Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I'm a quitter...

Today on the radio they had people call in and talk about things that they quit. Several women quit child birthing class; one quit tutoring kids after school (poor kids will never learn how to read!!); another applied for college, got accepted, and never went. So I started thinking about all the things I’ve quit in my lifetime…

High school: After junior year, I quit volleyball and softball. My official reasoning was that I wanted more time to party and didn’t want to have to worry about getting kicked off of a team if I got caught. (besides, it’s really hard to go to practice on a Friday night and be ready to go out by 6:30 or 7) My unofficial reason is that I sucked at volleyball and barely got to play, (even though I was a really good server, my coach didn’t believe me and thought all my good serves in practice were a fluke) and I developed a fear of the ball in softball. It was terrible, one day I did really good in a game, my coach told me that if I kept up the good play, I would be starting my senior year. The next day I couldn’t field a ground ball. Every time I missed, everyone had to run a lap. Finally, I gave up and started crying and told my coach that my stomach hurt and I got to go home. I finished the season, but there was no way I was playing my senior year.

College: After taking MGMT 200 & 201, I quit accounting. What?? you say? I thought that was your degree? Yes…because I went back after a couple of years and did the 6 classes required to get the accounting degree. But when I was in college, I thought the major was too hard and thought that I could get a good job with just a management major. NO ONE told me that with a management major, you can either go into sales or work at McDonalds. Subway if you are lucky. Not my cup o tea. Besides, I liked to party and didn’t want class or homework to get in the way.

Post-College: I quit my first job at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Granted, this was a terrible job, and I did stay for one year of hell. But I quit after one year and 10 days. Without another job lined up. Still paying off debts from that time to this day.

Recently: The latest thing that I quit was agility with The Fonz. Now, to be fair, the damn dog did lick his foot to oblivion and several kinds of infections. Then, he had a cyst removed and his incision popped open, so that took about a month to heal. But we never went back like I planned. He’ll be 9 in September, and while I would love to go back, I am almost afraid of triggering terrible arthritis and having him be in unnecessary pain. That, and summer is here, and if I plan on cutting my own grass and getting the house ready to sell, Tuesday nights are out. Besides, I always have that fear of us sucking and not doing well. And everyone else laughing at me.

Others: I don’t know if this counts, but I own a karaoke machine. I tried to use it a couple of times, but I couldn’t hear myself, so what was the point in practicing to get better, if you can’t hear yourself? It is in a closet. I also own a pair of golf clubs. The deal was that Workaholic and I take dancing classes for our wedding, and I would learn how to golf. He works too much to golf more then three times a summer, and I don’t have much of a desire to shell out the money to learn how. They are hanging in the garage. I also have a relatively unused bike and pair of rollerblades and elliptical machine…are we seeing a pattern here?? I wonder if any of this has to do with my back pain and the terrible shape that I am in…

So what are things that you have quit? You can leave in comments section, and be totally anonymous....Come on people, make me feel better about my lifetime of quittiness...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I quit going to the Pub on Friday nights , can't keep up with your in-law's !
I have a suggestion: take the Karaoke machine to MI , then when all the drunks follow your in-law's home after "Karoke Joe" stops playing , they can continue to "party on" and I bet you will sound real good to them....HA!

Jennifer said...

Honey, I have acquired a horrible reputation of only staying at an employer for 2 years, ask Nadene! Here's my theory...I like change. Maybe you like change too?! Actually, I didn't have this reputation prior to moving back to Lafayette so...basically...the Lafayette job market sucks! I quite volleyball my senior year 'cause when double sessions started, I thought I deserved a phone call from the coach telling me practice was starting and I didn't get one. How conceited is that? He was an ass anyway, and really, I was "in love" for the first time and would rather hang out with my public school boyfriend that my parents hated. Never mind that I could have had a college scholarship in volleyball, to a small school, but still. What else... Commend yourself, you've never quit paying your mortgage or energy bill, right?! Me neither... You've never quit eating, right?! Me neither... Don't be so hard on yourself! You've been at your current job how many years?! And you've been with Matt, how many years!? That is so NOT quitting...