So I got this advertisement in the mail at work: “Learn the Secrets of the Criminal Mind.” It was from an online university addressed to me, and I found it highly amusing/perplexing on several levels.

First off, how did they know that I’ve had any questioning doubts in my mind whether I need to change directions? It’s like an unexpected serendipity; a fresh idea. Or maybe it’s just psychic ability on their part. That would be some heavy marketing ability if true.

Second, how did they know where to find me? It’s like an un-homed dream come true… someone out there knows where I am! Of course it might also be due to my name being attached to the business address, but still a person can dream, right?

Thirdly, and most importantly, what exactly are they trying to sell me? I assume that an exciting career in criminal psychology is the core intent. However, when I truly look through it there can be another reading. They can teach me to be a criminal mastermind! Lex Luthor here I come!

With this kind of online training it’s not small time for me. I won’t fall into the trap of some who resort to simple shop-lifting to make a subsistence living. Nor will I fall into a cycle of predictable behavior that the authorities can easily track (which I have learned includes hitting the same large retailer over and over… store names withheld to protect potential future crime sprees that I may unleash after graduation).

Ok, so the more I think about it, maybe I should throw this ad out. Desperation can be a tricky thing. And I’m pretty sure the people coming through the acupuncture clinic might start questioning all the new merchandise, the cars, and the expensive jewelry. No, I suppose I better stick to what I know. Some secrets are best left to the mysteries that they are.

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  • Joe Bright
    Joe Bright is a graduate of Iolani School and went on to study art at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, and later Chinese medicine at The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Joe currently runs a small acupuncture clinic, Kama’aina Acupuncture in Kapahulu as the first dedicated low-cost “community acupuncture” clinic in Honolulu. Joe has a varied background that has included working as a bicycle mechanic, freelance artist, teaching calligraphy and Tai Chi, a nanny, and even a CEO of a small entrepreneurial company. He continues to create art, even having work recently appear at the Honolulu Academy of Arts as well the Bishop Museum. He also continues with entrepreneurial projects when possible and serves on the Board of Directors for a local Buddhist meditation organization, Vipassana Hawai’i.