Well, let's see. I finally graduated from U.W. Stout in 1994 with a degree in Hospitality Management. From there, I went straight to working as a manager in the suburbs of Chicago for a corporate restaurant. In '96, I was offered the opportunity to transfer the Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota. My brother Joe, who I'm sure many of you remember was living here at the time, as well as many of my college friends. So off I went. Less than 2 years later I went to work for a local restaurant company called Sidney's. By the time we went to our 10 year reunion, I was a general manager. When new owners took over, I went to work for another local restaurant company. I started at Zelo downtown eventually becoming the General Manager, then I was transfered to Bacio in the same position. I have since become the Director of Training, although my job seems to be almost anything but training right now.
As some of you may remember from our last reunion, my brother outed me with in 5 minutes of getting there. My partner Renee and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary this past March. We enjoyed the first six years traveling and having fun just the 2 of us and eventually our pets. Renee is a chef both professionally and at home, aren't I lucky. A few years ago, we talked about wanting to have a baby together. So through artificial insemination using an anonymous donor, I got pregnant. What an experience. Our daughter, Frankie Jo was born on August 1st this past year. I'm sure Joe will brag that the Josephine is actually in his honor.
We love our little girl, both our dogs, both our cats and our house. I would say life is just about perfect, but we haven't won the Powerball... Yet.
As I looked through other memories thet you had all come up with, I realize I can't remember details as well as some of you.
The theater and music departments were a big part of my positive experiences. I also remember quite a few wild Friday and Saturday nights with a group of friends including Greg Gauss, Randy Taylor, Heather Cronin and Nicole Banks. As a matter of fact, Nicole parents let a group of couples spend the night after prom in their basement and then the parents showed up for breakfast the next day. Pretty cool considering they were parents.