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Everard
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I graduated today. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, and not for reasons of course work, but for overcoming psychological blocks.

That aside, our keynote speaker today was Barak Obama. When I can find a transcript of his speech online, I will post it. It wasn't his convention speech, but it was very good, and his delivery is excellent. He struck just the right combination of humor, good advice on graduation, and politics. (Yes, we knew he would speak on politics. He's a senator. What do you want? But it wasn't the theme of his speech).

I look forward to this man running for president. He can't help but raise the level of national discourse. THere are very few politicians out there today who I feel really dig into the meat of issues, and examine them carefully, and then address their opponents on those issues respectfully.

Obama is one of them.

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Congratulations!
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Funean
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Congratulations, Ev!

I certainly hope you're celebrating in some excessive fashion right now.

[Smile]

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Everard
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I am! I took a 3 hour nap this afternoon, watched the red sox, and am going to sleep for 12 hours tonight [Smile]

My party is sunday.

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I saw your quip on messenger earlier today. I assumed you were out having fun. Congrats on finishing what is for many an increasingly difficult thing to do. Now I cant wait to see how your oppinions begin to develop as you become a permanent member of the real world.
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Funean
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ooooooh....12 hours of sleep.....in a row?

<slaver>

Admit it, Red, you're jealous too. I know you've got a little kid over there too. [Big Grin]

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pickled shuttlecock
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Congrats, Ev! I just graduated this year. It's a great feeling. (And then I remembered I was in graduate school already, and the feeling evaporated. [Big Grin] )

I'd vote for Obama if he were running and the Republicans put up someone sufficiently stupid (50/50 chance, really).

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Congrats, Ev. Did't someone else tell us also that his commencement speaker was Obama?

I want to work on his next campaign. [Smile]

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I graduated two weeks ago today, and our commencement speaker was some hack alumn who now has a TV show on MSNBC, a column, a law degree, her PhD and has a job as a professor somewhere. I know all of these facts because they were the focus of her address.

Perhaps it's becuase my school was very small (total student body less than 800, graudating class of 130 people) and thus can't afford anyone good, but you'd think we'd be able to hire someone who could give an address that wasn't just a narrative form of her CV. It was apalling. The woman's speach was about morality and how individuals have a tendency to shy away from moralizing in public (ie, calling people out in public for doing something they find immoral), which I found to be a great topic. In general, I agreed with her message. The problem is, she tried to illucidate her message by telling her all the neat jobs she has (It's a TV show! On Cable news!!!) without ever addressing the morality of using the commencement address of over a hundred students for self-promotion.

So I guess you could say Ev and I had very different experiences with our commencement addresses. [Smile]

Anyhow, congrats to my fellow members of the Class of 2006 and whatnot. I'm currently looking for a job to take my mind of school for a couple of years before I head back into the grind. Anyone got anything interesting? [Big Grin]

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It's really hard to go back. If you can possibly do it, stay.

After you get used to making money and having a well-off lifestyle, it's difficult to pare it back - especially once you have a mortgage, mouths to feed, and two car payments.

I managed to do it only from total desperation.

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It's possible to take a couple years off without getting a mortage, having kids, or signing car loans [Smile]

Congrats to all of you. My wife graduates on the 16th, and then I don't have to pay all our bills anymore. Is it wrong to feel relief at that?

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"Is it wrong to feel relief at that?"

Fock no! [Big Grin] I was happy my wife was able to be with our son until he was a year old, but hell yeah I was relieved that half of the rent and the daycare wasn't gonna be bleeding out of my account anymore. [Smile]

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http://obama.senate.gov/speech/060602-university_of_massachusetts_at_boston_commencement_address/index.html

There's the speech.

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Congratulations Ev!
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Congrats from me too
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