A vow to never be alone.

When I get home, my roommates are typically talking about such varied topics as ultimate fighting, computer programming, and escapades I can’t particularly disclose in public.

This is something I spent the first 18 years of my life without.

I’m about to graduate from Northern Arizona University. My parents and American society in general told me that I needed a degree to get a good job. That’s probably true, but what I’ve gained the most from this college experience is not an education. It’s social conditioning.

Social nuances between my domestic upbringing, such as sharing a bedroom with another person, community bathrooms, and having to cook for myself, seemed a bit daunting when I first entered the undergraduate scene. Since then, like most, I’ve come to like these facts of living, and I recognize that they actually have helped me develop into a better person.

Today marks the start of Spring Break. Normally I would be with my family, but this year, I’ve had to dedicate the first half of the week-off to various production and broadcast engineering projects. My roommates have left, my girlfriend has left, and my good friends have left. Campus is virtually empty, and I’m basically alone.

What I’ve discovered is that cooking for one is boring. When I’m done with a long but good day of work, I don’t have anyone to talk to about it when I get home. Likewise, no one is around to tell me the stories of their day. This is utterly, and completely, boring.

I don’t know how I lived like this before. My typical routine before college would be to go to school, go to work, then go home and dabble online for the rest of each evening – maybe chat online with a couple of friends. What was I doing with my social life back then? Obviously, not enough.


foreveralone.jpg, courtesy of the Internet.

For the remainder of my life, be it through friends, roommates, or a wife, I genuinely hope to never be alone.

Kurt Vonnegut once said, “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” I just want to make sure my farting around is around other people.


About The Author

Kyle Anderson
I'm a media and IT professional and JavaScript developer who worked most recently as an Associate Broadcast IT Engineer (Tier II) for CNN in Atlanta. One of my life-long goals is to help bridge data divides - missing connections between software systems and data stores - promoting inter-system communication and automation. Many of the projects described here reflect this goal in some way or another.