never being used? I would put it to good use and get loads of enjoyment out of it. I tried to tell dad that I would just be “borrowing” it.
I also did something today that I will probably get in trouble with dad for. I called and upgraded my Internet service to 8 megs download speed. It will cost fifteen extra dollars a month. When dad gets the bill next month, he is gonna flip! I will try to justify it by saying it is only fifteen dollars a month and it is my money after all.