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Danno E. Cabeza


Aliases/Nicknames: Dan, DannoE

Identity: Dan's identity is easily discoverable, but he is not a public figure.

Occupation: Engineer (current); armored cavalry officer (former)

Known Relatives: Sally (wife), Hannah & Emma (kids)

Group Affiliations: USMA Class of 1995, Friends of Army Swimming, Woodruff Family YMCA Triathlon Club

Education: MBA (International Finance), Fordham University; BS (European History), U.S. Military Academy

Powers: Danno doesn’t mind walking all the way across a parking lot. That may not seem like a superpower, but it keeps his car doors from getting dinged up.

Abilities: Danno is an accomplished competitive swimmer and triathlete (primarily Olympic distance), an occasional freelance writer, and an arch-beer snob. He is also a skilled Dungeon Master, but he doesn’t get to play D&D much any more. Dan is proficient with G.E.’s Multi-Area Reliability Simulation (MARS), Multi-Area Production Simulation (MAPS), XA/21 SCADA Energy Management System (EMS), and Siemens Power Systems Simulation for Engineers (PSS/E). He is a NERC-certified electric Transmission Operator.


Biography


Danno graduated high school in Tampa, Florida, where he swam for the Chamberlain High Chiefs. From there, he went to the U.S. Military Academy, graduated in 1995, branched Armor, and was stationed with the 3rd Infantry Division in Savannah, GA. He served as a tank platoon leader, headquarters company executive officer, and staff weenie. Following the Armor Captains’ Career Course, Dan was sent to Korea, where he served with the 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, again as a staff weenie. Dan left the Army in November 2000.

It was the height of the dot-com bubble, and Danno’s first job out of the Army was as a logistics consultant working for Kurt Salmon Associates. He taught basic leadership techniques to junior management personnel at a major catalogue company and performed time-motion studies for an environmental company in the great state of Connecticut. After the dot-com bubble crashed, Danno took a job in New York, moved to Hoboken, and started working as an overhead construction supervisor in the Bronx. He finished his MBA in 2006, was promoted, and eventually landed in system operations in 2010.

Danno met his wife Sally at a running club in Hoboken in the summer of 2002. They were married in December that same year and moved to Fairfield, CT, in 2004. They moved from Fairfield to Stratford in 2007. Danno and his wife have two daughters, Hannah and Emma. Whenever they can, the family vacations in Maine, near Acadia National Park.

When he’s not working, Danno is a volunteer triathlon coach at the Woodruff Family YMCA and an enthusiastic writer of short stories for his kids. He recently published the first part of his short story collection under the title Sneakatara Boatman and the Priest of Loki. The follow-up, called Sneakatara Boatman and the Crown of Pluto will be out some time in 2015.

Sally E. Cabeza


Aliases/Nicknames: Sallybelle, Sally Boobaloo

Identity: Sally makes no secret of her identity, but she is not a public figure.

Occupation: Fitness instructor and freelance art teacher; public school teacher (former); Peace Corps Volunteer (former)

Known Relatives: Dan (husband), Hannah & Emma (kids)

Group Affiliations: Fairfield County Holistic Mom’s Network, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Education: EdM (Elementary Education), Columbia University; BA (Education), Boston University

Powers: Sally has a supernatural sense of smell and a photographic memory.

Abilities: Sally is a professional educator and fitness instructor, specializing in water aerobics. She is an accomplished recreational runner, having completed several half-marathons, with a handful of finishes under two hours. Sally has finished four triathlons and is exceptionally fluent in Spanish.


Biography


Sally graduated high school in Fairfield, Connecticut, attended Boston University, and then volunteered for the Peace Corps. She spent some time in Africa but was eventually stationed in the hinterlands of Paraguay for three and a half years. She taught indigenous school-age children basic skills, including Spanish, in order to help them better integrate with Paraguayan society as a whole. She also traveled extensively at this time--so much so that it’s a miracle she wasn’t kidnapped by the Sendero Luminoso.

After she returned to the US, Sally went to Columbia University, got her Masters in Education, and began teaching--again in Spanish--at a New York City public school in the South Bronx. From there, she moved to Hoboken, taught for a year in Hoboken’s public school system, and then went private, spending a year teaching second grade at the prestigious Geneva School in Manhattan. It was at this time that Sally met her husband Dan, at a running club in Hoboken. They married, moved back to Fairfield County, and she eventually had two kids--Hannah and Emma.

Sally started her own business, Art and the Artist, in 2012. She teaches basic art concepts and skills to school-age and preschool children, using children’s art and literature as the basis for each lesson. She also teaches various fitness classes at LA Fitness, the Woodruff Family YMCA, Stratford's Sterling House, and Crunch Gym. Sally is the leader of her daughter Hannah’s Girl Scout Troop.

On the summit of Pemetic Mountain, September 2015.

Hannah Cabeza

Aliases/Nicknames: Chana, Jelly Bean
Identity: Not public, not secret, not on social media
Occupation: Student / writer
Known Relatives: Danno E. Cabeza (Father), Sally E. Cabeza (mother), Emma (sister) and Faith (dog)
Group Affiliations: Middle School Student Council, Polly’s Advanced Gymnastics Program, Turning Pointe Dance Academy, Housatonic Boat Club Junior Sailing, RVP Studios (former).
Education: Eighth grade
Powers: Hannah always sings on key.  She also has the ability to make friends very easily, which made transferring schools right before middle school much easier.
Abilities: Hannah is a poet and short fiction writer, a gymnast/dancer (ballet and jazz), and an accomplished singer.  She is also in the running for Middle School Valedictorian.

Biography

Hannah was born in Hackensack, NJ, way in 2003.  She discovered singing in fourth grade and was cast as Annie in the school production of “Li’l Orphan Annie” by the end of fifth.  She served as Vice President of her Student Council in seventh grade but lost the Presidential election by a single vote the following year, on a day when one of her best friends was absent from school.  Hannah conceded with grace and has remained active in Student Council as a Class Representative in the months since.
Hannah is an avid weight-lifter, gymnast, and dancer, though gymnastics is her main athletic focus.  She dreams of becoming a cheerleader at Stratford High School and of maybe one day becoming a Rabble Rouser for the Black Knights of Army.

9 comments:

  1. I am enjoying your blog. Even the things I don't understand (D&D, craft beer, comic books!, etc.) I was just in Mahattan! Well for one day. Went on a cruise to New England & Canada. We were scheduled to go to Acaida Nat'l Park but it was Oct 1st and the government was shut down. bummer. So, even though I can't see any background in your photo, I'm jealous. So, do you write your blog during your daily commute on a train?

    I've commented on some of your posts before. I like that you are into lots of different things. So am I. I've been enjoying your writing. I'm also into fitness. I just workout (bodyweight exercises, cardio,etc.) but my daughter is a triathlete. She's at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

    I'm an elementary teacher. I live in California with my husband, and our 20 yr. old college student son. Anywho, thanx for doing what you do.

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  2. Thanks.

    Yeah, I mostly write during my commute. But I try to write something every day, so if for whatever reason I don't manage to get a complete thought down during my commute, I try to carve out some other time to finish whatever I was working on. Sometimes that means carving out twenty minutes at the public library near my office; sometimes it means using the last fifteen minutes before dinner to get something set.

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  3. I'm writing a song. It's a country music song. Don't hold your breath as I've been working on it, off and on, for quite a while now. I need to make for time for song writing. I'm have a challenging student (behavior problems/issuse) right now and that's soaking up most of my free time. I haven't played piano in a month at least. (No, I'm not good...I'm in the adult beginner phase permanently). But I should still practice.

    I've just been working and reading for escape. I usually read romance novels, but good ones not cheesy ones. I used to read spy/espionage novels or murder mysteries. I guess my real life needs the happy-ending-lift I get from books.

    I like sci-fi TV shows but sometimes sic-fi novels are hard to follow. I'm following yours fine. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of your story.

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    1. You do realize that because you mentioned the song on the blog, we now need a link to where we can see and hear you perform it on YouTube. I'll be waiting for that.

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    2. I'm not a singer. Just a songwriter want-a-be. I'll be more careful not to mention the song if it's gonna get me in hot water. hehehe So, don't hold your breath for a YouTube video! I don't even know how to publish/copyright a song. I'll just Google it later. After all, tomorrow is another day.

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  4. Alright time to read this blog.

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    1. Oh good lord. You do know that introduced your parents, right? Just don't make me look bad.

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  5. Yes I know that you introduced my parents. They never let me forget it. They gave me a pdf of your book and I'm reading it now. It is quite good. I do have a penchant for fantasy.

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    1. Thanks. It's maddeningly difficult to judge the quality of one's own work, and I've worked with enough editors to know that sometimes the stuff that I think is electric and fascinating will read either as either confusing, obvious, or just uninteresting to others.

      I miss your folks. I'm generally happy with my life, but one of the regrets I have is that most of people that I reall, really like live nowhere near us here in CT.

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