Today Jesse and I went down to Tulsa Tech to see if any of the classes for the pre-engineering program there would transfer as college credits at Tulsa Community College. They didn't seem to know, but we got a number to call to find out. Their classes don't typically transfer to colleges, but they have cooperative agreements with some of the local colleges (including his) for specific classes to transfer, we just have to find out if anything he needs does.
Anyway, while we were there, Jesse put in his application and jumped through all their hoops for admission. Once we started looking at their course offerings though, we found that he can take private pilot ground school there and there's no tuition cost, and fees are something like $15. Jesse has had a lifelong dream (obsession, actually) with planes and being a pilot, but has kind of put it away because of the expense of pilot training. It turns out though, that TCC has flight labs you can do after this TTC ground school, and the fees for those might be eligible for financial aid.
There are openings for the program in spring, so we made an appointment to go out to the Riverside aviation campus on Monday, get a tour and maybe enroll for January. As I told Jesse, he should take this step even if he doesn't know where the money for the next step is coming from, because if the opportunity does arise to take the flight lab here or get student flight hours somewhere else, he's got to have that first step done.
Yes, yes indeed, he can have all the money he wants for Kurt Vonnegut books. If he buys so many that we're broke and have to live on rice and beans, I'll count that a success.
Note: I still bathe daily, I just don't wash my hair every time, lest you think I am more slovenly than I really am.
3.141592...that's it for me. My children however, who seem to have a lot of time on their hands, are in some sort of pi memorizing war. They yell it at each other in unison sometimes until one of them gives up. Currently Dingo is winning at about 70 digits. What, is that SUPER GEEKY? Yeah, it is.
If only they could remember where they left their cellphones and shoes as easily.
I sold Usborne Books for a while when I was younger, and I was pretty happy with that experience, but I hadn't gone into it with the idea of making a lot of money. I had small kids and I basically wanted to be able to order books for them at a dealer discount, which I did. That didn't sit well with my upline (supervisor/recruiter who gets part of your commission) because they really wanted me to recruit as much as to sell, so I didn't do it for long and I didn't even try to recruit, but I did it just long enough to amass a great collection of kids' books. If I had gone in expecting an actual liveable income, I would have been pretty disappointed. I was glad to pretty much break even after about 6 months, but I was never near to making any actual money.
Recently my niece got involved with an MLM company selling really overpriced knives. The company she worked for (well, you don't really work FOR them, you're an independent contractor) recruits inexperienced college kids who don't know any better, and they try to get them to buy overpriced sample kits and sell knives to their family and friends (for $1000s of dollars!) before they wise up and quit. Fortunately she got out before she got too involved and before it cost her too much money, just a few days of wasting gas and a sample kit that wasn't TOO bad. Her parents and I told her it was pretty much a scam and she didn't believe us, but when they started asking her to buy things and made her come to unpaid meetings and make unpaid "training" calls (remember, not an employee, a contractor) she wised up on her own.
I have seen others of my friends who are in really tight economic straits try to sell overpriced candles, makeup, pampered chef, etc, and invariably, it ends up costing them money up front that they don't have and none of them have made any significant profit with it, not even enough to be a second income, let alone a first. Sure, people do succeed, but it's not selling they usually succeed at, they get ahead because they're great at talking people into trying to sell it themselves, and you make way more money off having people under you and taking a cut of all their commissions than you do by selling it yourself. That's how pyramid schemes work. You can have a good time doing it, you might make a few dollars here and there, especially initially before you wear out the good will of your friends and family, and you can usually get a lot of product, but unless you're pushy and unscrupulous, you probably won't ever make much.
The bad part is that they tend to prey on people who are desperate for money, they tell them this is a job with their company, when it's really not, it's you opening your own business. Typically at a regular job you actually work for that employer, they pay unemployment insurance, there may be benefits, they pay you at least minimum wage for all the time you're working, and there is normally mileage reimbursement when you have to use your own car. This arrangement works great for MLM companies because they can "hire" every single person who applies and see who sticks around and there is absolutely no risk or outlay of money by them up front, unlike with a real employer. Even the people who don't stick around (and this is most of them, that's why they're *always* "hiring") might make them a little money on upfront fees, buying samples or selling to family and friends before they quit. If people could just try it and get out it wouldn't be so bad, but there is almost always upfront expense of the sort you don't have if you take a traditional job with a traditional company, which strains already strapped people even further.
Anyhow, in my stumbling about the internet, I came across this article http://www.financialindustryscam.com/
I don't think I fit into everything that's a 14 now, but I think I am falling between a 14 and a 16 and that's nice. Some of my 16s are loose and I have to belt all my jeans now. A year or so ago I wouldn't have even looked at a 14.
"Why don't they just cut to the chase and instead of an ultrasound, require the woman to sit in a room for 5 days while old white men parade through and tell her she's a whore."
Despite the fact that the whole thing is just maddening, that made me LOL. I'm sure that'll be the next bill for not only abortions, but women seeking any kind of contraception.