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Old 12-08-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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I know her well, The Lady. She is a mindless chatterbox, talking endlessly of people she knows, pop culture and sports. She has an opinion about everything; most people find her shallow and irritating.
She once tried to correct me when I said Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809. She thought 1909 must be the correct date, and thought that slavery was "back in the 30's". Her grammar is terrible.

She is over 50 years old and is a successful mortgage broker.

I ran into her old high school teacher who glowed at the mention of her name. The Teacher described The Lady as a good student. I have wondered about this for a long time.

What do you think happened? Clearly, The Lady has not learned anything in her life at all, but is remembered by her teachers as a 'good student'.

 
Old 12-08-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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How is she successful in her career if most people find her shallow and irritating? That does not compute.
 
Old 12-08-2018, 07:26 PM
 
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Well I work with one like that and the reason she is moderately successful is the local buddy buddy system. She has friends in the right places that protect her from her own fallout.
 
Old 12-09-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I have a neighbor who is much like the lady you described. He talks incessantly and speaks in a monotone about global affairs, politics, and religion. He thought, and probably still does, that Auschwitz was a line of apparel, that the American Revolution occurred sometime in the 19th century and just recently argued that Fox News is a part of the CA State Legislature. I'm not kidding!

This man is 66 and we graduated from the same high school located here in S. California. He is a retired truck driver and currently earns his living as a sculptor and painter. His work is good. Go figure.

I don't know what happened.
 
Old 12-09-2018, 01:15 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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How is she successful in her career if most people find her shallow and irritating? That does not compute.
All she has to do, to be successful as a mortgage broker, is handle mortgage clients. She's probably good at the math. The fact that outside of the narrow field of handling financial services with customers, she's shallow and irritating, is irrelevant to being successful in her practice. The clients never see that side of her, if she sticks to business in her dealings with them.
 
Old 12-10-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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She could have been a good student in school, but she's now 30+ years removed from school. I knew the entire periodic table of elements in HS, but I can't tell you that now. She is probably like many who know what they do every day (her job) and are good at that. That's why game shows about being smarter than a 5th grader were popular, some adults forget those things. And her personality is what it is, and some people may like it.


And there's nothing wrong with knowing about sports/pop culture lol
 
Old 12-10-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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The Lady who knows nothing...

Hey, I resemble that remark...
 
Old 12-10-2018, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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I have a neighbor who is much like the lady you described. He talks incessantly and speaks in a monotone about global affairs, politics, and religion. He thought, and probably still does, that Auschwitz was a line of apparel, that the American Revolution occurred sometime in the 19th century and just recently argued that Fox News is a part of the CA State Legislature. I'm not kidding!

This man is 66 and we graduated from the same high school located here in S. California. He is a retired truck driver and currently earns his living as a sculptor and painter. His work is good. Go figure.

I don't know what happened.

And yet, they vote.
 
Old 12-10-2018, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I think most of us have encountered at least one flighty person who could ace tests and get good grades – and not really apply the information.

But you wondered how they managed to tie their shoes.
 
Old 12-10-2018, 05:10 PM
 
Location: The end of the world
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In the real world your education is not used but is tested. Also being a mortgage broker is not red-wire/blue-wire or something like doing surgery on a person. Also I doubt she really had to go to college for that area of business. More like a family business.
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