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fridayfiver: It's the least that you could not do
1. What do you try to stay away from?

Burgers and french fries. They don't even taste good to me, and I know I don't need them stapled to my backside.

2. Are you clumsy or graceful?

Graceful. Between a grandmother who made me walk around with books on my head and all the yoga classes I take, I move like my head is suspended from the proverbial string in the ceiling.

3. What is it too late for?

Med school. It's a damn shame, because the more I think about it the more sure I am that I'd be a good forensic pathologist, and it's not because I watch too much CSI (I've never watched that show). I'm not squeamish at all about blood, decay, or any other type of filth, I'm good at hands-on work and at scanning for details and discrepancies and at memorizing and synthesizing information about natural phenomena, and I like lab-type work (it has some affinities with cooking, another thing I like and am good at). I was never interested in being a doctor because I can't stand listening to people talk about their illnesses and I don't have the people skills to deal with patients, but I see forensic pathology as doing a service to the dead, and that's the kind of work I could be proud of. Maybe in my next lifetime.

4. What/who was your first love?

R., a leather-jacket badass with pale blue eyes and a secret penchant for Air Supply.

5. Friday fill in: I believe that ____ will _____ .

I believe that GW Bush will move out of the White House someday, leaving a damaged country behind him.

Current Music: Sufjan Stevens, "Sleeping Bear, Sault Ste. Marie"

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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 23rd, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, good for her! I wonder if many kids have gotten interested in that field through all the TV shows that focus on it. However they come to it, it's all good, I think.
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 23rd, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's a lot of activities for a 13-year-old.
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 23rd, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, cutting a week off her visit with her dad? Sounds like there could be Issues there.

On the other hand, maybe she likes all those activities? I remember at one point when I was younger I had swimming every night and dance class twice a week and piano once a week, and I loved it. I didn't feel overburdened at all. My mom might have—I'm not sure how she did all that driving without going insane—but I loved it.

So maybe it's not so miserable for her either. Let's hope so, anyway.

On the other hand, if she's not really into it, I would hope her mother could realize that a happy childhood would mean more to her than whatever tennis skills she's picking up.
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 26th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't have Internet access over the weekend, so I'm just seeing this now. That does sound like a tough situation for C. Is her mom Chinese? In other words, does she send C to Chinese school to teach her about that part of her heritage, or is it just part of an effort to give her a leg up in the job market of the future? If it's the latter, bleagh. If it's the former, I could actually understand, although my Chinese friends who had to go to Chinese school all hated it and say they only got through it by cheating like hell—not much point there, I think.

It's a huge shame that she doesn't get to read. It's not just a harmless pastime, it's the best way to build SAT skills if her mom is concerned about that.

I've been looking into forensic pathology, but everything indicates it requires a medical degree, and at my age (and with my grades from college long ago), they're not going to let me into med school. Plus, although I like the idea of forensic pathology, I don't like it enough to spend years in med school plus years and years of resident-slavery. I could always work in the funeral industry, but then there's the aspect of dealing with the bereaved that doesn't really interest me.
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