How do you celebrate 35 Great Years together? We decided to file for Tampa’s Domestic Partnership Registry. It was just one year ago that we championed the rights for DPR recognition in Tampa. Lucky for us we DO NOT live in the unincorporated Hillsborough County where elected officials just voted this down. We are truly blessed to call our Family
Mark & Carrie’s 35th Anniversary
How do you celebrate 35 Great Years together? We decided to file for Tampa’s Domestic Partnership Registry. It was just one year ago that we championed the rights for DPR recognition in Tampa. Lucky for us we DO NOT live in the unincorporated Hillsborough County where elected officials just voted this down. We are truly blessed to call our Family -Friends and our Friends -Family so invitations were sent out to everybody. We started the ceremonious day wearing tuxes and then onto a family lunch at one of our very favorite restaurants, The Laughing Cat. During lunch our 3 sisters from the Wisconsin gave Carrie a lace handkerchief that our Great Grandmother wore in her wedding and has been worn and carried by all family members since. We all rode the TECO Streetcar down to Old Tampa City Hall. Many more people were there to greet us and cheer us on. The Tampa City Clerks were very friendly and helpful. Our witnesses were Sister- Yvonne Yacoub, Friend- Judy B. Good and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Carrie used the same pen that Mayor Bob Buckhorn signed Domestic Partnership Registry into law. After several minutes everything was done. The press were all there for photos and interviews.
GaYBOR Member of the Week- Creative Loafing- Tampa Bay
Always engaged in Tampa news, political scene, new bands, creative theatre, food stops, reviews and so much more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay under the leadership of editor, David Warner and a staff of dozens covers the news events all over Tampa Bay. They underscore the importance to newly opened businesses, non profits and clubs that help inspire the area in diversity. It has been over a year the newspaper moved to Ybor City. The new gossipy weekly tabloid is on the streets FREE every Thursday.
Mark & Carrie’s Nephew/ Niece of the Week – Dean Olds
Our Wisconsin nephew, Deano attended the Florida Electronic’s Show in Orlando and made a quick stop over to Tampa to see his “fav” uncles. Dean owns his own projection manufacturing company, RoomPro Tech, that supplies projection systems to schools and universities. He was prestigiously awarded Wisconsin’s 2010 New Product of the Year and his company received the states high honor 2010 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence. Dean wanted to experience the crazy Thursday nights he always reads in “Dishing” for himself and went out with his crazy uncles. That is 10 photo shooting stops! Thanks to everyone who had come up and met Deano!