IAAM: Diary of a Millennial

Selected excerpts from the

May 27, 2011
It’s graduation day! The first day of the rest of my life. Both my brother and sister will be here and, of course, Mom and Dad. I won’t discuss my major as anyone in the future reading this missive may draw the wrong conclusion about my past five years in undergraduate school.

May 28, 2011
The first day of the rest of my life. Yesterday’s speaker said that we, as the Class of 2011, “could do anything we wanted, our future was before us.” She was some old State Senator. I hope the honorarium wasn’t much. Great party last night! Thanks Dad! PS I informed both parents I was taking the next year to travel and study in Europe, specifically Paris, and of course, need to be financed. Dad had some doubts but Mom was all in favor. Kind of going along with what the Senator said in her commencement address “we can do anything we wanted”. Thanks Mom!

June 1, 2012
I’ve returned from broadening my experiences. Unfortunately the job market is a little bit questionable. I’ve decided that I need more education and I’ve enrolled in a two year Masters Degree program. I informed Mom and Dad about my decision and, of course, need to be financed. Once again Dad, a bit uncertain, yielded to Mom’s steadfast belief in my career path. Thanks Mom! Haven’t added up either my debts from loans or Dad’s check writing but all in school will exceed $150,000. Thanks Dad and Uncle Sam! PS Europe wasn’t cheap! Thanks Mom!

May 30, 2014
It’s Masters Degree graduation day! The first day of the rest of my life. Sis and brother couldn’t make it but, of course, Mom and Dad showed. A retired industrialist from GE told us, the Class of 2014, “could do anything we wanted, our future was before us.” Did he borrow that speech from that old State Senator? Maybe he has a better insight on the labor market? Thanks Jack!

May 29, 2015
My little sister’s College Graduation Day. We’ll all be there. I’m riding with Mom, Dad and brother, since the past year I have no car and have been living in the folk’s basement. Dad thought we should all go together. I’m not sure how that will work since Dad has been a little annoyed at my lack of job prospects. Mom says I’m just waiting for the right opportunity and am still on my career path. Thanks Mom!

August 5, 2015
I forgot to mention at my sister’s graduation the speaker used the “anything we wanted” line. I saw my sister’s eyes light up as Europe is in her future. Mom smiled and Dad just sighed.

August 6, 2015

I break into the job market this Saturday. I’ve decided to bring all my knowledge, study, travel and degrees to this position. Something that will make Mom and Dad both proud.

I’ve learned how to make: The perfect Martini

  • 2 ounces of Bourbon
  • ½ ounce of Sweet Vermouth
  • ½ ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Bitters
  • Topped by a Maraschino cherry

It will be the first day of the rest of my life

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With his passion for economics, Bill Tatro has been entertaining audiences on the radio and in seminars for over 30 years. Bill’s dynamic and no nonsense style has made him one of his stations’ most popular show hosts.