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……
Cool.

10 comments:

Amber said...

Of all your examples, I was disappointed to not see Clarice from Silence of the Lambs, she was the one that made me want to be in the FBI. What more could you want out of a career than hanging out with serial killers?

locomocos said...

That was my 'Agent Starling' reference. OF COURSE Silence of the Lambs was a major influence!!!!

Amber said...

duh, I didn't read that last line apparently!

totalvo said...

I still want to be a spy.. did you know that if you go to DC there is a SPY museum there.. it is really cool.. it costs 14.00 bucks to go into it though.. but it is really cool

Laura said...

I always wanted to be in the CIA or FBI. I always thought that the mystery and secrecy was intriguing... my outlet is becoming a lawyer. Talk about sidestepping sticky situations; try attendign a trial!

This and That said...

Just make sure the govt doesn't inadvertently "out" you if you or a family member disagrees with the Pres...or his men/brain (Rove, Cheney, etc)
I could never be an agent...I'm just not good at keeping secrets.My hubby knows when I am lying.

heather said...

I'm the same way about keeping secrets. I totally suck at it!! I like being in on the secret...but keeping it to myself kills me sometimes. I would probably be a really bad CIA agent

Josh said...

I'm really good at keeping secrets. isn't that right Cassie? Im the best for sure.

S E E Quine said...

` Strangely, you do strike me as the CIA-type.
` Hey, do you think you can use your Secret Agent Skills to figure out the puzzle on my Mad Scientist blog?
` Perhaps then, the lambs will stop screaming....

Aaron said...

If I were ever to be a g-man, it would be with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. I would want to change it to the Bureau of ATF&M though.