For Pete's namesake! There are apparently 224 fellas named Michael Durbin just in the U.S. I'm the one born in downstate Illinois, raised in Maryland, who spent most of his adult years in Chicago before moving to North Carolina when told the barbecue was pretty good. When not writing I've been known to dabble in software development on Wall Street and teach financial derivatives. From time to time I teach English as a Second Language. On rarer occasion I remember to take the trash to the curb before the truck arrives. Thank you for being kind enough to read my About page, all the way to the end, even this last little bit with seemingly no good purpose whatsoever.