john & samantha
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10 Things You Don't Know About John
His given name is "Yas" but he changed to to John Yas Jaddou when he became a USA citizen.
He is the second youngest of ten siblings (and Sam thinks he is the cutest of them all :-)
He was born in Iraq and came to the USA in 1980 without speaking a word of English
He is an excellent cook and can prepare gourmet meals which can stand against those created by the likes of Gordon and Emeril
holds nine patents at Ford Motor Company.
Sailing and photography are the top of his list of hobbies.
He is a great actor, especially when imitating Sam.
He has 18 nieces and nephews and recently became a GREAT uncle (although many of his nieces and nephews say he was "alread a GREAT uncle").
He speaks Four languages: Aramiac (the oldest language and the language of Jesus Christ), English, Arabic and he is conversant in Chinese.
He is an NPR Junkie (NPR in the car, in the kitchen, in the living room, in the bathroom, in the bedroom, and on his iPhone).
10 Things You Don't Know About Sam
Her given name is "Yanling". It means a "soaring swallow" in Chinese.
She is the only child, she was born in China and moved to the US in 2000.
She converted to Catholic in 2009 and her baptismal name is Bridget.
Cooking/eating and traveling are two of her favorite hobbies
She cannot go one week without seafood, although she prefers to have it everyday if possible.
She LOVES Jane Austin and her fantasy is to travel back to the Austin Era.
She likes Hong Kong pop songs from the '80s and '90s.
Paris holds a special place in her heart because thats where John proposed to her.
She likes ballroom style of dancing, especially waltz and salsa.
Her goal is to visit most of the 1000 places in the book "1000 Places to Go Before You Die".
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