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October 5, 2009 12:29:12 AM

I've been on Tom's a lot more often of late and it seems to me that there is a fine mix of young and a bit older that makes up the community. With that said, I'm curious as to what kind of education the members have, i.e. a lot of college students with computer science majors or just a lot of general enthusiasts with differing backgrounds, educationally speaking of course.

I guess I’ll begin. My education has absolutely nothing to do with computers, engineering, or technology. Rather, I have an MPA (Masters in Public Administration).

Anyone else?

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October 5, 2009 1:52:07 AM

lol. I'm still a senior in high school. :lol:  Aiming at a CS major from VT or GMU.
October 5, 2009 11:36:40 PM

Speaking of the 'bit' older, I own an undergraduate degree in education. Wife is a doctor. Have owned multiple small businesses including small corporations for the past 25 years including a family practice in Orange Co. CA. I'm fifty-four and look seventy-four. Proud of my 22 year old daughter. She began her Master's degree coursework in Psychology this semester.
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October 5, 2009 11:41:53 PM

Shadow703793 said:
lol. I'm still a senior in high school. :lol:  Aiming at a CS major from VT or GMU.



Wow. I graduated from high school in 1973 at the age of 17. If I remember correctly, it all happened on Mars. :lol: 

PS. I have atteneded my 10, 20 and 30 year reunions! 40 year reunion is 2013. If I'm not dead, I'm going. :ouch: 

It's funny, when you go to one of these things you wonder if you are in the right room. Everyone is so old and you don't recognize anyone!
October 6, 2009 12:03:49 AM

Ah the joys of college and paying for it, eh badge? lol. VT is a great school, especially for a CS program- the best of the luck getting in and doing well.

I'm only 24, so I haven't been to any HS reunions yet. It should be interesting to go to the 10 year one though. I'm contemplating going back and getting a Ph.D., as I seem to miss school and the job market is complete crap right now. Figure I might as well do something I want to do instead of something I hate.
October 6, 2009 12:18:14 AM

I think you have noble aspirations which is a quality we could all use and have a little more of. Myself, I hope to expand my studies in the field of Graffiti creativity and installation. Really, I want my Psy.D., but it's not going to happen. I'll just have to rememeber what could have been with my time spent with Sally Jesse Raphael. One evening as part of a taping of her show could have led to bigger things had she not been married to 'him'.

While sitting around at my 30 year reunion, an old neighborhood friend came over with a lady and sat down at the table. She immediately said, 'Hey, remember me!?" "Remember all the things we used to do!" I said, "uhh, no?" She said,"'come one how could you forget!" Anyway this went on back and fourth like this as I turned greater shades of red. I mean, think about...did something really happen!!! Ya' know! My old buddy was pulling a joke one me. He put her up to it! He had me fooled and I was worried something really did happen there for a while. It's fun to meet the people you went to high school with when everyone is old and look nothing like the way you remember them.

Edited for Writer's embellishments.
October 6, 2009 1:09:54 AM

I'm a high school senior as well. I'm planning on going to UW Madison or to University of Minnesota for a CS or Software Engineering degree.
October 7, 2009 2:52:41 AM

I graduated with my BA in criminal justice in 2005. I did vo-tech training in A+ and Novell networking. I did 2 years in college of programming in COBOL, visual basic, and CIS core classes. I now work in a bank IT department. I also have my own small side business in PC repair and custom building.
October 7, 2009 3:11:13 AM

wow i am out classed by all of you. i droped out of school at the age of 17. smoked to many drugs untill i was 30 now i am 34 i own two house have one kid and another on the was, i am the manger of a large auto repair shop but am not a mechainc. just makes me wonder were i could have been if i did not waste 10 years of my like smoking drugs.
October 7, 2009 11:54:06 AM

tomcat_93 said:
wow i am out classed by all of you. i droped out of school at the age of 17. smoked to many drugs untill i was 30 now i am 34 i own two house have one kid and another on the was, i am the manger of a large auto repair shop but am not a mechainc. just makes me wonder were i could have been if i did not waste 10 years of my like smoking drugs.


And I'm 31, got a degree in Multimedia Development, smoked no drugs but I'm stuck in a dead-end job renting a shithole of a house, let alone OWNING two of them.

Somehow I don't think you've been outclassed - you have yourself sorted now, that's what counts dude!
October 7, 2009 10:40:55 PM

I concur. An education helps, but it isn't everything. A lot of it has to do with drive and your willingness to succeed. One cannot be out classed based upon those qualities.
October 8, 2009 12:38:09 AM

29, majored in Soc. at UCLA. Started writing about tech as a freshman in college while studying EE.
October 8, 2009 12:52:22 AM

buwish said:
I've been on Tom's a lot more often of late and it seems to me that there is a fine mix of young and a bit older that makes up the community. With that said, I'm curious as to what kind of education the members have, i.e. a lot of college students with computer science majors or just a lot of general enthusiasts with differing backgrounds, educationally speaking of course.

I guess I’ll begin. My education has absolutely nothing to do with computers, engineering, or technology. Rather, I have an MPA (Masters in Public Administration).

Anyone else?


No masters, just mechanical design BS. Interpret that the way you like, it works both ways :) 
October 8, 2009 1:06:35 AM

Junior in High School here. Planning to go to Airforce, if not, probably go to business end at University of Utah

After all this, I may return to my homenation, Belarus, for all I know...
October 8, 2009 1:20:34 AM

badge said:
Wow. I graduated from high school in 1973 at the age of 17.


I resemble that remark .... 1972 and 17 also.....1976 college grad and the military draft ended on the day after I registered !
October 8, 2009 2:28:53 AM

What a mix already! I'll add to that: Arts in college, then on to a B. S. in mechanical engineering in 1980.
October 18, 2009 8:47:00 PM

Wow Jack, that is luck right there. I have a B.A. in history (American history) as well and really, it seems like the late 60's to the mid 70's seems like a very interesting time to come of age in the U.S. My father, who graduated HS in 1968 fell literally 10 numbers short of being drafted. That would have scared the crap out of me, much less knowing that at anytime one could be drafted.

Then again, I my grandfather was a military man (Air Force) and served in Korea, amongst many other duties throughout his career. But he always told me that he would chain me to anything to keep me from joining up. So who knows.
October 18, 2009 9:22:35 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I resemble that remark .... 1972 and 17 also.....1976 college grad and the military draft ended on the day after I registered !

Lucky man!
October 18, 2009 9:38:56 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Lucky man!


The Vietnam war ended in April of '73. I graduated in June of '73. Most guys, like myself, assumed they would be drafted while I attended high school.
October 18, 2009 9:41:19 PM

senior in high school as well, planning on Aero Engineering at Purdue in the fall, then probably some sort of higher education after that. Might try some ROTC (Air Force).
October 18, 2009 9:41:37 PM

I'm a 22 HS graduate with no college education. I took a few vocational courses in highschoole but mostly selftaught. Earned my A+ and now work in the IT department (Helpdesk) at the hospital where I was born. It has been voted Most Wired Hospital in the country two years running now. =)

I do plan to go back to school and earn my BS in CS (IU Bloomington) so I can be more versatile and make more money.
October 18, 2009 9:52:41 PM

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it seems like the late 60's to the mid 70's seems like a very interesting time to come of age in the U.S.

The cold war. The US taking on the spread of Communism (Russia and China). Witness Korea and Vietnam. All of Asia including Japan would ne communist if not for our troops presence at the 38th parrellel for the past 50+ years. My grade school had a shelter in the basement in case of nuclear attack.

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My father, who graduated HS in 1968 fell literally 10 numbers short of being drafted. That would have scared the crap out of me, much less knowing that at anytime one could be drafted.


My birthdate was drawn during the draft lottery when I was 17. Had I been 18 and out of school, I would have been drafted. I remember registering for the draft when I turned 16.


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Then again, I my grandfather was a military man (Air Force) and served in Korea, amongst many other duties throughout his career. But he always told me that he would chain me to anything to keep me from joining up. So who knows.


My Dad served one year on the ground at the 38th parrellel in combat in Korea. He was a Marine marksman who's job was to make contact with and probe the enemy. He was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Medals. His Company wanted to put him up for the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in Korea. Of the 100 men of his original company that landed on the beaches of Korea and dug in, He was one of five that came home. He was with the First Marine Division, First Battalion. First Batallion is one of the most famous, heralded fighting forces in US history. At 18, when I graduated from High School I asked him if I should join up. He explained he had such a hard time, I could find other careers to pursue. My dad raised me. To describe my dad in a sentence, "a cross between Fred Flintstone and John Wayne." He taught me so many things about life. He was great. My life changed forever when He passed.
October 18, 2009 10:30:37 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Lucky man!



In case of nuclear attack, you can find shelter here in my grade school's basement. The foundation is made of stone and was built by capable German builders in 1920. When the initial explosion causes the the very air molecules you breathe to explode in a chain reaction, you will be safe. :lol: 

October 18, 2009 10:43:19 PM

@ Shadow703903. I wanted to remind you the young men of my generation's participation in M/W/F mandatory gym class was a major factor in the defeat of Russia some years ago.
October 19, 2009 2:29:22 AM

^ and now all we can defend against is the twinky attack... Wanted to say nice story Badge, 95% loss? Your dad is a lucky guy.

Might as well be 30yo male here. Got my BS degree from the CSU system in Business administration. Went the dual option route, focused in Accounting and MIS. Was going to be Accounting and Finance, but I met the worlds worst instructor my first semester and switched to MIS.

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Aiming at a CS major


Wait, you can MAJOR in Counter Strike?!?!?!? LOL
October 19, 2009 2:33:38 AM

Well Degree in Electrical Eng Nice that I know how computers Work LOL but I don't use it much in my job 11 Years as Network Eng. 30 years old WAY to many computers in my house lets see 12 desktops 4 laptops 2 projecters lalalala :)  hoby and a job love it.

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October 19, 2009 4:36:49 AM

Indeed. My main concentration in history (they usually let us pick something we liked within the range of "American History") was the Cold War. It's an obsessive topic for me, as I've even been to Russia to scour the archives on more than one occasion (don't try and learn Russian or any other Slavic languages, it's a pain in the a$$; hence, why I went with public admin. in grad school). Needless to say, times have indeed changed since the Vietnam era and the end of the Cold War; for the better I believe. and in everyday life, obviously. We're still fighting, but we're not threatening to blow up the world.

On my trips to Russia I met some young Russians around my age who had never met an American (a city called Ryazan is one of my favorite spots; it smaller than Moscow and close, like a 12 hour train ride), much less, their parents who still kind of looked at me apprehensively. I really don't have a preconceived notion of Russians being "the Devil," as I was born in 1985 (I'm not assuming anyone older would either), but man alive, some of their parent(s) and grandparents still had those ideas drilled into their heads. The Soviet propaganda machine was a beast. I highly recommend going to Russia one day; it's a very unique place in the world.

That's indeed incredible about your father badge. No one ever really discusses Korea, but the fact of the matter is that we were there and lives were lost on both sides. From what I've gotten out of my grandmother, I believe my grandfather was some sort of officer involving planes, i.e. the ones that dropped the bombs. He never talked about it and I don't blame him. Hell, he never really talked about his career, but it was a success as far as a military career goes: He got out a one star (brig. general). So like you badge, it was probably for the best that I took his advice on the matter.
October 19, 2009 5:15:39 AM

Well. Interesting my daughter was born in 1987, two years younger than you and she began her Master's work in September. You just completed yours and are thinking about a doctorate. My wife keeps leading the daughter on (monetarily) to become a Psy.D. My daughter is a lot like my father personality wise. She has an outstanding personality and a lot character. My wife knows what she is doing. She was a full time faculty professor for six years at Washington University in St. Louis. We have been in private practice for like 23 years now since she left the University. Not only is my wife a superior doctor (clinically working on people with her hands) she has book brains. After all these years I have finally allowed her brilliant status competeing with me! I am slipping. LOL!

Yeah, my dad had a hard time. The bombs would lift him up and slam him to ground. It ws all right on top of him. His ears bled from the concussion because his ear drums were damaged. One night the bombs landed diretly on the hiole He just left earlier. It was hellacious. The Chinese of course flooded down out of China and backed the N. Koreans. They were thick. When they kill one of his buddies, they would hang him up in the barbed wire and train all their gns on him and wait for the Marines to come and get him. The Marines will never leave one of their own. Men lost their lives trying to get their buddy out. Sometimes it was useless. He had machine gun holes shot through the canteen hanging on his belt crawling around in the dark. He was shot in the chest and his bullet proof vest saved him. A broken collar bone out it. My dad was part American Indian and an excellent woodsman. He was ambedexterious and could fire his BAR Browing automtic from either shoulder. He could carry a tow sack of grenades with him and not make a sound. He was like a spook in the woods. Anyway, the Marines would napalm the entire area if they couldn't recover a lost man. ...you still there. There are no athiests in foxholes.

My wife and kids travel a lot together. I usually stay behind and tend to business. I want to tour Europe someday. Nice you met some people in Russia and actually experienced how they lived. My kids have a lot of relatives in foreign countrys and have spent considerable time with the country folk. I will experience Europe from the Hilton. What do you expect from a long time Anglo-Saxon who chooses not to get directly involved with the long history of the Anglo-Saxon wars. 8).

I'm a history buff. I have read many books about war, a lot about the Civil War. Also about Korea and WWII. I'd like to say I know a lot about Europe and the history of war through the western ages, but I have a coffe table book understanding. If wouldn't be here if Mel Gibson ahd not freed my family form the Sherrif. No way my ancestors would pay thiose kind of taxes. Hell, my family would kill you for tapping into a water siource that crossed their peoperty! LOL! I also am a big fan of Robin Hood. He is one of my favorite Saxon's when it comes to tactical warfare. Did I mention my name is one of the most famous names in Scotland although it has never held the throne. When I was in my twenys, I had to give false names to protect that fact. LOL!
October 19, 2009 5:43:33 AM

4745454b wrote:

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^ and now all we can defend against is the twinky attack...


That was a huge issue during the last election. I was sick of listening to and watching the talking heads. I just left Paula Zahn all day and thought about other things.
October 19, 2009 6:00:00 AM

I envy that: Having a wife/woman in your life who constantly challenges you, intellectually and other wise. I've always found those kind of women hard to find. Much less any friends in general that do the same. O well, I guess that's why they made online dating sites (just joking)!
October 19, 2009 8:11:45 AM

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I envy that: Having a wife/woman in your life who constantly challenges you, intellectually and other wise. I've always found those kind of women hard to find.


Speaking of things that may cause you envy. When I was in my early twenties I managed to get my girlfriend a job as a topless dancer. True. It was an experience I flashback to sometimes. Bars, fights, kaos, powerful women with pants full of money and cowboy hats. I distinctly remember the cowboy hat was not worn on her head.
October 19, 2009 8:19:44 AM

My o my, we do have a lot in common! I dated a "stripper" for two WHOLE months when I was in school (talk about having issues finding someone to challenge me). Needless to say, I didn't mind the free cover to get into her "place of employment." Trouble was, the old jealousy instinct of sorts kicked in after a while. I couldn't stand it! So I decided it was best to end the ordeal out of fear that I would get myself into trouble with someone or many individuals a lot bigger than me.
October 19, 2009 8:27:01 AM

LOL! Wow! I am not only surprised I am impressed and certainly envious! I lived with Cindy for a while. I long for the days of late afternoon walks to the drug store to pick upm a few things for her 'evening job'. My order was to buy a pair of nylons, a pair of earings and bottle of Mad Dog! You have no idea how many times I did that, walked back to the apartment, watch her dress and then drive her to work. It affected me. I thought of becomming male stripper. Then the liquor kicked in and I came to a means with reality. I remember her jumpingout of the car one night with all the money. Or maybe she saiod she threw the mioney out the widow. I was looking for it, or her, out in a field. Then there were the after closing parties at my apartment. You don't want know, it's really boring, honestly. Finally she ran off with her cousin. I believed it at the time. She was that kind of girl LOL! What a biatch.
October 19, 2009 8:34:22 AM

My girlfriend in college was special, at least I found her that way. She broke up with her third husband by setting the house on fire and flying to live (hide) in Hawaii for several years. The thing I liked most about her was disposition. She ran with the Hell's Angels and drove along with Grace Slick in the Jeff Airplanes mercedes when Slick purchased a Rolls Royce in Beverly Hills. I met Miss DeJaynes shortly after she came out of early retirement living somewhere in the underbrush of the mountains of Malibu/Santa barabra area. She was good for me. I was grateful she did not stab me like her second husband.
October 19, 2009 12:07:29 PM

Your stories and the stories of many other still confirm my paradigm, not theory, but paradigm: Women are nuts. I'm sure they think of us as nuts, but each one seems to have a "streak" or some instinct that makes them go crazy (or crazier) after they have been with me for awhile. They seem just fine at first, but after awhile, it's like they turn into someone else. Either that or I have a bad eye when it comes to finding them!
October 19, 2009 9:40:48 PM

buwish said:
Your stories and the stories of many other still confirm my paradigm, not theory, but paradigm: Women are nuts. I'm sure they think of us as nuts, but each one seems to have a "streak" or some instinct that makes them go crazy (or crazier) after they have been with me for awhile. They seem just fine at first, but after awhile, it's like they turn into someone else. Either that or I have a bad eye when it comes to finding them!


I remember being twenty-five and thinking the same thing. What was I doing wrong to not make every woman who I came in contact with not want to bed me on sight. Then I realized. I had been brainwashed all along. As a young boy, then adolesent think about how you tried so hard to 'please' young women, a potential mate whom you would lick to sleep in your dreams. Of couse we men matured and grew up as confused as a single cell amoeba with our harmones running wild much like an elephant with a toothache. Think. This is what is at the heart of you're desires. So much effort and time in trying to figure out how exactly, "do I make her love me?" Like David Bowie sang, "Is it any wonder?"

October 20, 2009 2:53:09 AM

buwish said:
Your stories and the stories of many other still confirm my paradigm, not theory, but paradigm: Women are nuts. I'm sure they think of us as nuts, but each one seems to have a "streak" or some instinct that makes them go crazy (or crazier) after they have been with me for awhile. They seem just fine at first, but after awhile, it's like they turn into someone else. Either that or I have a bad eye when it comes to finding them!


You haven't read my book ? After that guy wrote "Men are From Mars....Women are from Venus", I wrote "Men Are Crazy and Women are Freakin Nutz !.

After 20 years of marriage I have discovered a lot of things .....

-Why do most men die before their wives ?..... cause they want to.

-Marriage is a wonderful institution, but just how long should each of us be institutionalized ?

- Check my sig
October 22, 2009 11:56:19 PM

Genius book. Wonder why it wasn't on the NY Times' Best Seller List? lol! All I know is that I would buy it faster than I buy gas, which is often (who knew gas guzzlers who prefer 93 octane + cost more to "maintain?") Where did you come up with or where did you get those quotes? I must have them all! This way I can plaster them to my bathroom mirror so I have something to enlighten me on daily basis. Thank god, this forum make up appears to be <5% women or my ass would be grass right now (it's like it won't be later).
October 23, 2009 10:42:53 AM

Women. Don't mess with them.

October 23, 2009 1:13:04 PM

I'm 31 with a technology and business degree (4 year and 6 year). Have worked in an I.T. related field for the past 12 years.
October 23, 2009 1:40:37 PM

Just turned 30, still look like i'm 21 (thanks dad for the highly-evolved superior genes)

I work in the NOC for Avaya's # 1 business partner. (look it up)

Graduated High school at the age of 18, yes, i stayed back in the 8th grade, and i WAS smoking pot and partying at a young age, but i do not use any of that as an excuse for staying back, it was me being lazy and that's it.

Got average grades throughout high school, barely got accepted to the colleges i applied for, and decided not to go.

Worked for my father's jewelry company for a few years until he sold it for 12 million, then went to New England Institute of Technology where i got straight A's in courses that didn't teach me anything. (yes, i was still smoking and partying)

Got a hot, tall smoke-show of a girlfriend who i would kill for.

Have a side business of building PC's/fixing PC's and anything that involves electronics.

My future plans are to own a legit company and live comfortably, i'm not greedy.

I also dabble in the tech-sector of the stock market. AMD has been an emotional rollercoaster for me these past few weeks...
October 24, 2009 10:47:26 AM

The power of perseverance isn't to be underestimated. Never give up on what you're after in life (regardless of what that may be), ya know?

Badge- that sign is hysterical! I've saved it as a reminder not to piss a woman off.
October 24, 2009 4:53:22 PM

37 (today!!) BS degree in Psychology from Univ of CA. working in tech for 12 years now. Currently sys admin for a big internet company. Have been working for big internet companies for 9 years.
October 24, 2009 5:12:29 PM

This thread has been really interesting, thanks everyone for contributing to it. I didn't know the Tom's community was so diverse.

As for my education, it's been an interesting one. In high school, I was the first-place student in the Orange County Academic Decathlon, a National AP Scholar, a National Hispanic Scholar, I got a near-perfect score on the SAT, and had a 4.5 GPA (AP and Honors classes were out of 5, not 4, at my high school).

I was in the top 2.5% of my high school graduating class, and I was accepted into one of the top three liberal arts colleges in the country (Swarthmore College). In my freshman year there, I did well enough in my Classics courses (I was a Latin major), that they offered me six grand in funding to go learn Ancient Greek at UC Berkeley over the summer.

At Berkeley, I met the girl of my dreams (Classics major, intellectual, gamer, geek, vegetarian, and with similar religious leanings). Upon returning to Swarthmore, I began having serious mental and physical health problems. I ended up having to withdraw and drop out.

Upon returning to my parents' home in Southern California, my physical well-being deteriorated even further, resulting in several trips to the emergency room. I ended up having to have my gallbladder completely removed in an emergency operation. It turns out that I had developed more than a dozen gallstones, all of which had proceed to tear through the lining of my gallbladder, spilling bile into my abdominal cavity. It had become severely infected, and I was kept in the hospital for a week (the removal of the gallbladder is usually a minor surgery, with the patient leaving on the same or following day) in order to ensure that my gallbladder hadn't infected my blood.

Anyway, I ended up staying at home with my parents for approximately eight months before finally resuming schooling. This time, however (and due to my expensive medical bills), there was no way that my parents and I would be able to afford the requisite $48,000 yearly bill that comes with going to an elite private school.

So, here I am, twenty years old, starting my college education over completely at Berkeley City College (community colleges just don't have Latin or Greek, it seems), living with my girlfriend, and improving my PC operating and building skills. It's a downgrade in some aspects, but an upgrade in others. Luckily, I'm satisfied (for the most part) with how things turned out, although I really don't know what the hell I'm doing, education-wise. Oh well, I guess I'll figure it out as I go.

Thanks to all of you who actually read this, and sorry for rambling.
October 24, 2009 5:31:46 PM

I'm 49. Georgia Institute of Technology '83, but I had to take a year off in the middle of it to get a load off my mind. That's why I'm deaf in one ear and not twitchy enough for shooters. Started doing light programming and user support in 84. I'm a [lapsed] Novell CNE, proud of the fact that I didn't take classes to get it. I've been in business for myself, but generally prefer the stability of working for others. In addition to the corporate world, I've worked for some small shops and have done a lot of tech work. I still build rigs for myself, family, and friends (and give some away, e.g. to the rescue group where we got our last two cats). "We" includes my wife, Sonia. No kids, three cats. I drive a 2009 Elantra Touring and ride a 2008 Catrike Road.
As for the military angle, my father and brother are former Marines, and my sister flew helicopters for the Navy. I checked into it when Saddam invaded Kuwait, but I'm not eligible. Oh well.
October 24, 2009 6:15:25 PM

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buwish wrote:

Where did you come up with or where did you get those quotes? I must have them all! This way I can plaster them to my bathroom mirror so I have something to enlighten me on daily basis.


Decorative bathroom ideas.


As a rule, the only time you see two people of the opposite sex who have achieved true long-term stability in a marriage is when at least one of them is in a coma.

Most young couples begin married life knowing very little about how to argue with each other, and are forced to learn through trial and error. Creative arguing is the key to a long-lasting marriage.

Time takes its toll on every marriage. The sense of romance and adventure that you feel as you take your wedding vows on that bright Saturday afternoon in June inevitably gives way to familiarity and even boredom, often as early as 8:30 that evening.

At one time it was difficult to get out of a marriage unless there was some kind of very serious problem with it, such as that one or more of the people involved had become deceased. Today, it is easier to get divorced in most states than to get a transmission repaired properly.



October 24, 2009 6:40:04 PM

hello people ! i'm a 24 yo B.S in computer science and engineering , and a java coder by profession . that aside , looks like this had become "life experience thread" and would be reading and replying tomorrow with diligence .

i have also been visiting tom's since i was in school (8th grade) in 1998 . i became genuinely interested in hardware in 2001 when skoar did an article on return to castle wolfenstein and use of dynamic fire , hardware T n L etc and i thought that was good , and gaming realism and even the story lines etc have come a long way since then , and the future is only better .
October 27, 2009 7:28:22 AM

d0n7bl1nk said:


At Berkeley, I met the girl of my dreams (Classics major, intellectual, gamer, geek, vegetarian, and with similar religious leanings). Upon returning to Swarthmore, I began having serious mental and physical health problems. I ended up having to withdraw and drop out.


Happens to the best of us sometimes. I experienced something similar my soph. year of school, but managed to work through it with proper meds and a shrink. I'm a million bucks these days (oddly enough). Sometimes it just hits you unexpectedly, regardless of the cause. It seems like things are starting to get back on track for you though; so keep at it.

Badge, I shall add those quotes of wisdom to the mirror as well!
October 27, 2009 8:25:56 AM

28 myself, and 10+ years USAF where I started working on PC's in 99 (Still Active Duty). (I turned out to be the hardware guru of the shop)
October 27, 2009 4:11:20 PM

21 and about half way through a BASc in Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo in Canada.

Currently doing a coop at a major tech company, doing software development.
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