A New Day Is Upon Us

With the recent posts about Erik, Kevin, and Princess P, you may be wondering what happened to Kyle, my oldest. After graduating high school, Kyle spent a year at the University of Dallas. He enjoyed the city, the people, and his friends, but the academics were brutal.

Kyle was always a smart, good student, and spent high school in honors classes. He took Latin in freshman year for crying out loud. Unfortunately, that didn’t seem to carry over in Dallas. We knew it was a very good school, but Kyle had trouble most of the year. After a certain religion class, he texted me, “I’ve had religion classes for ten years, and I never heard about anything this guy is teaching.”

Covid struck in March 2020, and the school closed for the rest of the year. I drove to Dallas to pick him up, and we drove home. During the trip, he finally said, “I don’t want to go back.” I told him to finish out the year and then we would accept his decision. When the year ended, he was adamant about not going back…

For a year I blamed myself for this, because I rally pushed Dallas on Kyle. I thought it was the best choice for him, and I was obviously very, very wrong. Kyle still has a lot of friends there and they talk often. I’m glad he got the college experience, even for one year, and to be honest, his leaving saved us $50,000 a year.

Last summer Kyle decided he wanted to attend a trade school, specifically to become an electrician. One of the better schools is only a few blocks away, and Kyle seemed to think it was the place for him. Covid had a say in this, so many of the classes were not completely full. Kyle figured he could spend the summer doing nothing, and start school in the fall.

Then the school said maybe January. Then maybe March. Then maybe May. The call last week said he would definitely be in school in August, and at that point, he figured, “When I get there, I get there.”

On Monday, he received a call from the school. After apologizing profusely for all the drama, Kyle was told he could start Tuesday (yesterday). He was a little bent because he was supposed to head to Dallas next week to see his friends, but he knew school was more important.

Kyle was home before I left for work, and he seemed to really like it. One teacher, in particular, was getting to know the students, and he said, “So you know, this school hates the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, and LeBron James. Don’t wear anything with those people in my class, or you’ll lose points!”

When I look back on all this, I think Kyle made the right move. Growing up, my kids were huge fans of Discovery’s Dirty Jobs, and Kyle likes working with his hands. The school year lasts for about six months, and they have a great reputation for getting students into jobs quickly. In fact, they told Mrs. Earp businesses come in and ask for the five best students before whisking them into their companies.

I’m very proud of him, and I cannot wait to start charging him rent.

15 thoughts on “A New Day Is Upon Us

  1. After working at a university for over 20 years, I don’t think it is realistic to expect an 18 or 19 year old to know what they want to do with the rest of their life in many cases. All schools have retention issues after that freshman year. Glad Kyle has found something he enjoys and seems to be a good fit at this point. I wish him all the best moving forward. How much are you charging him for rent?

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  2. I think that Kyle made a great choice to get into the trades. Nowadays getting a college degree is highly overrated. That idea is pushed on everyone no matter what. What this country needs is more skilled workers. Go luck to a good kid…….

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  3. My cousin is very lucky to have 2 grandsons who are plumbers & one is a mechanic. She saves a lot of money. These guys will never worry about a pay check.

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  4. Ronni – I’m guessing $1,000 a week… plus a six pack of Diet Mountain Dew. I think Kyle would have thrived in a less challenging school, but he seems to really like his trade teachers so far. Regular guys who worked the job for years, completely unassuming.

    Tam – Thanks. We thought about that, too. Everyone wants a college degree, and no one wants to work with the people who keep the country going. Plus, the indoctrination in many schools is horrific.

    Cathy – That’s the other bonus. Everyone needs a plumber, mechanic, or electrician at some point; especially people who aren’t handy… like me.

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  5. Sounds like an excellent decision. The last time I tried to hire an electrician I could only find an apprentice and it was going to cost $1500 to rewire one outlet and one light switch. Kyle will do well!!

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  6. Jenn – He loves his teachers so far, and he could walk to school if he had to. He prefers blue collar teachers than some of the college professors he had.

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  7. About 10 years ago, I hired someone that had a bachelor’s degree. Turned out she was one of the dumbest people that I’ve ever met & was more interested in getting botox than doing her job (I think her & Diego would be the perfect couple). She “knew better” than I did & no matter how many times I told her to stop using her desk phone to call her mother & ex-boyfriend, she kept right on doing it until my college educated boss reminded everyone about the agency phone policy.

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  8. Great decision! He might have withstood the inundation of liberal (i.e. communist) bullshit that virtually all colleges seem to have these days, but if he becomes a journeyman electrician, he’ll probably be making more than most college graduates. Congrats to Kyle.

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  9. Wyatt: Remind Kyle that life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.
    It sounds like he has an excellent opportunity, a wise choice and a big goober for a landlord!

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  10. MelP – A lot of college kids get the entitlement attitude. It wasn’t bad when I was in college, but good grief, it is out of control now. The college educated cops we see now are arrogant know-it-alls, which wouldn’t be bad if they realized they aren’t as smart as they think they are.

    RG – I’ll give the university of Dallas credit; there was very little liberal indoctrination there. Sure there were the random leftists, but for the most part the school was very conservative. In high school, Kyle took a test to show where he landed on the political spectrum. It was for a politics class, and he came up as “Very Conservative.” Even if there was indoctrination, Kyle would likely be immune.

    Mike AKA Proof – Also true. His teacher came up to him today and asked, “Do you smoke pot?” Kyle replied, “No.” The teacher then said, “Well, you look like you do,” then wandered off. Apparently the guy asks someone that question every day. Kyle think he asked because he let his hair grow down to his shoulder.

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    1. You have to wonder how old that person was when she first learned how to tie her own shoes (if ever). Then she says, “I’m a teacher”, like that was a “get out of stupid” card.

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      1. You’d be surprised how often people act like that on car stops. The only people I almost universally gave breaks to were doctors and nurses. I figure I wanted them to remember my face if I ever got shot.

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