Monday, October the 10th, 2005

We go through this year after year, but this time I thought I’ll jump the gun a little.

I’m officially entering my mind-twenties in a couple of days (No, you don’t have to break your piggy bank getting me something from my Amazon wish list. <cough>cheapo</cough>). As exciting a period this might seem for most folk, I seem to have associated with it numerous non-positive connotations. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time bitching about it to the only person who’s willing to listen, my mom.

I won’t bore you with the details, but the crux of the issue is that I feel I’ve been around long enough, and yet done so little.

» Found no cure for a major disease.
» In a more general sense, haven’t been terribly useful to mankind.
» No stellar intellectual achievement (or recognition, like the Nobel prize).
» No supremely intelligent, sensitive, significant other.
» No ultimately loyal friends who’d be willing to take a bullet for me in a battlefield.
» On a more materialistic level, no many-millions of dollars in the bank, fancy palaces or personal jets.

Anyway, I went on and on about these and more when she kept trying to get me to acknowledge that I am not “that old” yet, and have amounted to something.

But the fact remains, even when I look back at my own parents, by this time in their lives they’d done a lot more.

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6 Responses to “I’m aging”

  1. pUl| says:

    Once again, HB :)
    Aside: So would you care to drop by the Rackham Auditorium to learn about innovation, new opportunities and the excitement and rewards of careers in computer science ;)

  2. wahgnube says:


    And with regards to the Gates talk, I was interested, until I realized the bastards were CHARGING us poor students to listen to the great visionary (sarc.) talk. (That, plus tickets were sold out a long time ago.)

    They didn’t charge us when Larry Page (google founder, who apparently studied here) was here–but then again, he wasn’t the best of public speakers either.

  3. anita says:

    happy birthday!

    unfortunately, now you’ve made ME depressed about my upcoming birthday and lack of accomplishments…

  4. pUl| says:

    And you’re saving some money again ;)

  5. wahgnube says:

    anita: Thanks!

    And sorry, that wasn’t the intention.

  6. wahgnube says:

    pUl|: Yeah I’m channelling money from other sources toward the whole “car savings” account—it just crossed the 12.1 grand milestone.

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