Where are they now?

I got thinking today about all the original #Bannerman people, and what they’re doing now, and how some of them (like me) have come a long way from where they were in 1996. And so I thought now would be a good time to look at what everyone was doing then, and what they’re doing now, and if you’ve lost track of anybody, you can read it and say “Wow, I didn’t know that, good for him/her!”

And for once I’m gonna put the rest of it in the body text, so you’ll have to click on "More" if you wanna read the rest. It’ll probably be long.

By the way, if you don’t see yourself in here, it’s for one of two reasons: a) You didn’t start coming to #Bannerman early enough to be called an "original," or b) I haven’t heard from you in ages and don’t know what you’re up to.

Also, if anything’s inaccurate, please tell me so and I’ll change it promptly. Starting alphabetically…

beldin, aka Darrin Smith (like you wouldn’t have figured it out from reading this site anyway…)

1996: Driving a taxi on the weekend nights in Adelaide and going to the University of Adelaide, studying computers.

2005: Computer technician at a high school in the northern suburbs. Married melvan in 2004. 2 cats.

bourgeois, aka Matthew Prins

1996: Campaign manager for Steve Taylor Presidential campaign. Student at a Missouri university.

2005: Married to Kim. Just had their first baby (a boy, Benjamin) a few weeks ago. Lives in Virginia, or did last I knew. Blog here.

eener, aka Renee Elrod

1996: Studying psychology at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. Doing telephone surveys for Rockwood Research. Co-author of Farm Macheenery (exploding) magazine.

2005: Moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. Married Darin Werner in 1997. Working in the customer relations department at Delta Airlines. Finishing up a business degree.

Elkvis, aka Andy Hoffmeyer

1996: High school student. Just got a job at Pizza Hut, but not the one melvan worked at.

2005: Installing and repairing vending machines in prisons & jails. Living with a friend in River Falls.

Kaly/kumquat, aka Karleen Weitzel

1996: High school in Ames, Iowa. Cleaned her church.

2005: Engaged to Paul Hester. Wedding set for New Year’s eve 2005. Working in a church. Blog here.

lucy1/tupo_girl, aka Pamela Richardson

1996: Just discovered #Bannerman. Works at Aldi while going to college.

2005: Married Jeremy Harvey in 1998 & moved to Minnesota. Working at another Aldi. Mother of Emmett, 5, and Quillan, nearly 3.

luthien, aka Rachel Elliott

1996: At a college in Idaho. Working in a supermarket deli.

2005: Moved in with her parents in Washington state to go back to school to be a librarian. Working in a coffee shop.

marls, aka Demis Giamalis

1996: Going to high school in Adelaide and hanging around with beldin a lot.

2005: Living in Mount Barker. Working with a youth group.

melvan, aka Melissa Hoffmeyer

1996: Working in a Pizza Hut. Spending way too much time online. Co-author of Farm Macheenery (exploding) magazine. Sharing a computer with her brother till hers is fully built.

2005: Married beldin in 2004 and moved to Adelaide shortly after. Cleaning at beldin’s school. Spending way too much time online. Uses a laptop.

mred, aka Josh Prins

1996: High school in Ames, Iowa.

2005: Married wonky in 2000. Moved to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, for a job in Chicago. Recently moved to the Madison area for a better job.

PattyT, aka Patricia Tracey

1996: Living in Florida with her mother and two brothers. Going to high school and hating it.

2005: After jumping around between states, joined the Navy in 2004. Living in Florida again on her first Navy assignment. Trying to remain as normal as possible in a military environment. Blog here.

qaz1, aka Alex Klages

1996: Student at Brock University in Ontario, studying English and Mathematics. Plans to go to seminary and become a Lutheran pastor. Once wrote a letter to the Wise Sage in FM(e) for advice on his love life.

2005: Pastor of two Lutheran churches near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Married Kelly Burns in 2004. Blog here.

Shygoldfish, aka Melody Richardson

1996: In high school in Pennsylvania. Sharing the computer with her sister Pam.

2005: Moved to Minnesota for school in 2000. Married in September.

Trina, aka Catriona Adsett

1996: Twelve years old, therefore #bannerman’s youngest. Going to school.

2005: Last I heard, going to TAFE and working at Myer in Tea Tree Plaza.

wonky, aka Beth Weitzel

1996: Going to high school. Huge crush on mred, which started off So#m. In her church’s bell choir.

2005: Married mred in 2000. Moved to Wisconsin. Watches lots of TV & goes to lots of concerts, then posts about it on her blog.

Show me the money

I don’t know who you are, but whoever has clicked on a book link and bought the book, thanks. Means I get a (small) referral fee from Amazon. I didn’t even notice I had a balance till today.