24 December 2008

I am transitioning into my new living arrangments

So I wont Be blogging for a bit. I wont move into my new dorm room until Jan. 11.
That means I will have no internet except when I go to the library until then. The blog posts may come a bit slower until then. Thanks!

18 December 2008

Life is ironic.

I went into a Office Depot today in Carrollton(I work for the company) to fax my application to live on campus at Lamar University. Well, while inside filling out my paperwork I notice a beautiful woman sales associate. She really caught my attention and I talked to the man helping me about her. Turns out she didn't have a boyfriend, and knowing that I was moving soon, I bargained in my head about "having nothing to lose".  Well, I went up to talk to her about buying something and she showed me where it was in the store, I then preceded to ask her out on a date and for her number, I'm sure I sounded cheesy and I'm sure she was annoyed. Well, she accepted and gave me her number, which I was sure was fake. She told me to text her because she doesn't answer the phone when the number is unknown. So I did, and she called me! We talked on the phone for about 10-15 minutes and we made plans to hang out tonight. Go figure. Now, I do have something to lose, she knows I'm moving to Beaumont, so we will see where this goes, at the very least, I will have a new friend. A smart beautiful headstrong friend that could possibly be more. From our conversation she seems to be a lot like the other girls I have dated in my days. 

I have always liked head strong and independent women. I want a woman who doesn't require me to emotionally babysit her. I'm excited. I hope things go smoothly tonight, I do have a natural ability to get awkward and unconfident

16 December 2008

Taking less money and swallowing pride for a better future return for success and happiness.

I live in Carrollton, TX. I go to Brookhaven College which is part of Dallas Community Colleges. Its a good school but it is not the big league. I am getting close to having to transfer to a 4 year university so that I can finish my school. Dallas is expensive, relative to Texas anyway. I made a decision to return to Beaumont to go to Lamar University. 

PLUSES:
 Good school, close to home, cheap to live, close to the family, security net
NEGATIVES: 
Close to home, close to family, no jobs

I know that If I go to school at Lamar University, close to my family that I will have my safety net that I have been denying myself and most likely succeed in college. But I will have to swallow my pride and take a huge cut in pay. From 15 dollars an hour to 9.35 an hour. I believe this will be good for me in the long run as my education will compensate once I complete school. At least, this is my hope. I am 23, and basically a sophomore, I am behind and I need to catch up. 

I believe that my lack of drive for school has given me exceptional life experiences that I cannot replace. I believe these make me appreciate my chance at school even more. My rise and fall in the party world, my failed but passionate marriage, my failed retail journey which makes me want to get my degree even more. I have learned through my experience in retail management that I care for people too much to cheat them. I want to TEACH and mentor them. I believe my new life goal is to get my doctorate so that I can teach my whole life. I believe it is my calling, my passion, and my life's ultimate end. I have sorta new this all along, I just now realize that I can only achieve it one way, and that is to just buckle down and get it done. Pride and self be damned, I have to sacrifice if I want to achieve my end means. 


One thing is for sure....

If there is only one thing I could take away from the "Economic Crisis" it would have to be this.

The only safeguard against unpredicability of the world is education. Being able to understand the world and plan to accommodate for it are only possible with education.

The uneducated "Reserve worker" is the first person to be cut from the economic engine. Having an education and a skill that is unreplicatible is only safeguard against unemployement. 9 out of ten times thats aquired through education. You are not born with abilties that will keep you employed, unless you work in a sexual field, and even that can require training.... LOL

This world is unfair to be sure, the best weapon you can have is an education.

15 December 2008

Hi World, Im glad to meet you! Do you return the favor?

I am Terry Joe Longshore Jr.
Now enough with the formalities. Call me TJ if you like. I am a 23 year old male from Texas. I currently reside in Carrollton, TX and I am planning a move to Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. I am a sociology major with various interests in history, politics, and cultures. I like electronic, dance, and pop music. I am a generic white boy with a unique history( allthough everyones life is unique, cliche). I have experienced several different lifestyles and paths. From being a troubled teen, to religious zealot, to new age hippie/raver, to college student, to marriage, to full time worker, and currently I discribe myself as a third time around college student who thinks he got it right this time.

I am excited about my field of study and I cant wait to talk to my fellow sociologists. BTW, Forgive my bad spelling, for it is not a strength of mine. While Lamar University may not be harvard, it is Harvard on the Neches. Dun Dun Dun.

Now,
How do you meet blogmates on here?

Myspace and Facebook dont quite satisfy me for some reason.

and it goes without saying, I hopefully wont get the random messages or friend requests here. But, that has yet to be proven.

I hope blogger.com meets my ever changing high expectations that vary from day to day. My mood and my temperment towards any given subject can vary from day to day.