HOW WE MET IN THE SUMMER OF 1996

SERENDIPITY IN 11.13.1997

We first met in June of 1996 and a year later this picture was taken our official second date night on November 13, 1997.

This is the story…

Our first date was at Marco Polo Lounge in June of 1996 and the $5 date night. One summer night of 1996 it was a hot one. A night I couldn’t remember until  November 13, 1997 on a sunny day at my parent’s house outside on Bridge Street. As I walked down the street, she was with her friends in the car.  I noticed she couldn’t help herself but stopped and stared at me. She had short black hair, and her eyes were a deep black that seemed to sparkle in the sunlight. She was wearing black dress pants but she looked cute. I knew it was love at first sight. I had never felt this way about anyone before. I wanted to talk to her, but she seemed shy and nervous. I just stood there, looking at her, until she finally looked up and smiled at me. That smile was like a ray of sunshine. It melted my heart and made me feel like I could do anything. That evening we talked at her friend Charlene’s house, and I introduced myself. She told me her name was Christine, and we talked for hours that evening. We both have something in common. We love going to the movies and we wanted to travel the world and start a family.

 

By the end of the evening, I knew that she was the one for me. I couldn’t wait to see her again. I saw her every other weekend after that. We went on walks together, we talked on the phone for hours, and we even started dating long distance.

 

Christine is now the love of my life. I knew that I would never love anyone else the way I loved her. We are now together for 27 + years. I will never forget the day I met Christine. It was the summer of 1996, a night I couldn’t remember, and it was the night of serendipity a year later. 

 

TIMELINE:

June 1999 – we moved in together in Fresno, California.  I started school at Fresno Institute of Technology (FIT) studied computer information technology. Graduated in December of 1999, it was a short-term study – certification. 

 

February 2000 – moved to San Jose, California. I got a job working for a start-up company and Christine got a job working for a Dental office as a registered Dental Assistant. 

 

July 2002 – job changed I started a new job at the County as a Information System Analyst to present day. 

 

June 5, 2010 – we had our first child Jazmine

 

November 30, 2012 – we had our twin girls Emma and Mila

 

Plan to retire from the county in 2030

 

The story to be continued…

WHERE WE FIRST MET AND FELL IN LOVE

Visalia, California, is the oldest continuously inhabited inland European settlement between Stockton and Los Angeles. The city played an important role in the American colonization of the San Joaquin Valley as the county seat of Old Tulare County, an expansive region comprising most if not all of modern-day Fresno, Kings, and Kern counties. The area around Visalia was first settled by the Yokuts and Mono Native American tribes hundreds of years ago. When the first Europeans arrived is unknown, but the first to make a written record of the area was Pedro Fages in 1722.

 

In 1852, a group of settlers led by Nathaniel Vise established a settlement in the area and named it Four Creeks. The settlement was quickly renamed Visalia, after Vise’s ancestral home in Kentucky. Visalia was incorporated as a city in 1856. The early growth of Visalia was attributed in part to the gold rush along the Kern River. The city also became a major agricultural center, producing crops such as grapes, citrus fruits, and cotton. 

In the 20th century, Visalia continued to grow and prosper. The city became a major transportation hub, with the construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1872 and the Highway 99 freeway in the 1950s. Visalia also became a popular tourist destination, known for its mild climate, beautiful scenery, and historic downtown. Today, Visalia is a thriving city with a population of over 130,000 people. The city is home to a variety of businesses, educational institutions, and cultural attractions. Visalia is also a major agricultural center, producing crops such as grapes, citrus fruits, and almonds.


Here are some of the key events in the history of Visalia, California:

  • Present day: Visalia is a thriving city with a population of over 130,000 people.
  • 1960s: Visalia becomes a popular tourist destination.
  • 1950s: The Highway 99 freeway is built through Visalia.
  • 1872: The Southern Pacific Railroad is built through Visalia.
  • 1856: Visalia is incorporated as a city.
  • 1853: Visalia is renamed after Vise’s ancestral home in Kentucky.
  • 1852: Nathaniel Vise and a group of settlers establish a settlement in the area and name it Four Creeks.
  • 1722: Pedro Fages makes the first written record of the area.
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