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1.) What one thing in your life would you say (aside from family or faith) has motivated and continues to motivate you?
I have the strong innate desire to make myself the best I can be. That and boredom. Seriously, if I'm not learning, or improving, or growing as a person I get bored and very, very unhappy. I mean, sure, there's always stuff to do around the house ("This is the housework that never ends..."), but my mind gets bored.

2.) If you could have any occupation in the world, assuming you had everything you needed to be successful in that occupation and you would maintain the lifestyle you want, what would it be?

This is a hard one; there's several things I'd like to do, so I'll pick the least likely to ever happen:

I would write books, and stories, and comics... I would make social documentaries (audio, visual, via computer technology.)

3.) What is the most annoying, offensive, or frustrating thing about higher education in America?

You don't pick easy questions. You've asked questions that all have multiple answers, but I would expect good questions from you. Anyway, again, we'll pick one issue I see with higher education.

We expect eighteen-year-olds to know what they want to do with their life. That's right -- hormone-laden, insecure, immature, inexperienced, just figuring out who they may be teenagers. Who thought this was a good idea? I understand the concept behind it, but I certainly did better once I'd aged and matured and evened out.

Now, I know there are exceptions to this, but overall, this is a hard time for a person, and we're expecting a great deal of them. I don't have a solution for this, but I find the concept a bit bizarre.

BTW, I'm considering noting that I graduated from "The Bigfoot School" on my vita. Evidently the museum that is housed on the university campus is now the laughing stock all over the nation for its current Bigfoot exhibit. Also, the university employs one of the world's leading Bigfoot experts in its biology department. He's also an adjunct in anthropology. He's an expert in primates and primate locomotion. And, of course, Bigfoot.

And somehow none of this surprises me.

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