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I agree with all of you. I used to be very strongly involved in
organizations, etc. before I started my family. I seemed to need less sleep
back then :-)
The outside interests had to take a back seat to children, and balanced with
a job that required frequent travel. I find now that the children and mostly
grown (are they ever going to be fully grown?) at 31 and 22, I have much
more time for "me" and outside interests again. The only problem is now I
have more interests and sometimes they conflict, like tonight which was a
meeting night at my chapter. I won't say I'll ever get *really* involved,
but at least I'll try making the STC meetings a higher priority.
It's all about priorities, which often change throughout our lives.
On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 5:31 PM, Sam Beard <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com> wrote:
> Thanks much for the support! Yes, and my reality has ALWAYS been to
> work to live, not live to work. And since STC is work-related, it gets
> pushed to the back burner in order to accommodate my desires to spend
> time with my family. They deserve that as much, if not more, than work
> deserves me to spend time with it. My wife is already being VERY
> supportive and accommodating with regards to my attending a non-work
> related class every other Saturday from March 1st until mid-September,
> which means SHE has to do all things related to the children during the
> time I'm at the class. She does it, though, because she knows I'm
> interested in this class and it's something I really enjoy.
> Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
> Technical Writer
> OI Analytical
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> sbeard -at- oico -dot- com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Susan Park [mailto:su_duncan -at- yahoo -dot- com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:10 PM
> To: John Posada; Sam Beard
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: STC
> You're fortunate to be in a place in your life where
> you can afford that two-hour drive and to be home by
> midnight. Someone who has small children at home, or
> who has other commitments, might need to make other
> choices. These are not excuses, just reality.
> --- John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > Or, like me, I live on the New Jersey shore, over
> > two hours from NYC, and
> > I'm President of the NYMetro chapter. When we have a
> > monthly meeting, I get
> > home about midnight.
> > The excuses are just that.
> > On 4/1/08, Sam Beard <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Bill Swallow stated:
> > >
> > > > If you belong to an active chapter, then that's
> > a benefit also.
> > >
> > > Yes, and by the same token if your local chapter
> > is not active, it's
> > > tough to find the benefits in that regard. My
> > local chapter has seen
> > > another decline in recent years. I decided not to
> > renew my local chapter
> > > affiliation this year and instead go with 3 SIGs
> > (plus a few extra).
> > > This doesn't mean I won't be able to go to local
> > events, but it does
> > > allow me other options for obtaining value from my
> > membership.
> > >
> > > I reply:
> > >
> > > Or if, like me, your "local chapter" is a
> > minimum 2-hour drive in the
> > > opposite direction of home. That makes it rather
> > difficult to attend any
> > > of the functions related to the chapter, unless
> > they happen to occur on
> > > a Saturday. And Saturdays are rather full with a
> > class (unrelated to
> > > work) and a family, including a 1 year old
> > daughter and a 10 year old
> > > son.
> > >
> > > --
> > > John Posada
> > > Senior Technical Writer
> > > NYMetro STC President and Program Chair
> > >
> > > - Said the Zen master to the hot dog vendor "Make
> > me one with everything."
> > >
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