I am a native Brazilian, born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Goiânia (Goiás state). I moved to the United States in 2000, living in Kansas until for over a decade. I lived in Decorah, Iowa for six years after that. Now my family and I live in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
In my "previous life" I was a basketball player. I was a member of teams that placed 3rd in the U-17 and U-19 Brazilian tournaments and 2nd in the U-21 Brazilian tournament. I hold the record for career block shots at Baker University (2000-2004). My older brother holds the other two records (game and season). Both records he holds I am behind him by one block shot, but who's counting? I was also an Assistant Coach at Baker during the 2009-2010 season. I officially "retired" in 2011 in Brazil (with a relapse in 2013 also in Brazil). Team placed 2nd in Brazilian Center West Regional Championship (both in 2011 and 2013). Today I continue to follow the Brazilian basketball league, as a number of my former team mates have become coaches.