Friday January 23, 2004

Purple Prompts #4-#7

There were 10 writing prompts this week on Purple Ink, so I'm posting a few at a time over more than one day. I posted #1, #2, #3 on Wednesday.
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    4. If you won a million dollars, what would you do?
    5. List your favorite subjects or topics. (The ones you're always reading about)
    6. List all of the ways you've simplified or streamlined your life.
    7. List all of the things you wanted to be "when you grew up".


#4. If you won a million dollars, what would you do?

If I won a million dollars I would pay off the mortgage that afternoon. I would then (most likely) quit my job (if I happened to have one) and do personal projects till the money ran out.

#5. List your favorite subjects or topics. (The ones you're always reading about)

In school, my favorite subjects were Science: Biology, Chemistry, Computers, Biochemistry. These days I am more interested in the Web and Social software, weblogs, journals, and books. Always books. I've been buying books about books and reading :-) I also devour fantasy and mystery fiction.

#6. List all of the ways you've simplified or streamlined your life.

We're not nearly done yet. But we've been making progress. Lately we managed to clear out the storage locker, giving away (or throwing away) an inordinate quantity of "stuff". We gave 15 copy-paper boxes full of paperback books to a local used book store. We've cleared out some cabinets, rearranged some furniture, put up new shelves. It's helping.

I've been learning how to clean up more immediately after myself - when a pot is emptied, wash it then. Wipe off the counter immediately. Keep the stove top clean. Maintenance is easier than major cleanup efforts. Although vacuuming still waits till I see a need... then again, with four cats, that's often enough!

With no job at present, my life is very pleasantly streamlined, but, sadly, that can't last forever.

#7. List all of the things you wanted to be "when you grew up".

At one point I wanted to be a model-maker for a museum. I still have fond memories of that idea. Eventually I wanted to be a scientist; then that morphed into a scientist with a strong sideline in computers. Eventually I settled on programmer.

When one is unemployed, a frequent question is, "Should I consider a career change?" I've thought about this a lot in the past few years (and, even when I was employed, when a job wasn't going well).

I'm a programmer and technical writer with a passion for process, quality, and documentation. I specialize in tools and data filters and the use of "little languages" (aka high-level languages) such as Perl. That's me. I have some flexibility within that realm but I won't be moving outside of it.

When I look at lists of careers (such as the one published by the IRS for choosing one's job area for a Schedule C) I think "My goodness there are a lot of fields I've never heard of and have no interest in pursuing!"

Although the model-maker was left behind long ago, I've pretty much fullfilled my "what do I want to be when I grow up" dreams.

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