Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Truth is Out Where?
So I heard this story on NPR the other morning, and it got me thinking about careers.
Apparently more than 120,000 people applied for the CIA last year.
When I was in high school, I actually thought about joining the CIA. I had dreams of becoming the next greatest female spy. I think this was brought on by Robert Ludlam books, and that movie True Lies.
But of course, in high school, without the ‘internet’ (which I didn’t know what it even was, let alone how to use it) I had no idea how one would even get IN to the CIA. I thought they came to you! I thought it was like La Femme Nikita (the French version, not the USA Original Series version) where they picked you up off the street.
So my quest was somewhat crushed by this road block. Until my World History teacher, Mr. Snelling, mentioned that if I was serious about joining the CIA, he knew some ‘people’. He could ‘get me in’ so to speak.
Well. I thought that was the greatest thing since sliced bread, until I realized that I wanted to pursue my dreams as a professional ballet dancer and ceramics major in college. WOW.
After I failed out of my first year of college (largely due to beer – partially due to the Adonis that was in my Western Civilizations class – dammit! He deserved to be stared at!), I found out that you could actually get a degree in Landscaping. So I packed my crap and moved to Colorado to pursue my new dream: getting away from The Evil (my ex-boyfriend who stepped on my heart and mutilated it for 3 years). As I studied landscape horticulture, I started wondering if I should chuck it all, go back to KC and become an FBI agent. They have a bureau there, and I even had a girlfriend in high school whose dad was an agent! I thought that would be ALMOST like being a CIA agent! I didn’t really decide that this was the best route to go until I started watching X-Files. Dude, I could TOTALLY be Fox Mulder! I mean, C’MON!!! I was just as full of conspiracies and porn addiction as he was!!!! Okay, not the porn part – but I thought boys were cute.
Hemingway – listening to this article on NPR got me thinking about joining the CIA or FBI again. Do you think they would hire an agent who is fresh out of the Peace Corps and in her 30s before she even starts the training?
Hmmmm…….Just think, I may be the next Agent Starling who has a serial killer obsessed with her……