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Aw, dang it!

My husband has pointed out a minor flaw in the timing of this California recall. The U.C. just (finally) mailed us our diplomas, which feature, among other things, Gray Davis' signature. If this all had happened just a little sooner, we could have had free Schwarzenegger autographs, dammit! Am formulating plan to send xeroxed copies of the diplomas to the governor's mansion and ask them please to cross out Gray's name and have Arnold sign instead.

Anyway, radiofreecarbon also was nice enough to get the diplomas framed, so they look all pretty now. A Master of Science and a Master of Arts, with "all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto," they say. Which reminds me: if anyone out there happens to know what these rights and privileges are, please contact me.

Along those lines...
I'm supposed to be thinking about the job I'm currently in, and whether I'm interested in doing it for the foreseeable future. Given that my definition of "foreseeable future" is never more than about six months, I'd say, yeah, I can handle that. But for actual careers, other than the ever-present "writer", I am thinking whether I could deal with being a speech pathologist. I don't know that I'd be the best person with patients, but then again it's not like you're dealing with cancer where half your patients would die on you. And, more to the point, when I did a search in the Seattle job classifieds on "language," the first dozen or so hits were for Speech/Language Pathologists or Speech Therapists. I did enjoy my phonetics classes way more than I expected to, so maybe someday I could pursue that (plus, U.W. has a stellar Speech-&-Language-Pathology program). Then I'd feel I was actually helping someone with what I do, and had a distinguished job, rather than just being a harmless assistant and indulging myself with fiction writing on the side.

Still, being a harmless assistant at a reputable construction firm isn't bad for the time being. At least I morally approve of renovating buildings and putting up new hospitals and things, so I can get behind what the company does.

Must go answer phones now.


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Oct. 9th, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
I want my diploma re-signed too! ;_;
Oct. 9th, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)
Hey - does your company deal with Moffat & Nichol Engineers any? Kevon's mother works for them here in VA. I know they have a huge Seattle branch. Just wondering.

Oct. 9th, 2003 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hmm, looks like there's a Portland address for Moffatt in our business directory, though no Seattle one. Could be where their bills/checks get sent, I suppose. Suggests that we've used them for something, though, in any case! That's one of the cool things about being in construction: you get contacts with just about all kinds of businesses. Architects and engineers quite a bit, of course, as well as all the subcontractor types (concrete, drywall, what have you), but the owners can be especially interesting. This is the company that built Bill Gates' new house back in the mid '90s, for instance. It was interesting to glance at those invoices when doing the filing... :)
Oct. 9th, 2003 06:21 pm (UTC)
How big is your diploma? I went to art school, so they had to be all fancy and make theirs 15" square, which is an impossible framing size if you don't want to do custom!

Oh, and I think the only "right and privilege pertaining thereto" is the right and privilege to put extra letters after your name.

Oct. 10th, 2003 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hmm, well, hard to measure for sure when they're in the frames, but they're rectangular and probably about 10 x 12". But Steve did custom frames anyhow...

Oh yeah; I've forgotten to use my privilege. Here we go...

-Molly J. Winter, M.A.

(Ah, yes. That looks official.) :)
Oct. 9th, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
My cousin's wife is a speech pathologist in IL. If you'd like to talk to someone in the profession with whom you would not be competing for clients , let me know, and I'll introduce you electronically.
Oct. 10th, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC)
Cool - I may call upon that if I decide to get serious about it! Thankee.
Oct. 10th, 2003 12:57 am (UTC)
God knows where my diplomas are, my parents dog probably ate it or something, no hold on that's supposed to be homework. I think they're stuck in the attic in a box. I always thought framing them was something parents did. Never understood why people do that based on the fact it's something I'd never do. Must be something to do with pride I suppose. And I don't want to give the wrong impression here, I don't object to people doing it I just don't see the point.
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