I live next to a vibrant football-crazy college town
in the rural deep south, following a ten-year academic
journey from student at a Washington State public high school, to math
professor at a large research university in South Carolina. It's been
adventurous, to say the least, and I've enjoyed the ride. Along the
way, I've lived in the Cascades, the Rockies, and the
Appalachians....in a mobile home in the desert, in a house a few blocks
from the Pacific Ocean, and in a high-rise apartment two blocks from
the Danube. In October of 2008, I finally bought a house, next to
beautiful Lake Keowee and at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Professionally, I get paid to do math all day long. It's a job that
literally dozens of kids worldwide dream about having when they grow
up. And it's the best job in the world.