1993-1997 Pictures

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1993 09 00 0: Mom.

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1993 g 39: Buckeye!

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1993 g 42

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1993 g 50: I believe this was taken in September '93.  I was about to fly from Peoria to Seattle to begin my first real job -- an internship in Redmond, WA for Microsoft corporation.  This big family crew actually came to the Peoria airport to see me off.

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1993 g 52: I loved Seattle right away.  I couldn't get enough of the place.  Things have changed since '93.

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1993 g 54: The space needle, of course.

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1993 g 60: Seattle from a ferry on the Puget Sound.

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1993 g 65: My roomate (Supreet) and I spent a day exploring Whidbey Island.

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1993 g 66: I believe this is on the bridge between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island.

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1993 g 67: Skipping rocks into the Puget Sound from Deception Pass State Park.

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1993 g 68: Mount Rainier

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1993 g 69: A dead forest east of Mount Saint Helens.  On this November day in '93, I attempted to drive a loop around Mount Rainier seeing the sights as I went.  Additionally, I attempted to make it to Windy Ridge near St. Helens for a hike before dark.  I barely made it, but it was a loong day.

I remember leaving Windy Ridge after dark.  I hadn't seen another car or another person in hours.  The low-gas warning light in the rental car started blinking.  I was 45 miles from the nearest gas station.  I thought I might have to spend a night stranded in the car...but lucky me made it to the gas station running on fumes.  (At the gas station, I think I managed to put 13.5 gallons in a 13 gallon tank?).

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1993 g 70: Me in my first apartment in Redmond, WA (Evergreen apartments).

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1993 g 71: Up in Vancouver, WA.  Looking 230 feet down from the Capilano Suspension bridge.

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1993 g 72: Another picture of the bridge.

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1993 g 80: A dam in Spokane, WA.

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1993 g 90: Aunt Sandy and I at Grandma's house.

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1994 g 50: Grandma's Grandchildren at the Booth's house, I think.

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1995 00 00 0: Me, next to my first car outside my apartment in Redmond, WA, 1995.  I hadn't even received my Illinois plates yet.

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1995 00 00 1: Outside my apartment (Bell-aire apartments), Redmond, WA, 1995.

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1995 00 00 2: My office in 1995.  This year, I had an 8 month long internship as a developer in Microsoft Project.

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1995 05 00 11: Yellowstone?

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1996 76: After buying a car in Seattle in '95, I got to drive it across the country, home to Illinois.  In fact, I got to drive that car across the country 5 times.  Those trips were lots of fun.  I used to be able to pack everything I owned into the small hatchback and go.  Here, I stopped in Badlands Nat'l Park.

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1996 77: The badlands.

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1996 78

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1996 90: Julie and the deathscort outside of my apartment in Urbana, IL (1995-1997).

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1996 g 50: On the way back to Seattle, I stopped in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park.

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1996 g 51: And, I stopped in San Francisco.

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1996 g 60: Since I was very young, I had always wanted to visit Alaska.  As an intern in 1996, I believe I had a 3 day weekend over July 4.  I jumped in the car and headed north.  I managed to make it to the official start of the Alaska highway in Dawson Creek, BC.  Unfortunately, 3 days is not enough time to drive from Seattle to Alaska and back again.

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1996 g 61: I ski'd in Blackcomb on August 1, 1996 (mainly just to say I had ski'd on August 1).  Blackcomb finally closed for the season on August 2...and then re-opend 3 months later for the next season.

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1996 g 70: On the way back from Seattle to Illinois, I stopped at Ellsworth AFB, just outside of Rapid City, South Dakota.  This was an interesting place.  I remember it was very hot this day (100+ degrees).  In the parking lot at the AFB, I discovered my engine coolant was boiling....I had to do a quick repair of the cooling system in the parking lot and stop using the air conditioning for th erest of the day.

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1996 g 71: The AFB had some neat planes to look at.

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1996 g 73: And missiles.  I remember going underground and touring an old missle silo also.

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1997 05 18 0: College graduation day!  May, 1997.  Although I went through ceremonies in May, I still had a semester to complete -- I would not official graduate until December, 1997.

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1997 g 70: My small apartment in the fall of '97 with some visitors.

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1997 g 71: Me in my Marching Illini uniform!

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1997 g 90: My parents.

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1997 g 91: My parent's children.

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1997 g 93: Grandmother's grandchildren.

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1997 g 94: The big Stamerjohn family.

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1997 g 95: Uncle John and I.

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1997 g 97: Julie and Buckeye.

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1997 g 98: Dad and Karen seeing me off at the airport.  This time, I was leaving Peoria to work full time in Redmond, WA.

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1997 g 99: My sisters.