Just 1 'Gifted' story
I was placed in the 'gifted' program entering 6th grade. Of the few students that I still have contact with, one is with the border patrol and another
is an attorney. I was always told that i could do whatever i wanted. Out of high-school, I wanted to follow my father into the military and suddenly I
was choosing between Nuclear Biological and Chemical Warfare with the Marines or cryptography with the Navy, ASVAB and Defense Language Aptitude
Battery scores, were in the top 99%. I was almost certain to sign up with the Navy and take my happy butt to Monterey, California to learn whatever
3 days before leaving for MEPS, bored O bored me, made a dumb mistake that cost me the top-secret clearance that being a CT required. So, the
recruiter gets me off my charge, I lose my top-secret clearance and end up taking a different position that just requires secret clearance. Funny how
things work out though...September 11, 2001 happens while I'm in boot camp, 2nd or 3rd week. Had I still been qualified for TS-C for the
cryptography, I would be speaking Arabic right now and be a completely different person.
Without going into the details, my Navy career was cut short. Upon exiting the Navy, I quickly finished my 'core' classes in college and was ready to
actually start on my major. It went a little like, ummm, yea i guess i could see myself doing that. After the first 2 years, i spent 3 more bouncing
from major to major. First one, was Management of Information Systems. Told a buddy that it was my major cause the job market was going to be hot
locally when we graduated. He changed his major the next day, I changed mine away from this program weeks later. He does have a pretty sweet job but
i'm not envious. I just couldn't see myself doing that.
Next major up, chemistry. In AP CHEM 1and 2, i got a 101 and a 103, the other gifted students hated me because I blew the curve. (pfft, gifted
students asking for a curve?!? boggles my mind) But then it happened again and after a year of college chem, I was bored and looking for a challenge
I wanted to find something that challenged me mentally and logically. I remember always having technical arguments with my older sister, and we
definitely both had the debate skill. I decided that I was going to follow her to law school thinking 'if she can do it, i can do it' probably
So I finally finished up college with my prelaw degree. Gonna take the LSAT and go right back to school right? Wrong! I graduated in early December
and had started studying for the LSAT when christmas rolls around. My sister, an attorney, and her husband, an attorney with one of the biggest firms
in the Southeast US, show up to our mothers house and damn when I say they looked like they never got sleep, they both might as well have had nutsacks
replacing the bags under their eyes. and although they never mentioned the money, it had to be good, with trips to vegas, costa rica, chile,
istanbul. The one thing for a fact that I do know about myself, is that i've never cared about $$$, and i actually do like my sleep. When those two
issues are confronted in my mind, i simply cannot be an attorney and damn lol my bachelors is useless. So I stopped studying for the LSAT, decided i
just wanted to live for a little bit, and then maybe go back to school down the road.
So i started bartending. Really just wanted to be around people. Not upper class but just a regular restaurant, you have one in your city. Once
again, not in the business for the $$, but for the conversation. I want to try and change minds. not for my benefit or $$, but so that we can live
I grew up in Cali, Hawaii and Key West, before entering the Navy. While these are all beautiful places, they opened my mind, I never saw 'color'. I
grew up around white, black, latino in Cali. In Hawaii, I grew up around white, black, Japanese, Hawaiian, mormons. In Key West, I grew up with
white, Cubans, Puerto-Ricans, Haitians, Dominicans, Jamaicans, gays, and various European backgrounds. Navy, everyone was 1. when i got out, GA to
MD, the racism is appalling. It comes from all sides, put your fingers down!
I won't ever cast blame at another race without making sure that mine are held accountable. Don't get mad when i say, STFU..your embarrassing our
race. Its not personal and my standards are very high for my own race, as they should be for you and yours. Gifted' minds, regardless of color, must
encourage, support and WILL the change of replacement. I lived 20 years without racism and the last 10 suffocating under its foul fumes.
Sorry, long post and introduction (my 1st on ATS)
I arrive this Friday 9-21-12
For about 3 months, Ill be here to inspire and help
Im a leader within the muse, I'll teach a few to wield the truth
that many will follow like Zeus, TPTB, soon to be, the forgotten few
edit on 17-9-2012 by RABiam because: meh