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|Quote (Lou FCD @ Sep. 20 2010,23:55)|
|Quote (Louis @ Aug. 16 2010,04:58)|
|All I can say about the degree stuff is that you are an inspiration. Well done you. It takes a lot of courage to do what you've done (and no small amount of ability) so whatever headgear I am wearing has been very thoroughly taken off in your direction!|
When I say you are an inspiration by the way, I mean it literally. For my job I have to know/learn a lot of biology/biochem, I saw what you were doing and thought to myself "why the hell am I slogging through all this stuff to have no shiny object at the end of it? That Lou bloke is doing it, so can I!" So either October this year or January 2011 I am starting an Open University degree in Life Sciences whilst still working. So slightly different from you (this will take me about 6 years, and is done remotely for the most part). I'm doing this for a combination of personal edification, love of things biological, time saving (it saves me the effort of researching things to learn about, weird I know) and you never know, it might help my career (it might not, but that's not important, I make that toddle along well enough by itself!)
I am humbled. I don't know what else to say about this.
[Exquisite Japanese style uber-politeness mode]
No, sir. It is I who am more humbled by your commitment and humility in the the face of adversity.
[/Exquisite Japanese style uber-politeness mode]
I think we now try to out bow each other and hand over business cards in a serious and solemn fashion. I may have got this wrong. ;-)
But seriously Lou, you are an inspiration...of the good kind, honest!
It takes real balls to buck a prevailing trend (serious education later than the usual age) and in this economic climate you must be missing out on a luxury or two to make it. Maybe not, but if you are turning up to college in a Ferrari and crocodile skin shoes, don't tell me, it'll ruin my mental image of honest toil!
Two quotes for ya buddy:
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away…”, Henry David Thoreau
“It's easy to drift with the current swift.
You just lie in your boat and dream.
But in Nature's Plan, it takes a real man
To paddle a boat upstream.”, Author Unknown (Translation, muggins here didn't Google properly)
In the immortal words of the Prophet*: Give it some bollocks!**
* My mate Chris. A very lovely man.
** If I may be permitted to translate for the assembled Colonials, Foreigners and Degenerates (but I repeat myself): "Please go about your task with enthusiasm, effort and a certain insouciant espieglerie." Thank you.
Editted a) to insert spelling and grammatical errors, b) because I can, and c) to piss off FTK because we all know she is still reading. And on the subject of old shitheads reappearing, what the hairy gibbering clam-cock is Obliviot doing resurfacing under a new account (to avoid restrictions) and having no one at all hit him with anything stick shaped? I shall have to correct this if and when I can be bothered. Which is unlikely. Hell I might even be n...n...n...ni...niiiiicc....Nope can't say it. ;-)