Welcome to my life

Five years ago at a Halloween themed, costumed, house warming party my life changed forever when I met the love of my life. We met, wooed one another, married, and delivered our first child together all before the first anniversary of the day we met. With the families future in our thoughts, and the opportunity in time and finances presenting itself, I (Michael A. Goelz Jr., the Goelz portion of the adventuring party) began my journey towards becoming a Mechanical Engineer (ME) at Durham Technical Community College (DTCC). Starting my path so late in the game (I began at 32) I relied on my ideas about where I thought my apptitudes lied from a test I had taken before joining the Army Reserves in highschool, and backed it up with research about the return in job security and income against the education cost. Ultimately transferring to and graduating from Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) with an Associate in Science pre-major: Engineering. During those three years my wife and I raised our three children and added a fourth, and she (Kathleen R. Roose, the better portion of the adventuring party by many orders of magnitude) completed a year of college at WTCC finishing up her prerequisits for her RN to BSN course work while working full time and pregnant (see what I mean by orders of magnitude?). Prior to graduation I applied at several good schools for their ME programs, ultimately choosing and being chosen by North Carolina State University (NCSU) where I matriculated as a Junior. Currently Kathleen and I are attempting to finish the last stretches in our education goals; she at Winston-Salem State University, and I here at NCSU.

In what little free time I don't spend enjoying my wife and children, I pretend to be a fantastical 'heroe' with a small group of friends. We spend much of that time delving deep into ancient archiological sights and protecting caravans in search of knowledge and wealth, rolling polyhedrons with multiples ranging from four to twenty, and laughing at ourselves for our wit and stupidity. We recently began playing a new adventure path that takes our characters from level one to seventeen two weeks ago. Although it's not my rule-set of choice (I prefer the classic D&D now in its fifth iteration), we have been using the Pathfinder setting as the basis for our imaginary interactions. Kathleen likes to playfully mock us by calling it Math & Monsters, but I actually think that is a rather fitting title, considering it's where I learned about the normal distribution...


    Pizza Basics

  1. Make the pizza dough and place in the freezer for a half hour.
  2. Make a marinara (tomato sauce with seasonings, use the internet to find something simple)
  3. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, roll out your dough and prebake it for a couple of minutes (no more than ten)
  4. Spread sauce on the dough, place your toppings
  5. Bake until crust is to the desired amount of golden brown (some like it crispier than others), which varies depending on the oven. Experiment, but make sure you keep an eye on the pie or it will burn.
Class Expected Grade
E115 S
MAE301 C
ST370 B
MSE200 C
MAE314 B