S: Sergio's 50th Birthday Feliz Cumple!
FC: S E R G I O at 50
1: Sergio Javier Neissen February 12, 1962
3: TUVIMOS MOMENTOS E INSTANTES MAGICOS Y ALEGRES EN NUESTRAS VIDAS. AL CASARNOS Y CUANDO NACIO SILVIA, Y EL OTRO INSTANTE MAGICO FUE CUANDO NACISTE VOS. CON TODO CARIÑO Y DE CORAZON FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS Y POR MUCHOS MAS CON TU HERMOSA FAMILIA RISA, MATTY Y SPENCER. Y QUE SE TE CUMPLAN TODOS TUS DESEOS. ESPERAMOS CON ANSIAS QUE LLEGUEN . MUCHOS BESOSSSSSSSSSSSSS. MA Y PA
4: Sweet Chiildish Days... | ...that were as long | As twenty days are now. | --Willian Wordsworth
6: Querido Sergio, ¡Qué difícil es volcar en un papel tantas cosas compartidas! Si hago memoria me vienen a la cabeza imágenes de momentos de nuestra infancia, te veo chiquitito parado con lágrimas en los ojos esperándome en la puerta del jardín de la escuela Dr. Hertzl, las Titas y Rhodesias de los sábados a la noche cuando los viejos salían y nos metíamos en su cama a comer dulces y mirar la tele, o cuando jugábamos domino de habitación a habitación porque nos mandaban a la cama y no teníamos sueño, nos recuerdo sentados ante las tareas que nos hacían practicar a la hora de la siesta en Mina Clavero para que no entráramos al agua, y los autitos que construíamos en la arena con palitos y piedritas representando los controles, cómo paso tan rápido? Luego te veo sentado frente al tablero de dibujo con todos tus amigos en casa preparando las entregas, o calcando dibujos con lámparas bajo la mesa de vidrio del comedor de casa cosa que me sirvió años más tarde para ayudar a mi hijo. ¿Te acordás de los veraneos en Mar del Plata? Los sillones tenían nuestra forma, y juntábamos las botellas de vino de la promoción del pollo roti de Montecatini. Esos eran veraneos, casi dos meses o más! Me acuerdo la tristeza de despedirte en Ezeiza, y los años en que no pudimos verte pero también la alegría de tu primer viaje. No olvido la ayuda que nos diste al prestarnos tu departamento para que pudiéramos ahorrar. ¿Y nuestro primer viaje a USA? tendríamos que haber escrito un libro “Conozca New York en 24 horas,” las ampollas que te salieron por haberte hecho caminar tanto! Todo el día! A partir de allí las cosas se hicieron más fáciles, ahora que Pablo no está ni leyendo ni escuchando le puedo dar la razón, gracias a su locura por la tecnología compramos la primer computadora y pudimos festejar un cumple de papá juntos a pesar de la distancia y ver crecer a nuestro hijos pantalla de por medio. Así como nos encontramos, bostezo tras bostezo, varias noches cada uno en su lugar preferido, el baño y la cama. Me emociona ver la familia que formaste y lo mucho que te esforzás día a día. Sé que, a veces, extrañás lo que dejaste aquí, supongo que es un sentimiento que te acompañará siempre, como nosotros, por eso mudate a un depto más grande y nos tendrás allí más seguido !!! Te queremos mucho, Sergito !!! Feliz cumple !!!! Silvia
7: ANTES COMO AHORA
8: Hola Sergio y aquí estamos 50 años, quién diría de dormir en la misma cuna...de jugar a los gangsters cuando le vomitastes el sombrero al Zeide Moishede nuestras salidas al cine continuado hasta que los ojos nos quedaban cansados despues de ver 3 peliculas...de comer pizza en Imperio despues ...los años pasaron carajo y...lo que todavia sigue en pie, es nuestra amistad y ayuda mutua, a que siempre aprecio, por muchos años más, con salud y prosperidad, Lo mejor para vos Primo y Amigo, Sergio! Up the Hilllllllllllllllll!!!! De tu Primo y Amigo, Marcelo Welt
10: Tío, Antes que nada: ¡¡ FELIZ CUMPLE !! Estamos felices de poder compartir tus 50's juntos! Aprovechamos este momento para recordarte lo mucho que te queremos y lo agradecidos que estamos de haber podido contar siempre con vos. Mas allá de las distancias "geográficas" nunca sentimos la lejanía, ya que siempre lograste estar presente en todos los momentos importantes de nuestra vida. Gracias! por todo lo que nos diste siempre! por los momentos compartidos, los viajes, los paseos, las llamadas, los mails (bendita tecnología!)... y sobre todo: gracias por el ejemplo que siempre nos diste (junto con mamá) de que se puede hacer todo lo que uno quiera, con esfuerzo, amor, valores y generosidad. Estamos orgullosos de vos y te deseamos muchos años mas de felicidad, éxitos, nuevos proyectos y mucho amor. Tus sobrinos, Gasti y Meli
11: Te conocemos desde tu nacimiento, y te acompañamos en todas las etapas de tu vida, de cerca o de lejos, disfrutando de tus exitos, laborales y familiares. Formaste una hermosa familia, con Risa, Matty y Spencer,y al mismo tiempo te mantuviste atento a tus padres, brindandoles cariño y apoyo. Deseamos que conserves los valores que te caracterizan, y que fueron las razones por las que siempre te hemos querido y respetado. Teresa e Israel | Happy birthday SERGIO Muchas felicidades que festejes y disfrutes junto con tu hermosa familia y recibas los cariñosos saludos de todos nosotros que te queremos. Que sigas siempre con tu bondad, reflejada en tu simpática sonrisa. Que Dios te bendiga y tengas najes y alegría de toda tu familia . Con todo cariño Jacobo
12: Querido Sergio, Muy feliz cumpleaños. Espero que sigamos compartiendo muchos más. Besos Pablo
13: Feliz cumpleaños! Tio Jaime
14: Querido Sergio, Quería participar contando una anécdota de cuando éramos chicos. Todos los domingos íbamos a la casa de mis abuelos a almorzar (los padres de Alicia y mi papa). Nosotras somos tres hermanas y el único varón era Sergio, y jugábamos a la mama y todas éramos mamas y Sergio el hijo y le dábamos de comer y él se juntaba toda la comida en la boca (un plato se ravioles entero) y después escupía todo. Mi tia nos preguntaba si el nene comió todos y nosotras le decíamos que sí. Les mando un beso, muchas felicidades para Sergio y nos vemos cuando vengan. Besos Silvia Tesel
15: Muchas felicidades!!!!!!!!!!!! Bienvenido al club +50. No será como los clubes por los que ya pasaste pero aún así habrá que dar las gracias de seguir cumpliendo. Me acuerdo de las salidas con nuestros viejos al "Palacio de la papa frita" (donde siempre son las doce para comer) a vos te gustaban los mejillones a la provenzal y a mí me encantaban las papas y los ravioles a la bolognesa.También recuerdo algunas vacaciones compartidas en Córdoba. Y por supuesto todas las reuniones familiares de nuestra infancia a las que no faltaba nadie. Te deseamos un muy feliz día de cumpleaños y una hermosa vida junto a tu familia y a todos los que te queremos. Besos y abrazos, Los Neisen (con una "s")
16: Para el bebe de la familia, Cuando estábamos juntos de chiquitos siempre jugábamos a la mama y al papa y vos eras el bebe, y siempre nos peleábamos para tenerte a vos por bebe porque cuando te llevábamos al doctor no te teníamos que hacer llorar porque siempre por las dudas llorabas. Querido Sergio muchísimas felicidades por tu cumple para vos y toda tu hermosa familia. Tus primas Norma y Monica y familia. Un besote....
18: Bar Mitzva August 3, 1975
21: Dear Sergi! When I was a little girl, I always envied other children who had family in the states, because they could go and visit their family abroad on holidays. When I grew a little older, I think when I was around 14 years old, I met my "family in the states" – you. It was during a "coast to coast" trip our family did in the summer vacation. We met once or twice in the NYC area, and I even remember your apartment. A few years have passed since then, I finished my service in the IDF and started law school, and then, in the summer vacation of 2005, I found myself alone in SC, and decided that I'm not going back home so fast It was then that I realized the great value of my "family at the states" I will never forget the way Risa and you hosted me in your living room for 2 weeks, listened to me, helped me through hard times, went shopping with me for my trip to South America, took me to do my nails (well, that was Risa, of course..). I will always remember the good times we had – the movies, the food (and that great Indian restaurant), waking up in the middle of your living room to the sound of Matthew's laughing and running. These 2 weeks literally saved me... and I will always be thankful to you two for that. Sergi, time passes real fast, and even after all these years, you are always in my heart. I feel blessed to have such great family, in Israel and abroad. I want to thank you for always thinking about us, in good times and bad times too, on birthdays, holidays, weddings and other happy occasions. If I could give you one gift for your 50th birthday, I would like to give you a mirror, so you can see yourself the way other people see you. You are just great! I wish you all the best this world can offer, good health, good times, and lots of love. Have a happy happy birthday with your beautiful family, And come visit Israel! NESHIKOT VE HIBUKIM Neta
22: The eighties, Mi Buenos Aires Querido, Argentina, we met at the University for Morons!! I mean, it was the university located in the city of Moron hence Moron's University....we went through 6 or 7 year of high level education and little did we know of what the heck the word "Moron" really meant back then.... when we decided to go to North America! To make it BIG TIME! The American Dream: 4 Car garages homes, Rolls Royce....you get it!! It was many years after we finished University that we found the true meaning of that word Moron!!! And by then it was too late, I highly advice you Sergio to re christen the name like I did in my resume and it goes like Morton University....no one will know!!! So Mr NeiSSen (Su Seguridad) was one of the selected few that arrived to university with his classy Ford Taunnus!!! Oh Yeah!! He was a sensation!!! While most of us took cramped boats buses and trains....he glided with cool tunes thru town...way to go!!! A trend setter in his days!! University days where busy, architecture is an unforgiving long career, huge projects presentations and very long and late nights, sometimes with no sleeping all night long....all the reason to get high to cope! Well, Sergito getting high!??? He is a good boy!!...c'mon don't get me wrong.... yes, actually we were All getting high at Pablo's house one time cause we were working for one of the many pulling hair crazy final presentations, after assembling our final project model with a Zillion pieces and using adhesive glue by the Ton with fumes so strong that you could smell it a thousand miles away!!! Looking back, I don't know how we survived and also kept wondering if people actually choose architecture for the glue part!!!?
23: Back then, Sergio went by many different names nevertheless popular, it makes you wonder if he was trying to have multiple identities or hide something or what, there were rough political times at that time, I don't know, never got to ask you eh? Sergio, Sergito, Sergin, Ingale, Shaine Ingale, Shaine maidele, Macho, Negro, Pibe, Barbeta, this last name reminds me of your cute looking Beard, was it another hiding place? None of these affected Sergio, not the Moron, not the Fancy cars driving not the Multiple identities he went into winning the Lottery!!!!! That is, the USA immigration Lottery and so the USA is Proud to have a model Citizen! Now an influential and respected Architect and father of two bundles of Joy to die for,, Hoboken never ever looked so good, with el Pibe in the neighborhood, Carlos the Baker is a Peanut!!! This is not ALL, luck kept coming his way.... That contributed to the American dream further and he won another Lottery, he calls me one day to Toronto and says to me estoy Muerto de "Risa".... de "Risa" I asked, yes, I won the lottery again! I say Again? Yeah says Ingale I met this girl Risa!!! I go ugh? Risa!!!! .....now I understand Muerto Por Risa!!! and that is why he's been so happy ever since.... Stay tuned there are more Sergito adventures to be told....and for now Chau, (one more identity name for you.....) Baby Cincuenton!!!! Feliz Cumpleaños Pibe!!!!!! Pablo Pikelin
24: One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.... --Henry Miller
26: Sergio - Dos puntos en nuestras historias... Hace casi 20 años una mañana de julio nos acompañaste con Marcelo al registro civil para vernos dar el sí... | It has been very nice to reconnect and share so many happy moments with both families. Happy Big 5-0! We love you! | Sergio - We go back a long way indeed... almost 20 years since you were the witness in our wedding!
27: Y este verano, como otros anteriores, en Rehoboth compartiendo muy lindos momentos en vacaciones. Y como dice el viejo refrán, que seas feliz, que comas perdiz, y que podamos seguir compartiendo y disfrutando de muchos más momentos felices! Felices 50! Te queremos!
28: Serg, remember how we first bonded over Star Trek Next Generation?!!! It was at that moment that I knew you were a cool guy, and I was glad that you would be in Risa's life. Happy 50th! Love, Caryn | Dear Sergio, Happy Birthday! My fondest memory of you is when you had the henna done on the palm of your hand at our pre-wedding reception in D.C. It was so funny, but of course it takes weeks to wash off. My other fondest (and ongoing) memory is spending time with you, Risa and the kids in Florida every year over the winter holidays. It's a highlight for us and we hope to keep seeing all of you there for many years to come! Lots of love and best wishes, Priya & Atif
29: Back in 2003, when our son Scott was just over the age of 1, Sergio and Risa visited us in Massachusetts. Gail and Risa were involved in something (probably baby related), and Sergio and Mark were watching a movie on cable called Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (an old Chinese martial arts film that had been dubbed with new dialog and had digitally inserted characters to change it into a funny story). We thought the movie was hysterical (the girls had no idea what was so funny), but we only got to see a small part of it. At holiday time that year, Gail bought the movie on DVD for Mark, and he's been waiting for Sergio to revisit so that he can watch the whole movie. Nine years later, Mark is still waiting. In addition to wishing you a Happy 50th Birthday, this is an invitation (no, a demand!) for you to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come back and visit us so that Mark can find out how the “journey of the chosen one” ends! We wish you a “kick-ass” birthday! Love, Gail, Mark, Scott and Adam
34: Dear Sergie, I’ll never forget the first time I heard your name. Risa told me that she started going out with someone named Sergio, and that he was nice and that she liked him. So I asked, “well, what do you like about him? What’s so special?” And you know what she said? She said, “He’s really mensch-y.” I never heard her use that term before. A "mensch"?? Is he someone to admire and emulate? Is he someone with character, dignity, a sense of what is right? The term “mensch,” in my mind, was the highest of compliments. I have to tell you, there is nothing that Risa could have said that would have made me happier than to hear her call you a “mensch.” And when we met you, we agreed that Risa’s description was “right on.” You were then, and continue to be, a real mensch! Your helpfulness, attentiveness, your sense of “right and wrong”, all add up to what I call a “mensch”. Meeting your family just added to my delight. Your sister, Silvia, is so extraordinarily warm and cares so much about you and your family. Your parents are such wonderful people, and even though we experienced some uncertainty about how we were going to converse with one another, we seemed to have no difficulty expressing our feelings through hugs, looks, and smiles. I felt such an attachment to them from the first time we met. I could sense their genuine goodness. We seemed to have a mutual understanding that what we had in common was our love and concern for our children and grandchildren to be. We didn’t need the actual words to convey that sense to each other. I always admire the closeness that you and your family share. I wish we could see Pablo and Alicia and Silvia and Pablo more often, and I hope one day to go to Argentina to see your family on their very own turf. When I think of you, Sergie, I think of the fun times we’ve spent together. I always enjoy when you and Risa and the children stay with us in Florida. It’s really quality time together. We look forward to your visits on Long Island as well, and enjoy our family barbecues and pool parties. It does my heart good when I see how you interact with the children and how they adore you. What fun it was for us to watch you teach Matty to ride his bike. You ran along side of him as he was peddling faster and faster, and Matthew’s face revealed the trust that he has for his “Abba”. The culmination of Matty’s bike riding lessons was in Florida, with you patiently taking him out, day after day, showing and guiding him and building his confidence. He rode for you, on his two-wheeler, the very last day you were in Florida. And the next day, he just took offas though he had been riding forever. What an accomplishment for Matty, and what joy we all felt for him.
35: One of the most fun times we had with you and the family was in Disney. We were thrilled to be invited to accompany you and Risa and the children to Disney. It was a delight to see Matty and Spencer enjoying Disney for the first time, and it was particularly fun knowing that this was your first time in Disney. It goes without saying that it was especially joyful for me to have company for the “non-killer”, let’s say “moderate” rides! You, Spencer and I were a great “team”. So now, Sergie, is Spencer really a clone of you? His looks, his mannerisms, his personality, all Sergie! You must have been just like him as a baby. So often, when I look at him, I see you.and it makes me smile. How sad he was when you left Florida to go back to NJ for work. He could hardly wait to go back up north to see you. Visiting you in Hoboken is dangerous!! You offer me tea, and that’s okay! But then you offer me what seems like dulce de leche everything! Whether it’s cookies, ice cream, or special candies.you have the “sweetest” home I know. It’s always a gastronomic pleasure, but those sweets are out to get me!! Sergie, you’re a wonderful son, husband, and father. I personally can’t believe I have a son- in- law who is “50”! How can that be?? I’m not much older than “50” myself! We wish you the Happiest of Birthdays, and many, many more Happy Birthdays to follow.. With all our love and best wishes, Harriet and Jerry
36: Dear Sergio My sincerest congratulations on your 50th birthday. I am so happy that a part of my Argentinian family is in the United States and that we can celebrate many happy occasions and holidays together. May we continue to share these events for years to come. All my love, Doris | Dear Sergi, I wanted to wish you a very happy 50th birthday! I hope you have an amazing day :D I remember your wedding ten years ago to Risa...that was awesome, and ever since I met you I am so very happy to have you as part of our family. You are such a nice guy and I've really enjoyed spending time with you over the years. Enjoy! See ya soon, Jordan
37: Querido Sergio Felíz cumpleaños ante todo, con salud, cariño y bienestar y por supuesto, también prosperidad. Recuerdo que te conocí cuando tu hermana Silvia y Pablo vinieron de visita a New York y | yo vivía en Manhattan en esos tiempos ya tan “lejanos.” Siempre tan simpático y amable y como digo yo, también “MUY BUEN MOZO.” Cuando hablamos por teléfono siempre puedo reír contigo. Me parece mentira que ya hayan pasado unos veinte años! El tiempo vuela y lo noté más cuando te ví con tu hijo tan precioso en mi fiesta. Quiero desearte otra vez un muy feliz cumpleaños en compañía de todos tus seres queridos. Disfruta cada instante! Besos y abrazos, Eugenia
38: Sergio - Friday nights, a bottle of Malbec & some Hoboken take-out. Those were great times...not that there aren't great times now - just different great times, and in smaller, but ever increasing-sized packages (right kids!). ..And we can't believe you're 50!!! Soon all of us will follow the trail you're blazing, but thankfully, we don't look it (or feel it!?!), at least most of the time, right?!? Anyway, here's wishing you the happiest of 50th birthdays ever. Love, John, Maryanne, and, most importantly, soon-to-be-Kindergarteners Anna & Julia
39: I was working for an architectural firm, and while seated comfortably at my desk, suddenly a co-worker / friend tapped on my shoulder and said: “Marcelo, I want to introduce my Argentine friend, Sergio, to you.” I stood up and very politely I said: “it’s nice to meet you.” At that point, a big smile took over his face as he responded: “Weren’t you at the ORT school in Buenos Aires in 1975?” As my lower jaw dropped about 6, I timidly said “yeeees.” So he responded “I remember you from there!” That was an incredible moment for me, to have someone coming from out of the blue, and after about 25 years look at my face and recognize me (and not in a bad way), it’s truly amazing. Needless to say that we became very good friends, and remained as such ever since. It’s been great to have met him again, and it’s an honor to have him as one of my closest friends. | One thing I'll never forget is the moment when I met Sergio (actually re-met Sergio). | Sergio, I want to wish you a very happy 50th, and the best is yet to come. I’ll just take notes for now, see how you assume this milestone, and in a few months, I’ll join you in that selected group.. All the best, Marcelo
41: Matthew Benjamin Neissen January 16, 2004
42: Los Gauchos
46: Spencer Jonathan Neissen August 16, 2008
50: Dear Sergio, Wishing you a very happy 50th birthday filled with love and happiness. Love, The Dessel Family Jill, David, Zachary and Damon | Here are Sergio and Matty sharing a laugh at Dave’s crooked candle lighting ceremony | We all became friends through our children’s early childhood Jewish education and celebrating the Shabbat dinner was one of the highlights.
51: Sergio, Happy 50th!! I can barely even recall a time when you were not part of Risa’s life; your warmth and kindness are so ubiquitous. Adam and I delight in spending time with all of you, in large part because of your welcoming energy and generous nature. We wish you a wonderful year, and 50 more, filled with love, laughter and great friends!! Love, Sofia and Adam, and Rina and Margalit, of course
52: L | If our boys are birthday twins, what does that make us? Someone once said that "friends are the family we choose for ourselves." So, since we are such wonderful friends and the parents of twin boys, we certainly think of you as our family on all counts. We love you and send you every best wish for this special birthday. But, more importantly, we hope that every day and always you know how special you are to us! All our love Lauren and Steve
53: Dear Sergi, Much love to you on the big 5-0. I’m really glad to call you my brother in law. You’re a great dad, great for Risa, and a great family member. When I met your parents and Silvia, I was struck by their warmth, genuine concern and love. And with you, like with so many, the apple fell right next to the tree. Working with you on BCW and at 99 Park was awesome. You were professional, reliable, likeable, knowledgeable and talented in all aspects of everything we did together. I was not surprised that your interaction with Bruce led to a fruitful business relationship for yourself. Further, I am certain, when you segue to pure entrepreneurism, you will be a tremendous success. Looking forward to many many more years of fond memories. With Much Love, Hermanito Esteban
55: Happy Fiftieth to my dear friend and colleague for 18% of your life. Love, Shelley
56: Sergio, we feel very fortunate that we were neighbors for so many years. We miss walking upstairs in our slippers to visit you, Risa, Matty & Spencer. We miss watching the kids run through the halls grabbing the Halloween candy that people left outside their apartment doors. We miss unloading our cars together late on Sunday night. We miss running into each in the lobby and walking to the PATH together. But we are thankful for all of the wonderful times that we’ve spent together, including many birthday parties, fun times at the beach in Florida, and apple picking at the farm. And we look forward to spending many more fun times together. Wishing you a wonderful 50th birthday . Love, Cynthia, Scott, Sydney, Andrew & Jack
57: My dear friend Sergio: You are accomplishing a very important milestone. We have met many years ago in NYC and have gone our separate ways. Nevertheless, I never forgot our great friendship. For some reason that only you know, you gave me a very special nickname that I have cherished to this date and reminds me of you and many of my East Coast friends. I want to wish you the best of all your birthdays and hope that you will have a wonderful time surrounded by family and friends. Can you guess who I am? Give it try. Let's see how your memory works at 50???
58: GOL! | Nació Campeón | Vamos Argentina! | Super Fans
59: FutbolRules! | Dale River!
62: Happy 50th Birthday Serge We wish you a wonderful day. We are very proud to have you as a member of our family. We admire your ability to create a loving environment for the boys and Risa. We are amazed at how you have taught the boys English and Spanish. You and Risa deserve much credit. Being multilingual gives them quite an advantage in our present society. Your family is very special and we always enjoy spending time with them. We especially enjoyed our time in Argentina with Silvia and Pablo. They were wonderful to us and our friends. We are including some photos taken during some of the special times we have been together. We hope you will enjoy them. Again, a very happy birthday! Love, Rowena and Les
64: Dear Serge-- just wanted to wish you a very happy 50th birthday-- one of my favorite Sergi memories is when your father in law-- my Uncle Jerry-- lit a big campfire in the backyard and it appeared to be getting a little out of control........................I just kept watching your face and laughing, thinking......................................"if I could only read the speech bubble over your head"................................ -- maybe it is because we are on the same page so many times................. have a great birthday and many, many more!!! Love, Joyce, Sam and Adam
65: When I think of Sergie, a great memory comes to mind. I remember my mom and I were saying goodbye to you guys as you were getting prepared to leave from Aunt Harriet's place in Florida. I can't say that we had any sort of remarkable conversation but I just remember Sergie popping out and saying "that's bulllllllshit" (those extra "L's" represent an extremely epic roll of the tongue). We have all seen him to be a great father as well as a great person, and we wish him a very happy 50th and many more to come. Austin, writing on behalf of... The Koenigsteins | $#@*#%!
66: A Note About Sergio --- He's a guy who's easy to talk to, about work, kids or play. A bilingual man, willing to lend a hand, at any hour of the day. He's from Argentina, somewhere south of the equator Loves family, Loves friends...no man has loved greater. Spence and Matty are the lights in his eyes, the spring in his step. Taking time for family, something not to forget. He works hard for them, for himself and Risa too Designing and architecting stuff that is cool A renaissance man, a master of much. A family man with a personal touch Easy going, relaxed, in a friendly way, always with something interesting to say. Feliz cupleaños, señor Sergio! Only 50 down and 80 to go. Sergio, we're all so happy to say, best wishes, and all good things, to you on your 50th birthday. HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY!! Love -- David, Brenda, Hunter & Cayla
67: Sergio, I’ll never forget when we vacationed in Maine together. You and I went to pick up dinner for our families and wound up getting delayed at the restaurant for nearly an hour, the cause of which we could never quite figure out. While we waited, you and I talked. We exchanged thoughts on parenting, about our dreams and how we fit into the world, about politics and religion, and just about anything else that came to mind. It was then, while waiting for veal parmigianas that I really felt I got to know you. Despite different accents and maybe a different approach to certain things, I saw that our similarities were much greater than our differences. I remember leaving the restaurant excited. The veal just smelled so good. No, excited as if I had just made a new friend, and anticipating how this would alter the dynamic of all our future holidays, vacations, BBQs, and the like. Feliz cumpleaños, mi primo hermano! Cuzzin Michael Jacqui, Jake, & Syd
68: Dear Sergi – I remember when I first met you, at that dinner with Rebecca, and I called Rebecca right afterward and said “See that’s the kind of guy I want to date!” We had such a great click right away and I think I knew, even then, that somehow we were just right for each other. And how happy I was sometime later that Rebecca and Javier took the initiative to put us in the same place at the same time (yeah, yeah, I know it was actually your idea OK! Allright!). And even though you handed me your card after our first date and told me I should call you (ask Rebecca, I cried for an hour afterward thinking you blew me off), I soon realized that you actually liked me and intended to call. And here we are, these 13 years later and we’ve built a life with each other and a family that we love. It’s hard to believe that the time went so fast; that we muddled through mirroring and validating and our tri-lingual wedding and our tiny 74th street NYC apartment (your oft-repeated quote: “I can’t believe how much you were paying for that place!”). In those years, we shared our love of travel and visited exotic places like Crete and Copenhagen and Ponca, Nebraska. We fed buffaloes and encountered masculine flowers and swam with horses, and I learned that although you dislike roller coasters you'll drive on scary, twisting mountain roads in Salta without a care. We learned to know one another; you shared with me your life in Argentina, and I met your wonderful family there. I've always appreciated how kind your parents and sister's family were to me...how accepting they were of me and how warm they all were. I learned to love empanadas and chimichurri and milanesa and dulce de leche (OK, that wasn’t too hard a sell!) and molleja and malbec, and to my great relief you haven’t insisted on my eating chinchulin (and you don’t really hold it against me). And you became a part of my family, as well. Just read what my mom wrote to see how much my family loves you!!
69: I remember looking for you on the day I realized I was pregnant with Matthew. (Of course, he wasn’t Matthew then. We just called him "the mooshie baby" until we could finally agree on a name). I ran all the way to the Hoboken post office hoping you'd be there and must have just missed you and then ran all the way home, and there you were with the biggest smile because you suspected the good news. There have been so many joyful moments since then...and harder ones too, of course, but I'm so glad to be going through this "journey" (as they say on the Bachelor) with you. I think all the times we went through before Spency was born brought us even closer together, and we both appreciate so much the miracle that is your mini-me. I love you, mooshie, and I thank you for being a great husband and boyfriend and Papi to the boys. I love you because you worry too much about the kids, so I don’t have to, and because you always make fun of how easy Chris Harrison’s job is and because you probably don’t know who Chris Harrison is because you’re so bad with names (“Ladies, this is the final rose tonight”). There are not too many husbands who would put up with a steady diet of reality TV at night, and I appreciate that you don't fight me for the remote too often! I love you because you make sure you’re home for dinner most nights, and because you make sure there’s food on the table. I love you because you laugh at my jokes and you make me laugh too. I love you because sometimes you buy me flowers "just because," and because there’s always water by my bed, even when you’re mad. I tease you that you tune me out sometimes, but the truth is...I know you listen and so often you know exactly the right thing to say. I enjoyed putting together this book and reading all the kind things your friends and family had to say to you. It’s lovely to hear that others recognize and admire your character, humor and kindness, your loving nature and good looks (well, ok.. I added that part), as I do. Wishing you a happy birthday, today on your 50th, and always. ¡Te quiero! Risi
70: Other things may change us.... | ...but we start and end | with the family. | --Anthony Brandt
72: YEEEES! I won!
73: Hi Papi, Its me, Matthew. I want to wish the best dad in the world a super duper great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUG! You're the best! Love, Matthew | cake! yum!
75: .....And the adventures continue...
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