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2.5 Score and Here’s to Many More

By Christopher J. Robbins

Sunny cool winter greetings from Robbins Family Oz. Its been a fortnight (2 weeks for those who live Adair Heights) since last we connected. Maria, Johnny and I are enjoying our winter in lovely Kirribilli. So fun to be connected to family back in Saint Clair while they are enjoying the summer heat whilst we are enduring the “chilly” Sydney winter.

Today (Aug 14) is my 50th Birthday. Half Century. 5 Decades. 2.5 Score. 600 moons or so. I tell my wife, Maria, I’m planning to make the next 2.5 score even better: my battery life is in the neighborhood of 50%. Life is good and continues to get better and better. We have blessings stacked like cord-wood on two continents: North America and Australia. Or as the engineer in me likes to say: we are belt-and suspender-blessed.

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As mentioned in previous articles, my theme will be the bedrock importance of faith, family and friends in our lives and the lives of whom we hold dear: like-minded folks who share a common core set of values and beliefs. My article a fortnight ago focused on our recent Robbins Reunion and the passing of Uncle Rich (RIP). I mentioned we had a drone photograph the family … but didn’t have a digital photograph in my possession to include with that piece, so please see our drone photograph of the Robbins Family June 2018 Vintage. I love my family very much and thank the Good Lord that I was lucky enough to be born into such a fun, loud and fundamentally good family. We made lasting, multi generational memories that day….one of the best family reunions I have had the pleasure to attend. Our cousins, Janiene Denomme and Apryl Scayola and their families organized the whole event and it was spectacular. Job Well Done: Janiene and Apryl and family.

To celebrate my 50th birthday, Maria and I participated in the City2Surf 14K walk and fun run held annually here in Sydney. Race occurred on Sunday the 12th of August. Race began in downtown Sydney and followed the harbor and ultimately the Pacific Ocean coast line before finishing at the world-famous Bondi beach. We raised money for the Salvation Army (Salvos as the Aussies call it). Many thanks to all our donors: many family and friends kicked in their hard-earned dollars for a worthy cause. It was a spectacular day. Johnny stayed home with our lovely babysitter, Eden, who was one of his caregivers at his last pre-school/daycare, Little Learning School. She is terrific and Johnny really enjoys her company.

August 12th, incidentally, is also my Uncle Lou Zimmer’s 98th Birthday. Uncle Lou is my Mother’s oldest brother; John Louis’ namesake and Uncle Lou is one of my personal heroes who inspired me to become an Engineer. Uncle Lou is a long-retired Engineer and lives (on his own; 2X a Widower) in Laguna Woods in Southern California…still drives and serves as an inspiration to us all. Uncle Lou is a proud member of “The Greatest Generation” who served our country in WW2 as a USMC instructor after graduating with a chemical engineering degree from the University of Detroit in 1942. Absolute gem of a man who I love dearly. Uncle Lou is one of three surviving siblings from Grandma and Grandpa Lou Zimmer (RIP), family of fourteen. The other two are Aunt Judy Wiley (Saint Clair, baby of the family) and Uncle Dick Zimmer who lives well in Arizona. That’s all for now…. we will reconnect in a fortnight!

G’day, God Bless and Bob’s Your Uncle!
Robbins Family Oz

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Christopher J Robbins was born in 1968, the last of eleven children of Paul and Jean Robbins of Saint Clair Michigan. He grew up on Belle River Road…. affectionately referred to as Dog Patch (Courtesy of Uncle Joe McKay RIP). He was raised by Jean E. Robbins and Paul L. Robbins and 10 older siblings. Baptized, 1st Communion, 1st Confession and confirmation at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. Graduated St. Clair High School in 1986. Played football (OG and LB) for Benny where we had < 5 pass plays in O; Quiz Bowl Team, National Honor Society, School Play (Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mr. Harrington). Attended Eastern Michigan University 1986-1988. Transferred to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Fall of 1988 to pursue Chemical Engineering degree. Graduated UM in May 1991 B.S. Chemical Engineering. Received job offers from: General Electric, NCR, Chevron (El Segundo California); Chevron, Richmond, CA. Exxon Chemical: Linden, NJ. Dow Chemical, Freeport TX. Exxon Company USA, Baton Rouge, LA, Exxon Chemical, Baton Rouge, LA. Accepted offer from Exxon Company USA, Baton Rouge, LA. Worked for Exxon Company USA, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1991-1993. Unit Engineer in Wax and Lube Refinery Unit. Survivor of multiple Mardi Gras’. Many Scuba Excursions: Florida Panhandle. Lots of Crawfish Boils. Acquired 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera, Copper Brown Metallic, Cork Leather Interior. Drove it coast-to-coast. Worked for Elf Atochem North America in Philadelphia, PA 1993-1996 as Technical Service Applications Engineer. Specialized in organic chemicals…specifically nitrogen-based Amine chemistry. Supplied technical assistance to customers and sales forces throughout the world. Boiler Water Corrosion Control, Runaway Polymerization Reaction Control etc. Brew Master: Quay Street Brewing Company, Port Huron, MI. 1996-1998. Developed recipes for several beers including Robbins Red Ale, Port Huron-Style Kolsch and Pilsner, Ginger Beer and many others. Substitute Teacher in East China School District: 1998-1999. Surveyor and Civil Engineer (Emphasis on Construction Engineering) with Spalding DeDecker Associates, Rochester Hills, MI: 1999-2014 Self-Taught Civil Engineer. Became a Licensed Professional Engineer in State of Michigan, 2003. Met my Australian wife, Maria, at family wedding on Maui in May 2009. Married Maria in August 2010 at friend’s house on the St. Clair River in East China Twp. (Best Decision I’ve ever made). Judge Cynthia Platzer officiated. Witnesses: Bill and Cris Nesbitt, Gerry & Patti Mason. Ringbearer: John Deaver-Chang Mason. Worked for Fleis & Vandenbrink, Engineering Company. Karegnondi Water Pipe Line. 2014-2015. Moved to Oz in October 2015. John Louis Robbins born at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney: Nov 2015. Stay at Home Dad in Oz: Nov 2015 to Present. Writer for Blue Water Healthy Living: Beginning July 4, 2018. Ending: TBD Christian, Husband, Father, Engineer, Thinker. Lover of Life. Faith. Family. Friends. American Football.
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