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S: A & D January 2012

BC: 01.27.2012 | "A Successful Marriage Requires Falling in Love Many Times, Always with the Same Person." | ~ Germaine Greer

FC: D | & | A | Come Celebrate with Us


2: Dave | In the lonely and desolate time before we found each other... Hopeless...dreamless...frustrated with the singles scene...

3: Angie | A mere 2 or 3 decades later...

4: Cyber Dave from OkCupid.com, 2008 | Wanderer1542 | Ethnicity: Very, Very White Height: 5'6" (as an Optimist) Smokes: No Drinks: Socially Drugs: Never Education: J.D Job: Education Kids: Likes Kids | My Self Summary Okay, well I'm a quiet guy. I enjoy being outdoors, riding my bike, walking in the woods, camping on a cool fall morning, and paddling for hours on a river. However, I also enjoy a quiet night in, making a home cooked meal, watching a movie (I love cheesy kung fu movies), and just hanging out talking. I have to admit that I haven't done much dating in the last few years. I got married too early in my mid twenties and took a bit of time recouping from the turmoil it caused. I've recently started dating again--it's fun, kind of exciting, and kind of horrible all at once. Anyway, just looking for a fellow wanderer interested in communicating... | What I'm Doing with my Life So...here it goes. I'm a high school teacher working with "at risk" youth in Holyoke, MA. I really enjoy cooking, being outside, and wrapping up in a blanket with someone whose company I enjoy and watching a movie. I love to travel, but on the ground, in a way in which I can actually meet the people and taste the culture. I have my share of strengths and weaknesses and finally decided to do this site because, in spite of everything that I've experienced so far, I still have faith that she's out there. | Meeting In An Electronic World...

5: Cyber Angie from OkCupid.com, 2008 | Ethnicity: White Height: 5'6" Smokes: No Drinks: Socially Drugs: Never Education: Ph.D Job: Academia Kids: Likes Kids Pets: LIkes Dogs/Owns Cats | Angelfish75 | What I'm Doing with my Life I'm enjoying getting settled in a place and a job (in academia) I hope to stay in for a long time, after moving around a lot. (I love moving to a new place and meeting new people, but I'm pretty tired of saying goodbye to people I care about.) I'm learning (again) how to put the right amount of myself into my work to do a great job, while still keeping enough of myself to be happy and fulfilled. | My Self Summary Hmmm...I'm a fairly recent transplant to Western MA, originally from the Midwest via the Northwest. Personality -wise, I'm right at the introvert/extrovert border: I'm probably more of an introvert, but I really love people and need to have good people in my life. I have a number of wonderful, close friends, although unfortunately none in this area yet. I'm drawn to people who bring out the goofiness in me--that's a part that I love but that doesn't always come out. I also appreciate people who are good at listening and have thoughtful (and fun!) things to say. I love my work, and it's a big part of who I am and how I see and impact the world. That said, I also deeply treasure my time off from work-whether it's month-long vacations traveling the country or world, long weekends off backpacking or hiking, or simply evenings cooking and talking with friends. I love the outdoors, especially hiking and camping (and backpacking-there's nothing like waking up early out in the deep woods), but also kayaking, scuba diving and swimming I also am a bookworm, an occasional knitter and a semi-accomplished musicians (who hasn't played my flute in 6 months). I'm an idealist with some deeply held beliefs, particularly around environmental issues. However, I'm also good at listening to other people and try to stay open-minded.

6: Greetings and Salutations: I'm new to this whole process--this would be my first introductory email (although a few have been sent my way). I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your profile: it was low key and inviting. What exactly do you do? I mean, I know you're a scientist but what kind? Have you seen anything else by Hayao Miyazaki? What kind of country/bluegrass music do you like? Feel free to check out my profile and let me know if you'd like to chat a bit more. Oh, and if you don't, no worries--though I would appreciate some response. --dave | Nov 9, 2008 -- 12:02am | Hi Dave, Thanks for getting in touch. I also enjoyed your profile and was happy to get your message. Yes, this whole online dating is sort of strange - I started it this summer and it's been quite an experience. But I've made at least one friend out of it, so that's good. About your questions: I'm an environmental chemist. Actually, I'm a "biogeochemist," but few people know what that means, so say "environmental chemist." I have seen a lot of Miyazaki's other movies. I love his movies. I actually watched Totoro first in Japanese (I do not know Japanese), and still loved it. ...So what about you? Have you been in this area very long? How did you end up teaching with a law degree? Where have you gone on some of your favorite travels? Ciao, Angie | Nov 10, 2008 -- 9:24pm | Nov 11, 2008 -- 12:4pm | Hi Angie, Okay...I really like the word "biogeochemist." It's fun to say and is easy to break down into its component parts...but...well, I can't say that I really understand what you do. However, it does sound intriguing. Help me out here... As for my law degree...I guess I first decided to try law school because I had this image in my head of how life was supposed to go...In my second year in school my marriage failed and I was left with this interesting, kind of cool, and utterly painful perspective of my own life. However, I was pot invested at that point, and, to be fair, the law degree was useful. Anyway, after I graduated my next door neighbor was over for a visit. She is the principle of the school I work at, and she offered me a job. It was a bit of a broken road, but all the more interesting because of it... Sorry if that was more than you were expecting. If not, however, your turn -- Tell me a story. Hope to hear from you soon, Be well, me | First Contact (Highly Edited)

7: Nov 11, 2008 -- 10:12pm | Hi Dave, Biogeochemistry...hmmm...Well, my research focuses on understanding what's going on with organic carbon, which is carbon that used to be in living organisms and is now in different parts of the environment... In terms of what my "normal" day looks like, I'm a liberal arts college prof, meaning that most of the time I'm focused on teaching. But I have three research students now who work in my lab every week, and it's a blast to work with them. ...Thanks for sharing your story on the law school/teaching route. My path in some ways has been a straight shot - I mean, I decided back in high school that I wanted to be an environmental chemist, and here I am. ...Okay, time for me to get to bed -- I'm exhausted! It's been a rough week or two -- I'm very much looking forward to Thanksgiving break! Ciao, Angie | Nov 14, 2008 -- 10:40pm | Hi Angie, ...I don't know if this is presumptuous: I haven't figured out all the rules of online dating. I would like to try a more direct form of communication with you when you feel like you have some free time (maybe after Thanksgiving?). If you wouldn't mind some company on a hiking adventure, I would be up for that, or coffee (or tea), or even just IMing to get a real time sense of each other. Anyway, I hope you get through the next week with as little stress as possible. I've enjoyed emailing you -- I don't know...it just feels low pressure and conversational. Dream well Professor, me | Nov 15, 2008 -- 5:23pm | Hi Dave, ...Meeting up some time would be great. I'm not crazy about IM'ing (and actually get a bit tired of emailing after a while as well - it's such a limited form of communication, I'd much rather talk face-to-face), but it would be great to meet in person. I have some friends coming into town next Saturday late afternoon and staying for Thanksgiving, but I could meet earlier in the day next Saturday, maybe for lunch or coffee?... Ciao, Angie | And thus it began...

8: Early Trips, Travels, and Togetherness | Our First Picture Together: South Hadley, Dec, 2008 | Our first Trip Together, Montreal, Feb, 2009 | Our Favorite Photo August, South Africa, 2009 | Finding Our Wedding Destination Cozumel, January, 2010 | Biking the West Coast, September, 2010

9: Growing | Family | Our | Kitty | Comfort with | Huck & | Pan

10: One of these things is not like the other... A proposal within a proposal... | Dec 25, 2010 | She said "YES"... Twice... | A Christmas Morning Proposal, | (For a more detailed explanation give us a call.)

11: BELIEVE IN HAPPILY EVER AFTER, AND IT WILL COME TRUE | On the Morning of the Proposal, Santa Brought Angie a Photo Album from the Future... Five Years of our Future Lives Together. | Our Future Baby | Our Future Home | Future Trip to Alaska

12: Switzerland, January-March, 2011 | Fondue | The next few pages include doctored pictures from our proposal album, and real pictures of us in the same locations. Can you guess which ones are real? | ( | )

13: Sledding the Alps, 3.5 Kilometer toboggan run

14: February, 2011 | Our Roman Holiday

15: The Spanish Steps

16: Australia, Kangaroo Island, March 2011 | Little Sahara Sand Surfing | Little Sahara Sand Sledding | Remarkable Rocking Snuggle | Remarkable Rocks

17: Australia, Freat Barrier Reef April 2011 | But Life isn't always about the wandering... | ...Sometimes it's about the destination


19: The Favor of Your Presence is Requested at The Wedding of Angela Faith Dickens and David Paul Christianson at Mr. Sancho's Tropical Wedding Garden on January 27, 2012, and for a preceding week of celebration at the Coral Princess Hotel and Resort From January 22nd to the 29th, 2012. Please RSVP by email or phone.

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