Today is my brother's birthday!
Happy Birthday, Julian!
I think all of the Michael children kind of looked like this... We get better looking as we age!
Me and Julian, circa 1990
Me and Julian circa 3 years ago!?
My brother Julian is one of the most interesting people you will ever meet, and as you can guess, that means he has lived a very interesting life!
First of all, he was pretty damn talented as a child. He was so good at skateboarding that my dad built him a half pipe in our backyard!
Julian was an exceptional drummer. He was so good that our school music teacher told my parents he could no longer progress Julian, so they had to travel to Harrisburg to get private lessons for him.
In only 8th grade, he played in the pit orchestra for a community theater's performance of The Will Rogers Follies. It's a hard show to play and everyone else in the pit was an adult.
My brother has always been athletic. He played high school soccer.
Julian at a high school soccer game probably getting some concession stand money from our Grandpa!
For a bit of time, Julian eventually became a personal trainer. I think these pictures were ones he had taken for advertising purposes!
My brother was in the army for a short amount of time. As part of his training, he had to jump out of an airplane! Crazy! When he left for basic training, he told my mom, "I'm not going to kill anyone." My mom replied, "Well don't tell them that." Bwahahaha!
This is my dear Grandma who passed away this past May.
In 2009, Julian ran a 3:03:04 at the Harrisburg Marathon. That's right, a FREAKING 3:03 MARATHON!!! He's like, a machine.
2009 was a great year for Julian because he placed 3rd overall in the Tussey Mountainback 50 Miler. He ran it in 6:49:55. (When I ran a 50 Miler, it took me over 11.5 hours!!)
Julian hiked a lot of the Appalachian Trail. He stopped to work when he needed money and then he kept going. He was a wanderer. I could never do that, so we are so different in that respect. But think of all the cool things he saw and experienced on the trail!
My brother also plays the guitar and writes beautiful music and lyrics. I have so many songs he has sent to me over the years.
Happy Birthday, Julian!!!!!!!
I am linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5!