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21. Now what? [Feb. 5th, 2001|02:53 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Well, I'm 21. So, now what? As Nick said, no birthday past this means anything. I can get into NC-17 movies, vote, buy lottery tickets, drink in Canada, and drink in the US. At 25 car insurance goes down, but whoop-de-doo.

Plans:

Today: study for midterm tomorrow, do some physics homework, build the new servers (once they arrive), pick up Righellis at the airport, go out drinking.

This summer: find a nice house/apartment to rent while I finish off school. Take summer classes. Develop LiveJournal's business side of things so it's not dependent much on me. Hell, I can hardly run the technical side of things usually, much less doing the business stuff.

Next year: Be done with school. Have LiveJournal at a point where I'm "just an employee".

After that, ideally: Move to Europe, learn a language, work for LiveJournal remotely, work on new projects (?). That would totally kick ass.

After that, worst case: Get a job. ugh. But if I did, get a job at a cool place like Speakeasy, where it's somewhat small and laid back, and the people are cool.

Hell, I don't know what I'm going to do.
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[User Picture]From: moonsis
2001-02-05 03:08 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Brad!
yay!
hehe...i can tell you by now me being 23, the next birthdays will be all the same... ugh!
Anyways any reason to party is a good one,
huh!?
;)
...interesting, why do you want to go to europe (and where)?
Most people I know wanna go to the us instead!
I guess people always want to be where they are not. hehe...
Have a nice b-day!
Love,
Moonsis
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-05 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re:

I guess people always want to be where they are not.

Perhaps that's true.

There's a proverb in the US (and elsewhere?) that goes: "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."

Ideally I'd like to go to Germany, and become fluent in German. I have no clue the process involved in moving to another country, though.

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[User Picture]From: mart
2001-02-05 03:24 pm (UTC)

We have that proverb in the Yookay too :)

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[User Picture]From: chuck
2001-02-05 03:42 pm (UTC)

Germany?

you obviously havent met my stepmother...
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2001-02-05 05:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Germany?

I've met some nice people from Germany Chuck. They were all drunk of course, but that's cool so was I...

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[User Picture]From: chuck
2001-02-05 05:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Germany?

It was a joke...even though my stepmother is german, and a complete cock-gobbling asshole, I know of some really cool drunk germans too.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2001-02-05 06:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Germany?

I feel your pain bro'...never been that happy with my real parents myself...fuck it...

Let's hoist a cold one to Brad!

Here's to Bradley Joseph Fitzpatrick on his 21st Birthday!!!!
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[User Picture]From: chuck
2001-02-05 06:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Germany?

Word. Im having some chocolate cake to celebrate too. Damn good :)
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From: bluedrum
2001-02-05 03:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Brad. (Incidently, thanks for starting LJ)

At 21 you don't know what you are going to do. Trust me, you won't know at 31 or 51 or 71. We all just live and hope for the best.

Be well,

Mac
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From: thp
2001-02-05 03:25 pm (UTC)
Next year: Be done with school. Have LiveJournal at a point where I'm "just an employee".

[sniffle] You'll never be just an employee to us. LONG LIVE BRAD! WOO
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From: ahze
2001-02-05 03:30 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday

also good luck.
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[User Picture]From: rhiannonstone
2001-02-05 04:03 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, father of All That is Holy!
Or at least LiveJournal, which is close enough. ;)
For your present this year, I will NOT SING to you.
You're welcome. ;P
*hugs*hugs*hugs*
Hope you have a blast.
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[User Picture]From: christowang
2001-02-05 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well, depending what state, I think most of them 24 you can rent a car.

Then you have the big 65 to look forward to for discounts.

And some age you can come president, I'm not going to guess cause Ill get flamed if I guess wrong :P
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-05 04:12 pm (UTC)

Re:

35, I believe.

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[User Picture]From: christowang
2001-02-05 04:15 pm (UTC)

Re:

I was going to go for that too...
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[User Picture]From: azulskies
2001-02-05 04:24 pm (UTC)
good plan.

and btw, happy birthday!

hope it rocks!
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[User Picture]From: nick
2001-02-05 04:33 pm (UTC)
what happened to evolve Brad and Nick Productions from a stupid high school project thingy into an evil empire that holds all off civilization by its jugular?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-05 04:34 pm (UTC)

Re:

Yeah, totally.

Let's buy a boat, too.

We'll need it to get to our island where we run things.
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[User Picture]From: nick
2001-02-05 04:36 pm (UTC)
I thought we needed a boat to get chicks! But hey I bet chicks dig private islands more than boats anyway so its all good.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-05 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re:

word.
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[User Picture]From: insomnia
2001-02-05 04:37 pm (UTC)
"Develop LiveJournal's business side of things so it's not dependent much on me."
Elaborate, my man, elaborate! ;)
Drop me an e-mail...

As for Germany, I think it helps to be able to trace your ancestry back to Germany... specifically:
"The majority of those who are granted German citizenship each year are ethnic German "resettlers" (Aussiedler), the descendants of German farmers and craftspeople who settled in Russia and Romania and other parts of Eastern Europe in the 18th century. Some of the ethnic German communities in the East were forcibly resettled within their countries by Stalin after Hitler attacked the Soviet Union in World War II. After the war, some fled to the West, and some, like the Sudeten Germans of what was then Czechoslovakia, were expelled from their countries. A large number, however, remained in Eastern Europe. These ethnic Germans enjoy the "right of return" under Germany's constitution and may take up residence in Germany."

Under this rule, I believe that I could claim German citizenship if I wanted. It's good to be a Kraft. ;)

Otherwise, you basically have to meet the following criteria:

"The applicant is expected to show a voluntary and permanent commitment to Germany. He/she must be fluent in German and have knowledge of and support Germany’s democratic constitutional order. The applicant is generally expected to have lived in Germany for an extended period of at least eight years, although exceptions to this principle can be made. The applicant must not be legally incapacitated nor have a criminal record. He/she is expected to have the necessary funds to maintain him/herself in Germany including health cover and pension for old age and not to rely on government welfare assistance. Generally, dual citizenship is not accepted, and accordingly the applicant must be willing to give up his/her former citizenship if he does not lose it automatically by acquiring the German citizenship."
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-02-05 04:42 pm (UTC)

Re:

I don't want citizenship there .... I just want to live there long enough to become fluent.

Can you live there for an extended period of time without being a citizen? If not, it's kinda a catch-22: have to live there for 8 years and be fluent to get to live there?
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[User Picture]From: insomnia
2001-02-05 04:58 pm (UTC)

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You'd probably need to work there for awhile, or be a student. Student would be your best bet, as there are still probably not enough good jobs to go around. I had a friend who lived there making schnapps and another who has a scholorship to study art in Berlin, so it is doable.

Perhaps you could land a good job with your particular skills. You'd be a good choice for a company like SAP for instance, which is based out of Germany. SAP consultants make serious dough; I could only imagine how much they must pay their programmers...
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[User Picture]From: foobar
2001-02-05 05:22 pm (UTC)

Hehe...

...well, if the worst case happens, feel free to shoot me your resume. :) I'm not in charge of hiring the programmers (just the SA's... maybe not even that nowadays, sigh) but I can tell you we could sure as hell use more programmers of your caliber out here, and I'll put in a good word for you and then some. :)
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[User Picture]From: bear26
2001-02-05 05:24 pm (UTC)
Happy 21st!!
May your day be very drunk.
BTW, having entered my thirties, I can tell you the 30th b'day matters.
But not in a good way. It means you can no longer tick the "20-29" age box on forms. That bummed me out.
But you've got nine more years of ticking that box. Enjoy!
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2001-02-05 09:13 pm (UTC)

Yo

Dropped by your journal to say happy birthday before it wasn't, anymore :)

Good luck with your ideal, man. That'd be kickass :P
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[User Picture]From: johnflagg
2001-02-06 01:30 am (UTC)
happy b-day brad, even if i'm a little late. hope you had a good time out...
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[User Picture]From: jerronimo
2001-02-06 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'm a little late, but Happy Birthday!

:]
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