March 30th, 2007


Life With a Young Adult or How Many 18-Year-Old Boys Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb

So, it’s mostly really great having Doran back. It will be greater once he starts working (which is supposed to be this Sunday, yay!) We had a bit of a hairy time, though, since he wasn’t really doing much of anything since he came back from the ill-fated and short-lived Marine adventure. Things got tense between him and me after a while and we had a serious discussion a couple of weekends ago. He pledged to be more diligent about looking for work and to do more around the house, and asked me to leave him notes of things I'd like him to do. He meant it, I’m sure, but he’s still 18 years old and he’s still Doran, as the following story illustrates (apologies to those seeing it twice):

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So, how many 18-year-old boys does it take to change a light bulb?

P.S. I mostly find this funny, but when I think back to my 18-year-old self I’m kind of appalled at the comparison and worry that he’ll just never grow up. So it was reassuring when I told this story to a friend of mine – a perfectly functional middle-aged woman with a PhD, a good job, and a family. She said that when she was 18 she would have behaved just like Doran in every particular, except... she would have lied to her mother and said she lost the sample bulb rather than admit having thrown it out.

Nerd Quiz - Pretty Accurate

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

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