Date Night – Doug & Barbara

I understand you have a BIG event planned for New Year’s Eve; can you share it with us? D:  Barbara and I have been together for 15 years now and decided the time was right to make a permanent commitment in front of friends and family. B:  I’m so excited! Ecuador is going to be a beautiful backdrop for the perfect wedding from our terrace. A 15-year courtship, how did you two meet? D:  We met in a chat room on the Internet. My wife had died, and after three…

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James Drummondo

Where are you from, and what brought you to Cuenca? I grew up in Los Angeles and spent most of my adult life on the coast in Orange County.  I was planning to retire in 2017, after thirty years in the Fire Service, but I was offered an early retirement package in 2011, so I decided to retire early.  We wanted to explore a different culture and Ecuador seemed like a good place to start.  My family and I spent our first 6 months in Manta enjoying the coast and…

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Date Night – Ed & Lynne Nadeau

Obviously, the first question I have to ask is, how did you two meet? L: I was managing a travel agency in Moncton, New Brunswick and Ed was introduced to me as a new customer. E: We were business associates for four years before we started doing things together. Eventually we started to go for drives, have coffee together, shoot pool, and go for walks. L: Then one day my car broke down and Ed came to the rescue. E: I think that was the beginning of the beginning. L:…

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Rob Annis

Rob has had many occupations in his life. He was a miner in Sudbury Ontario; a policeman in Toronto; worked for the railroad as a policeman; was a tour guide for a mining company; a chiropractor; a chiropractic consultant; an insurance and mutual sales person; a real estate agent; a national /international Australian company Marketing manager; a post university instructor at a chiropractic college; a researcher, and a father. The last place lived was Vancouver for two years and Melbourne Australia for two years BEFORE THAT It was by accident.…

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Date Night – Loren and Nancy Kuehne

It seems like there is love at “first sight,” tell me about it. L: I was the president of a small community bank in Alamogordo, New Mexico and N: I worked for a local Red Cross Chapter. L: We didn’t know each other but drove together to a Red Cross Board of Director’s training in Albuquerque. N: With the drive and all that time together in the car talking, after 2½ days we knew we should be married. After your 3-week honeymoon in Europe, what did life look like? L:…

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Expat Profile – Neil Mailer

Hailing from Calgary, Canada Neil Mailer is a young entrepreneur living in Cuenca Ecuador trying to carve out a piece of the action and take his passion for travel and adventure across the country.  A Good Samaritan, sports enthusiast, washed-up athlete, card player and jack of all trades. Neil is a self-made thousandaire looking to make a life with his girlfriend and his French bulldog Sophie south of the Equator. Where was the last place you lived before moving to Cuenca? Before coming to Cuenca I lived in Calgary Alberta.…

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Date Night – Dave & Julie Fowler

How did you meet? Julie: We both worked at Lafayette National Bank in Lafayette, Indiana. Dave worked in the Mortgage Department and I worked as a teller during college. Dave: We both worked at Lafayette National Bank. Julie worked at the bank while attending Purdue and I was a loan officer at the bank. I remember she put a note on my car as an ice breaker. Was it love at first sight? Julie: Pretty much. But, it took Dave 2 years to ask me out on a date. Dave:…

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Date Night – Wendel & Tammy Lamason

How did you meet? Wendel: We met when Tammy was in elementary school and I was in middle school. My dad was the associate pastor at the church we attended in Clearwater, Florida. Tammy was my brother’s childhood sweetheart. She was 9. Tammy: We met in Clearwater, Florida when his family moved from Minnesota to Florida. His dad was our associate pastor. Wendel was 12 and was in middle school. I was in 9 and in the 4th grade. Was it love at first sight? Wendel: Not love at first…

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I Am Asheboro! – Mary Murkin

  Being born in the Midwest in the early 1960’s gives me a little different view on everyday life. In the Midwest, farming is our greatest commodity—and in Illinois, that is predominantly corn. (Note: The “s” is NOT pronounced at the end of Illinois.) You learn to work with corn, you learn to eat corn, you learn to appreciate corn, and you learn to have festivals honoring corn, just to scratch the surface. Some folks also learn to make their living from corn. You know how in this part of…

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I AM ASHEBORO – Eric Abernethy

Eric Abernathy is a local nature photographer. He has had several showings at the Randolph Arts Guild and you can often find him in a kayak on Lake Lucas. He usually has an art booth with his amazing photography for sale at the Fall Festival in October. I did not grow up in Asheboro. I grew up in Winston-Salem and in Jamestown when I was younger. I was first introduced to Asheboro while attending Randolph Community College from 1996-1998. I graduated majoring in the applied science of photography in photojournalism.…

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