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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Excluding the death phase I think you make a very good point. However, young and without real responsibility is something most adults look back upon fondly. I guess it's not such a demarcation for clock punchers, union members, etc. but for people with challenging positions those days of freedom keep a certain nostalgic shine to them.

This made me lol.

You're absolutely right -- I definitely miss the freedom I had in college.. and I'm only two years out!
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

do not agree. some phases of life absolutely suck ass. i mean, ask a doc, maybe an oral surgeon who worked like a maniac in residency and made no money, and then pulls out wisdom teeth 9-5 and makes half a mil a year, or an associate lawyer that has to work over 3000 hours a year and then becomes partner and plays golf all day, if one phase of life crushed another?

i mean, i know i have phases of my life that are way better than others. sure, i mean hopefully even in harder times there are things in ones life that dont suck, but overall, i had some great things happen in my life in harder times, like the birth of some of my children, thank g-d. but i think some phases are way better than others. just my opinion of course.
my grand father in law passed away at 95 i think. he saw all his children and grandchildren get married, and had many great grand children sit on his knee. he stated clearly he was happy and at peace, and ready to move on from this earth.

Well, when you put it that way, sure. But you're also focusing solely on the time / monetary compensation ratio in the above examples. I meant my original statement to compare more general phases in life defined by age, not necessarily occupation and compensation.

Def. believe that your grandfather in law probably passed away in peace. I'd like to think that at that point in life, being around family and loved ones is the only thing you'd want.
post #31757 of 45305
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Well, when you put it that way, sure. But you're also focusing solely on the time / monetary compensation ratio in the above examples. I meant my original statement to compare more general phases in life defined by age, not necessarily occupation and compensation.

yes i hear that, any stage of life can be great (or crappy), but i was saying more than just money. quality of life is greatly diminished in general when you are working all at the time and are sleep deprived and have no life.
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You civilians don't know what sleep deprivation is wink.gif

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i think most parents have a decent idea. wink.gif
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I'd go even further and say that you can't know true terror until you are a parent. My boss's 6 month old daughter had two of her fingers completely severed. Thankfully, they were successfully reattached...but.....jeez....the only thing more frightening than being scared for your own life has to be being scared for your kid's.

 

Good parents...even average parents...don't get enough recognition for what they do.

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Making me happy is heading off for a two day conference tomorrow and I shall eat and drink on everyone's expense accounts.
post #31762 of 45305
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Making me happy is heading off for a two day conference tomorrow and I shall eat and drink on everyone's expense accounts.

The day in which Piob singlehandedly runs businesses out of.. business, via dat seared fois gras and extra dry martini.
post #31763 of 45305
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

finished with college. welcome to unemployment frown.gif

congratulations. y u no look for job yet!! smile.gif

++++

made me happy: we celebrated acidkid 2's 5th birthday over the weekend. I feel blessed to have awesome kids, well except she likes to describe how her shit looks like and how it smells every time she takes a dump.
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I'd go even further and say that you can't know true terror until you are a parent. My boss's 6 month old daughter had two of her fingers completely severed. Thankfully, they were successfully reattached...but.....jeez....the only thing more frightening than being scared for your own life has to be being scared for your kid's.

Good parents...even average parents...don't get enough recognition for what they do.

there's that, and then there's the more subtle fears. Like how the possibility of losing your job or failing in business is so much scarier when you have kids.
post #31765 of 45305
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

finished with college. welcome to unemployment frown.gif

Congrats!

Good luck on the job hunt. Be aggressive and don't give up, something will come along.
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I'd go even further and say that you can't know true terror until you are a parent. My boss's 6 month old daughter had two of her fingers completely severed. Thankfully, they were successfully reattached...but.....jeez....the only thing more frightening than being scared for your own life has to be being scared for your kid's.

Good parents...even average parents...don't get enough recognition for what they do.

I agree completely on the terror thing. Having a kid kicks all sorts of worry into high gear (like the stuff munch mentions), plus it adds all sorts of new stuff.

On the "recognition" thing, however, I have to disagree. I don't think fulfilling responsibilities should entitle people to special recognition. I mean, yes, it's awesome to hear from my wife or family/friends that I'm doing a great job as a father, and that positive reinforcement is a great thing, but I don't really buy that decent parenting suffers from a dearth of recognition from society in general. It's a choice and a responsibility. That being the case, doing it the best you possibly can is really just what you should be doing in the first place.
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I agree, but I also feel admiration when I see great parenting, and I don't think that that admiration is misplaced. As far as normal parenting, I suppose I just respect the difficulty of the task.

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Originally Posted by acidboy View Post

made me happy: we celebrated acidkid 2's 5th birthday over the weekend. I feel blessed to have awesome kids, well except she likes to describe how her shit looks like and how it smells every time she takes a dump.

happy birthday acidkid!! lol @ things kids do and say about poop.
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I agree completely on the terror thing. Having a kid kicks all sorts of worry into high gear (like the stuff munch mentions), plus it adds all sorts of new stuff.

words cannot describe the crazy things that start worrying you.
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That being the case, doing it the best you possibly can is really just what you should be doing in the first place.

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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I agree, but I also feel admiration when I see great parenting, and I don't think that that admiration is misplaced. As far as normal parenting, I suppose I just respect the difficulty of the task.

i dont think its misplaced either. its good that you appreciate that, it will most likely make you a good parent yourself some day.
post #31768 of 45305
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I agree, but I also feel admiration when I see great parenting, and I don't think that that admiration is misplaced. As far as normal parenting, I suppose I just respect the difficulty of the task.
Same here. I see so much bad parenting that I want to applaud the good ones.
post #31769 of 45305
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I agree, but I also feel admiration when I see great parenting, and I don't think that that admiration is misplaced. As far as normal parenting, I suppose I just respect the difficulty of the task.

Yes, I do agree with this. There is something special about seeing a parent really go the extra mile for their child(ren).

Also, I'm not saying parenting, especially good parenting, isn't worth of our respect, but I think we should, as a society, maintain some expectation that parenting will be done as well as possible without accolades.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

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words cannot describe the crazy things that start worrying you.
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Yeah. Or that feeling you get when you fear something has gone wrong, even that twinge in your stomach when you lose sight of them in a store for three seconds.
post #31770 of 45305
It looks like I'm actually going to get to take a vacation this summer. I wasn't counting on it, since I'll still be relatively new at work and wasn't sure what the culture would be like here, but my boss was talking about summer vacations with us recently and told me that I'm welcome to take some time if I'd like. MrsG has been doing a little research, and it looks like she's found a nice little place near the coast. Nothing's booked yet, and I still need to talk to my boss to confirm it's alright, but things look promising.
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