Change is coming, and soon, and big.
In a few months I’ll have a car, own my own home, a real job, and (I hope) be back in school. All big deals.
Car: I lost my license 5 years ago for DUI. I lived in New York and Portland for most of those 5 years and had no need to drive, which I prefer, but now that I’m back in Colorado a car is a straight necessity. I’m eligible for reinstatement now, but first I have to buy a car and have an Interlock (ignition breathalizer) system installed. My last invoice to my Uncle is earmarked for a down-payment, so as soon as he pays me, I’ll go out and buy something. I think I’m looking to spend around $8000, and I think I can get a decent used car for that. I do prefer living in a walking city, but I’m here, and I’m excited to have wheels again.
House: My parents want to GIVE me $25,000 for a down-payment. Damn they’re nice. I looked around a little and decided that my grandma’s house is as good as any for the price. It’s old and needs some immediate work, but it’s in a decent location and there’s nothing too wrong about it. The most right thing about it is that I can rent out the basement and that will cover 2/3 of my mortgage. I never really wanted to be a homeowner, but now that it’s about to happen I can see a lot of upside. We’re going to close the deal in January.
Job: So now I’m going to have a mortgage and a car payment to make. Not to mention groceries, meds, health insurance, car insurance, gas, internet, utilities, cigarettes and booze… I’m going to need a job. I’m actually really apprehensive about this. My resume is shit. I’ve worked a few great jobs in my time, I’ve run my own business… but I’ve also worked a lot of crappy jobs, never worked anywhere for more than a year, spent a lot of time unemployed, and I’ve been to prison. Plus Colorado has like 9% unemployment. There just aren’t that many openings out there. I’m afraid that the best I’m going to find is working at a call center or flipping burgers at Jack-in-the-Box. Ugh. And ugh. I have two flipping degrees. I’m intelligent and capable. I feel like the world owes me interesting work and a decent wage. And first there’s the hunt; I fucking hate job hunting. But I guess I gotta do what I gotta do.
School: About this I’m excited. I’ve just decided, somewhere in the past week, that I’m going to do an MBA. With a focus in entrepreneurship. The end goal is to start my own company to produce awesome software that takes advantage of new hardware capabilities as new platforms appear. Right now it’s smart phones and tablet computers. But soon it will be, what? Wearable computers? Smart glasses? Who knows? My three most rewarding work experiences were iCubed (being part of a new start-up venture, being part of inventing a new educational computing paradigm, though we didn’t get far enough with it), Tiny Green Schools (starting and running my own non-profit), and this BrainJuicer thing (being part of building iPad apps, mainly from business (non-technical) perspective). So the dream is to start my own small, innovative software company, which I think could be better than the best parts of all of those experiences. With that goal in mind, the short-term prospect of actually being back in school is great too. I love school, and even if business school isn’t quite as appealing as studying something new and fascinating (wouldn’t it be fun to go back and study astronomy this time? or industrial design? or more sociology?) oh well. I’ll still love being in school, and I’ll do it right this time. I have until April to take the GMAT and apply.
So. Car, home, job, school. Big changes. It will be like a real life, all of a sudden. I’m praying to the sky sprites that it all works out right.