This is the "Story of us"... the list of some highlighted trips, events or milestones in our life (my wife and my life's journey), or at least the ones that we got pictures of. Most pictures of trips are boring to me, because I don't have the context: so in this digital scrapbook, I try to offer just a little bit about each picture and why it matters. And you can tunnel in and see more in each section. I have plenty of gaps to fill, but when I'm done, I think I'm going to print a wall sized poster. out of it.
2018 Hawaii (Oahu)
Family Thanksgiving (Nov) in Hawaii: family, friends, and a Jellyfish sting.
Local friend suggested this fantastic place: great food, good prices, absurd portions.
I got hit (lightly) by a box jellyfish: very painful for a few hours, irritating for a few days.
Another Hawai'i get-away, this time to the Big Island in March. We were in Kona (the Dry side), but did a drive around the Island (and saw the Lava and the Wet Side). With some hanging out at the pool or water with a Mai Thai.
When you to an airport without walls and open, you know you're in Hawaii.
We hadn't been snorkeling much, but really enjoyed it at Kahaluu Beach.
What big Island visit is complete without seeing a volcano?
For our Anniversary (Aug), we did a drive up the coast to Half Moon Bay, drove to Sausalito, and then Roseville. We ate at Michelin-starred Cafe Gibraltar in Half Moon Bay and tried Johnny Garlic's. Just an extended weekend get-away.
Overnighted in Half Moon Bay.
Visited, ate lunch and shopped in Sausalito.
We went to the Peanuts Gallery... er Charles Schultz Museum
Melissa stress-fractured the ankle running. A year of not healing, and rolling around the house on a desk chair.
In a cast, in a walking cast, no cast, back in cast, finally surgery to put in a titanium rod, all while California and the Federal Government said a cast and crutches shouldn't prevent her from being a flight attendant (rejected disability).
Thanksgiving in Colorado: Flew into Denver, drove out to Pueblo to see family. We visited Fire Station No 3 (built in 1881), right before it was converted into a Museum, and then went out to shoot guns at the range with Uncle "Tom" (who trains the DEA).
Dinner with the close-family, many more members and friends showed up for Thanksgiving.
We visited the Olympic Training Center & IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs.
Took a tour, rode the original brass pole.
I qualified for sniper. Nothing says thanksgiving in America like fully-automatic weapons.
We did a Family Reunion in August: Bristol (niece) was born. Dad was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Nov (immediately in to Chemo). Christmas with the Family, and a fight with Uncle Bill lead him to sequester Grandma until she died.
We got naked with 2,700 strangers in Cleveland (May). We had gone to MOCA Cleveland to see an exhibit by Spencer Tunic. Coincidentally, he was doing an installation in Cleveland soon, so I signed us up. I figured it was the only way we would end up in a museum.
This certainly made the local newspapers, as well as national and international.
I figured it would be an experience (and stories for us to tell). It was.
While watching a movie with my girlfriend (now wife) about a bad marriage, I mumbled, "Marriage should be a 10 year contract with an option to renew". A cold chill filled the room, and she said, "Explain" as if my future depended on the answer. I stammered, "people get too comfortable in their ruts, if they have to renew every decade, they have to think what's in it for the other person... and try harder". (Whew). This answer appeased my future bride, and I thought that issue closed.... until 9 years after we we're married, and out of nowhere I hear, "So, you gonna renew?" Holy crap women have long memories... we renewed at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Vegas (Aug).
We renewed our vows at the top of the Eiffel Tower, Las Vegas.
My Parents came to this one (as did other family)... being in Ohio, it was really just an excuse to see some friends and family.
I said "Since Marriage isn't forever, we should get tattoos"... she got a smiley face (to reflect personality). I got the Henry Every Pirate Flag, as we're decedents (via Step-Dad).
I was the best man for my brothers wedding (Sept). He lucked out finding Sarah.
I had 2 duties: bachelor party and wedding toast. While trying to do the former, we had the "Great Blackout" while I was boarding my plane. Flight cancelled, I drove home, and the party went on without me.
The toast (and wedding) went without a hitch. 3 kids, and a dozen years later, and their marriage is still strong.
I said, "A wedding is something I'd do, if I could do it in shorts and tennis shoes"... next thing I knew, we were at the chapel (Aug).
We did it quick, and intimate: the couple that introduced us, my Grandparents and Brother, her Parents and Aunt.
We just saw the stress and drama of others, and wanted something more private and low key.
We took my little Isuzu Amigo, and drove off into the sunset... Actually, we drove to Orange Hill Restaurant, and had a nice dinner with the Wedding Party... then we drove south to San Diego (while the sun set in the west).