I have received many anonymous comments on my blog most of them very angry. However since this a forum to address Dick’s life I will approve any comment as long as it does not contain actual names of people.
And a while ago someone posted this comment. “your degree didn’t help you amount to anything (your still living at home, in the projects, with your mother and to top it all off, you’ve never had a girlfriend nor have you gotten laid.) You really are the epitome of loser-dom.”
The loss of three jobs, living in the projects with my mother and being the 31 year old virgin is really the epitome of being a loser. This is rather embarrassing for me and no matter what my defense is makes me look like a complete imbecile. However my situation is a rarity.
However a degree from my school does not result in my situation. I know someone who majored in Environmental Studies with me and did the social science track which is less intense. Heck they didn’t have science lab and Friday morning classes (I had that for all eight semesters there). There are people who majored in English, Psychology who are gainfully employed. I wouldn’t go back there but that does not stop over four thousand people every year from applying to what CNN money called the nation’s most expensive college in 2010.
Certainly this is not for lack of schooling either, with half a master’s in geographic analysis, four courses shy of a Certified Public Accountancy. Dick is the only person who can take any course even programming and somehow like his classmate said “I like how you’re not even a major or want to do this yet you manage to do better than most of us.”
And surely this is not for lack of effort. I applied for hundreds upon hundreds of city and government jobs where I am considered highly qualified and eligible but has lost out to countless veterans. And it is not like I did not try to become a veteran. You’re talking to a person who tried to get into the Navy. I even was gutsy enough to garner support from my congressman and got my case as high as the brass at the Pentagon.
I was rejected from a civilian job from the State Department to go to Iraq. I took a test for firefighter in 2007 but the results were thrown after a judge ruled the test racially discriminated against minorities. In 2009 I tested for police officer and scored a 100 and ranked 177/5XXX in the city. A friend even got me a job in finance and for a while we thought he had thwarted the psychic.
I applied for affordable housing but every time I get an interview my employment status changes and I either make too much or too little to qualify.
And surely for my friends who work in jobs in city government (which is definitely not as difficult as a job in high-frequency trading software) will certainly say Dick can do their job. (some will say possibly even better) I know people who are less competent than I who surely have been gainfully employed.
For my friends every time I throw this pitch they interrupt me because they don’t want to hear it. They know the truth. But as I explained to them, this can not make me look good.