State of the status update…

“I don’t remember the last time I wrote in here.”

It seems a fair amount of my blog posts begin with that sentence.  Often times I wonder why I stop writing in here.  There’s always something on my mind and writing is one of my strongest abilities.  Then again, there are other times when I start writing in here because I have nothing to do.

My other blog for my temporary time here at Purdue is completely stale. I could probably write in it until my fingers fell off.  However, if I’m not getting any readership whatsoever, it makes the process a little less fun.

Things are going a little weirdly here in Indiana.  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking (always a problem for me :P) and have settled on the fact that I will not be able to afford a full four year service here at Purdue.  If I try to do so I’ll leave here with well over $150,000 in debt.  There are numerous factors besides money that are also leading me to consider dashing out of here with my associate’s degree and numerous pilot ratings and endorsements.

Brady and I have been talking about this to no end.  There isn’t a day that goes by where the subject doesn’t come up, even if only for a few minutes.  He wants to do ATC on the east coast, preferably in the Northeast.  Why?  He loves it back there and he wants me to be near my family.  If there’s a specific part of the U.S. where the vast majority of my family is located, it’s in New England.  Smart boy.  Hehe.

New Hampshire is the state of choice for both of us.  He likes the idea of trying to work for either Manchester Airport or Boston’s Logan Intl.  The possibilities for a job with air traffic control are endless, but the main trick is finding a place that’s actually looking to hire someone.  My reason for liking NH is the fact that it has both mountains AND the ocean, and I have a lot of opportunities myself for either finishing up my schooling or diving right into the aviation world full-time.  All of my connections are back that way and I’m sure I’d have no problem finding a job.

I guess the reason why this idea is coming up is solely based on money (and the limitations of it thereof).  Growing up means making big decisions for yourself, and my biggest one so far was leaving New York behind to come out here.  The next big one might be leaving here and walking down a new road with an inevitable fork in it.  Either way I know I’ve got the support of a ton of people, and that’s what matters the most.

Strange blog posting session aside, I’m going to wrap this up and get back to reading.  Thinking about writing another post sometime later this week on religious tolerance as a result of an experience I had earlier in the week.  Leave it to some people here at Purdue to shove a bible in someone’s face….

Till then,

Me.

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New photography website….

This post is for the intention of directing anyone who visits to my new photography site, which is here.

It’s a smash, most definitely. If you’re using stumbleupon, visit all the images and give them a thumbs up? This pilot is in desperate need of some flying money. Heh heh.

Well, here’s what I think about the recession…

I have come to the conclusion as I sit here at my desk that the world is one big pessimist. Those who try to be optimists fail, and those who try to be pessimists… well… succeed.

The United States is in an economic recession. That is quite clear. Those who say otherwise are optimists. I am usually an optimist, but for me to say that the economy isn’t in a recession would just be ignorant and stupid. So tonight I guess I’m a pessimist.

What bothers me isn’t the fact that we’re in a recession – it’s the fact that people are complaining more than they’re actually doing something about it. Sure, people find that if they buy a cheaper brand of bread or cut back on nuisance expenses, they have some more money in the bank. But that goes to show how the American thinks… “Ooh, I’ll just adjust my purchase of food!”.

Ahh, therein lies the solution. You really want to save money? How about cutting back your satellite television subscription from the die-hard “Sit on your ass all day and do nothing” Package of 500 channels (five or six of which you actually watch attentively/know the channel number by heart) to the standard 150-channel package? Or better yet, get rid of your TV altogether and discover that thing outside called nature!

That’s one solution.

Next… do you really need Internet that’s faster than an Aston Martin? If everything needed to go that fast, Aston’s would be as common as Honda’s. But they’re not. Why? Because people can’t afford them. Learn to drive in the slow lane and downgrade your T3, satellite Internet, or cable connection to something a bit more wallet friendly. Would it really kill you? Didn’t think so.

I’d say I’m sorry for ranting on like this, but I’m not. I’m tired of watching the news and listening to people complain about just how hard this is hitting them when, during the interview, they’re standing in front of their house and there’s an Audi or a Hummer in their driveway. People need to figure out that “making things easier” doesn’t only mean making sure that every single thing you buy at the grocery store is the cheapest brand that’s on sale… it also means giving up luxuries until this firestorm subsides.

If people stopped complaining, things would get better. Learn to adjust. And for God’s sake, stop interviewing whiny rich people on the 5 o’clock news. The other 95.5% of us really don’t care about you and your complaint that you spend $100 every time you fill your Hummer up at the pump. Buy a fuel efficient car! Is it really that complicated??

With that off my mind, I’m going to sleep.

=D