I went off to Columbia University in New York, and spent my junior year in Madrid, to return and graduate from UW Madison, with a Spanish degree. Have since served in a farming project in the Peace Corps -- Honduras '94-'96 -- been married, divorced, and now married again, have been the owner of cats (up to six at one point) and become a language professional.
I've been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past ten years, and consider it home. I work with a delightful cast of characters in Oakland's fine criminal justice system, from DUI defendants to cold-blooded killers. I am a Spanish interpreter for those whose English is around where our Spanish was, back in Mrs. Garcia's class. Thank goodness I've improved some since then.
Outside of work, I'm busily active in the areas of queer rights (Oh my God, I know!), immigrant rights, and anti-racism. I regularly visit the state of Chiapas, MX, where I've been involved in solidarity work since 2001.
I also take voice lessons! This is a recent development that has brought back lots of memories. No more to report on that, at this point.
My wife Michelle is from Chicago, and her mom is a Madison native. The grandparents still live in the Mad Town. Great for family gatherings. Michelle is currently taking pre-req's to enter a Physical Therapy doctoral program.
We were married on October 29th, 2008 at SF's City Hall. We are currently in the throes of planning to increase our family, so maybe there'll be more to report on that, later...
By the way, Adrian and I are still good buddies, in case y'all wondered. He and his wife Dina live about ten minutes away, and we periodically go to their joint for brunch. He's been studying fruit flies all these years, though I hear he's about to finally escape that fate. Dina is an Associate Dean at UCSF Medical School. Very cool chick. Great match.
Will do my best to make the reunion. Anyone who wants to form a rainbow coalition (wink-wink), contact me or Melissa Nickles. We will try to keep it civilized, we promise.
Well, that's all the news that's fit to print. Hope you're all well, and can make it in August.
Trying to play a Puerto Rican in A Chorus Line was truly formative, obviously. Glad I didn't have to dance much in that role. Happy to leave that to Tanya and Nina! I echo someone's nostalgia for our long, green orchestra skirts, and I would add also the fabulous red polyester swing-choir dresses. They would be totally in vogue right now, with the retro-80s and retro-40s waves overlapping. Okay, so that was three years ago -- we're getting old, what's three years?