I've never really liked these things. It always seems to be
so self centered to write about "me". But alas... I've found
this to be a good exercise on where some of my physical,
emotional, and artistic influences have come from. If you've
got questions... ask. Hope you enjoy.
I was born on the 26th of April 1979 to a pair of newly wed
college students in northern Minnesota. After my parents finished college, my father entered
the Air Force. We moved from Wisconsin to Mississippi to Florida
and then on to the country of Turkey. Five years later my
father left the Air Force. My family settled in Rice Lake
Wisconsin. I was 12. I spent the remainder of my adolescence
growing up with local hicks, jocks, geeks and cast always that any
small town seems to have.
I graduated high school in the spring of 1997 and promptly moved myself to
Bozeman, Montana in search of snow and mountains. This was
easily one of the best times of my life. The alone time
spent in the mountains was a huge learning experience. A year later I was back in
I chose to not return to Montana the following winter, and I
started college in January of 1999 at the University of
Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
with many people while I was in Eau Claire, the four whom I
had the pleasure of living with at 632, I consider my best
I transferred to the University of
Wisconsin - Milwaukee to finish my schooling in 2002. I graduated
from UW - Milwaukee in the spring of 2004 with a bachelors
in Communication. I took a job later that summer back with UWM in the Department of Recruitment and Outreach. I love
what I do for UWM and feel lucky to have found a career path
Somewhere in the mix of college parties, classes (sometimes)
and work, I met a girl. Melissa. The way she carried
herself, and the attitude that she put forth drew me to her. I learned many more traits and
characteristics that Melissa possessed over the couple of
years we dated and I fell for her. We were
married on the 3rd of August 2002. After her graduation from
UW-La Crosse, Melissa took a job with the Milwaukee Public
School district (the reason for my transfer to UWM). She
has moved on from MPS and is teaching 5th grade outside Milwaukee.
I don't think I could have ever asked for better people to
have raised me. They've taught me so much about so many
things...and I've only begun to truly understand what all of
those things are. As I start to get older and do things that
"adults" do I keep seeing why they've made those decisions
they made and I admire them. Thank you.
The saying goes...you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
ages of 6 and 11, my father was stationed in the country of
Turkey with the Air Force. I
am very grateful to have had an experience outside of the U.S. when I was young for
that very reason. To forge relationships with other kids
your own age not knowing their language or culture has
taught me many things about how to treat others from other
backgrounds and cultures. To have been exposed to such an
experience when I was young shaped how I've looked at others
my whole life.
This lone sport has had the second most influence on my
life. It has taught me to look at athleticism and creativity
in new ways. It has brought me countless friends and
adventures galore. It makes me feel strong and graceful,
powerful and quick. In short I love what snowboarding does
for me. It's awfully hard not to smile when I'm strapped to
my stick. But mostly I think that snow shreding helped me find
myself; Who am I in relation to this world?
adventures and the vast next work of friends has allowed me
to get to know a lot of people in skateboarding,
rollerblading, skiing, and BMX as well.
(like dessert...the best comes last)
You're individualism and strength is phenomenal. Your humor
and attitude is ever present. Your honor, integrity and
devotion is never questioned. You exceed expectations and
"raise the bar" for everyone. Most of all you hold me to all
these things too. You've made me strive to be better. Better
than what I might have ever been, or wanted to be. You give
me encouragement and advice. You love me in ways I've never
thought possible. I love you 12. Thank you.