Here I am (as El Zorro would say) as I appeared only short while ago. Of course this
statement begs for a lengthy dissertation on exactly what is meant by the word short
by one of my more critical friends...
The Lorton Volunteer Fire Department brought in a photographer as a fund raiser in March
of 1995. Like many men before and after me, I was dragged into a photo session by my lovely wife. It actually turned out pretty painless, and giving the
resulting photos to friends and family proved almost enjoyable. Honest! I suggest to
you that if your significant other tries to drag you to the photographer, let them win
this one. It can be rewarding, and it certainly will not hurt.
We are probably overdue for some newer photos, but we are getting so many from the
ballroom dance events we go to, that I doubt either of us feel a great need for fresh
portraits any time soon.
It was a very casual affair with about 100 of our closest friends and family all set to have fun. I think it was a success, we found balloons in our apartment for months afterward.
Here we are together, the way I hope we spend the rest of our lives. Erci is a dream
cook, and I let her use my kitchen to prepare the fabulous meals she turns out on a
regular basis. It is my kitchen to keep clean though, and this works for us most of the
We take ballroom dancing lessons together at the Tyson's Corners Arthur Murray Dance Studio. We play in Jeff Tyeryar's fantasy role playing game from time to time. We are active
members of LaBelle Compangie, our favourite midieval
reenactement group. We work togther at the world's largest and most popular online service (which really is an entertainment industry with lots of techies).
We ride our bicycles together whenever we remember we own bikes, and the weather is nice.
We are riveted to each new episode of Babylon5 as it comes out. Life is pretty good.
The great thing about being dragged to the photographer, is that we got great pictures
of both of us... Here is the result of some of the shots of my beloved wife.
In fact, this is one of my favourite photos of Erci. I think it captures her sometimes micheiveous nature.
When I met Erci she was teaching newcomers to the Society for Creative Anachronism how to do heavy weapons combat in accordance with SCA rules. We were friends for many years until I realized she was dating people.
That changed my perspective a bit, and our first "date" was at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Landmark Shopping Center. I proposed marriage while standing under the stars at Pennsic XXI, and brought her a courting gift every day of that week. Our wedding was in October of 1993, at St Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia.