Never too old to study?

Its fair to say, that at 57, I had assumed my days as a student were well and truly over. Given the last examination I took, was in 1976 ( An A grade in Accounts O Level), a reasonable conclusion, you might say. Yes, I am that old, and it has been that long!

Thats right, GCE (as they were back then) O Levels is as high a standard of education as I own, as I had to go out to work as soon as I’d finished my O Levels at school, in 1974 (the last one was at a local college, night course), as my mother was a single parent, so it was fait accompli.

Its why it took me 29 years to do what most do in their gap year after school to travel, and see a bit of the world (several months in the US), because it was only at that point (after her death) that I was able to take some time out, and do it! Apart from a Christmas seasonal job, I’d had to stop work for a while, so it seemed the obvious time to do it.

But study again, at my age (even then I was 45), seriously, no! Until now!

Its fair to say that while I was working, any thoughts of studying were put on the back burner, as I was earning money, had a settled life, and all that, until recently, when I was made redundant. A friend posted about an open evening, at a seminary, in the US, and studying there. I joked I was too old, but he disagreed. And yes, it struck me what a wonderful move that would be, both personally, and religiously. But the complexities of needing degrees, and the acceptance of me being allowed to study in the US made that all a bit of a step too far.

As people also know, I have a bit of an interest in science matters, especially anything involving electrics, though most of what I’ve written about until now has been purely fiction, though I suspect that in the next 20 years or so, some of it will become science fact! But when a Twitter contact mentioned an open day, at his university, for courses on Electrical Engineering, I again said I’d love to do that, if I was younger. Again I get told that you’re never too old for these things!

So now I’m considering going to an open day, in a fortnights time, and signing up for a foundation course in Electrical Engineering. Who knows, even at my age, maybe I can really make something of myself? Wouldnt that be something?

Well, it would certainly be something different, which is what I wanted, for sure! And no problems with working, and living in the UK either! Fine, I’ll check the trains! 😉

The video, a live version of a very obvious song! (To say, video includes strobe lighting)

College sports

For someone who never went beyond secondary school over here, and certainly never went to college in the US, let alone over here, I’m getting steadily addicted to college sports, even before the football season gets underway. Yes, I suppose I guessed they played baseball in college, just had no ideas of the details of how big it might be.

Yes, blame the European version of ESPN America for that, currently we are getting coverage of the College World Series, from Omaha, Nebraska, and the final series started last night. No, I’m not that addicted that I stayed up and watched, but saw the ‘as live’ broadcast earlier this afternoon all the same. Arizona won, and given South Carolina have won it (apparently) for the last 2 years, well a change would be nice! As no Kansas, or Oklahoma state team has been mentioned at any point, I assume they either dont play, or arent among the elite in this sport? Yes, I’m biased, as the Merry Brooks name on the forums might giveaway lol!

From what I gather, those areas might do better when the football season starts up. Oh goodness, I’m getting quite into this college affiliation thing, even with no real attachment whatsoever! Beginning to think I missed out on something, but its about 35 years too late to put that right now! Not that I was ever a great sports person, but anyway…softball might have been fun, who knows?

I dont know, is it all very serious, or is the college stuff slightly less intense than the major leagues? I suppose I shouldnt expect Americans not to be competitive about everything, but…?

Any US college want to make me an honorary alma mater lol? No, I know, but no harm in asking, is there? Colleges in certain areas of the country hold more appeal, anyone who cant work out where, well, I’m disappointed in you lol!

As I say, the tournament is being held in Omaha, and I thought for at least 30 seconds as to what the video should be. I could only think of one song that mentions Omaha anywhere in the song, and this is it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI5eT4UmyFY

A change of direction

Given that its Thanksgiving Day tomorrow in the US, which relates back to the arrival of the first immigrants to the US from here, its time to throw in a piece of hypothetical thought.

Just over a century ago,  my ancestors left Ireland, and headed to England to look for a better life. What made them choose England over North America, Australia, or other places, well who knows? Maybe they didnt want to follow the larger crowd to North America, maybe my great grandfathers had job offers already, or otherwise, I can only surmise.

But its an interesting thought, how different might I, and my life had been if they had gone west, instead of east, as so many Irish people did. Of course, if one set had headed in one direction, and the other had remained on course, I might not even have been born! If that had happened I might not have been holidaying in Boston this year, but living there!

Would I be different as an American, or Canadian woman? I dont know, I’m sure attitudes have differed over the years, musical tastes certainly have, thats for sure. Top British groups have never made it over there, top US groups have never really made it over here, so I suspect my musical influences would be very different. Politically, work wise and other things, would I have been different going through their system. For example, over here, especially when I was a teen, going to university was a pretty exclusive thing. In the US, pretty much everyone gets to go to college, or so it seems to me from over here. Would I have bettered myself with a college education, who can tell?  I might even have been a cheerleader, but I doubt it!

One thing is for certain, I might be used to colder winters than we get here lol! Though I guess that would ultimately depend on where my ancestors eventually moved to in North America, big difference between Northern Alaska and Southern Florida!

I’ve never as yet been in the US for Thanksgiving, so have no real idea what the day is like over there. Well beyond the fact you fill yourself with food, and then settle down to watch football. Of course thats a different form of football to what you’d get over here. In fact, over here the soccer doesnt get played until Boxing Day! Maybe one day I will, hopefully if I’m still up to it when I retire, I might be able to plan travel that way a bit better. Assuming of course anyone will invite me to Thanksgiving dinner lol!

My best wishes to all my American friends for tomorrow, hope you all have a marvellous day, but do remember your brave ancestors who travelled across the ocean in the past, especially those first few, now unknown pilgrims who first celebrated this day nearly 400 years ago.

Music video, well who knows, I might have ended up as a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BADZW9tZ1uc

Though not looking like MM I suspect!