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Twenty (one) Valentines

by Jason

In the winter of 1997, I was passing through the suites of Sage Hall on the Williams campus, going from my entry (Sage "E") to visit a friend in Sage "A". As I passed through a common room in Sage "B", I happened upon a game of Taboo that was being played by some folks I knew, but also someone that I didn't know well. Her name was Amy Sprengelmeyer, and though I didn't know it at the time, that evening became the beginning of a wonderful relationship.

The exact dates were always a little fuzzy, so Amy and I agreed to round off our "anniversary" to Valentine's day. This year marks the 20th year since we met, and thus our 21st Valentine's day together (though if you're a CS nerd like me, 1997 was our "0th", so that makes this year our 20th).

I wanted to mark the occasion with a little trip down memory lane. I made a slide show with some pictures showing Amy and I at different points in our relationship, including college, travels, marriage, and children. I set it to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's rendition of Henehene Kou ʻAka. The song tells of a couple's trip on a streetcar on the island of Oʻahu (where I'm from), the sights they see and the good time they enjoy together. It seemed fitting to chronicle the first 20 years of our journey together with this song.

If you can't see the video above, you can download the movie directly here: H.264 (iOS, Mac, Firefox, VLC) or WebM (Chrome, Android, others).