Double brunch -- 03/13/05

Erica posed a double set of Sunday Brunch questions today -- a set of college questions and then another set for those who haven't attended college -- so I decided to do both sets of questions.

"Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn't." -L.L. Henderson

1) Did you go to college?

Freshman and sophomore years at C.W.Post College (Long Island) and completed B.A. at SUNY@New Paltz. Did all course work for M.S. (Education) and M.A. (English) at New Paltz but did not complete either degree. Two years as PhD student (English) Binghamton University, dropped out. M.S. Systems Science Binghamton University. Grad study in information systems management, Syracuse University. Grad study in adult education, URI. Certified Professional Trainer, Roger Williams University.

Oh, and right now I am taking a lit course with Jill (just for fun) and a grad course in instructional design with UMass/Boston (via Internet).

2) Did you live in a dorm or an apartment?
-- both.

I lived in a dorm my freshman year. After that at various times I shared apartments or rented houses with friends or commuted from my home.

3) Who was your favorite roommate?

There was a pack of us. My sophomore year I lived off campus with Mike and Tim and Bob and Steve ("Beaver"). (Bob had hemophilia. He died of AIDS from a bad transfusion before they had learned to screen for it. That is one of the reasons why I am a multi-gallon blood donor.) My last year of undergraduate studies was spent sharing a house with Ed and Mike (the same Mike) and, halfway through the year, Mike married Eileen and the four of us shared the house.

4) What is your favorite college sport?

Beer drinking.

5) Who was your favorite professor and class?

I had an English professor at C.W.Post who was outstanding and demanding (and more than forty years of pounding keyboards has undone so much of what he taught me). At New Paltz I found a pair of marvelous literature professors and I tried to take every class they taught, both undergraduate and graduate. At Binghamton the Thomas J. Watson Graduate School of Engineering had some really first-rate faculty members, but if I had to narrow my response down to one professor and one class, I would have to nominate Don Gause as my favorite instructor and his Heuristic Problem Solving course as being my favorite course. Don is co-author (with the prolific Gerald Weinberg) of Are Your Lights On? and Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design. I could go on and on for pages about Don Gause and about how fascinating and interesting and valuable his Heuristic Problem Solving course was.

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." -Isaac Newton

1) Have you ever swam in the ocean? If so, which ones?

The Atlantic Ocean. The first time was May of 1962, at Jones Beach (Long Island), during final exams week of my freshman year. The most recent time was this January 1st at the Pier Plunge at Narragansett Town Beach (just as with Jan 1 '03 and Jan 1 '04).

I have splashed my feet in the Mediterranean Sea at Nice, France and in the Pacific Ocean at Sydney, Australia, and went swimming in the Pacific in Hawaii -- but the Atlantic is the only ocean where I've done a lot of swimming.

2) Have you ever been snorkeling or scuba diving?


3) Do you like traveling by boat and have you ever?

I've never crossed the Atlantic by boat and have never been on a cruise ship. I've taken the ferry to Block Island and Martha's Vineyard (and to Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island near Toronto) and when I was a kid we used to go back and forth across the Hudson River by ferry. Oh, and I took the Day Line ship from Kingston to Albany when I was a little kid.

4) Do you believe that Atlantis existed?

If you mean do I think there was a real source behind the legends, yes. But what I mean is that memories of the Minoan island or something similar was the source. If you mean some super civilization that sank beneath the Atlantic that various psychics and con-men and weirdos have babbled on and on about... No.

5) If you could live on the coast of any of the oceans, which ocean and which coast?

The Atlantic Ocean along the New England coast. Oh...yeah, that's right... I do live there.

Oops... I almost loaded this to the Web without sticking in my results of the first week of the Six Week Tweak...

Six Week Tweak Results
date weight change cumulative
03/06/05 201   --   --
03/13/05 200 -1 -1
date workout
Sun. 03/06 3 mile run
Mon. 03/07  44 mins. exercise bike 12.5 miles
15 mins. weights/weight bench
Tues. 03/08  25 mins. snow shoveling
Wed. 03/09  42 mins. exercise bike 12 mile -- run half mile on treadmill -- plus 15 mins. weights/weight bench
Thurs. 03/10 15 mins. shoveling snow (to make room for the next storm)
3 mile run
Fri. 03/11 25 mins. shoveling snow
Sat. 03/12 20 mins. shoveling snow
Sun. 03/13 exercise bike: 54 mins. 16 miles
plus 15 mins. weights/weight bench

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