[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus
WILLIAM A WENRICH
wawenri at msn.com
Sat Oct 5 19:54:24 BST 2019
When I left the Air Force, I had to find a job quickly. I ended up working for Singer Business Machines. After that I started at Sandia National Laboratories where I stayed for 35 years.
Some of the things I might have done include CSI or computer forensics. However, those fields were not options then.
There are a great many options that are foreclosed by circumstance or timing.
Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.
William A Wenrich
From: lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of A. Marina Fournier <saffronrose at me.com>
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Subject: Re: [LMB] No lefties in the Nexus
On Oct 4, 2019, at 5:57 AM, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> If my parents had better genes, certainly I would be different than I am today. Or if they had better money, or if they went on different vacations, or if my 2nd grade teacher was better, or if we didn’t have the Vietnam war…
> I inherited my heart problems from my father. I’m sure he would have rather not had it and passed it on to me, even though I’d be a different person today without it. And he’d be alive. (I’d also be a different person if he hadn’t worked hard to have money on the table).
If at a new school back in CA from two years in Catholic school in NM, I had chosen the highest math class—instead of one level down, I might have chosen to go into pharmacy. I was good at math, biology, and chemistry—but until I scored higher on my SATs in math than in English, I had no idea that was the case.
At the time, women, thanks to #€~<* Jacqueline Cochrane, were excluded from NASA’s astronaut program, so while shortstuff here wanted to be an astronaut, I didn’t go into sciences in college.
After college, I should have figured out how, with no money for tuition and fees, nor a car, I could have gone to UCLA’s Library school, 60 miles away—before Prop 13.
I should have, once up in Santa Cruz, applied to SJSU’s library/info science program, in spite of my age.
Paths not taken, for whatever reason.
A. Marina Fournier
Valley of Heart’s Delight, CA
saffronrose at me.com
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