Story of us

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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.
Family Thanksgiving (Nov) in Hawaii: family, friends, and a Jellyfish sting.
Group outing to Las Vegas (May) with neighbors and friends: "Pawn Stars", the Neon Boneyard, and Love.
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.
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.
Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus came to San Jose (Aug), so why not go?
Melissa took a little jaunt (June) to the Cayman Islands with her flight-attendant travel-friends.
Melissa stress-fractured the ankle running. A year of not healing, and rolling around the house on a desk chair.
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).
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.
In March, we took a weekend trip to Memphis.
In November, we went to some off-season Vegas Shows:
We decided to try indoor skydiving in February.
We hadn't been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in years, so in September, we took a weekend get-away.
We moved to Austin, but San Antonio is only a 90 minute drive, so we visited often
We did Oahu, Hawaii in July
Paris: the city of lights in May... before it became a cesspool.
Londinium is always fun (May), thought it's gone down hill since Hadrian's Wall fell into disrepair: it kept out the riff-raff.
Meeting my preemie niece in 2005.
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.
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).
Melissa's Mom was going to D.C. in November, so we decided to fly over and visit her there. (It was closer than Reno). This city is littered with History and a tribute to itself and government.
Friends bought a resort Rental Property in the "Upper" (Upper Peninsula, Michigan), we went to visit and help with their Vitamin Business website (May).
Cedar Point is the best roller-coaster amusement park in America. It's not even close. So we drove up to Sandusky, Ohio (Aug) to try it out.
I was the best man for my brothers wedding (Sept). He lucked out finding Sarah.
With a Bachelors Degree is in Early Childhood development and doing social work for many years, Melissa was over-qualified became a Flight Attendant. She graduated in August.
This is still one of our greatest family vacations. In June, our immediate Family and my Cousins did a group anniversary get-away to Cozamel, Mexico (with a little jaunt by ferry to Cancun).
We moved to Ohio, and when my brother visited (late Sept.), we did all the Tourist stuff with him. Which we kind of repeated when anyone else visited.
We June road-tripped to Niagara Falls, Buffalo and visited Canada too, eh.
Our Honeymoon was we drove down to San Diego for an extended weekend.
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).
Does your neighborhood have a Toga Party? Ours did.
We had a few "get-aways" in 1992.
I met my wife in 1991.