Marie Louise Bernadette Prucha Clapp

Who am I? I'm probably one of the least qualified people to answer that question,
but I'll give it a shot.

Where I came from

I was born in Longmont, Colorado, at the age of 0 years. My parents, whom I affectionately call Mom and Dad,
were (and, I suppose, still are) of Swiss/mutt and Yooper blood, respectively.
I grew up about 8 miles southwest of Berthoud, Colorado, in a house built by Dad on 9 acres of dry pastureland.
I got to fight with my older brother, Steve, my younger brother, Alan, and my younger sisters, Sue and Theresa.

Here is a picture of the fam:

The people in front are my mom and her parents. Grandma supplied the mutt blood, Grandpa supplied the Swiss.
The people in the back are Alan, Sue, me (no, I'm not sitting or standing in a hole), Steve, Theresa and Dad.
My dad's parents (not shown), also known as Grandma and Grandpa, live in Arizona now, although they were
originally Yoopers.

Where I've been

I spent the first 17 years of my life in Berthoud, which is a nice place to grow up - almost Mayberry-esque.

After I finished high school, I decided to become an engineer so I moved to the metropolis of Golden, Colorado
to attend the Colorado School of Mines. I enjoyed Mines and made some great friends. I also picked up a Bachelor
of Science (BS) degree in geophysical engineering. Then, for some unknown reason, I decide to go to graduate
school at Stanford University. So far I've managed to get my Master of Science degree in geophysics and, if my
stubborn streak holds out, I'll get a PhD in geophysics too.

The best thing I've gotten from Stanford is my husband, Bob Clapp. We were married on July 7, 2001 in a perfect wedding
in Seaside, Oregon. I can't put any of the pictures here because Bob would kill me.

What I do

I think I'm a fairly boring person. I like reading - mostly fiction. I enjoy baking bread and cookies (very domestic, I know).
I love snorkeling - you can see that from my vacations page.

I tried writing poetry, but with the except of one poem I got to read in public, my poems were too depressing for human
consumption (I got a notice from the EPA to cease and desist).

My favorite wacky ability is that I can make balloon animals.

And that's the way it is

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