Hi -

Jim Machamer here, and this is my story...

1970 - 72, UW-Fox Valley & The Fair Stores selling tv's, stereos, 'fridges, etc
1972 - 76, UW-Stout
1974, met my wife-to-be while we were both employed at Rawhide for the summer
1976 - 86, taught Tech Ed in Wautoma
1977, married Chris Coenen from Dale, WI. We celebrated 28 years together yesterday!
1981, son Jason born
1983, daughter Becky born
1978 - 1985, numerous short- and long-term foster kids
1986 - 93, moved to Waupaca, ran a church camp, built houses, went back to school
1993 - 2003, taught Tech Ed in Weyauwega-Fremont
2003-04, self employed - home improvements, Camp Onaway retreat host, grad course instructor
2004 - 05, Computer Ed teacher at Seton Catholic Middle School (formerly St Pats grade school) - best job in education I've had! My boss is Monica Bausom, NHS class of 1969. Anybody remember her?

I've also dabbled in law enforcement and emergency medical services. I'm still active with the Boys and Girls Brigade and Camp Onaway, and I do a fair amount of wilderness canoe and kayak tripping. I like to play with my 1966 Chevelle SS396 convertible, which my wife calls my midlife crisis. She's probably right. We enjoy GeoCaching together. Curious? See www.geocaching.com <http://www.geocaching.com>

We still live in Waupaca. Chris is a manager in our county social services agency. Jason just graduated with a B.A. pastoral studies degree, and is selling cell phones while he waits for a youth ministry call. Becky is at UW-Madison, wants to get into nursing, but the programs are real tough to get admitted to. She only has about a 3.25 gpa and four years of nursing home experience (I would have done flips with a 3.25 in college!).

Life is good, but certainly not without complications. God has richly blessed us beyond what we ever thought possible, and we are thankful. It's been good to read all of these notes, I hope to be able to swing the July 3 get-together. But that's the first day of a vacation which has been on the books for a year, so I am not sure I'll make it.

I hope this posting continues - this is good reading.

cYa Jim Machamer