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On This Day…

December 20, 2013
Just like today, minus a line or two.

Just like today, minus a line or two.

It was a bright, clear, mild Sunday morning. Thousands filed into a modest, rectangular, urban-gray building known as the GSU Sports Arena. Most were there to commemorate the end of a journey begun four or more years before.

I was among the number, capped and gowned in black, waiting for my full name to be read at near-auctioneer speed. Proceed in line, right hand shake the president’s hand, left hand receive from him what I’d worked all those years for. Some deride it as “just a piece of paper,” but I’d never say so. That morning in downtown Atlanta, 15 years ago today, I became a Bachelor of Arts. Today, I’m just a bachelor, doing precious little to practice my art.

I had just begun a job as a repographic engineer (that would be someone who makes photocopies all day) working at a large downtown law firm, making $8.00 an hour and feeling rich. After all, gas sold for a mere $0.699 a gallon that week. The future was bright; what could be better than having just earned a degree in English at the height of the dot-com boom?

Oh what a difference a decade and a half make. The end of the year and the beginning of a new one is always a reflective time, but thinking of this milestone today has me feeling even more introspective than usual. Coincidentally, I received perhaps my last-ever paycheck for teaching public school today. Seems I have much to write about…

Next time. For now, enjoy the #1 song in the USA the week I graduated:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2013 8:07 pm

    I haven’t seen you writing here in a while… maybe because I haven’t been a very diligent writer and going through my own transitions too. But I was shocked to see you were miserable…! Seems to me, you made the right choice for yourself. Please keep writing!!! I always look forward to seeing what you’re up to. Me, I am currently back in San Diego, begrudgingly, and wondering WTF I am doing here?? So, if it makes you feel any better, know that there are people everywhere, waking up in the morning, making their coffee, looking in the mirror as they brush their teeth and going, WTF?!?!
    XO Your favorite stalker…

  2. December 21, 2013 8:08 am

    I agree with you, it’s just a decade and a half – but with the difference ( and the gas price today) it seems like a century :o)

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