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Thurman Speaks About Being Back At School Again

Fall 2005 marks the start of my eighth year as an Instuctor at Scottsdale Community College.

I start the fall semester at 48 years young and I am excited about our future. However, thus far the 21st century has been a major downer given the dot-com correction; a bad economy; terrorist attack on America's homeland; economy gets even worse; fighting in Afganistan and Iraq; economy improves, but nobody knows it; upheaval in Israel; illegal immigration; rising oil prices; and political correctness up the foo. Stuff is going to get worse before it starts getting better. Oh well.

Luckily our country has a minority of citizens who are strong enough to follow grandpa Green's lead and die "fighting for the freedom of silence." I am not a grandpa Green, but in the 21st century stuff can change in a nanosecond and I continue to follow Peter Neumann's edict: "expect the unexpected."

I believe Ray Kurzweil when he says our future is "biotech, nanotech, and, ultimately, robotics."

With apologies to Bob Seger...

   "Here I am, on the road again. 
    There I am, up on the stage.
    Here I go, playing star again.
    There I go, turn the page."
    -- Bob Seger

   "Here I am, at college again.
    There I am, earning my wage.
    Here I go, playing professor again.
    There I go, turn the page."
    -- Gerald Thurman

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 22 August 2005