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Commencement advice

UF gradIt is the season and we have two new college graduates in the family.   At Gina’s UF commencement, I was surprised that there was no commencement speaker to give some pithy world advice for the graduates.  So I have a couple of nuggets I’d like to share from my 59 years of experience.

  1. You will acquire some big things that require maintenance (car, house).   For each thing, make a point to write down and keep a log  of all maintenance/repairs/improvements you make.  Eg.  oil changes, house painting, battery replacement, washer/dryer replacement, hot water heater repair.    Within 3 or 4 years you will discover how useful this is.  By 8-10 years it is indispensable.
  2. If/when you acquire a house, get one with a front porch and use it.
  3. Do not buy or install white/off white carpeting.  Ever.
  4. Keep all your owners manuals in one place, and tape or staple the purchase receipt inside the front cover.
  5. Keep your own medical records (this is quite similar to #1 above).

bucket list

  • Hike and camp on the Appalachian trail
  • Drive or (motorcycle) ride the Alaskan highway
  • Visit fantasy fest key west (October)
  • Take a self-supported bicycle tour
  • Catch and harvest a giant tuna, swordfish or halibut
  • Visit SXSW Austin TX (March)
  • Sing onstage at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Visit unspoiled south Pacific, eg. Tahiti, great barrier reef