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1 Percent "joke"

by Hawke published May 29, 2017 10:15 AM, last modified May 29, 2017 11:39 AM
A quasi "joke" on the 1 Percenter (top 1 percentile) fad...

Most of the people protesting as "99 percenters" are really the "1 percenters" of the world. But that aside...

My "joke", I can't help it that I'm a 1 percenter (top 1 percentile), I was just born that way. :P

Birth length: 24+ inches (61 cm) = 100th percentile (>97 percentile = 55.90 cm), birth weight: 9 pounds 13 ounces

Adult height 6'7" = 99.952 percentile (I used to be 6'8.75" = 99.995).

IQ avg 135 = 99.01 percentile (I have scored as high as 151 (99.966 percentile) and low as 110 (74.750 percentile) depending on medication, "swing" (manic, hypo-manic, down, etc.), etc., but most frequently 135-139), these were proper clinically controlled tests. All clinicians indicated scores should all be higher if not for the dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and ADHD.

My peak income, when I worked in technology full time as CTO and consultant, was salary $150k plus bonus for a total gross cash income of  $177,000 . The 177k does not include calculations of the benefits: insurance, 401k, stock options, or other investment or benefit options.

WIthout adjusting for inflation, just using the same 177k base number:

  • In 2001, this income level was around the top 2-3. percentile
  • In 2011, this income level was around the 99.6 percentile.
  • In 2014, this income level was around the 99.7 percentile.
  • In 2016, this income level was around the 96.8 percentile

1989 was the first time I was semi-homeless, for several weeks living in my pickup truck, before moving into a tiny 1-room slum house with druggie friends.

1991 was the second time I was semi-homeless, for several months mostly couch-surfing at friends houses (no cars or drivers license left).

1992-1993 November through February I was fully homeless, for several months sleeping on the streets or park benches in a sleeping bag, or in a tent up on the mountain side hidden in a small ravine above 3300 south (Salt Lake City, Utah). I went days between meals. I was down around 150 pounds (at 6'8"), and denied selling my blood for money due to being too anemic.

1995 I was the last time I was semi-homeless, for several months living in a camper on the back of my pickup truck (finally had my license back after 6 years), and in a field behind an abandoned house.

I definitely don't fit the higher percentile for education level. I flunked 8th grade, dropped out of high school in 11th grade, and floated in and out of community college with only a 1.1 GPA. I still only have an associates in computer science (GPA 4.0, 1998), with some (expired) technical certifications), though I am nearing completion (finally!) of an interdisciplinary overloaded bachelor's degree in Recreation Therapy, Music, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology. Normal B.A. at EWU is 180 credits, I am currently at 225 credits, with between 19 to 39 credits to go, for a total degree of around 264 credits. :-( So far I am maintaining a 3.7 GPA (for whatever that is worth, only matters if plan to go on to another/advanced degree).

I love learning. I am a life-long learner. While I love teaching, I do NOT like school, never have. I don't like the politics, I don't like the antiquated teaching techniques, the lack of applicability in life, etc. I have hired a lot of people, many for jobs paying $120k+, and college degrees did not improve your chances of getting hired by me. You needed to be able to effectively demonstrate real-world understanding, strong methodological and applicable skills.

There are very few PhD's in TR. I have been getting a lot of encouragement/pressure from many others to go on to Masters & PhD, since I am one of the few Therapeutic Recreation Specialists actually interested (and doing) research. But I hate school. I can't say for 100% certainty, when this incredibly long, painful, slog through getting a bachelor's is over, that I won't go on for the higher degree, but I definitely DO NOT WANT to. Unfortunately, the academia, snobby, world, outright ignores research, no matter how properly/stringently implemented, from "lesser" individuals without PhD's. I want the research on role-playing games to get some real traction. And I want to see the profession of Therapeutic Recreation /Recreation Therapy, to advance, I believe it has a great advantage for clients, over PT, OT, ST, etc. I don't think they are mutually exclusive, I think we should all be working together as teams for the best needs of the client, rather than fighting over (billable) scraps, and messing with lobbies to undermine each other's professions (I'm looking at you Washington State Occupational Therapist Lobby adding "Recreation" to your job description, when you have little-to-no such training, especially for groups).





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