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Happy Bench Monday - TAGGED! 169.365

I've been tagged a couple of times in the last few weeks, so I thought I would take the opportunity with this shot to give you ten random things you might or might not know about me.


1. I just starting making pictures about one year ago, to the week. I bought a Canon G10 camera for a road trip we had planned throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, and I wanted a camera I could take good pictures for a blog I was trying out. I kinda got addicted, and it's turned into the obsession you see now. Yes, it drives Wife crazy.


2. The Wife and I LOVE to travel. Any opportunity we get we try to make an adventure of it. Whether that be checking out the tourist spots right in our back yard of Orange County, CA, or flying (or at least "attempting" to on this last trip) half way across the world to see Europe, we will go just about anywhere, anytime.


3. I was born in Italy, in a little town called Schio (pronounced Ski-oh). It's at the foot of the Little Dolomite mountains and about a 45 minute car ride to Venice. It is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and to me it will always be "home." The first question everyone asks is "do you speak Italian?" The answer is yes, I speak fluently, but my writing ability sucks. And, yes, my dad still lives there.


4. My parents both own small businesses, just half way across the world from each other. My mom lives and owns a beauty salon in Indian Wells, CA and my dad owns a travel business in Schio, Italy. Yes, they are still married, but have had to live apart for much of each year. It used to be easier because the desert was very seasonal. My mom could practically close the shop down for 6 months and go to Italy and not really lose any business...and my dad was always bringing groups of people to the states, so I would not have to go too long without seeing him. Unfortunately, life creeps in and now I work at a job that doesn't let me leave for long stretches, but we manage how we can.


5. I am a Drum Corps International World Champion, and marched 3 years with the Santa Clara Vanguard ('97, '98, '99). What does that mean? Basically, the easiest way to describe Drum Corps is "Marching band on steroids." It's essentially the highest level of marching performance, and I had the great privilege and honor to be a part of one of the most historic and decorated groups in DCI. Oh yea, and I was the poster boy for DCI in 1998. Ask me about that one sometime...hahaha!


6. In additional to playing Soprano Bugle (trumpet now) in the drum corps, I performed in my high school winterguard. Yes, I was a purple butterfly and I was on the rifle line. The best way to describe winterguard, for those who don't know, is like this: take the flags, rifles, and sabers from the marching band, put them in a gym, and create a show, performed to recorded music. Life was good as one of the only four straight guys in a sea of (mostly) beautiful girls.


8. I met my wife while in college at Pepperdine University. We met in Summer School, and no, it was not love at first sight. But, as things go, we started to hang out throughout the summer and we became best friends and still are to this day. We were engaged almost instantly, but ended up marrying 3 years (almost to the day) later.


9. I got married on a Tuesday night. We decided after our long engagement that we just wanted to go ahead and get married. We were both in graduate school at the time, and did not want to plan a huge party that would take 6 months to organize. So, we planed it in 5 weeks, had it at a fabulous location in Laguna Beach, spent about 1/3 as much as we would have on a weekend, and had a wonderful time...on a Tuesday!


10. This one is probably the most important. I am a Christian. I try my hardest to live a life that Jesus Christ would want me to live, even though I fall short 99% of the time. It's important to me to know that no matter how bad I've been, or how bad life gets, I have a savior that will forgive, and gives me purpose in life. And, if you follow in the footsteps of the perfect person, good stuff is bound to rub off.


Strobist: 580EXII at full blast, through white umbrella, camera right.

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Taken on April 26, 2010