4G has arrived and I'll be trying out my new service beginning tomorrow. If it works as well as promised, I'll dump everything else -- my 3G, the home DSL and the office cable connection. 4G will cost $30 per month for the first six months, then $45 per month thereafter, for as long as I keep the service. The plan is month-to-month, no contracts or commitments other than $40 upfront for the 4G card. If we want a second card, it will only cost an additional $15 per month. I hope this works out. It would be nice to have just one provider for home, office and the road.
The sales person was very helpful, but 4G pretty much sells itself. Now let's see if it lives up to the hype.
A few days ago at lunch I overheard a conversation between two psychologists at an adjacent table. I wasn't snooping. They were speaking loudly enough that I couldn't help overhearing them. Both were working as personal trainers at a local health club where I had been a member for many years. I gathered that one trained as a clinical psychologist and the other trained as an I/O psychologist. The clinical psychologist had been doing a great deal of the sort of grunt work that can wear a clinician down -- a lot of court ordered evals. The I/O psychologist said that the demand for I/O consultants has collapsed in the past couple of years. I don't know if that's true, but that's what she said.
They mentioned a former psychotherapist who is also a personal trainer at the same health club, so I had to go the club website to see if I knew the other therapist cum personal trainer.
It turns out I do know her, but not because she was a psychotherapist. Decades ago, she had been my junior high school music teacher in another city 800 miles from my current home in Chicago. Her professional bio indicated that she left teaching in the public school I attended to earn her PhD in music. She had a very productive career as an academic in the music education world before she gave all that up to train as a psychoanalyst. She worked for several years as an analyst and psychotherapist before becoming a personal trainer. Wow! I give her a lot of credit for following her dreams.
I could not imagine myself working as a fitness trainer. I expect I'd be bored out of my mind. I've been a gym regular for my entire adult life, but I wouldn't be interested in spending any more time at the gym than I already do. If I could stay as fit as I am without going to the gym, I'd drop my membership in a heartbeat.
An old friend of mine from Northwestern, an experimental psychologist, gave up his career as a researcher a few years ago to become a gelato maker. His factory makes some of the best gelato in the New York area. I don't think I'd mind being a gelato man.