October 1st, 2007

Arrg!

So, my little brother graduated from Notre Dame in May, and not surprisingly enough has no clue what he wants to do with his life. So, he's living at home, bartending part time and trying to get a job as a substitute teacher.

This is driving my parents batshit crazy - since they:

A) Thought he'd get a job in banking right out of college.

B) Are terrified that I'll be Obi Wan to his Luke, and then he'll fuck around in Europe or someplace forever on some "damn fool idealistic crusade."

C) Fear he will keep bartending in New Jersey and never move out of their home.

So their response is to try to bully him into taking the GREs next month (which would give him almost zero time to prep for it) and then apply to graduate schools - even though he has no clue what he wants to study or do with his life.

"He said he maybe wants to be a college professor or a lawyer," my dad said. "It's frustrating for everyone involved."

What. The. Fuck.

He's three months out of college - he's not supposed to know what the fuck he wants to do with his life yet. If he has any interest in anything other than booze, cocaine and pussy, he's doing better than a lot of other kids his age!

And.... what the fuck point is there in applying to graduate school if he doesn't know what he wants to do? Fuck, that's a lot of time and money wasted if he gets in, realizes he hates it and drops out!

I can see their point in not wanting him to hang around on the couch all the time - but he just inherited three grand. Let him use it to get an apartment and figure his shit out. Or, let him go to europe. Shit, if they want him to go into banking let him live in Spain for a year - since knowing Spanish would help anyone doing bank gigs in America!

I think the main problem here is that both of my parents are super successful in their careers and good at making lots of money - and they don't understand why neither of their sons has inclinations in that direction.

But, the thing is moving up the corporate or academic ladder isn't for everyone. The Idiot Child and I have seen first hand where it leads to and I think neither one of us want that misery. Some people just want to hang out and be cool.

When you've watched your parents be super successful people and seen how miserable it's made them it doesn't give you that much incentive to follow in their footsteps.

Sometimes, it makes you want to just stand back and let it all be.

Guitar Hero 2 Dilema

When I'm stone cold sober I'm great at the verses and chorus parts but suck at the guitar solos.

Put four beers in me, however, and I rock the fuck out on the guitar solos but fuck up the verses and chorus parts.

I need to find a happy medium here.