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    I took my high school equivalency at 16, then went to the local community college for 2 years (intending to transfer to the four year Uni) until I was evicted from the house, at the age of majority, by the wicked stepmother. The promised tuition and support from my father never manifested itself, the need to nourish the body (i.e.; eat) took precedence. After a short stint as a painter's apprentice (the fumes and thinners were noxious), I found a job as a telecom technician. A year or so later, a coworker and I struck out and founded our own corporation that specialized in the resale and installation of high-end digital switches. The business partner turned out to be a little loopy and I chose to exit stage left.

After a few years homesteading in the rural south (US) and running a small electrical business, I accepted an offer as a journeyman with an electrical contractor and headed back west. This led to an opportunity to join the local electrical union as a journeyman. I availed myself, for the next two and a half years, of their nightly journeyman classes. After about eight years of the daily grind, I tired of it and started up my small electrical business again.

I have subsequently married and moved to Europe. I am currently taking an intensive language course (Deutsch), and will look for work as a solar electrician or start up my own shop. Although my wife's offer of support while I finish my undergraduate (and desired law) degree is awfully tempting, I miss the tools and will probably decline, for now at least.

BTW: My wife has an MPH and an MBA, both from top Universities, and I always joke that she's just holding mine or that she has enough for the both of us. ;-) The women are smarter in every way!

Gioele

PS: Still waiting for the paperwork to be processed for my Cittadinanza Italiana to be processed, all the docs are in but the Italian bureaucracy is slow...

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 09:56:31 AM EST
Doh!... One too many "to be processed"...

Feels like it though... I think Italian time is akin to Caribbean time.

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Tue Jul 31st, 2007 at 10:01:05 AM EST
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heh, italy approaches the efficiency of '60s india on a good day, closer to burundi most of the others...

and now we're in the season when 'le feste' is trotted out like the mantra it is, to excuse any and everything under the sun, which is undoubtedly the cause of so much that is 'ballsed-up' here, as peoples' brains turn to sticky goo at anything over 25 degrees, i find, unless at least theri toes are in some cool water.

no wonder they call italy the best-dressed third-world country ther is, lol!

are you planning to move to cool rational n. europe, or is that german study just for kicks?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 02:32:58 AM EST
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Some comuni seem to have it together, some consolati as well, others, not so much...

I'm living in Berlin for the next year, and if I can handle the winter here we'll probably buy a place while it's still affordable...

Though having never explored much of the continent, who knows where we might like it... though southern Italy is too hot for me, despite my Sicilian blood, or mayhap because of it... I think, climatically speaking, the Canton of Ticino on Lake Lugano somewhere looks nice...

Any other Berliners out there?

by gioele (gioele(daught)sandler(aaaattttt)gmail(daught)kom) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 09:48:05 AM EST
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I believe nanne is in Berlin.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 05:04:25 PM EST
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It's a bad period for citizenship or even permits in Italy. The laws are a mess while guidelines to impliment them only compound the inanity. The computer programs put together to handle the mess are inefficient as well as the people employed to use them. There's a total misunderstanding between the post offices, now charged with collecting all those papers, and the interior depaartment.

Once upon a time, long long ago you could count on citizenry in a year or two. Nowadays you're lucky to get a permit-to-stay in that length of time.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Aug 1st, 2007 at 08:17:56 AM EST
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