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RE: Introduce yourself here: Who are you? What do you do? What is your background?
Ole Blue here. Born and raised in the center of Tennessee in Music City. Didn't live anywhere else growing up but now I temporarily reside in Miami, since I go to the U of Miami and will graduate soon. Will probably go into government work after I finish up my schooling (political science), probably not going to go into anything too controversial though (sorry to disappoint 05-stirthepot). Baptist since birth and I still practice privately fairly frequently though I don't go to church that much anymore since there are no good baptist churches in Miami that appeal to me.

Fan of: MT Blue Raiders (born & raised w/ Blue Blood); Miami Hurricanes (alma mater); Pitt Panthers (family connections). Nashville Predators are my NHL team, Memphis Grizz for NBA, and Titans for NFL. I think I am a bad luck charm for professional teams... 03-lmfao

Politically: I am moderate and not too into political debate. Fiscally I am moderate to somewhat conservative. Socially I am more liberal (strongly pro-gay rights) but I am mostly pro-life (anti-abortion in most cases and anti-death penalty). I don't really like to identify with parties but the Republican Party of Tennessee is so far out there I hardly ever like any of their candidates. The Democratic Party is better but still not that good. I think I will try to steer clear of partisan politics in what I do for work.
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10-16-2014 01:26 AM
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Crebman comes from a character in a fictional book about the early people of earth. He was a gnarled up, blind in one eye, shaman in a Neanderthal clan that was actually pretty smart and compassionate.

I grew up in a small town on the edge of Appalachia the son of a family of educators on my mom’s side and coal miners on dad’s side. Played the big three sports in high school as well as ran track in a town where almost no one had any money – anyone that had a Cadillac was considered as rich.

Went on to college (educators on moms side) and was one of the very first college graduates on my dad’s side of the family. My first years out of college were spent teaching high school and coaching football – what a fun time. Three grown children that all played a sport in college – tell me I didn’t influence that!

Eventually went to work in the Aerospace industry (more money for a growing family) about 30 years ago and will continue that until I hit retirement age. The money has been good and allowed me to raise a family most would probably deem as upper middle class – I guess it depends on your reference point.

I’ve spent virtually all my life living in Ohio (the southern part), but will be moving south when retirement comes – I like the south, both the climate and people.

I’m fiscally conservative, but more moderate on the social issues. I don’t care what consenting adults do provided no one else is harmed and am probably more liberal on the drug stuff while realizing it does ruin lives. I hate the PC world we live in and may say things that could "trigger" the whiny crybabies and I mostly find potty humor as very funny.

Oh, and did I mention that I think Barak Obama is the worst leader that has held the office of President in my lifetime.
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10-16-2014 07:58 AM
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10-16-2014 08:05 AM
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I"m Bud. Born and raised in El Paso, Tx. A first generation American, my mother immigrated from Mexico legally when she was 16. I graduated from the UTEP and currently am working as a teacher.
10-16-2014 11:24 AM
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Born and raised in NC. Graduated from ECU in INDT. Have worked in the same facility for 31 years and worked my way up to plant manger. We manufacture hardwood plywood for the furniture and cabinet industries. Company recently was purchased by new owners and have undergone massive labor reductions and reorganizing. Basically...We are starting the company over from scratch. It has been fun.

Married 29 years with one child...recently married and on her own. Life is good. Wife and I are enjoying our time together again.
10-16-2014 11:36 AM
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Born and raised in northern Illinois. In my 40's. Wish I could get out of this state, but family situations prevent that. Married, no kids. One cat, three dogs (one viszla, two bullies, with one of them a deaf girl). My nieces are our kids. I get to be a fun uncle, fill them with sugar, and then send them home when I'm tired. I never have to worry about boyfriends or college...

Civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois. Did consulting for a while, but have been in the public sector working on transportation issues for many years. Many years. That sounds so old.

I am a minimalist at heart. I love the outdoors and believe in conservation. I have a nine year old pickup truck, a ten year old car, and Mrs. GBF has a new to us, four year old diesel Jetta. I'm a church going dude too.

My politics are rightish-libertarian in most ways. Fiscally conservative, for sure. I am anti-abortion and not a fan of government sanctioned gay marriage, for instance. If a church or boat caption wants to marry you, go at it. But, I also believe those battles need to be first waged for hearts and minds, and not simply legislated. Most of my political approach comes from that. Help your fellow man. Don't wait for the government to do it for you.
10-16-2014 12:18 PM
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I'm Smitty. I am bald and have poor hygiene. That is all.
10-16-2014 12:45 PM
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I'm Jon, 51, Accountant living in Arizona. Born and raised in Central Illinois as a PK/TK (Dad a preacher, Mom a Teacher), started college at U of Illinois before realizing I wanted to live in the west, so I transferred and graduated from Northern Arizona U.

Been in Arizona since 1983, except for 5 years in Nashville for work.

Live with my partner Alex and our two labs. Play a lot of softball, treasurer of our local league. Have coached and played in 5 of the last 6 Gay Softball World Series. Also enjoy hiking, birding, traveling. Been to 48 states so far. Lifelong bucket list ambition is to visit every county in the US. Been to 1700+ so far. Was the first person to get to the highest point in every county in Illinois.

Politically - socially very liberal, big on equality issues. Fiscally, more moderate
10-16-2014 05:34 PM
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Jason, 42. Born in Memphis & raised in an eastern suburb. Married, 2 kids, who are 7&8. I currently live in eastern Arkansas.

I've been in ministry for over 23 years. I've served in many "traditional" and "not-so-traditional" roles. I've done everything from music, to childrens ministry, to youth, to senior adults, to associate and head pastor...and everything in between. Right now, I'm a Chaplain in a corporate setting. I also own 2 service-oriented businesses in Memphis.

Politically, I'm conservative...fiscally & socially, but I don't identify with the Republicans any more because they, overall, seem to be right-leaning democrats. I could be a libertarian, because I believe in a tiny government and states rights...but I cannot stomach the vacuum on moral issues that most libertarians espouse.

I love Memphis Tigers basketball & football & am a 3rd generation season-ticket holder, but baseball was my first love and I'm a St.Louis Cardinals fan.

Been reading the Spin Room for years, but just recently got involved in the conversation.
10-16-2014 06:15 PM
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Steve here. Born and raised in Fort Lee, NJ, my job took me up and down the East coast then Ohio and finally landing in Puerto Rico for 4 years. From there it was off to Southern California, then to El Paso, a short stint in Vegas, and now I'm in Las Cruces, NM. I'm an expert in cable TV field and maintenance operations but I no longer do that.

My hobbies include high end stereos where listening to music is almost like being there when it was recorded. I like classical, rock, jazz, and some film scores. As a kid I played all the usual sports up until my late 20's with the exception of basketball - I played hockey which is almost the same as basketball but in hockey the players are armed. And in hockey you can hit the guy with the puck, in basketball the guy with the ball is untouchable. Playing basketball is what you do if you can't skate and are afraid of someone hitting you. My best round of golf ever was in Puerto Rico at the Dorado Del Mar hotel course the day after the seniors played there - the ESPN trucks were still in the parking lot - and I played from the same tees. I shot an 80. I don't like metal woods or putters that look like aliens.

I'm a moderate conservative, but there are only two issues that keep me out of the full blown, hard core conservative crowd; religion and abortion. I believe in self accountability, hard work, and all of the other things conservatives do. I hate unions and for the first time in my life I have to manage unionized CWA employees. It sucks. If I ran this company I would make it my mission to destroy the union. After seeing how things work inside a union shop after never having been in one before, I can tell you the union costs the company millions in lost customers, profits, unproductive time, and other outrageous crap.

And I think Obama is the worst president ever.

Questions, comments, or suggestions? You know where I am.
10-16-2014 08:06 PM
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