And here they are…..
- What drew you to engineering?
of this one is that everyone told me that is what I should do. For as long as I can remember, math and science have been both interesting and reasonably easy to me. By the time I was in my senior year at the Mississippi School for Math and Science, it was pretty clear that those were the areas for me to focus on. But what do I do? Do I go do physics or chemistry? But you almost need a PhD to get a good job with those. What about being a doctor? Well, not after seeing my reaction to Jean bleeding on the ground next to my car. (She hit the car with her head, not the other way around… I promise!) So all that was left was this engineering field that people kept telling me about. I knew from listening to people that I would be able to make a living and apply my natural skills, but I had no clue what an engineer did for a living.
Well, the time came to pick a major in college. By this point in time, I was getting bored with Chemistry as I was finishing up my second year of it. In my mind, mechanical engineering was somehow related to mechanics, so I threw that one out. What I did like though was playing on the computer, so what better than computer engineering! Let’s just say that I got really lucky in my choice.
- We tease you about it, but both you and Jessica are on opposite extreme ends of height; you are very tall, and she (like me) is very short. Both can often make life interesting. Is your house more organized toward her needs, yours, or equal inconvenience for both? What compromises have you made?
we’ve really been able to work the height thing out. In rooms where both of us need access to most everything, like the kitchen, everyday items are kept to the lower side of the cabinets, while rarely used decorative items are placed in cabinets that I alone can reach. If those are needed, then I (or a chair) can be drafted to enable the reaching task.
- What do you like about the South? What would you change?
What I like …
The snallness. Even in Huntsville, which is the biggest city I’ve ever lived in by far, I get the feeling that it is small enough that I can someday say that I know this town. I’ve been to Atlanta and Chicago and both of those cities just scared the crap out of me.
The nature. Even though I am in the third largest city in the state of Alabama, I can look out my window at work and see farmland. Sure, in another few years much of that farmland will be gone, but it will still only be a few miles from here. There isn’t any driving into the country here…. this is the country.
What I hate… (yes, hate!)
The Rankings. What is the deal with all of the ranking that come out every year ranking Alabama and Mississippi as worst at everything EXCEPT for getting their teenagers pregneant?! I’ve grew up in Mississippi and now plan to spend the indefinite future in Alabama. Yes, I’ve been privileged to live in the more developed regions of these two states (please ignore Starkville as part of that comment), so maybe my view is a little bit skewed. One thing that I can say is that when MSMS sent a team to a national competition, we did a LOT better than a whole bunch of schools. We most definitely did not finish in 49th or 50th place! My belief on the rankings is that they get skewed by the fact that things are simply less expensive in the south.
The image. Southerners seem to be portrayed in movies as a bunch of racists. Yes, there is discrimination in the south, just as there is the northeast, midwest, and west coast. I watch a movie, such as John Grisham’s “A Time To Kill” and I got the impression that the movie was set in the 50’s or 60’s… until I saw a modern age car. Attitudes have changed in the south, but people outside the south who never make the effort to see that the south has changed won’t let the south put its past behind it.
Speaking of people not coming to visit the south….
Do you realize that there is NOTHING drawing people to Mississippi and Alabama? Louisiana does not the same butt of jokes the way MS and AL are. Why? I propose because of New Orleans and Mardi Gras. People actually VISIT Lousiana for Mardis Gras and get to see for themselves what the people of south are like. With Georgia, people come in for events of all kinds in Atlanta. Again, I don’t think that Geogia gets the same criticisms that AL and MS get simply because outsiders come to visit. The same holds true for Tennessee due to Nashville and Memphis. Everyone loves some Memphis Blues and BBQ.
Yes Amy, you hit a nerve on that one.
- When asked, most people will say that marriage has had little effect on their overall personality, but many smaller changes on their day-to-day lives. What has changed for you since getting married?
Friday night has returned to the mystery of ‘What you wanna do? I dunno, what you wanna do? I dunno…’ (for anyone who went to MSMS, and probably ASMS for that matter, I’m sure you understand) I feel a little bit worse for eating out these days, but that probably just because the bill is always so much bigger when you’re paying for two people. Other than that, I can’t really say how it has affect me yet. We had just barely gotten settled into the apartment after getting married before we packed it all up again to move into the house. Hit me with question again in May and I might have a better answer for you.
- What music should I be listening to that I don’t already know about?
This really is the question that I should be asking Amy as my music tastes run rather shallow. Of late, when I listen to the radio, I prefer a good sports or political talk show over music. One group that I have liked since I first heard them on a church trip years ago is NOFX. I’ve only every listened to one album though, “Punk In Drublic”. It’s a very fun CD. On the Christian front, I’m a fan of Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, and DC Talk. As I said though, I’m pretty boring in the world of music.