Nite-cap

This isn’t your normal nite-cap that you might be used to hearing about. The end of my night last night consisted of a taxi ride home. This is the first time I have had to do this being that I’m without a vehicle. My friends and family have been great through all this.

I get in the taxi last night (2am this morning) to find this older gentleman, who is over weight with a lovely cough. Very polite guy. I haven’t quite figured out why this happens, but people tend to feel the need to tell me their life stories without me having to ask for it. I was thankful to have been spared his life story, but I did get a story about a school mate of his whom he hasn’t seen in a considerable amount of time. His school mate was a fare for him one night and had just got out of jail. This story took about half the ride home and the other half was pretty much silent which was okay with me. I don’t know that I will be doing that again any time soon as it was a spendy ride. It’s good to know that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

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Comedy

My friends keep life pretty entertaining for me, but I would have to say my work can be pretty entertaining at times too. I am a call center rep for Nintendo (game company), and I have to wonder a lot about the people who call me.

My first surprising call was from a man who lived in Vegas and invited me to come and visit. I would have a “room” to stay in and tons of fun. Mind you he is telling me all of this after he told me that he is an “old retired man” and the cops have video cameras in his home and they are watching him. That led me to wonder why he would have cameras in his home to keep an eye on him, if that is indeed the case. Towards the end of the call he was telling me that I was probably a very beautiful woman and have all the men hitting on me. I kept redirecting the call to getting his Wii gaming system connected to the internet. I did manage within this call to get his system connected and before we could completely finish he hung up.

1. I would never fly somewhere to stay with someone I have never met, let alone some old man who believes he is being watched.

2. Would you really call someone to trouble shoot a product and then hit on them?

Doesn’t it make you wonder about people sometimes?

I’d have to say my next best call would be a lady who called to get her Wii gaming system connected to the internet, but did not have her own. She wanted to use her neighbor’s, and even had the password to access it. I explained to her that we could make the attempt  to connect, but if it didn’t work there was no way we could help her any further. She was frustrated, but what can I do? I certainly couldn’t have her knock on her neighbor’s door and ask to access the router and computer. Still this lady was determined to make it work. (Pay for your own internet service and router lady!)

There is one more call that stands out in my mind and that would be the guy who would pay me to make a “House Call.” Obviously it wouldn’t be to work on his gaming system. Of course he was only kidding.

1. What would he have done if I didn’t have a sense of humor?

2. Do these people think before they speak?

I will share more of my entertaining calls as they are answered. What’s is something random or strange that is happened to you at work?

School

Just an update as to how school is going. For those of you who don’t know I am enrolled at the University of Phoenix working on a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. I’ve just about completed my first year of the pre-reqs. So far it hasn’t been too bad. I am doing pretty well with mostly A’s and B’s except for one class. It’s not that the class was hard, but I was sick for most of it. I was lucky the teacher was pretty cool about things and willing to work with me so I passed the class.

I start Humanities on Thursday. It should be an interesting class. The nice thing about school right now is that my classes are actually in school and not online yet. The majority of my degree will be online. That should be interesting. I really like this school and would recommend it to anyone who wants to go back to school but doesn’t feel that they can because of life. I know it can get in the way. I myself work full-time, which can make things tough. I really like it. The staff is very willing to work with you, and when there are things you are having difficulty with there are help sessions available to take to help you.

I will admit after not being in school for quite some time, it was a bit scary at first, but not to worry because I wasn’t the only one in that boat. There are many students who are even older than I am and going back to school. It’s just another hurdle in life to overcome.

Insight

This weekend was good for many reasons. I was able to hang out with wonderful friends and even get to know a friend better. In getting to know this person we found that we had many things in common, the biggest thing being that we are both “an only child”. This was nice because not many people understand what a big impact on your life it is to be an only child. I will state that I do have a half-brother, but was not raised with him. I didn’t meet him till I was 13, and then I moved.

A couple of the biggest things that stick with you when you’re an only child is the sharing factor and the doing things for yourself. When you’re an only child you don’t have to share much unless you are at daycare, or in school. While school and daycare took up part of your time, most of the time was spent at home getting pretty much what you wanted. That doesn’t mean that you were spoiled (maybe some were), you get to do what you want, and you can get away with for the most part what you want. Not only do you get what you want when you are an only child, you also get most of the attention. I know for myself toys didn’t always work to keep me occupied. I did spend a lot of my time outdoors and with friends. My mom wasn’t one to ground me much, and if she did the punishment was usually taken away within an hour or so because she would send me to the store. In order for me to go to the store I would have to ride my bike and that was usually taken away as part of the punishment.

Being an only child you don’t realize how big of an impact it makes on your life. I didn’t realize this until later in life when I had to start being an adult and actually doing things for myself. I’ve always been a pretty independent person, but there are those little things in life that you get used to others doing for you. I guess the easiest way for me to explain it would be for example me trying to figure out the bus system. It can be very overwhelming when you are extremely directionally challenged. I know that with my phone I could call metro and figure out what bus I needed to take all on my own, instead I call my mom who is at home and can look it up for me. This is just one little example. Being an only child is not a bad thing, but I would recommend to those having kids don’t stop at one. If you are able to have two go for it. It’s not only good for the child, but will be good for the parents in the long run. The kids will have each other to keep company and entertain one another when needed, and when the parents get too old to take care of themselves there will be two kids to help share the responsibilities.

This is just a little bit of insight into the life of an “only child”. If there is anyone out that would like to share your insights of being an only child I would love to hear about it.