I am a little late getting this assignment turned in this weekend. But, the weekend isn't over. As seems to be the case with me lately, I am getting it turned in just in the nick of time.
Unfortunately, I had quite a bit of schoolwork to take care of before I could play here in journal-land. I had to do a presentation yesterday for the class that is for the professor who doesn't teach - we do. I needed to write a ten-page paper that analyzed the acquisition of NCR by AT&T. In addition, I had to create a Powerpoint Presentation to go along with my presentation of this analysis and present it to the class. This was in addition to the work I had to do for my other class, which is taught by the same, non-teaching, professor. I ended up pulling an all-nighter Friday night. I really hate doing those. They throw me out of whack. But, thanks to Starbucks yesterday morning, I faired pretty well and my instructor really liked my presentation.
Before I start on my Scalzi assignment, I'd like to give a shout-out and big THANK YOU to someone who has been a tremendous help to me through his journal. Some of you may know him, since he's been the butt of a few jokes around J-Land lately. But, if not, and you want to learn more about the financial world, his journal is a must read. I think I have learned more from reading it, then I have from any of my professors. Thanks George!!!!!
Now without further ado:
Weekend Assignment #3: Recount the worst piece of advice you've ever been given, or the worst piece of advice you've ever provided. (For extra credit, do both).
I had to think a bit about this one, but it finally dawned on me.
Worst Piece of Advice: I really don't want to explain the details of why I took this advice, but suffice it to say that the people giving the advice had the best of intentions and it was for what I, and they, believed to be a noble cause at the time.
"When you make the move to California, sell all your belongings. Take only what you can fit into your car with you. Oh, and since we are having this yearly fund raiser, we know you will still want to give at least what you gave last year, never mind the fact that you were just laid-off from your job and it will wipe you out financially to do so. Heck, it would be great if you could even give more this year. Because, well, the money is really needed and is for a good cause."
Sad to say, but I took that advice. I pretty much wiped myself out financially and moved to California with nothing but some books, a few momentos, and some clothes and $1,000 to my name. I was 28 years old. It had taken me 10 years to accumulate some of the junk I did own. I figured what-the-heck it's only material possessions, I'll replace it once I get out to California. I am still working on getting on my feet financially, as a result. However, as hard as it is to start all over again, I know that if I had to, I could do it. But, I'm hoping not to have to prove it to myself ever again.
Worst Piece of Advice that I provided: Heck, why are you going to all the trouble and expense of renting a UHaul to pack up and take all of your stuff to California. We don't even know where we'll be living. Why don't you want to be like the rest of us and take the "two-suitcase challenge?" <--- Luckily she didn't take my advice!