Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...



(If you're in the vicinity of my age, your immediate thought when you saw that title was, "Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play!" Sorry for the confusion. This isn't about The Beatles. It's about MY WIFE. Feel free to hum the tune while you're reading this, though, as I'm sure John Lennon and Paul McCartney won't mind. Well, anyway, John Lennon won't. In the meantime, here's how MY WIFE feels about the whole thing.)




Twenty years ago, on February 10th, I met MY WIFE. I've told the story before, and I won't rehash it now. You could go here and read it. It's a long story, but a good one.)

I could fill a few pages with flowery prose expressing how much I love MY WIFE, but that sort of thing, heartfelt though it may be, would probably become a repetitious drag. Instead, I'm going to go visual. After a few more words, there will be photos; to the best of my knowledge, every visual instance of MY WIFE ever to appear on this blog. They may or may not be in chronological order, and so am I.

Understand that MY WIFE does not particularly enjoy being photographed, and there haven't been more than a handful of times I've NOT heard her complain about how she looks horrible in a photograph. As a result, I often forgo including a photo of her, even when one would add something to the story being told. But, even with that self-imposed prohibition, it seems I've run a lot of photos of her. That will tell you either how much I love her or how often I disregard her stated wishes in favor of getting my own rocks off.

Enough jibber-jabber! Here's the woman I met twenty years ago today; fell in love with shortly thereafter; married in 1992; and with whom I am planning to spend the rest of my life (unless she really hates these photos and asks for a divorce when she sees this.) Enjoy!














Since it doesn't actually show her face, that last photo is probably the only one she doesn't mind. If I were her, though, I wouldn't complain about the one where she's dressed as a cherry pie. Hubba-Hubba!

Soon, with the rest of my life.


53 comments:

Cricket said...

Ha! I remember "Kiss-Fu" from back in the day, Grasshopper. Love "extinct relatives of tetrapods", too, whether the "caption" was intentional or not.

I do my best to avoid the dreaded lens myself, for precisely this reason.

Word veri: recunied... there's a joke in there, somewhere.

lime said...

oh this was so fun! and i must count myself among the privileged few since i have one picture that includes just the top rim of one side of her glasses and an bit o her brow and hair. hehehe. the real privilege was getting to meet her in person and see the two of you together and witness the real live evidence of the genuine affection you guys have for each other.

my favorites in this series are the photo booth shots because it's just unguarded and fun and the last one with the napkin and glasses because it just makes me giggle so much.

please tell YOUR WIFE i absolutely adore her.

Michelle H. said...

A great montage of photos portraying your wife!

I must say, the photo of the two of you wearing the crowns is still a favorite. But I don't remember seeing the one where you're standing in the dim room with that macabre skeleton statue thingie in the background. What post is that one from, if I may ask?

Brian Miller said...

what a wonderful tribute. love the pics. congrats on 20 and may there be many more!

Suldog said...

Michelle - That was from an office Christmas party wherein we went miniature golfing in a black-light-lit fluorescent-painted indoor mini-golf course. It can be found at...

http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com/2006/12/no-donuts-for-anyone_1925.html

(The post from the day previous to that had more shots of the party, if anyone's interested.)

http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com/2006/12/holiday-party-pictures.html

Moannie said...

Those pics simply reinforce my opinion that YOUR WIFE is a fiesty, funny, long suffering, incredibly clever and you arelucky to have found her.

This post was just what I needed to cheer me up. Was going to go out for a walk but it is snowing again.

TechnoBabe said...

You two are so much fun, especially together. Twenty years!! I am impressed with the fact that the date you met her is important to you. I should say still important to you.
Awesome!!! I so like you both. Sincerely just like you. Love seeing the pictures, shows her spunky and fun side and she is beautiful. Hugs to you both. I will show this post to my sweet hubby. We both like your blog.

Rhea said...

You're such a romantic sometimes. Glad you found the love of your life.

Jazz said...

Suldog as a romantic. Who'da thunk it?

Expat From Hell said...

And, as the song continues, "they've been going in and out of style, but they are guaranteed to raise a smile". As are you, my friend! Great tribute to a great relationship and an inspiring couple. EFH

GreenJello said...

So... was the photo of "extinct relatives" planned, or did it just happen that way? :)

Fun to see all those photos of YOUR WIFE. :)

Eva Gallant said...

No wonder you count yourself lucky! She's so much better looking than you are! lol Congrats! May you have many more happy years together!

Fab, feisty and fifty... said...

l think its wonderful how you love to talk about your wife, and in such positive terms..I would feel quite happy and blessed if l knew my hub felt like this.....your wife and you are lucky to have found eachother...lovely post jim..


sazx

jinksy said...

Memories are made of this, hey?!

Uncle Jim said...

20 Years? Hell if I had known that I would have sent a fruit cake. :)

Eva Gallant said...

I had to come back and comment again1 I read how you met your wife and the shiskabob inscident, and I have such a different picture of you. Who knew you were such a romantic. Wonderful that you two found each other!

Daryl said...

You two kids ... 20 yrs .. Ga'bless .. and please tell YOUR WIFE I think she's has very pretty hair, made a lovely bride AND is married to one hellava guy

Suldog said...

Green Jello - The shot was semi-planned. We wanted a photo of the three - MY WIFE, her brother, our nephew - and then we saw the sign, so...

Buck said...

"... they've been going in and out o' style, but they're guaranteed to bring a smile..."

True Dat.

I note you had a long courtship, as well. That also speaks highly of YOUR WIFE's great good sense. Yours, too.

Ananda girl said...

I enjoy hearing about your wife. The stories you tell are entertaining and filled with your love for her. Its a beautiful thing. I am happy for you both!

By the way... I hate being photographed too. My sympathies to her for having to endure this post! Ha

Linda said...

I guess we are in the same age bracket since my brain automatically started singing when I read the title.

Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your lucky day!

Uncle Skip, said...

My wife is only a little different. She doesn't mind being photographed... just doesn't want anyone to see them afterward.

Off topic [maybe]: some recent research of my family has made me realized the all, yes every one of them, of the women are exceptionally beautiful... and good looking, too.

Chris@Knucklehead! said...

I sure hope you got her permission for this...

Here's to another twenty more, and yes, I immediately thought of the Beatles.

Kathryn Magendie said...

*smiling* - I'm like your wife - HATE being photographed - bleah!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!

Joan said...

It looks like many fun years together. Congrats!

Quirkyloon said...

Very impressive! You actually remember the date you met? Wowza! Those pics are adorable and I love the last one, why? Cuz now I know how to pose for my next pic!

hee hee

Eddie Bluelights said...

Congrats on the 20 years. Just the right lass for you, Jim. She has to have a terrific sense of humour.
I've know my wife, Maria, for 37 years and we have been married for 36.
I heard today my operation is this coming Saturday (13th Feb). Hope to get the spring in my step again after a while when I have the hip replacement. See you soon ~ Eddie

Ruth and Glen said...

Congratulations on your 20 year Anniversary ! What a nice tribute to your WIFE. Hoping the next time we're in Beantown we'll be able to meet up with both of you.

~jill said...

you two are so much fun! here's to many more years of wonderful memories together.

Karen said...

I don't think my hubby knows the date we got married, never mind when we met! LOL This is a nice tribute to your lovely wife. She's a lucky lady!

David Sullivan said...

Too me the day I met Lori is our real anniversary...congrats cuz!!!

Janet said...

Lost it on "extinct relatives." Brilliant, even if it wasn't intentional.
YOUR WIFE is a lovely, lovely woman, and there's not a bad photo in the bunch.

IT said...

It is totally against my principles to say anything nice here.
So, for someone who doesn't like awards, you sure are a suck-up.

Now that I have that out of my system - keep up the good work


verification word - grayed

Tim King said...

Sigh.

Love the photos. Best of happiness to you an YOUR WIFE!

-TimK

Angela Christensen said...

Luckily for me, I *did* think, "Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...", which made me read on. I also read your bio, and oddly, I just wrote about A Confederacy of Dunces the other night, which made me step up to the keyboard to thank you for this genuinely lovely evening's read.
Angie at Eat Here

Chris Stone said...

great snowman!
and the other pics were wonderful too. ;)
the zamboni was a favorite of mine.

Hilary said...

Oh these are wonderful. I love the photo booth shots best of all. You two are just so sweet.

♥ Braja said...

I thought you were going to launch into Sgt. Pepper's, with that intro :))

rallentanda said...

I like a family who is self assured enough to wear tiaras about the house!

rallentanda said...

I like a family who is self assured enough to wear tiaras
about the house!

Got 2 Trot Librarian said...

Your WIFE's a lucky woman! (Also, as someone who wears glasses, I'm looking forward to doing the glasses over the napkin trick sometime soon.)

Reasons said...

Congratulations to you and YOUR WIFE. Here's to many many more.

Mrs. C. said...

What a cutie-patootie YOUR WIFE is! She is a perfect foil for your unique good looks.

What lucky people you are to have each other!

Craig said...

Hey, wait a minute! "Flowery prose expressing how much I love my wife" is the major theme of MY blog. . .

I think I like the 'Tetrapods' shot the best. . .

But just between you and me - sometimes, you just make the right choice, and you don't even know until years down the road, just HOW right it was. Marrying Jen is one of those for me. And I gather that it ain't so very different for you. . . Well done, sir; well done, indeed. . .

(And of course, any and all Beatles references are heartily appreciated in these quarters. . .)

Suldog said...

"unique good looks"

Somehow, I feel there is sarcasm in that phrase, yet I can't quite put my finger on it...

addhumorandfaith said...

Fun to see pictures! You must be doing SOMETHING right -- she still looks happy! :)

Crazed Mom said...

Who knew you had such a sweet and romantic side? Hugs to you both. May I say I am envious of your wife because she has a spouse who appreciates her?

My spouse got a job!!! Nothing that pays 80K year like he had many years ago(oh the days of not worrying about money....)which means(drum roll please) he won't be home all the damn time!!!! Hoorah.

Sujatha said...

Love that last picture! She has a great sense of humor. Congratulations to you both, and here's to a 100 more!

Land of shimp said...

Twenty years is quite the accomplishment, Suldog, and it looks as if you have spent a primarily merry twenty years.

Long, long ago I was told that if I was very fortunate, I'd meet someone I could like as much I loved. Fortune was in a kind enough mood, and I did exactly that.

It looks as if you too were the recipient of the same kind of good fortune, as was your wife.

Also, cameras are actually made of pure evil, ask any woman I've ever known. I've known models and they too hated what the darned things did to them, but your wife? Has no reason to believe that, she looks happy, and pretty throughout.

Dianne said...

Happy Met The Love of Your Life Day

this was a wonderful post

your wife has a beautiful shy smile
and apparently a great sense of humor - I love the last shot although she looks so pretty in all the others I don't see why she doesn't like being in photos

Jeni said...

Some very good photos there! Certainly nothing that would make a person upset to have any of them on display. Personally, I agree with Michelle H. in that the one I liked the very best was the one with both of you and the crowns. But all were very nice shots, perfectly acceptable in any circle, I would say.
And thanks Jim too for this post and a reminder of what kind of caring -as you exhibit -for one's spouse keeps a marriage alive and healthy! Congrats to you Jim for having made such a darned good find! And to your spouse too for being equally lucky -and also, sometimes I think, for having a whole lot of patience and even more in the sense of humor department.

Mushy said...

Those were fun...thanks for sharing!

Thimbelle said...

Congrats on 20 years - and many, many, many happy returns of the day! :)

Please tell Your Amazing Wife that she looks absolutely lovely and/or adorable in each and every picture.

Seriously.