I attended St.
Michaels, Harriman and Felton Street Schools from first to fourth
grades, and then fifth through eighth at Carmela Farley. We had
an population issue requiring triple sessions where grades five
and six started school at 8:30 a.m., grade 6 went in at 11:00 a.m.
(UGH), and seven and eight at 7:30 a.m. Sleeping late was the only
good thing about going in at 11:00 a.m..
I went to Hudson
High School and played field hockey, basketball and softball. Before
my senior year in high school, friends Denise, Rose, Kevin and I
backpacked in Ireland. We took the ferry over to England and also
zipped up to Scotland. It was a wonderful experience, and I ended
up returning back home finding I had developed a taste for tea and
After HHS I
went to Westfield State College located in the western part of Massachusetts
near Springfield. I played field hockey there, and developed many
great friendships. There was a period of time when I used to run
road races, and I also played a lot of tennis. Now, I pretty much
stick to walking around the West Lafayette area, including taking
Mitchell down to "Happy Hollow" park. We also like to
bike around the area...only I usually let Al pull the trailer with
the Big Guy in it.
and before joining the rat race, I flew out to California with friends
and drove back
which I highly suggest you NOT do unless you're
in the comfort of a luxurious recreation vehicle. There were six
of us traveling across the country in a Chevy Impala with no heat,
back in the days when there was an uncomfortable "hump"
in the middle of the back seat. Of course, guess where I had the
misfortune of sitting for the majority of the trip to Texas where
we dropped two of the passengers? Not a pretty picture.
I worked for a small management consulting agency for eight years
called Work Systems Associates. I was the fourth person to join.
At WSA I experienced what I would consider great "boot camp
training." We are talking the early 80's, so desktop computers
were just coming out, and the Macintosh computers had external hard
drives. My role encompassed everything from designing the training
materials (all by hand
days before Quark, Page Maker and the
like), to copying, binding, shipping and inventorying all the supplemental
training products, to picking up coffee and sugar for the kitchen.
Of course, there was also the annual tradeshow circuit, and I developed
the marketing materials for those events. I was fortunate enough
to be able to travel to several places
within the US and once
to Europe. Belgium, where I was, is a beautiful country, but not
in March. It's much like March in New England
dark, damp and