|||Both are only children|
|||Both grew up in bucolic rural areas just beyond the New York City suburbs.|
Areas where wealthy New Yorkers built their country estates during the American Gilded Age (1876-1917). See Hudson Valley, NY and Somerset County, NJ
|||Both played the violin. Brook's Grandfather made hers.|
Tom's G-G-G-G-G-G-G-Great Grandfather, Increase Sikes, was born in|
Springfield, Massachusetts in 1644.
Brook's Father was born in Springfield sometime later.
|||Brooke went to Highschool in Red Hook, NY, Tom went to Highschool in Lakeville, CT, 25 miles away as the crow flys.|
|||When Tom met Brooke she was living 1 block from the resting place of Tom's G-G-Grandfather, Jonathan Sikes, from whom Tom got his middle name.|
|||Both were scholar-athletes in high school and college.|
Brooke: Basketball, Ultimate (Frisbee) (National Champion)
Tom: Wrestling (New England champion), Lacrosse, Skiing
|||Both are Boston Red Sox fans.|
A year after they met the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years.
Both have PhDs in Neuroscience from the University of California at Davis |
(I've got to remember to refer to them as Dr. Babineau and Dr. McBride)
Brooke did her post-doc autism research at the NIH and is now doing autism research at UCSF.
||| Both are members of the Tahoe Back Country Ski Patrol|
and certified in Outdoor Emergency Care (Avalanche skills, Search and Rescue, First Aid)
|||They are avid bikers, both as a means of green transportation and for triathlon training.|
|||Both recently completed a marathon and a triathlon and are outdoor enthusiasts in general.|
Brooke had a podium finish in their last (long course) Triathlon
Swim Cycle Run Sprint 1/2 mi 12 mi 3 mi Olympic 1 mi 24 mi 6 mi Long Course 1.2 mi 56 mi 9-13 mi Ironman 2.4 mi 112 mi 26 mitriathlon; Tom got lost on the bike ride and did an extra 12 miles.
|||Both are rock climbers and have climbed in a variety of places from Yosemite to the Gunks.|
I don't apologize for the blatant bragging; Bragging about your kids is one of the privileges of being a senior citizen.