Partial Transcript: Episode 43 (Childhood vs. Adulthood)

Virginia: What makes a grownup?

Andrew: You know, that very obvious line that everyone crosses over… I can’t even say that with a straight face.

Nick: I think I’ve got a pretty good definition of when you’re an adult: It’s when you look around and realize that everyone who is older than you is just as dumb as you are.

Mike: And has no clue…

Andrew: That’s fairly solid.

Nick: You’re truly an adult at that point.  It’s not in high school when you question yourself.  It’s when you’re in college and you realize that the guy who is teaching the class doesn’t really know much more about the subject than you do.

Mike: Or the opposite where you think he really shouldn’t be teaching.

Nick: You had “computer,” the class?

Virginia: That’s not fair.  That’s like Superman’s kid complaining about a flying instructor.  You’re Captain Computer.  I’m calling foul.

Nick: I think I see a t-shirt now: Captain Computer.

Virginia: Surely there’s something about earning a paycheck.  People are finally willing to pay you for your time.

Mike: When was your first job?

Andrew: My first job was when I was twelve.

Nick: I was like six.

Virginia: In college I worked at this deli.  It was awful.

Nick: Did you have to slice meat?

Virginia: No.  My job was preparing the sandwiches during lunch, which was their busiest time.  They consistently understaffed.  It was awful management.  We were in complete panic from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, and then they just sent us home.  So we never got more than about three or four hours a day.

Nick: I had buddies that got released, and they hated going home early.

Virginia: What was worse was that they promised me a raise from minimum wage after I’d been there for a month.  Sure enough, my month paycheck arrives, and there’s no raise.  They of course promised to do it the next week.  I ended up not working there.

Andrew: I think they were just filtering out the people who would stand up for themselves.

Virginia: I was there for about two months, and the turnover was about 300%.

Mike: I worked at Target for my first job.

Nick: Are we talking about first jobs or about becoming an adult?

Mike: I felt like an adult at 17.  It was when I realized that I was about to turn 18 and could move out of the house.

Nick: For you, being an adult was when you moved out?

Mike: No.  That was just when I got my freedom.

Nick: What part of that story was about being an adult?

Mike: At 17 I realized that I could move out.  That was probably the line.

Virginia: For me, it was when I stopped being a commodity for employers.  A 16 year old kid is a commodity.  At some point, people started looking at me for my education and experience.

Andrew: Man, according to Virginia’s definition, I was an adult at the age of fourteen when I engraved jewelry for my family.

Virginia:  Really?

Andrew: Yep.  My family had a store, and I did all the computer engraving.

Nick: When did it really settle in for you that you were an adult.

Andrew: For me, it was around 17 when I got a car and realized how stupid all of my friends were.  Then I realized that that included me.

Nick: I felt that way when I bought my house.

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