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How I got my nickname "Shark."

So when I was in elementary school (that's Kindergarten to grade 8 for the rest of you), I used to walk home for lunch because we lived so close. My classmates weren't so lucky as to get to go home for lunch, so they were stuck at school. Everyday at lunch, they sold little cartons of milk for the kids who stayed. (I guess they were concerned about the milk going bad if kids were expected to bring it themselves or something.)

Anyway, back then, milk was $0.35 and chocolate milk was $0.45. The problem was, frequently the kids would forget their milk money. For my classmates, it was a travesty if you weren't able to get your milk for lunch. I clued in on this opportune market, and promptly went into business for myself.

I lent kids money. I asked them how long it would take to pay me back, and I would write that date down. For every day that they were late, I'd charge 100% interest. I thought this was fair. If they couldn't pay me back for two weeks, then they didn't get charged interest until the day after it was due. After grade 5 (when we learned about compound interest) I started to compound the interest, but unfortunately decided that was way too much of a headache to continue. Much easier just to add it, and it was still a reasonable profit. Actually it was a killing. I made a kid-sized fortune on that milk money.

It was funny, because you think, "Damn, I wouldn't pay that interest," but the truth is, the idea of NOT paying never occured to anyone. It was the way we were brought up - you always do what you committed yourself to do. I tried it for a while in highschool, but unfortunately the people got wiser and just tended to avoid me if they owed me money. I realized that this wouldn't be the best thing to continue to do, so I promtply collected the outstanding debts and closed up shop for good. So yeah, that's how I got my nickname "Shark".

Later on in highschool, they applied it to my pool-playing skills, but I really wasn't that good. They were just really that bad.

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housecattn
Jul. 15th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
SharyaK hehehe

neat story.
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
*shark looks at kitty*

mmm food!

*smacks lips*
housecattn
Jul. 16th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
Kitty says ..............


Hehe

your place or mine
osoqres
Jul. 15th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
See you do have the background for sales. Making money is in your blood. Or is the blood that the shark needs to survive?
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
Good question.

I think it needs a new icon. I'll have to put a new one up when I get home from work.
osoqres
Jul. 15th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
yeah, a nasty scary bloody one!
sharya
Jul. 17th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
here we go ;)
osoqres
Jul. 17th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
Naaa, that's too cute!!!
d0gm4
Jul. 15th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC)

I worked in the bookstore in high school. It sold all the usual school supplies (pens, pencils, etc.), but the biggest seller was the candy. It was only open during lunch periods (10:30-12:15), so people were always hungry later. I started buying boxes of candy at the normal sale price and reselling it at a markup later in the day. My real killings were for sports where they really had no vending to speak of ... wrestling, basketball, softball, volleyball, etc.

Typical was things like a box of 100 Blow-Pops. (Don't get any ideas. It's a flavoured lollipop with bubble gum in the middle.) I'd buy them from the distributors for the bookstore at $8 each. I'd buy them off the bookstore for $15. Reselling them would net me $25/box. By the end of my senior year, I had all 40 periods of the week free and was making ~$200/week. You can probably guess the kind of "candy" I moved on to when I started working in clubs a couple years later ;)

I was a businessperson ... YOU were a LOANSHARK.

sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
Damn straight.

But I was a nice one ;)
crak
Jul. 15th, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)
goofy childrens
perviepom
Jul. 15th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!! I'm gobsmacked! Totally utterly and completely gobsmacked! You, sweet innocent Sharya, were a loan shark?????
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
lol yeah, I'm multi-facetted ;)
perviepom
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
lol you're full of surprises you are !
genitalsmckool
Jul. 15th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
that's kinda hot.
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
Somehow the image of 10 year old me, in my sqeaky little voice and my little ledger book, chasing people down on the playground, doesn't strike me as overly hot :P
genitalsmckool
Jul. 15th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
I was thinking now with just with a school girl out fit a pigtails.
phaedie
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, the things you learn from LJ.
I would never have suspected.
Me I read Shakespeare far too early and Polonius's advise speach "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry." has always stuck with me. He advised a bunch of other junk too but that didnt' stick too hard.
Oh though there was a time in my jaded youth when I would borrow stuff from stupid boys with no intention of paying them back. Sometimes I'd even tell them that and they still gave me money.
I was a bad bad girl.
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
Is it really that shocking? I was pretty little at the time.

Yeah, I found I had a lot more friends in highschool when I quit doing that :P

While I respect him for his genius, not much of Shakespeare really stuck at all for me. Except for that Macbeth scene, that went something like "Out out damn spot" when she was obsessively cleaning her hands. Except I don't think the word was damn. What can I say, it's been 13 years since I read that play. :P

I'd love to hear more about you as a kid, that's something I know very little about :P

I bet you were damn cute!
phaedie
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
http://members.shaw.ca/swingading/cute.jpg

Cute in a I make myself wanna puke way.
:D
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
ROFL YOU are ADORABLE!

*wants to run over and hug the little you*
aphotic_one
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
Here's the thing. A person can be smart. But people are dumb, panicky, and would do just about anything for free opportunity and shortcuts which will void them of any hard work of sorts.

In short, you capatilized on human error. You are "teh genius"...if not a shark.
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
lol aww

you flatter me :P
aphotic_one
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
You think that's flattering? I just added you to my list. :D
sharya
Jul. 15th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
woohoo!

Added back :D
housecattn
Jul. 16th, 2004 11:22 am (UTC)
Its the cleavage and blue lace isn't it.

Sigh.


Well I must admit she is smarter and a damn sight cuter than I am.


Ptttttttttttttth
housecattn
Jul. 16th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
invoked their vested self interest in the SHORT term. yep.

Shar came up with a very heinlein acceptable plan.


She is a samrt'n and purty too.

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