The Interview Game-Geof

This is the interview game. Thanks go out to Geof for asking me the questions. Here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I will respond; I’ll ask you five questions.
3. You’ll update your website with my five questions, and your five answers.
4. You’ll include this explanation.
5. You’ll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

And here they are…

1. What was it about Rick that first attracted you to him?

Hm…… When we first met, there wasn’t any immediate attraction. We met at that first dance (Rick says we met the day before, bug I met so many people, I don’t remember…) at the beginning of the year at MSMS. We both were there without dates and were just talking. Eventually we danced with each other and something just… clicked. I know that sounds really strange, but that’s how it happened. We count that day as the beginning of our relationship.

2. You made the conscious decision to attend Ole Miss, a school whose engineering program is somewhat the butt of jokes [despite actually being solid in a number of theoretical research areas]. Did you ever regret that decision?

No. I never once regretted the decision. Though I will admit to being taken aback when I was overlooked for a job by a company simply because I went to school there. I think that my education was probably more rigorous than it would have been at a larger engineering school. I actually much prefer the smaller classes and the closeness of the faculty members to the students.

3. What’s it like being part of a mixed marriage? Did you ever catch flak from family or friends for dating [and later marrying] a “State man”?

Everything is perfectly normal in our relationship except on Thanksgiving Day. 😉 I haven’t gotten much flak from family and friends. It’s usually people who don’t know us who seem suprised. I usually just say that we met before he went to State, so that makes it ok, and they agree that helps.

4. What preconceived notions did you have before you went to MSMS that were quickly disabused, and which of them remained intact throughout your two years there?

When I was applying all I heard was that MSMS was nothing but a bunch of freaks. Guess what? I found out that they were, but they were nice freaks. 🙂 I can’t remember much else of my expectations going in.

5. As a life-long Oxford resident, give us your take on William Faulkner.

I’ve only ever read As I Lay Dying and I admit that I thought it was pretty stupid. Also knowing that he based Yoknapatawpha County upon Lafayette and surrounding counties, I felt that he was trying to make us all look stupid. He was an outcast when he was alive. My mom tells me that everyone knew that he was just a drunk (though I think he died before she was born… hm…) Anyway, I find it odd that Oxford ridiculed him when he was alive and now there is a bronze statue of him on the square. But I don’t have much to base my opinion upon, but from what I’ve read… didn’t like his writing.

Interview Game

This is the interview game. Thanks go out to Amy for asking me the questions.
Here are the rules:

  1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
  2. I will respond; I’ll ask you five questions.
  3. You’ll update your website with my five questions, and your five answers.
  4. You’ll include this explanation.
  5. You’ll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

And here they are…..

  1. What drew you to engineering?
  2. 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.

  3. 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?
  4. 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.

  5. What do you like about the South? What would you change?
  6. 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.

  7. 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?
  8. 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.

  9. What music should I be listening to that I don’t already know about?
  10. 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.

Looking Forward by the hand of Vicodin

Every time I look at my life lately, it seems like I’m on the brink of entering into something new, amazing, and exciting… and scary.

On Monday, I will start back to classes. This will be quite interesting as I’ve never done anything with accounting before and I have no idea if I’ll enjoy it. Having Jonathan in the class with me though might make it more palatable. I’m also taking a Digital Electronics course. This is more suited to my interests, and I’m very much looking forward to this class. The worst part of this is that I will be in class now three nights a week, with Thursday running until nearly 8:00 P.M. On the positive side, at the end of this semester, I can say that I am halfway there in earning my master’s degree in engineering. The bad part is that I’m starting to get migraines from all the missing time I’ll have. Good thing I always have vicodin with me at all times. Just so you know, you can buy vicodin with pay pal or credit card, among other ways. Vicodin is known to help with pain, from a minor pain like a toothache to a severe pain like the one you would have after major surgery.

On Thursday, Jessica and I will close on our first house. This is a step in our lives that is going to change quite a bit. Yes, there is the obvious one that we will have more space. For anyone who has seen the 1-bedroom apartment we’re in now, I know that you understand. But other things are going to change as well, most notably in how we spend our time. We’re going to be maintaining a yard, which in its present state is just magnificent. We’ll have to actually do the fixing when something is broken. These are all things that were left up to Dad growing up. Sure, I helped and did much of the work, but I wasn’t the man in charge. I wasn’t making the decisions about how to go about doing these things, I just performed the tasks the way I was told. Again, on the positive side though, we will finally have more space and a yard. We can let the cat and dog get outside and play, maybe leading to them being a little more calm when we are around.

In about a month, we might also be bringing home a fifth into our family, a labrador mix puppy (not sure what the other side of the mix is). With Vincent going blind, it would be nice for him to have someone other than Chad to follow around. For some strange reason, kitties don’t like having their behinds sniffed by dogs. And in response, Vincent doesn’t like having his nose scratched. With this, I have worries about whether or not we will be good at training this new puppy. If we don’t do the training right, as big as labs get, life could be pretty miserable. Thankfully, Jessica is already researching this trying to find out the best way for us to go about training a new puppy.

Pretty major things, huh? Well, just three months ago I wasn’t thinking about any of these, but was rather focused on the two of us getting married and starting our lives together. Yes, I was nervous just as I am today, but that has been a fantastic success. A year before that, I was finishing up my undergraduate degree and was staring at a future that didn’t require me to go to school. I was moving to Huntsville yet again, but this time, unlike all the times before, was going to be an open-ended stay. Again, this has turned out well. There’s just so much that changes during this time in a person’s life.