Marriage meme -- part 2 -- 04/09/09

Here's the second half of that marriage meme -- the first half made up yesterday's entry...

Who is more social?
I think we are both fairly social.

Who is the neat-freak?
Nancy is much better at such stuff than me. I do like things neat and organized, it's just that I tend to let entropy progress a bit further before I tackle a mess. I am a fanatic, however, about cleaning kitchen tools and such.

Who is more stubborn?
Oh, we are both stubborn.

Who hogs the bed?
She does. Well, not so much the bed as the covers. In cold weather the blankets and such all seem to gravitate to her side of the bed..

Who wakes up earlier?
Me. Every weekday morning (and most weekends as well) I get up first and make coffee and fix breakfast. (And also fix her lunch to take to work.).

Where was your first date?
It was (just as the punched card said) dinner and a movie, both at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY (right next to Binghamton). I've just checked the mall's Web page and it appears the restaurant no longer exists. Ah well..

Who has the bigger family?
Nancy. Without question. As noted earlier, she is one of ten children. Siblings have spouses. Her siblings have children (ranging from one to four each) and some of those children have grown old enough to have children of their own

Do you get flowers often?
Nancy has gotten me flowers at least twice..

How do you spend the holidays?
With family. When we lived in Binghamton and the kids were little, we established that we wanted them to have some traditions of family holidays at home (rather than as road trips) so we had Thanksgiving dinner at our house (usually with friends joining us) and Christmas Eve/morning at home and Easter morning egg hunting. Now that we are here in Rhode Island and the "kids" are adults (and my parents passed away years ago), we tend to do holiday dinners with Nancy's family. If you have been visiting this site for a few years you have probably seen my entries about our renting a church parish hall for Thanksgiving. The past two Thanksgivings Nancy's sister Sue has hosted Thanksgiving at her house (in Connecticut -- and everyone except the brother in California and the brother in Chicago is within a two hour or so drive).

How long did it take to get serious?
Not long at all.

Who eats more?

Who does/ did the laundry?
We both do. (But she irons.)

Who’s better with the computer?
We are probably about equal. We both have graduate degrees in computers and years of professional experience.

As noted, when we met I was a computer operator (senior operator and 2nd shift supervisor) but then became a programmer/analyst at the university. I then went on to the aerospace manufacturing industry as senior systems analyst with one company and then as senior business systems analyst with another. I mostly worked with COBOL and CICS. Nancy's first programming job was in the finance industry but she soon moved to aerospace manufacturing and was mostly an assembler programmer.

For example, for several years we both worked for Link Flight Simulation. I worked on programs dealing with manufacturing, shop floor control, bill-of-material processing, manufacturing resource requirements planning, etc. Nancy's job was in the computer code that made the flight simulators actually work. (And she got to have fun because sometimes she had to get into a prototype simulator and "fly" in it to do systems testing.) Then she went with IBM and worked in their Glendale Programming Lab (just outside of Endicott) on workstation communications, etc. After leaving IBM (when we moved to Rhode Island), she got into databases. Her final computer position before switching to being a math teacher was as senior database architect.

Here in Rhode Island I was designing and writing course material for software training (and also teaching the courses). The students in those courses were programmers and systems analysts who needed to know how to use software systems made by my employer. (Mostly they were either employees of our customers or they were our employees who would be consulting with our customers.) Then, about five years ago, I moved over into doing quality assurance work on our courses. So, neither one of us has actually written a line of computer code in a while, but we still both use computers.

We bought our first home computer around twenty-two years ago, but our hands-on experience with personal computers goes almost thirty years back to when we took a programming course in Forth (the course was actually called something like "Introduction to Threaded-Code Structures") and we used Cromemco computers running under CP/M (not only was this before Windows, it was actually before MS-DOS and PC-DOS).

(Heh! Well, you can certainly tell that I am a bit of a computer geek, eh?)

Who drives when you are together?
Nancy. Well, for anything more than just a drive into town or some mostly local trip, Nancy prefers driving. I'm lazy enough to enjoy that. (On a really long trip we might take turns).

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:

(from Robert Browning's poem "Rabbi Ben Ezra ")

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