“Just the facts, ma’am”
My demographics: I’m the mother of a grown son, married for almost 36 years, currently living in New Jersey, and counting my under age, below minimum wage jobs as a babysitter, was a member of the work force for five decades, before joining the ranks of the financially independent on December 1, 2011.
History-from ancient to modern times: I spent my formative years in a little town in Southeastern Massachusetts and was lucky enough to go to college in student heaven, also known as Boston. After graduation and a brief stint as a social worker, I made my way to Toledo, Ohio. The next four years were spent wandered through the Midwest as a college traveler (seriously, that’s what I was called), talking to professors about textbooks. During that time, I acquired a husband (while I was talking, one of the professors was doing more than just listening), a true appreciation for the wonder and beauty of expense accounts and the knowledge that I was far, far better at sales than social work.
Next stop, Houston, Texas. We arrived during the height of the oil boom, and left 4 years later at the commencement of the oil bust. The job that I took solely so that we could qualify for a mortgage turned into a 30 year career. Come to think of it, I started TWO careers in Houston: employee benefits /group insurance sales and mom. Yep, our son is a native-born Houstonian. Back then, other Houstonians considered being born in Houston a source of great pride, given the number of bumper stickers proclaiming the city to be their personal launching pad. I’m not judging, just stating a fact.
We’ve been in New Jersey for almost 29 years. Although I have never watched Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Real Housewives of New Jersey (or housewives from anyplace else, for that matter), based on what I have gleaned from TV clips and brief asides in newspapers, I can safely say that those shows bear NO resemblance to MY Jersey reality. Not so with our governor, whose favorite TV show, I’m guessing, is The Sopranos.
What’s left to say? I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain. I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking). I’ve never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance. Well, I AM good at reading. And possibly walking. For everything else, I count on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.
Let me propose a toast to you, my reader –okay, I won’t kid myself– my family and close personal friends who log in so that my feelings won’t be hurt…
Thanks for reading….please feel free to comment on any/all posts. Did I mention I prefer conversations to monologues?