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About Leah

I’m a voracious reader, preferring to feast on non-fiction of every genre. I love the color green, the number 3, women's global issues, GLBTQ equality, hummingbirds and documentaries. Family, hiking, camping and food make my heart (and palate) sing. Dogs illuminate my soul and I'm a recent pit bull convert after working with Even Chance in San Diego. The thought of having children and permanently settling down currently unnerves me. I’m definitely not a girly-girl; I don't care much for shoe obsessions, diamonds, or manicures--bring on nature and peeing in the woods instead!

I’m a fervent believer in the power of youth and women to shape the world and I advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and stigma eradication, most recently as a board member with The ArcHIVe Project and a facilitator with Global Arms of Advocacy. My friends call me “mom” since my caretaker complex is a bit out of control. Anything related to eyeballs makes me curl up in a squeamish fetal ball and cockroaches render me incapacitated (not a helpful quality on this trip). I've called Connecticut, Colorado and California home over my lifetime.

Not a day goes by where I don’t think about and talk to my best friend and darling dog, both of whom are now my guardian angels from beyond. One of my life goals is to host a benign tapeworm that will consume most of my calories and still leave me completely healthy and energetic. I find solace in my Catholic faith but still wrestle with many of its doctrines. I think my husband is the most delicious when playing electric guitar while wearing his wedding ring; I smile in disbelief every day that I was blessed enough to marry him. I’m an unashamed Spam-lover. It’s sometimes a struggle for me to find the silver lining but I try to see the joy and blessings in each day. I abhor beer but drool over a good gin and tonic and I’ve been in love 5 times. I have the greatest friends and family in the world.

About Steve

Hi, I'm Steve...Leah's husband. I'm a big, proud Southern California boy. I'm proud to be half-Mexican, proud to be half-white (too many ethnicities and nationalities to list here), proud to be Catholic (although I too have my issues), proud of my pretty little wife, and proud of my achievements in life. I lost my dad when I was only a year old and that moment has helped shape and define my life ever since. I was raised by a strong single mother and have no idea how someone could do what she did--I will forever be in awe. We were far from rich on America's spectrum but I can't truly say I had a want; between a loving mom, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles and good friends I learned that life is not fulfilled by earthly possessions.

I left my job working for a national giant in landscape construction (it begins with a V and rhymes with ValleyCrest). I liked my job and loved and respected the people I worked with however this wasn't enough to keep me from aspiring for a journey like this. In September 2012 I will be the same age as my father was when he passed and I intend to live life to the fullest leading up to that day and every day thereafter; at that point every sunrise is just icing on the cake.

I love music. I started playing guitar when I was about 15 years old. With no formal training, I did my best to emulate and learn from the rock gods who connected with a lost teenager on a level that no one else could. I continued playing through high school and college with the guitar and the noise from my amp being an ever-understanding, never-judging best friend. Almost immediately after leaving college I tried my hand at playing in a band and found myself with a new cadre of like-minded bandmates in Rev. After four years of amazing experiences and unforgettable shows, Rev went on a hiatus and soon after Lead Burns Red was formed. Both bands are of course on an indefinite hiatus as I travel, however, I will continue to post updates as well as share my musical findings on my music page.


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