Hello! I am Joe Ossenmacher-Bedford. Much to my surprise, I am 45 years old.
In my spare time, I am something of a fitness fanatic. I am a competitive runner, triathlete and tennis player, and member of the Knoxville Track Club, USA Triathlon and United States Tennis Association (lifetime member). I am also something of an organizational junkie. I am particularly devoted to David Allen and Lifehacker. Politically, I am a big fan of tiny government, low taxes, and fiscal responsibility. I believe that social issues have little if any place in government. Spiritually, I am very interested in Buddhism.
Jill, for her part, is a serious marathon runner, and she is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Knoxville Track Club.
I was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and lived in Livonia, Michigan until 1976, attending McKinley Elementary School. I lived in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from 1976 until 1996. I attended TMI Academy, Sweetwater High School, and Hiwassee College. I also worked for Hardee's, Cracker Barrel, Olan Mills, Comfort Inn, and Rave Carpets in Sweetwater; WENR Radio in Englewood; Monroe County Publishing in Madisonville; and Standard Life Insurance in Knoxville. I lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, from 1996-2000, working for Rave Carpets in Oak Ridge and Factory Carpet Warehouse in Knoxville. Jill and I moved to Knoxville in August of 2000, where I have worked for Talbots and New York Life.
This page has a little bit of history to it! I am proud to say that I was one of the tiny little pioneers of the Internet revolution, as I first put this "homepage" up in 1995. (How many of you remember GNN?) As you can imagine, it looks very different than it used to. However, I have kept one attribute of the page exactly the same for almost twenty years now: Pinhead saying, "This is not a normal page." That's something of an inside joke. I got that phrase from the GNN software, as an error message. I moved to GeoCities in 1996 after GNN went under, and maintained my page there until 2009 when GeoCities ALSO went under! I was at GeoCities so long that I remember its initial incarnation as a virtual global "neighborhood" (yes, that's why they called it GeoCities). I "lived" in Paris at 6237. The last iteration of that site has been reincarnated at Reocities.