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  1. @nsxguy: yes, I am well aware. $90/hour X 2087 hours = 187k/year. Problem is that it is hard get 40 hours work week for this type of work. My guitar instructor has a MS degree in music at University of Southern California. He originally charges me $60/hour but I asked my mother to pay him $75/hour during the covid-19 pandemic because his teaching hours were reduced due to lot of parents didn't want to do lesson virtual and didn't want him to come to their house for in-person lessons. Both he and I got vaccinated in late March so he has been giving me lesson in person since. He told me that his teaching business is picking up to about 80% of what it used to be prior to March 2020. My piano instructor is still highly in demand even during the pandemic and she has been teaching virtually since March 2020, and she is a very good friend with my mother. The piano instructor is an Indiana graduate with a degree in music. She told me when I was her student that one of her classmates is the famous violinist Joshua Bell. She normally charges $125/hour for piano lesson but only $90 for me because she is a good friend with my mom. She has a six months student waiting list and student parents have to pay her in six months advance. My typical Asian mother thinks that a child needs to learn music at a very young age until that kid turns 18 years old. She made me took piano and guitar lessons and practiced everyday until I turned 15. I stopped piano lessons at 15 but continued with guitar lessons. When I was younger, I thought my mother was a PITA for making me did this but when I started my senior year in High School, I began to see her wisdom with music, especially around girls Yes, I know for a fact that my golf instructor isn't paying taxes on the full $200/hour lesson that either myself or anyone pay him in cash because he told me. His exact words: "I am not going to pay uncle sam tax on any of my cash transaction. I have to "reluctantly" pay taxes on lessons that are paid via Venmo, Zelle, Paypal, check, because those transactions are electronically recorded. Not with cash. Only a fool would pay tax on cash transaction."
  2. My friend and I played at the golf course twilight hours last Monday with another person and his kid. Around the 18 holes, I found a almost new TM SIM 2 driver, probably fell off the golf cart. Because my friend and I don't know when we will come back to this golf course, and that everyone had already left, the guy that my friend and I were paired with said that he will turn in the driver because he often plays at this golf course. He said that he plays at the golf course three times a week. I gave him the driver so that it could be returned to its rightful owner. My friend told me this morning that he went back and played on the same golf course on Saturday. When he asked if anyone had turned in the driver, the front desk folks said no one did because they had logs of what being turned in. Should I go ahead and report him because the facility has the name of the people that paired up with us on Monday? IMHO, it is just wrong not to turn in a $500 driver that is belonging to someone else. Thoughts?
  3. I agree with the "music teachers make for an hour lesson". When I was taking piano lesson at the age of 10 until 15, my mother paid the piano instructor $90/hour. I still take guitar lesson every week and I pay my guitar instructor $75/hour. I pay my golf instructor $200/hour in CASH and I know for a fact that he is NOT paying tax on what I pay him. I am sure that most guitar instructors charge at most $60/hour. Starting this week, I am going with a new instructor who charges me $125/hour. This instructor is recommended by the university golf coach, and he seems legit.
  4. I am half white and half Asian so academic is very important to my family especially my mother who is Asian. Scored 1580 on the SAT with 4.1 weighted GPA so there is no reason for me to attend George Mason when I can attend better school. Why would I want to major in English, without major job prospect for those liberal art degrees. I major in finance with emphasis in Information Systems. There is a high demand for that field, and with my father's connection, I'll be on my merry way for a good paying job after graduation.
  5. Yo @JeffreySpico, I also learned that these companies also invite people like my father and their families to food and wine festival as a way to sell more business and more "network" between attendees. I simply respond to another post in this thread that "The idea that “most golf College alum are business people who are in management positions of fortune 100-1000 companies” is laughable. No doubt, some will go on to positions like you mention. Some will become teachers, police officers, stay at home dads, social workers, and many other positions that don’t get paid overly well. " During my short time of playing golf, that is NOT my experience. I've met one professor from University of Maryland (he makes 200k/year teaching biomedical engineering), no police officers, no social workers nor anyone that have low paying jobs, and I spend quite lot of time on public golf courses. I also met a few stay-at-home dads but those guys made lot of money in the tech sectors.
  6. I am only 19 years old, what do I know? What I do know is that my father gets invited to a lot of corporate sponsored golf events. Companies like Cisco Systems, PaloAlto networks, Juniper, Oracle, Workday, etc... Those companies invite my father to golf event outings every month. I went with my father a few times to these events and it is very much like a get together "networking" event. Most people who are there are CEO, CIO, CFO, COO, etc... What they do is networking and get people there to get jobs for their kids and vice versa. There is a company policy where my dad works that forbid hiring immediate family members but nothing about hiring neighbors. In other words, my father can hire a relative of another CIO at the event and that CIO can hire me and they circumvent the rule.
  7. Those pictures were taken when I was at school, living in an off campus apartment.
  8. it is not GMU. I had a much higher GPA and SAT score to attend GMU. It is not George Washington either because the tennis program got cancelled after 2021 season. It is one of the schools a few hours drive from Northern Virginia.
  9. My dad said women attract to guy with money and power. The rest is not important. My mother is not doing my laundry. The maid service comes over every two days to do my laundry and clean the house.
  10. I consume about 120g of protein everyday through the food that I eat. It used to be 145g when I was playing tennis. I don't eat junk food and drink soda. The last time I drank soda was when I was nine years old. I also eat beets, lot of it. I drink coconut water when I play golf.
  11. I am glad I am not fully assimilated into the American system because: According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight. More than 2 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight or have obesity. More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to have obesity. About 1 in 13 adults were considered to have extreme obesity. About 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered to have obesity I'll be fine at 5'11" and 172 lbs. I am so grateful that my mother is taking very good care of my health.
  12. I do eat meat and seafood. Did you read the thread? I eat pasta with chicken and tomato sauce at lunch and seafood (crab meat and shrimp in the sushi) for dinner. The lentil soup also has chicken and other vegetable in it. Lentil has lot of protein too. There are plenty of protein in my diet. My mother only purchases organic food. What I am eating is no different than what Novak Djokovic eat, and Djokovic does not eat meat or seafood anymore, strictly plant-based diet. I have plenty of fiber in my daily diet, with 3 avocados everyday. The OJ I am drinking is the peeled orange put into the blender, so it is like eating a whole orange where I get all the pulp and fiber from the orange. I don't drink Tropicana OJ. My current diet plan is approved by both my family physician, another physician at John Hopkins where my mother used to work, a nutritionist at John Hopkins, and most importantly, my mother. It is great to have a mother looking out for my healthy life style with the father footing the bill . I did some researchs on PGA golfers height and weight: Rory Mcilroy: 5 ft 9' and 161 lbs Justin Thomas: 5 ft 10' and 160 lbs I am 5 ft 11' and currently 172 lbs and I've been on this diet plan for the past 18 months. I used to be 180 lbs. I lost 8 lbs and feel so much lighter and stronger.
  13. I've never tipped. I pay the golf instructor $200/hour in cash and I am 100% positive that he is not paying tax on what I pay him. He always prefers cash over check, Venmo or Zelle. I consider the 35% tax of the $200/hr that he is supposed to pay but never did "tip"
  14. That really depends. Some kids can handle pressures much better than others. Speaking from personal experience, I was at my HS tennis tryouts as a freshman in 2017 and I didn't know anyone on the tennis team. However, that really did not matter because I ended up playing the #1 single position because I easily beat everyone on the team, I essentially destroyed both the #1 and #2 single players from the previous year. The more people try to rattle me, the better player I become.
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