I think this must be the most random message ever! Unless I am mistaken I think you were in the Alameda County spelling Bee back in 88 or 89. I don’t know why but I remember the smallest things from that day so clearly. We sat next to each other during the whole competition and had a little rivalry going, which you won. Out of 185 students I think you made it to the top ten and I was 13th. I still remember the word that got me bounced — “prestidigitation.” I wish I could spell as well as I did then.
omigosh, jeremiah, your email made my day! i remember the rivalry. it was good to have someone to hang out with along the way. i actually got bounced not too far from you. i was 11th! one away from top 10 which was a heartbreaker. the word i misspelled was ‘caliginous.’ funny how we remember the littlest things in life. i also remember looking out into the audience and my mom who didn’t think i could spell worth crappola getting ready to leave her seat every time i was up at the mike! she seriously didn’t think i’d make it as far as i did.
you look well and happy. such a beautiful family. i have everything i’ve ever wanted in life…except the husband and kids…which is the biggest thing. hopefully one of these days.
if you are ever in sf, please let me know. would love to say howdy-hoo-haha in person.