My 500th Post

Holy moly. I've been blogging for 2 1/2 years and reached my 500th post. It's kind of exciting. For me at least :) I thought I'd have a little fun with this post and do 5 fun facts about us.

Here we go!

1. Chris and I are 6+ years apart and he was my boss when we got together, tehehehe

Mr. Christopher and I met when I was 19 and he was 25. He interviewed me at Tower Records in Davis, CA with the other manager, Justin. Chris was wearing a Giants shirt (the nerve) and when I left the interview I shook his hand and said, "By the way, I'm an A's fan." Despite that stupid (but necessary) comment, I got the job (and Chris still makes fun of me about it to this day). He had a girlfriend at the time and I thought he was totally awesome, so I quietly fell in love with his amazingness. Fast forward about 6 months later and Chris and his girlfriend were no longer together, we had become really good friends from working together so much and I built up the nerve and invited him to an A's game. We weren't allowed to date because I was a clerk and he was my boss, so I didn't want Chris to think I was crossing the line. But we started hanging out more and more and Chris realized how awesome I was too :) So we silently dated until I left Tower Records a couple months later and the rest is history!

2. One time, long ago, I went to an *N SYNC concert

(yup, that's me in high school before our senior Winter Ball, and yes I have long hair and am wearing make-up.)

My freshman year in high school I, Meryl Rose Phillips went to an *N SYNC concert. I was embarrassed to admit it for a long time, but now, I can finally come to terms with it. I went with a bunch of my girlfriends (the two lovely ladies in the middle). It was pretty fun, I have to admit.

3. I used to go to farm camp

Now, some of you may read that and think, "Whaaaaaat." But hey, I grew up in the city and my parents thought it would be lots and lots of fun for a city kid. And HOLY LORD it was. I LOVED it! It was called Plantation and I went for 4 years from 11-14 and it was the most amazing time ever. I made awesome friends, did chores on a working farm, learned to horseback ride bareback (and went allllllll the time) and even adopted a little kitten (still called Baby Kitty or Gray Kitty 15 years later). I even thought about being a counselor there, but timing wise it didn't work out. I love those memories.

4. Chris and I have lived in a lot of different places

(if you click to enlarge the pic you can see Chris and his friend's tiny campsite at the foot of that glacier).

Chris has lived in a lot of different places:
- LA (grew up there)
- Davis, California (went to college there)
- Austin, Texas (went to live with me there)
- Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio (where he was a national park ranger)
- West Washmawapta Glacier, Canada (his friend Johnny was doing research for his PhD in glaciology and Chris traveled with him to help do research. Johnny has done amazing things for the study of cirque evolution and alpine geomorphology - yeah, he's really smart)
- Oakland, California (where we are now!)

I have lived in a lot of different houses, apartments, dorms, etc. (but nowhere near as many fun places as Chris). How many you ask? 15. All by the age of 24. The longest I've lived in one house is like 5-6 years.

Oh yeah, and we both lived in a car for 3 months when we took a cross-country road trip across the United States (and Canada) to visit all 30 Major League Ballparks and see a game at 28 of them

5. Chris has gone on a ton of road trips (many with me, a few with his previous girlfriend and a few by himself), and the one that mesmerizes me the most: a hitchhiking road trip!

Yes, how fucking crazy is that? He went with his friend Vern when they were in college

The story still amazes me. They napped on the side of the road

Hopped on a train that eventually derailed

They got into a car with a bunch of crazies who took a detour off the freeway to smoke weed and one of the passengers peeled his apple with a knife while talking to them . FUCKING BANANAS. They also got a ride with some chick who was about their age that asked if one of them could drive a her car (Chris did) and she fell asleep. Crazy again. And got stopped by a few cops (3 I think). What a crazy 5 day adventure.

That boy Chris, he still amazes me.

Alright, so there's 5 fun facts! Here's to 500 more posts! :)


Erika said...

Congratulations! Love your blog - here's to 500 more.

Katy @ Turtle House said...

Congrats on the bloggy success! :-D I am a relative latecomer to your blog but I hope to be able to keep reading for a long time.

Random aside - I did a bunch of fieldwork in the CVNP, and met a lot of the rangers there. Such a cool spot. I was working there in 2004-2005ish... wonder if I ever met Chris!

meryl rose said...

Thanks ladies!

Katy - that is so crazy! Chris was there the winter of '05/'06, so you guys just missed each other. That would have been so cool!