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|Name:||Christopher James Palermo|
|Occupation:||Technology Manager at Accenture in their Communications and High Tech Practice|
|Siblings:||2 brothers- Mike (2 years older) & Doug (2 years younger)|
|High School:||Hopatcong High School '94|
|College:||Cornell University '98|
|Major:||Mechanical Engineering w/ concentration in Fluids & Aerospace|
|Car:||Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS MY00|
|Interests:||Working out, nutrition, sports, computers, digital imaging, digital video, car audio, music|
|Movies:||Chasing Amy, Can't Buy Me Love, Hoosiers, Happy Gilmore|
|Music:||Alkaline Trio, Journey, Styx, Blink 182, Catch 22, anything ska|
|Baseball Team:||New York Yankees|
|Football Team:||New York Giants|
|Basketball Team:||New York Knicks (haven't cared since Ewing left)|
|Soccer Team:||New York/New Jersey Metrostars|
|Websites:||fark.com, theonion.com, imdb.com, yahoo.com, ilovebacon.com, livejournal.com njbrigade.com|
I was born and raised in Hopatcong, a rolling-hilled suburban New Jersey town on the outskirts of Lake Hopatcong, the largest
lake in New Jersey. I spent most of my youth playing outside with my brothers, friends and neighbors. We played a lot of wiffle ball during the spring and summer and a lot of football during the fall and winter. I guess I had a pretty normal youth. Went to school, played with my friends, hadn't a care in the world.
I definitely kept busy in high school doing just about everything. I graduated first in my class of 174 and did not miss a single day of school for all four years. (Of course once I got to college I nearly died of double pneumonia after barely two months!) But anyway, here's some of the things that kept me busy during my high school years.
After high school, I headed to central New York. Ithaca. Cornell University. I did a lot of studying and I learned a lot about engineering, a lot about life, a lot about myself. I was too busy with the Mechanical Engineering course load to continue with all my extracurricular activities. I made it a point to keep doing flag football and I also was a member of the Cornell Concert Commission. I got to be security at all the concerts. The best was when Adam Sandler came and I got to guard the stage, right in front of him. It was cool. But classes were nuts. I took four semesters of Physics, four semesters of calculus, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and on and on. The few non-engineering classes I took were micro and macro economics, sociology, Religions of the World, History of Rock and Roll (our quizes were name that tune!), and a few writing classes. I made it even more difficult on myself by spending twenty-hours a week at my job. I was an administrative assistant to Frank H.T. Rhodes, the President Emeritus of Cornell. Don't be fooled by the fancy title... I opened his mail, sorted his mail, fetched his paper, did some filing and xeroxing, answered the phones, helped do some research for his book, taught him how to use the internet... I was a jack of all trades. It definitely took away from my studying, but it was a wonderful time. That was an incredible experience working for Dr. Rhodes, who not only was a former president of Cornell, but also served as an education advisor under President Bush and was a former president of the Nastional Science Foundation. A truly remarkable man.
After graduation, I moved back home to Hopatcong and began work for Andersen Consulting, who have since changed their name to Accenture (NYSE: ACN). In 1998, anyone who wanted a job working with computers could have gotten one thanks to the massive boom of the internet. Since I decided I wasn't too keen on being a MechE my whole life, I went the consulting route instead. So there I was, settling back into the same bedroom I grew up in (with my poster collection of late 80's baseball sluggers- Bo Jackson, Will Clark, Kirby Puckett, etc.) I was in and out of a couple relationships when I decided to give internet dating a shot. Had a few misfires upfront (most notably, the infamous 'Gums'), until I finally found someone. I was working at the AT&T in Middletown, NJ when we started emailing each other. I had originally found her on webpersonals.com, which has since transitioned to lavalife.com. I plugged in my search criteria, hit enter, and the rest is history... We emailed each other constantly. And not just little bitty 'how are you' emails; I'm talking page after page after page of our life history emails. After three weeks, I knew she was 'the one'. We met at the Chester Diner one Friday night, talked for about three hours and that was enough to seal the deal for me. We got engaged on Easter Sunday a year later (had the ring inside an egg- apologies to Doug for giving me the idea). We were married on June 20, 2003 in what was a truly unforgettable day. So that's where I am now, just entering chapter 2 of the saga that is my life. There's a ton I want to do in the next few years (like finally finish the novel I started writing way back in October 2000) but most importantly, I wan't to be with Jen and watch out love grow stronger by the day. So what's in store for the next five, ten, twenty years? I don't know. All I can pray is that I'll have my health, happiness, and that I'll be continually be surrounded by friends and family. Because without them there is no way I would be where I am today. Thank you all...