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Old 04-02-2007, 12:22 PM   #81
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2Cor,

I can relate....accepted to Stanford (only applied because Dad went to UC Berkely)...and heaven forbid, I did not "live up to my potential" in my parent's eyes much more than my peers. Heaven forbid - I ENLISTED in the Navy! 19 years later, I can say my adult life has been so much more interesting: the being a step-mom of 3 kids at age 24-30, divorce, money problems, not 'finishing' college until '05, or not being married with kids today. (viewing my life as an adventure makes it better, and I will not lose hope! lol) Looking forward to next year's 20th Our 10 year was fun...but I went to a small school and keep in touch with about 10 classmates (there were only 42 in our class!)

Most of your classmates will have to work until they can collect SS!!! How's that one for an ego boost?
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Re: Expensive or just plainly Stupid mistakes you made and wish you didn't
Old 04-02-2007, 12:43 PM   #82
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I would be embarrassed because I feel like I have not lived up to my potential and/or my classmates' expectations. They don't have to be millionaires or former presidents, but I guess I feel like I was given a brain and some talent and a good head start financially by my parents that I haven't really put to good enough use.
Interesting question about the ex. I'm not even sure what stories she would tell about me.
Well, some may see a reunion as subjecting themselves to a brutal oral exam & life audit, but I see reunions as a chance to do the same to all the other people I went to H.S. with. I already know how I turned out, and I'll bet this new crowd hasn't heard my sea stories!
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Well, some may see a reunion as subjecting themselves to a brutal oral exam & life audit, but I see reunions as a chance to do the same to all the other people I went to H.S. with. I already know how I turned out, and I'll bet this new crowd hasn't heard my sea stories!
I think one of my problems is that I view life as a "brutal oral exam".

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And, often, another orifice is involved... :P
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Stupid = Got married.

Expensive = Got divorced.
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Re: Expensive or just plainly Stupid mistakes you made and wish you didn't

I lived in Manhattan in a really cheap but nice rental stabilized apartment for a long time and never bought a condo. In 1991 they were really cheap. I should have bought a place in Manhattan.

......I could be richer now.


The other mistake I made was when I was out of work in the late 1980's, and for a few months I was an assistant to a just-becoming hugely famous artist.He asked me to be his manager/agent.
I decided to go work at the f'in phone company instead for 70 grand a year and then they fired me 4 years later. Now the artist is in all the big museums, graces magazine covers and sells his pieces for millions.

......I could be really richer now and possibly dead considering the lifestyle.

Without a doubt the biggest mistake I ever made was being a smoker from age 14 to 40.
It makes me sick to think about it. I couldn't kick it until 5 years ago.

.....I could have lived longer.
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Re: Expensive or just plainly Stupid mistakes you made and wish you didn't

Just went to my 30th last summer and agree that everybody just seems a lot happier and settled, and I don't think too many people seemed to be trying to impress or spin. We're all just survivors and it was fun to see people, even some I barely remembered. It seems there is only time to speak with a handful of people, though, and then it's all done and you won't see anyone for another ten years. I think the real story is in the people who don't show up. There were plenty who I asked about and learned had lives mired in drug problems etc.

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