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1 0 G R A P H I C S P R O J U L Y 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M IN THE TRENCHES R I C K W I L L I A M S O ne thing is for sure: No matter how much you study, read, or experience in life, you will never be as danged smart as you were when you were in mid- dle school. Back then, I was an undeniable genius. Sure was a shame that my fifth-grade teacher wasn't as gifted. Resenting the re- quired homework, reading assignments, math problems, and all that other pure torture when there were better things to do, I determined that if a teacher could not teach me everything that was expect- ed of him or her in the seven-and-a-half hours a day I was in class, they should have pursued another line of work. Why should I suffer for their failure? Continuous problems to solve, annoy- ing deadlines to meet, sacrificing so much time to things I didn't really like doing … what did that have to do with real life anyway? Just tell me what! It was not that I really hated school, or even hated learning. After all, I was al- ways an honor roll student, near the top of the class where my genius surely belonged. What I didn't like was work. I was lazy, well at least when it came to the tedium of public school education that we were all a part of back then. Though I could and would play harder than I was ever required to work, as we all did back before computers and cell phones, my THE LAZY WORKAHOLIC

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