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Prompt for the Day-“The Road Less Traveled”

The vagabonds from the Daily Press division of Word Press chose “The Road Less Traveled” for today’s prompt to start us on our creation’s journey.  Then they added two simple statements:”Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.”

Prompt triggered a poetry memory of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken“.

Left to go out of state to College Alone

Had received a full ride scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University.  Was only 17 when I left home alone.  Knew absolutely no one at the school I would be attending.  Had I attended a local school, would have never ended up meeting the man I would end up marrying!

He was not a student, but we met through an on-line dating service at the end of my sophomore year.  Had just gotten over a bad break up with the guy I was dating at the end of my freshman year.  He was a little TOO possessive of me.  The guy actually broke into the apartment I was living in by myself!  Took a pair of my underwear.  Tried informing the local police of his actions, but they just laughed at me!

Would have never gotten the internship that started my career into computer networking had I attended a local school.  Got to meet major players in the networking industry first hand.  Made friends that would remain with me for the rest of my life.

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Prompt for the Day: “Right to Brag”

The highly intelligent people at the Daily Post portion of Word Press produced the daily prompt for today of “Right to Brag“.  They gave us the following words of encouragement to get us started “Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.”

Upon my graduation from Southwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and minor in physics, I was the first person to graduate with at least a four year degree of any sorts from my mother’s family.  Unfortunately, still am.

Got my first job while still in college as an intern with a dairy company.  Helped them build and then manage their Novell Netware installations in the mid-west part of the United States of America.  From there I left for a major networking company called Paranet.  It was purchased by Sprint before my first actual date of employment.  As Sprint’s slimy company started altering our close knit environment of mentoring each other for their love of money, I relocated to another location of the company in Colorado hoping to get back what I thought we had been loosing.  Turned out the love for money over employees culture was much worse there.  Left that company for another consulting firm competitor.

The competitor was evil from the get-go!  Lasted just a few months with them.  Started looking for a different type of employment.  Was hired, before I quit the evil company.

Got my start in the growing DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) company known as Rhythms Netconnections.  Was the most fun I had experienced in a long time at work.  After getting integrated into their company, switched to their night shift.  Worked on their layer three networking team. Excelled at finding and resolving routing loops caused by the engineering team being careless in trying to grow our network too fast.  Was really good at taking good notes of my finds, by capturing screen shots of the traffic patterns proving the loops!

Unfortunately, the company was forced to file bankruptcy.  Was let go like way too many of my coworkers.  Was forced to file for unemployment for the first time in my life.

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Today’s Prompt: Decisions, Decisions

The prompt from the highly intelligent wordsmiths from the daily post at word press is “Decisions, Decisions”. Yes I am aware many colleges are starting their fall term here in the United States right now, but those decisions should have been made a long time before it is time to actually start the enrollment process!

Remember when you were little? What job did you always dream of holding down when you grew up? For me, I wanted to be an astronaut. Figured I should pursue a career in aerospace engineering, to further that goal. Dug into my dream career in high school a little more and to hold the position I wanted on the shuttle crew, I would need to join the U.S. Air Force. At the end of my junior year in high school, had a military recruiter promise to get me an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs but because of my young age (entered kindergarten when I was only four years old) my parents would have to sign the paperwork to agree to let me in.

My parents refused to sign, so I lost that appointment and chance to go to school free of charge. Had to find another way to fund my college career. Won a full ride scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University due to my academics while in high school.

Was used to working as a full time hired hand on our family farm while growing up, but my parents told me not to get a job while I was in college. Here I was, over six hours away from home, all alone with extra time on my hands. The course load I had chosen was much harder than anything I had experienced so far in my sheltered little life. At the age of 17, developed a drinking problem.

Took over a year of steady drinking for me to catch on to what was happening in my life. Two of my college friends and I were drinking basically every day. Started out with rum and coke, but ended up just going with straight rum. Knew my father’s side of the family couldn’t have a decent time without the addition of an alcoholic beverage, but come to find out my mother’s side had the same problem! My best computer coding required the addition of alcohol! Lost my scholarship after my freshman year, because my grades had slipped too far. That and I had found out I could never become an astronaut because of my lack of height. (Only five feet one inch tall. Needed to be at least five feet four inches,)

Returned to go to summer school to try to get my grades back up. Got a job as a dorm night shift front desk attendant over the summer. Switched to a better dorm and got a job as a front desk attendant there. About half way through the year, went back home to get some of the things I had left there like my vanity, bed, dresser, and my parents gave me their car so I could try to find a better job. Came across some pictures on my camera that I had no idea who had taken them or who was involved. That sobered me up really quick . Spring break my sophomore year all my suite mates left for the long weekend.

I dumped away every last drop of alcohol down the drain. Then went to work cleaning up our suite. Threw empty boxes, bottles, every reminder I could find of the mess I’d let my life become. Then my body started going through withdrawal. Glad there was no one else that needed the bathroom as much as I was throwing up! By the time my roommate had made it back to the dorms, the worst of the shakes was over.

She was able to let me know who was there when the pictures had been taken. My greatest fear, that I had changed clothes in the same room with the guys never happened. I had came back to our room and changed clothes alone in the bathroom! Was an extremely long year! Lost my scholarship, conquered my drinking problems, and was forced to grow up.