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Ron, Ronaldo, Ranold

Web developer, bicycle rider, motorcyclist, gardener, amatuer photographer, dog-less dog lover
Ron racing in a muddy race in Topeka, KS circa 1996

Amber "the HAMMER"

  • Amber - the independent, bicycle riding, sharp as a tack, sweet as honey, penny-pinching, financial wiz, office manager. And, she can do all that in 2 languages (at least!)
  • Amber had a 4.0 average through her Junior year at The Wichita State University, then we started getting serious and it dropped a bit. ALL MY FAULT!
  • Amber IS my wife, has been for a long time! (it's a funny story, really!) See the section labeled US
  • After her first degree in Spanish (and a couple of years in the work force), she went back to school and really challenged herself and got a degree in Finance (go where the MONEY is!)
  • Amber looked into the job market at home (in Wichita, KS) with no luck for a few months! So, I told her to broaden the search. We ended up in Greensboro, NC (and are now in Summerfield, NC)
  • Amber enjoys morning runs around our neighborhood lake and evening walks with Ron and dogs.
  • Amber came in 2nd at the Tanglewood Park Mountain Bike Race! Pics below
  • I've been trying to get her to run for office for a few years now (Senator Bogle?) because of her even-keeled, keen-eyed approach to things. We need that in Washington.

At Century II, the park behind it
Amber in 1986
Enjoying our trip to the UK in 2000
Amber in Wales, England
Enjoying the Greenway
Enjoying the Greenway
Riding our Greenway!
Amber on Greenway, 2011
White water rafting trip!
Fun on the river, 1999
Amber with the Potomac River behind her, 2002
Potomac River, 2002
Amber got a new car!
NEW 2004 Accord
Amber has done a few MTB races
MTB Racing
Amber racing near Winston-Salem
Tanglewood Park
Amber finishing a race in 2nd!
2nd Place!
Enjoying the Honda Accord!
Amber's New Car
Amber, with the top down
Enjoying the Z3
Beautiful water and sky!
Amber on boat, 2007
Getting ready to go to something fancy!
Fancy dress!
Proper attire for a NY wedding!
Wedding in NY
A beautiful blue dress
Another fancy dress!
France on 2 wheels!
Bicycling in the Loire Valley
Mom came to visit
Christmas on Natchez, 1999
Norfolk VA
Amber in Norfolk, 2017

US - Ron & Amber

We started co-habitating back in 1990, after dating for a few years. I had been asking Amber to marry me for about 3 of those 5 years, and continued to regularly ask her for another 3 years before she said "yes!". I talked her into it by mentioning that our car insurance would go down if we were married, and that our Federal income taxes would be less. Little did I know that MY insurance would go down, but her's would stay the same! And, 1993 was the year that a "marriage penalty" was put in place with the IRS, so that our taxes actually went UP the first year we were married and filed jointly.

Amber is very independent, so marrying was a big deal. She DID NOT want people treating her any differently after the marriage, so one of the conditions of us getting married was that we had to keep it a secret! We had a friend marry us, and a couple friends were witnesses (required by law), but other than those 3 people, our insurance agent, our financial advisor and an automotive mechanic, NOBODY ELSE KNEW. We were married from 1993 to 2004 with NO family knowing about it. Once we moved to North Carolina (in 1996), we let friends know that we were married (it was odd that we had different last names, NC is a bit behind the times) and not to talk about it with our family. By 2004 I was worried my parents might not be around long enough for us to tell them, so I told Amber we were letting our families know the truth. My mother had a wedding reception for us on Ilovik, with all the family there. It was so much fun!
Wedding Pic
Wedding Pic
Ron on Dellrose, 1994
Ron on Dellrose, 1994
In New York 1994
In New York 1994
Hiking 1994
Hiking 1994
Amber in Wilmington 1999
Amber in Wilmington 1999
Ron in Wilmington 1999
Ron in Wilmington 1999
Amber on the Champs Elysees 1999
Amber on the Champs Elysees 1999
Wedding on the Beach
Wedding on the Beach
Christmas in Wichita, 2001
Christmas in Wichita, 2001
New York Wedding 2002
New York Wedding 2002
Skiing in 2004
Skiing in 2004
Skiing in 2005
Skiing in 2005
Dancing at the marriage reception
Dancing on Ilovik, 2004
Marriage Reception on Ilovik
Reception on Ilovik
Las Vegas, 2011
Miss America, 2011
Home, 2011
Home, 2011

Our Round House

We live in a 15 sided house! Really!
Back in 2004 I wanted to get a sports car (a BMW Z3), Amber said that I could go ahead BUT we needed a garage to put it in (our previous house did not have a garage). I did some thinking and realized that if we added a garage to our current house, it would make our house (a 2 bedroom) one of the more expensive houses in our neighborhood. Not good! For resale, you want one of the cheaper houses on the block! So, I started looking for a new house so I could get the car I wanted. Amber had a few stipulations (she was just trying to make it harder for me to find the right place). It had to be near the future Greenway (12 years later and they are finally working on the part near our house!) had to be on a quiet street (preferably a dead end, no "street paint", no yellow or white lines) and it had to have a garage! After a few months of searching (our realtor gave me access to the ListingBook site, so I could do my own searches), I found a round house on a dead end street, it was a bit over our budget, but we went to check it out. It was weird, lots of glass and shaped sort of like a spinning top, small at the top and bottom, big in the middle. Lots of stairs just to get in the house! Amber doesn't like that, she's always thinking of her future where she can't navigate stairs. The street was awesome, though! On a lake! Back to the Listing Book, I found a listing when looking JUST at that dead end, a house that had an offer on it that fell through. ANOTHER round house! We went to see it, the price was reasonable. Amber thought I was CRAZY, the house needed so much work. She agreed to put an offer on it if we would cover EVERY surface before moving in (new carpet, paint every wall inside and out).
Here's a link to the blog I put together of the renovations
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