Things I haven't done that I thought I would have by now:
1. Write and publish a book
2. Earn my doctorate
3. Travel to Greece to see the homeland
4. Have life figured out way more
5. Lose this goddamn weight and be in shape again
6. Have a much bigger savings account with investments and everything
7. Have my mortgage almost paid off, if not all the way
8. Have fewer stupid anxieties
10. Feel like a grown-up all the time
11. Develop a taste for fine whiskey and cigars
Well, 12 and 4 actually go together so whatever. But these are things that when I was an early 20's guy, I always envisioned that I would have attained by now. And I haven't. Which sucks when I look at my days and realize that they are not only short, but numbered too.
Am I giving up on that list? Hell no. Maybe #3 because I just don't like flying. But I'm keeping the other ones on the table. Now if I could just limit my sleeping to no more than four hours a night, maybe I could actually knock some of these things off my list.
Stick Shift by Louise Marburg
This is a decent short story that had an interesting ending. Affluent high school girl meets city guy who is older (about 30). They flirt, mess around a little, and then the ending. There's some other good character development in there too.
Story: 9 of 10
I really can't tell if I liked the ending or not. It definitely doesn't wrap everything up in a nice bow which is a plus. I did like the writing style though. Actually, now that I think about it, I did like the ending. It's vague but it makes you think about character motivation.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I think students would really enjoy this. There is some drinking and kids acting older than they are so the themes dictate older students would read this. The best part about this story is that there would be such fantastic classroom discussion. The ending would be a great topic because it's surprising and a bit nebulous and kids will be pissed but after discussion, appreciative. There is also this theme of affluence running through the whole story which is always fun to dissect. Good story.