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Tom W.

The observant Mannion at his best....


Holy smokes. What a condescending couple of idiots.
I love reading these glimpses of life that you write about.

Ken Houghton

Can he really be dumb enough not to see that she is precisely using her dual majors?

Speaking for those of us who deal with recruiters on a regular basis (far too regular, in my case), finding the right match among a bunch of applicants who all give roughly the same answer to roughly the same questions is almost entirely a mix of psychological evaluation and philosophical perspective.

Otherwise, all you get is a "coder," not someone who can work on the team diligently enough to add value and not get bored.

Calvin Trilling was wrong about the current generation being smarter than the previous one--as the man shows, it's that they didn't see the value that could be provided by "coders" as anything different from machines. The failure was of perspective, and clearly it continues.


ARGH. My theory is that (some) middle-aged men pull that crap on young women because women their own age have finally gotten over the feeling that we ought to be nice to bullies.

JH Shannon

I hear from my fellow boomers that our future is at risk because young people are lazy, don't care about the important things, have no focus, can't think ~ you get the picture. The scene that Lance describes is actually a wonderful example of why I am very optimistic about the future. The young woman is demonstrating exactly why that optimism is well founded. Her academic focus is a creative choice that she obviously enjoyed ~ in the liberal arts, no less. She translated that success in a very important way ~ she invested in a position that may not have existed five years ago ~ an experience that will she will build on and will be critical to her future. She managed those conversations with grace and confidence ~ especially when it appears that both individuals presumed that she fit the above description.

In my experience there are many more like her out there. So, whatever risks the future holds ~ some vague notion that our rising generations are lacking should not be one of them.

Dan Leo

What a coupla dickwads...if it's some small consolation I'm sure this is just what this young woman and her friends were saying about these clowns as soon as they were out of earshot...


Sounds to me that they have little understanding of what she does or why it's important and therefore belittle it in order to make themselves feel better. If they don't understand it, it can't be a Real Job.

Of course, they also sound like the types who, if she was working a Real Job, would then insist on telling her how she should be doing that job, even if they've never worked in such a position in their lives. Either that, or they'd be asking for free medical advice, insurance deals, etc., or complaining about how the people who do jobs like that are all selfish jerks.

In other words, she can't win.


I'm old enough to be lumped in with the men and yet I still relate to the woman on the receiving end of that conversation. The men would have talked to any female that way.

I agree with Dan... total dickwads. Smug, unaware dickwads.


As for Social Security, it's not really for the obtuse male boomers - it's for the women who have made 20% or more less than them over a lifetime, who interrupted their careers for kids and couldn't get back in the work force, and all the other women these young ones will be one day.

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