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Old 01-29-09, 11:16 AM   #1
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10 years ago today...

January 29, 1999...what were you up to? Where were you in life or otherwise? Did you foresee yourself where you are today? Are you content with where you are, better or worse off than you thought?

I was in the Republic of South Africa serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. Engaged, and if I remember correctly, living w/ my fiancee'. I had a 10 year plan, so today's plan is about what I expected. Content, and about where I had planned to be.

Where do you see yourself on January 29, 2019?
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Old 01-29-09, 11:18 AM   #2
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January 29, 1999...what were you up to? Where were you in life or otherwise? Did you foresee yourself where you are today? Are you content with where you are, better or worse off than you thought?

I was in the Republic of South Africa serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. Engaged, and if I remember correctly, living w/ my fiancee'. I had a 10 year plan, so today's plan is about what I expected. Content, and about where I had planned to be.

Where do you see yourself on January 29, 2019?
Interesting thread.

I saw myself in this field. maybe living somewhere else. Married my gf, which is the best part of the story. Am very content with health and more or less with fitness, though there is lots of room for improvement in the latter.
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Old 01-29-09, 11:19 AM   #3
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I was having fun in scouts while suffering through grade school.

Where I'll be in 10 years is really hard to say with the way the world seems to be coming unglued. But if it's still feasible at that point, I'm planning on living in rural Arizona.
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I had just started working for my current employer. Possibly I thought I'd be higher up on the food chain (but only by one position max). I was also in grad school (early on in grad school).

I guess I wish I'd gone a bit further and/or been doing different type of software than I'm doing, but overall, I'm not too disappointed.
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No clue. Slept too many times since then.
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Think I was laid off at the time, so I would have been in a vodka fog.
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Ten years ago? Sitting in the Third grade.

In another ten years? Hopefully a Masters or Doctorate with a kick ass research job with a wife.
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Old 01-29-09, 12:13 PM   #8
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I just turned 20 and I was working as a shipping clerk in a warehouse full of women.

In 10 years, I hope to see myself running a successful eco-tourism business in Costa Rica.
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Hmm; now I need to dig. I was 11 at the time Old enough to post on BikeForums!

My family just finished their first anniversary of living in New Jersey, after moving from Brooklyn (where I live now). I was still getting into the swing of things with school ("everyone was WHACK"), and trying (but failing) to make friends.

I was working with a local computer shop at the time. I don't think things blew over yet, but were pretty close to doing so. (I started working there in September of 1999 or so, and a few months later, he got the bright idea of asking me for my dial-up passwords. I told him that he can't get those, but he was persistent on knowing. After I told him to pound sand a few times (respectfully, of course), he pretty much terminated my small job function the next day. He closed up shop maybe a year or two later, along with another PC shop that I actually liked and helped from time to time.) I was spending a lot of time learning about computers and helping local computer shops (by being a pest!).

I was also in my middle school's choir, but I distinctly remember walking the mile to school, in the cold, to catch choir practice at 8 in the morning. With Jay-Z's "Vol 2: Life of Sean Carter," my Panasonic headphones and a great CD player, life was good.

My best friend was a girl that I had a long-time crush on, but she had a lot of mental issues that really put my family at discomfort. I saw her everyday, and we would hang out and chit-chat. Last time I saw her was in the summer for her birthday party, and we talked only for a few minutes. I think I'll try to visit her again soon, now that I bring her up To make matters even sweeter, my other good friend also had behavioral issues, a very dysfunctional family (even their dog was ****ed up) and a not-so-pleasant relationship with my parents. Haven't seen him since he moved; i wonder what he's up to now...

Good times...(in a bad, almost embarrassing sort of way ) My, how times have changed.
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Old 01-29-09, 12:16 PM   #10
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10 years ago I was in my last year of high school thinking I was going to go into computer science and physics. I hadn't yet been rejected from the university I really wanted to go to (and didn't know that I was going to go to a place that suited me much better). I had no interest in Chinese, and could barely speak any.

No way at all I saw myself where I am today, but I think where I am today is much cooler than what I had in mind back then.

I don't dare guess where I'll be 10 years from now. Assuming the economic downturn doesn't make us all turn to cannibalism and I'm still around, I'll be 37, the same age as Dennis, the constitutional peasant. My guess is I'll still be able to recite that entire sketch.
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I was 11 years old and very content with life. lol
Definetely have lost some of my blind childhood optimism and had some turbulent years since then but life is beginning to work itself out again.
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Old 01-29-09, 12:21 PM   #13
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I could not answer in the 10 minutes ago today thread and you expect me to answer in here?
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Old 01-29-09, 12:31 PM   #14
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Where will I be in 10 years? Ask me next year, and I might give you a slightly different answer.

I do know that I will be in Information Technology (or so I think), as this has and will probably always be my passion. I intend on holding at least a Master's in a special concentration of Computer Engineering (probably software related, since I'm start to appreciate that kind of work more). I wanted to go for the Ph.D, but that was when I was focused on working in genetics research. Hating Chemistry hampered that goal a bit (thank God; I love what I'm doing now.)

I would like to have visited Japan and the Philippines (and conquered their women! just kidding, half), and hopefully be more fluent in Japanese and Tagalog. Half-Japanese or Half-Filipino children was (and sort of still is) something I saw in my future too, though my current girlfriend is challenging this.

I would like to have a small house in a nice area for my children to grow and excel in without the hardships that my sisters and I had to encounter living in Brooklyn, and then trying to adjust to life in New Jersey (which was better for all of us in the end). I don't aspire on being financially rich, but a rich family is a (hopeful) must.

If anything else, I would like to have a nice Trek Madone 6.9 (yes, from this year; it's somewhat of a milestone for the company and is a piece of art on its own), a carbon-fiber Colnago, some high-end steel of this era or last, and a white garage door to shoot pics for the Vintage and/or Road Cycling forum to glaze over!
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10 years ago I was in my last year of high school thinking I was going to go into computer science and physics. I hadn't yet been rejected from the university I really wanted to go to (and didn't know that I was going to go to a place that suited me much better). I had no interest in Chinese, and could barely speak any.

No way at all I saw myself where I am today, but I think where I am today is much cooler than what I had in mind back then.

I don't dare guess where I'll be 10 years from now. Assuming the economic downturn doesn't make us all turn to cannibalism and I'm still around, I'll be 37, the same age as Dennis, the constitutional peasant. My guess is I'll still be able to recite that entire sketch.
Out of complete curiosity and unrelatedness to the question at hand, what made you want to learn Chinese?
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I wasn't old enough to vote, pay taxes (work), or drive. I don't imagine I was up to much.
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I took it in high school (in Hong Kong) because it seemed more useful than French or Spanish in an Asian high school, but I never enjoyed it, and spoke very little by the time I graduated.

After university, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and coming to China to learn Chinese seemed like a better use of my time than moping around my parents' apartment and looking for work. I was thinking I'd be in China 6 months, a year maximum... it's now been 4.5 years.
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Wow. 10 years ago...I was working on finishing my undergraduate degree and planning a wedding. Little did I know that I would not be married 10 years later. I have always expected that I would be a teacher, so in that sense I am exactly where I imagined I would be.
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I was living in Inverness Scotland, talking to an attorney in Miami about an H1b1 visa, at that point I had not idea what the future was going to be.

Move forward 10 years I have been married for 7 now live in the Carolinas and I became American.

Hope the next 10 will be just as interesting.
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I took it in high school (in Hong Kong) because it seemed more useful than French or Spanish in an Asian high school, but I never enjoyed it, and spoke very little by the time I graduated.

After university, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and coming to China to learn Chinese seemed like a better use of my time than moping around my parents' apartment and looking for work. I was thinking I'd be in China 6 months, a year maximum... it's now been 4.5 years.
It's nice when life throws a nice curve ball at you like that.

I personally just wanted Japanese to learn to "increase" my chances with Japanese women; I picked up Tagalog from my former girlfriend, and it stuck. Now, it's just a more fulfilling goal in continually becoming more well-rounded.
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Wow, some of you are young.

Huh, ten years ago I was just married. Still married.
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ten years ago I was six years into my marriage (second)
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I was starting my final semester of college before I dropped out, and was about to get a job as a courier for a car dealership. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and little did I know how badly that job would affect my health (over weight, high blood pressure, etc). I was "into" cars (shudder) and would never have dreamed that ten years later I wouldn't even own one, on purpose. During the last ten years I've been a draftsman, truck driver, and warehouse worker. I guess I'm not where I thought I'd be, since I didn't know what I wanted to do anyway and, in a way, still don't. If I'm still alive in 2019, I'd like to think I'll be living somewhere else and have a job doing something that involves bikes, but of course for all I know I may be doing the exact thing I am now. I've thought about selling my house and just riding around the country for a while until I think of something, but I don't like camping.
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