Hello there! I actually have two questions for you today. Besides the Soylent question, I’d also like to know if you’ll be at FinCon this week. To better help you find the Mrs. and I at the conference, I’ve included a rare picture of us below. First, let’s talk about last week’s question; Did you go to college?
Rory (From Welfare to Well-Off) had a good point that many echoed:
That said, without college I wouldn’t have even been interviewed for any of the positions I have held in my life. Period.
Rory has a good thought here. No matter who you are, an awful lot of companies want a degree. It may not be related to the work you’ll do, but no degree = no job.
Michelle from Making Sense of Cents says:
I do think that it has helped shape me into who I am today.
And AuntBeulah notes:
Moving away from home to go to college broadened my world view, enriched my life, and gave me a career in education that fulfilled me.
For them, college is about more than just education. Perhap these life lessons are just as important as the educational aspect?
Ree from Escaping Dodge was one of the few commentors that didn’t have a degree:
As for me, I’ve done quite well without one, but I do feel that “disadvantage” caused me to push myself very hard to prove my worth.
Lucas had one of my favorite comments which pretty much echos what I was thinking when I first asked the question:
I think fostering a desire to learn and creativity of thinking is going to be far more valuable going forward than it ever has been, especially with all the focus on the “common core” and trying to get all students to know the same stuff – not a good idea in my book even though I understand some of the desires pushing this are good.
In any case, I have a bit more to say on the topic, but I’ll save that for Tuesday. Now, on to this week’s question. Would you try Soylent?
What is Soylent you say? Soylent is a food substitute developed by a software engineer, Robert Rhinehart. Robert wanted to simplify food preparation and intake, so he came up with this shake thing that takes the place of all other food.
I’m intrigued and slightly disturbed by Soylent, but in the interest of pushing my comfort zone and broadening my horizons a bit (and hopefully narrowing my waistline), I’ve ordered a week’s supply of this stuff. For that week, I’ll eat nothing but Soylent. I must admit that I’m cringing a bit just typing that last sentence. No chewing solid food for a week? What will it do to my bathroom habits? What will it smell like (Soylent, not my bathroom habits)? Yikes, what have I gotten myself into.
Regarding diets, I have no tolerance for cleanses, detox or any other fads. Cleansing and detox diets have no basis in truth. Long term health is not gained with a short term fad diet. The best way to live is to eat a whole lot of vegetables.
However, Soylent is more than a diet. It’s about de-emphasizing the whole process of food preparation and eating. It’s a lifestyle change and I’m curious to see how it will shake out (get it, “shake?”). Stay tuned for a full report when my packets of powder show up. Again, uggh. (Mrs. 1500 note: I will NOT be joining Mr. 1500 on his little taste adventure.)
Finally, the Mrs. and I will be at FinCon this week. Will you? If so, please look us up! We’d love to talk to each and every one of you.
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