I was born and grew up in Long Island, NY. Specifically, inwestern Suffolk county where we pronounce it “Long Island”, not”Long Gailand”.
I attended St. Anthony’s catholic high school, where I put thenew start I was given to good use and made a lot of friends. Ialso rowed on the crew team for three of my four years there,which was a very rewarding.
For my undergraduate years, I went to a small liberal artsschool, where I entered looking at a triple major in math,computer science, and philosophy. When it became obvious that allof the philosophy professors believed that nothing is true, I leftit at a dual major in math and computer science with just a minorin philosophy. In college I joined the juggling club and learned tojuggle, joined a ju-jitsu club and learned judo (long story), anddid writing and acting for the sketch comedygroup.
College is where I met my wife. Despite how many intellectualinterests we have in common, we met in the juggling club.
In college, I had a really good math professor for about 5 of myclasses and his enthusiasm proved infectious enough that appliedto grad school and entered the doctoral program in math.
It was a wonderful department with wonderful people, and I hada great time, but I also discovered that academia is not forme. So I graduated with a Master of Arts in mathematics andstarted looking for a job in the area. I took various jobs to helpme get by during my search for something real, and one of themturned out to be very fortuitous. I was doing part-time work as aGRE & GMAT instructor for Kaplan, when one of my students turnedout to be a vice president (and co-owner) of the company I nowwork for, a small family-owned manufacturing business. Aftergiving my introductory spiel at the beginning of class about how Iwas a programmer looking for work in the area, he gave me theCEO’s email address and suggested sending him my resume.
I did and was invited to come in for an interview. The CEO andI seemed to hit it off, and I got along well with the other peoplewho I spoke to, and was offered a job, which after a day ofconsideration I decided to take before I heard backfrom Prudential, where I had also just had an interview.
I definitely made the right choice. They say that 90% of yoursatisfaction at work is how well you get along with your immediatesupervisor. I believe it; the owners form the upper management,and they’re a genuine pleasure to work for.
In, 2005 my wife and I married after being together forover 5 years, most of it long distance, and I moved from where Iwas living to the state where my now wife was, where I continuedto work for the same company, now remotely. Programming is verywell suited to telecommuting, and it’s been working very well sofar.