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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

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