Tuesday, May 26, 2009

15 Years of Smiles


May 1994, Monterey, CA.

This week Dave and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. We met and got married at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Back then, we were both workaholics who spent more time with computers than people. In fact, it was an SGI computer rep who introduced us. I needed a CDROM drive to install some software (many workstations did not have internal ones at the time) and she knew a guy down the hall who had one.

That same guy would later roll into my lab one day with his bicycle and ask me to dinner. Who the hell does he think he is riding his bike in my lab?!? I'm busy and don't have time to go out to eat. OTOH, he's pretty good looking and I may need to borrow his CDROM drive again ...

I forget if it was a weekday or weekend but remember us both going back to work after our first date. We'd then spend much more time on computers building our relationship using email and UNIX Talk, an early form of instant messaging, as Dave traveled often (and still does) and was much easier to stalk get a hold of that way.

Our wedding was, fittingly, atop the building where we worked. There were just four of us: Dave, me, the Justice of Peace and his daughter Katherine as our witness. I selected and recorded the music. Dave baked the cake. It was perfect. Simple, cheap, us.

Thanks, Dave, for 15 wonderful years. And thank goodness we now have Skype and spell-checkers.


Last month, Dave in VA, me in HI :-)

This week I'm tapering for the Rock 'n Roll Half Iron Tri in Macon, GA, on Saturday -- WEE!

36 comments:

Jenny Davidson said...

Lovely! Shirley, have a great time out there on Saturday!

Wendy said...

That's wonderful! Congratulations!

And rock that rock & roll half-iron!

Katherine said...

I still remember my dress, but I'd forgotten yours. You look absolutely AWESOME!!! And now I feel old.

Kevin said...

Congrats on 15 years and good luck this weekend

DaveP said...

It was a Monday and we went for dinner at Peppers.I had to wrap up some things before I left for DC in the morning.

Across the board, it's been a great 15 years, thanks.
Love,
Dave

Stef said...

Woot! Congratulations Shirley and Dave! Great story. Taper well my friend. Look forward to reading about your race!

Molly said...

How sweet! Happy anniversary!!!

Molly said...

Oh! And good luck this weekend :) Exciting!

Calyx Meredith said...

Congratulations Shirley and Dave! I love that he remembers what day of the week and where you went. Enjoy the week and good luck in the tri!

Road Warrior said...

Congratulations, Shirley! 15 years is quite a long time. It's so neat to hear parts of your story.

Runner Leana said...

Aw, happy anniversary!!!

X-Country2 said...

That gave me goosebumps. :o)

Congrats to you both for 15 years of smiles!

Vickie said...

Congrats and hopefully another 15+ years. Good luck at the tri this weekend too! Hope the weather is half-way decent.

Petraruns said...

Awww. This made me feel quite gooey. How lovely - how lovely how you two met and transformed each other's lives. How lovely that you are both still SO delighted with each other after 15 years. ShirleyPerly - I swear that one of these days I'm going to fly out across to you just to hug you! You make life better!

aron said...

ohhhh congrats on 15 years!!! hope the race went well this weekend :)

Missy said...

Congratulations! That rocks. Still happy after all these years.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Happy anniversary!!

Spokane Al said...

Congratulations Shirley. May you have many, many more terrific years together.

RoadBunner said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love the idea of simple weddings :) Good luck with your race!

MaineSport said...

Super post. Good luck with your race!

Bruce Stewart (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

I am all for keeping things simple. I had quite a hair-raising trip flying to the engagement ceremony (from north to south Taiwan) and the wedding itself was in a fairly packed church in a basement where there wasn't enough air-conditioning for a fully-dressed and nervous me. In some ways quite a frightening experience.
Anyway, congratulations. I have all the equipment for Skyping like that and will have to make sure it is all set up when our boys go off to college this fall.

lizzie lee said...

Congratulations....

ha ha, for a moment I thought your post was going to be:

"Our wedding was, fittingly, atop the building where we worked... We needed to go back to work on our computers, and we didn't have time to marry somewhere else..."

Ok!!!!

Meanwhile you do your Half Iron Tri in GA, I will try to PR a 5K. I'll think of you and run like crazy!

Smithposts said...

Congratulations Shirley and Dave! May you have many more years of happiness together!! Good luck in Macon this weekend.

Sunshine said...

Congratulations and very best wishes to you both. What a dear sweet picture!

Shannon said...

Happy Anniversary you cute couple!

Good Luck with the race, you'll blow it up.

Susan said...

Awwwww! I love this post. Not only does it tell your story, but it's very "this is how we do it and it works for us." I love that!

I am glad to hear that you use Skype. I haven't used it but want to. I just have to figure out who to Skype! LOL

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marathon Maritza said...

I love this post! Congratulations and happy anniversary!

I love that Dave posted more details of the first date in the comments...way to remember the details, Dave! No wonder you married him! Major points on remembering it was a Monday!

Whoo whoo Half-Iron! You are gonna rock it!

Black Knight said...

Happy anniversary, congratulations!
The pic is great!

Irish Blue said...

Ahhh, such a great couple and I love the story of how you started out.

Good luck this weekend!!!!!

jen said...

What a perfect couple. Great photos and great story.

Have fun this weekend at the Tri!!

PS Thanks for the advice on calorie intake on the bike- I added it up and I'm definitely not consuming enough. I'll be making some adjustments! Thanks again. :)

Dori said...

Happy Anniversary! I have run past the Naval Postgraduate School. I live a few hours from Monterey and go there often. The Monterey trail is one of my favorite places to run.

COTY said...

happy belated anniversary !

MarathonChris said...

Congratulations to you guys! :-)

Jade Lady said...

Wow..has it been 15 years already? Big Congrats!