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If I'm talking to my thirty-three-year-old self, I'd say, "Start flossing."


To my high school self: Don't sweat the idiots - before long, you will be gone, and will be much cooler than any of them.

To my college-age self: take a year off before going to grad school.

To my graduate self: publish as much as you can and intern as much as you can. Network like crazy.

flem snopes

To my 10 year old self. Sit back down and practice your piano lessons.

To my college sophomore self. Sit back down and study your Math, Physics, and Chemistry.

To my Navy Seaman self. You should have listened to your college sophomore self's advice.


flem, you obviously didn't enjoy your Navy experience. I got two years living in Japan out of mine (shore stations are infinitely more "normal" than sea duty).

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To my college-age self: She's not worth it. Transfer to that better school for the last two years.

(Nipping that particular branch in the bud would have done me a WORLD of good on about 5 different axis.)

flem snopes

Actually, Linkmeister, I did enjoy my navy time.

It's just that when I reached the fleet I found myself elbow deep in a CRS crapper scrubbing out the slime accumulated during a 6 months Med deployment.

Half my time on an operating submarine out of Key West and the remaining half on ComSubLant staff.

Might have been more fun with a commission. Might not.


Grins. flem, one of the many reasons I didn't think much about staying in for a career was that I grew up in a Navy officer's household. Dad was an O-6 when I was an RMSA. The differences between the officer and enlisted side were entirely too great for me to want to continue (also, unlike today, there were no humongous reenlistment bonuses back in 1974).

flem snopes

Dang, Linkmeister,

At the risk of hijacking this thread I think we have to much in common.

My Dad was also an O-6, WWII and Korea, and I escaped in 1967 as an RM2(SS).

I always said that I never cared for the Navy's caste system having seen it from both sides.
I'm a lifelong Democrat.


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