So if clicked on this page, it is apparently because you want to know something about me. Well I suppose it could be because you just like clicking on stuff. But most likely you did it on purpose. So here you are. Be prepared to be disappointed. As Dr. Evil once said, the details of my life are quite inconsequential. But very well, where do I begin?
I am a 36 year old single guy (yes ladies, I am available!) working as an Actuarial Assistant at an insurance company located in Birmingham, Alabama (exciting I know, but you were warned!). I have lived here for a little over 5 years now. Prior to that, I lived in Tennessee working as an Industrial Engineer at a manufacturing plant. Drastic change I know. As it turns out, it took 29 years or so to decide what I wanted to do when I grew up. Of course, the manufacturing company helped push my decision-making when they decided to eliminate my position. But the important thing is that I found something that I like doing (however I would highly recommend that you do not take my route, as not having a job sucks pretty hard!). Those in the actuarial profession know all about the examination process involved in getting accreditation. But for those that don’t, there is rigorous examination process which is quite time consuming. I have passed 6 of the 7 exams needed for the ACAS designation, and hope to pass the 7th this spring. Trust me, this is a pretty big deal. For example, for Exam 5 last spring, the failure rate was nearly 60% and for Exam 6 in the fall of 2008, the failure rate was over 70%. You are pretty committed to the process if you are taking Exam 5 and/or 6, so these are not idiots. So short story long, or whatever, the exams are hard. So I spend a good amount of time studying.
When I am not studying, I enjoy watching college football, particularly the Tennessee Vols (as you may imagine, it can be a little tough living right in the heart of Alabama football, which is the sports discussion around here 24/7/365). I also enjoy getting out and doing some fishing when I can (not that I am very good, but I enjoy trying). But starting around July of 2009, I have taken up a new activity that I have enjoyed more than I ever would have imagined before, running. If you haven’t tried it, you should. I used to think all the running folks were crazy. Now I am one. I really enjoy doing the races. So far, I have only done 5k’s and 10k’s. But I plan on doing a half marathon. After that, who knows, I may try a full!
I do try to follow current events and politics. I used to be a knee-jerk Limbaugh-following ditto-head conservative. But over the years, I have realized that Limbaugh is an idiot, and probably always was. The junior Bush years helped me see the light, as I realized all of these radio and talk-show pundits are just hacks for the Republican party. So I am not sure where I consider myself on the political spectrum. Maybe a moderate independent? I think I still lean a little conservative, but I do like to think that I can look at any issue and exercise independent thought before making what I hope is an informed opinion on the subject. And if that position is seen as liberal, so be it.
Um, that’s enough about me. If you made it this far, you must really be bored!