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learn about us, how we ended up together, and how to contact us.
Mike was born in Boston and raised in
Dedham, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. He lived there all
his life until some crazy gal caused him to move to Vermont in 2004.
While Mike has spent more than 20 years installing lightning protection,
he's also had just about any other job you can think of, including auto mechanic, UPS package sorter, home improvement contractor, home improvement store employee, Hostess Cake delivery guy, gasoline/oil bulk
hauler (truck driver), and snowboard instructor. He has never
waited tables nor been a dance instructor, and has no interest in trying
Mike loves to whitewater kayak, snowboard, explore the woods near our
house, and play with our dog Truman. He's got four wonderful adult
children, Bobby, Jennifer, Melissa, and Lindsey, and four active and fun
grandchildren, Haleigh, Annabelle, Ryan, and Sophia.
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Alexa was born and raised in Manhattan,
where she did things you don't see much in NYC anymore like play ball in
the street and ride her bike around the neighborhood. She left for
Brown University in Providence, RI when she was 17, and after graduating
lived in Boston, Vermont, back in Providence, back in New York City, and
now back in Vermont. Most of the moving was because she worked in
radio, which tends to yank you around from place to place. In
addition to radio disc jockey and program director, Alexa has had many
interesting jobs over the years, including internet commerce guru, camp
counselor, warehouse manager, record store clerk, night manager at an
ice cream store, urban museum tour guide, and snowboard instructor.
She has never been a secretary or a telemarketer, and has no interest in
Alexa loves whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, cooking, playing with our dog
Truman, and trying to listen to radio "like a regular person".
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Mike and Alexa had known each other casually
for a year or two because they were in the same group of whitewater
kayaking friends, but they had never hung out one-on-one. Mike was
living in Dedham, MA and Alexa was living in Vermont, so other than
kayaking, they never saw each other.
Then, half-a-dozen of their river buddies (including Mike and Alexa)
decided to drive up to Canada to paddle BIG whitewater on the Ottowa
River. A week long trip was planned, including lodging at a sort
of "paddling camp". Mike, mutual friend Josh Lutz, and Alexa, all
carpooled together from Vermont to Canada, and the usual long-roadtrip-type
bonding ensued, where all three got to know each other better than they
ever had before.
Day one of the kayaking adventure, Mike flipped his boat in a rocky
rapid and got a nasty cut on his hand. His bandage had to be
changed every day (especially since he continued to kayak), and Alexa
volunteered for the job. During the daily cleaning and wrapping of
his injured hand, Mike and Alexa talked and got friendlier. By the
middle of the week, they were spending lots of time together, and
looking out for each other in the larger, scarier rapids on the Ottowa.
Fast forward to the "one thing leads to another" part, and suffice it to
say that by the time the kayaking week was over, there was definitely
"something going on". Neither of them was quite sure what it was,
but over the next few weeks it started to grow into something real.
In the fall of 2004, Mike moved up to Vermont, and on October 22, 2005
they got engaged.
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Mike and Alexa had been renovating their
farmhouse in Vermont for almost a year. The year had been great,
because they were together, but completely nuts because they were both
working, and renovating the house by themselves, and never had even a
moment to breathe.
Mike and Alexa had talked of marriage, and knew it would happen
eventually, but there just never seemed time for the actual proposal
part. Alexa had told Mike, "I don't need a ring", "we shouldn't be
spending money on a ring", and other variations on that theme. But
Mike is a true gentleman, and he secretly bought a ring, still not sure
of where and when he would pop the question. After holding onto the
ring for a week or so, Mike began to realize that with all the crazy
house renovation going on, there was just never going to be one of those
"top of the Empire State Building" type of moments in the near future.
On Alexa's birthday, October 22, Alexa and Mike where hanging out in the
kitchen in pajamas having coffee. Mike gave Alexa a wonderful
card, where he wrote some sweet words, with an "over" at the bottom.
When Alexa turned the card over, written on the back was "will you marry
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Email: (replace "at" and "dot" with
"@" and "." This is done to prevent spammers from sweeping email
addresses off this website. Thanks!)
Mike - jmikemanning "at" yahoo "dot" com
Alexa - findalexa "at" yahoo "dot" com
Home - 802-375-0266
Mike Cell - 802-688-4658
Alexa Cell - 802-688-4632
PO Box 1322
Manchester Center, VT 05255
3880 Sunderland Hill Road
Sunderland, VT 05250
("Sunderland" may come up as "Arlington" in some systems. That is
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Truman is our dog. We dig him. 'nuff