OK, you found us -- you've reached Brad and Barbie Harrington. That would be us to the left. We met in 2001 and were married at Multnomah Falls in 2003. It's been an incredible journey -- some good, some bad, and all of it a learning experience: raising our kids; starting our own business at Liberty Computer; experiencing deaths in our family; and all the other things that go along with two people dedicating their lives to each other no matter what else comes to pass.
We thought we'd create this website to give anyone with an interest some ideas about who we are, what we value, what we are working for and what we believe in. Everybody has a story, and this is ours. These are the things that matter to us.
So -- what will you find here? Pictures, mostly. Of us, our family, our pets, and many other things we enjoy taking pictures of. Some links to some of our writings. And, interspersed throughout it all, a tremendous amount of love that we cherish more than anything else in the world.
The Angel & The Eagle
Milwaukie, Oregon Statue of Liberty
"The Angel & The Eagle" will be the name of our book. For those eager to gain a copy, however, it might be a while. You see, we haven't started writing it yet!
But we will. And we know what we want it to contain. The details of our story, because there are many elements to that story that we believe to be unique and noteworthy to read. We'll start off with each of us, as individuals. Where we came from; how we grew up; what each of us came to believe; and how we got to where we were when we met.
Then we'll move into our meeting and subsequent events, which have a bit of a fairy-tale quality to it. The day Brad walked into B&B Computer Service in Cheyenne, Wyoming, having recently thumbed his way into town from Boise and looking for a job. And Barbie, co-owner, accepting his resume. And on from there: the completely different spots we were at in our lives when we met, and what it is that we were each looking for. The almost-insurmountable differences we had with one another, and the deep-rooted similarities that gave us the common ground to move forward anyway.
And after that? Moving to Portland, Oregon, in 2002, and opening up Liberty Computer Service, with nothing to our names but a few thousand dollars and a dream. Making that dream a reality, and all the trials and tribulations we experienced as new business owners: bad checks that nearly put us out of business -- and of the plans we employed, victoriously, to get our money back; getting behind on all our payments in the first six months while we hammered out a client base from nothing and slowly but surely built an honest, competent and reliable quality of service unparalleled by any of our competitors; of helping to create the motivation for, and of watching the erection of, a 51-foot tall Statue of Liberty built by our shop's property owner right behind our business (the Statue of Liberty was our logo).
And on through our personal journeys with one another -- the times we chased lighthouses, mountains, sunrises and sunsets with our camera; the times we struggled -- successfully -- with Brad's drug and alcohol addictions; the times when it seemed like our problems would blow us apart, but when we always came back to the love we felt and had for one another.
And then returning back to Cheyenne, and our growing and wider awareness of the world around us. And of what we, as two people, could do about it, and the start of Brad's writing.
So, we believe that we have a book on our hands -- one that, in addition to relating our story, will also include much about a number of topics as well: philosophy, history and the United States of America: where we are heading and where we should be heading. Most important of all, it will be the story of the indomitable spirit of the human mind.