The backstory is far too dull to hash about here, so just believe me when I tell you I'm currently attempting to get registered as an securities dealer (see, there's absolutely no possible backstory about that you'd want to hear, right?).
The two big tests put in front of me were the Series 6 and the Series 63, details of which you can find elsewhere if you are bored and have already counted each hair on your arm, built a shrine to Daryl Hannah out of carrots and spit, and nailed you toes to your ass. Like, if you have nothing better to do.
They are difficult tests. People study for months, hours each day, only to find themselves on the ass end of a big fat FAIL. For the Series 6, because I am an intelligent, organized, responsible individual, I gave myself four days to learn the material.
I tackled it last week, and breezed. Had to get a 70, I got a 76 - suck on that, boyee. (The fact our government only requires folks handling millions of dollars to get a 70 is a topic for another day).
The Series 63 was Tuesday morning, and is generally thought to be the more difficult of the two. So I took it more seriously, and dedicated two days to studying.
Once again, you had to get a 70. It's 60 questions, so simple math tells you that you can miss 18 and still be golden. And I think you know where this is going.
I missed 19.
Once I got back to my car, I ran out of four letter words so fast I had to invent new ones. If you heard somebody screaming "Parf" and "klax" in the Peachtree-Dunwoody area on Tuesday around 10 a.m., it was probably me.
The good news is that I can't take it again for 30 days, so I'm free to resume normal blogging activities. And while, yes, I know I should probably take that time to study, I think both you and I know how well that would go.
1) Tom Jones, "She's a Lady"
2) U2, "Love and Peace or Else"
3) Tom Petty, "I Won't Back Down"
4) U2, "Vertigo (Jacknife Lee 12" Instrumental)
5) James Horner, "Bishop's Countdown" (from Aliens)
6) Barry Manilow, "I Write the Songs"
7) Bruce Springsteen, "Lucky Town (Live)"
8) Flogging Molly, "The Wrong Company"
9) R.E.M., "Driver 8"
10) Prodigy, "Smack My Bitch Up"
THE MANilow and Prodigy in the same Random 10. Don't tell me I ain't a complicated dude.