As the lovely wife will tell you, remembering anniversaries is not one of my stronger skills. I'll give you an example. For our wedding anniversary a couple of years ago, I thought I was being a great husband by looking up what the traditional anniversary gift was for a couple reaching their 8th anniversary. Turns out the traditional gifts are either bronze or pottery. We don't have any bronze in our house and I thought pottery would be the best bet. Well, where else would I find good pottery but at Pottery Barn? So I went to Pottery Barn.
I took my time looking and found a couple of nice pots and had them wrapped up. I thought they were good looking pots, and knew that the lovely wife be gracious about them even if they weren't exactly what she would pick. I mean, they came from Pottery Barn, and she seems to like that place pretty well. Besides, I knew what was important was that she would realize I made the effort on my own to shop for traditional 8th year anniversary gifts. I also knew that display of consideration and sweetness would get me a lot of action in the sack later when I told her the trouble I went to.
Our anniversary date came (it's somewhere like in the middle of May, like the 14th or 15th or abouts) and I gave my wife her gift. I proudly handed over the box and she eagerly opened it. As I hoped, she thought the pots were beautiful. She asked how I came to choose them. I told her I had done some research and found these were the traditional gifts for this year of our marriage. Her eyes welled up a little and I knew I had done well. I also knew that later that night it. was. on.
But.... I kept talking and didn't quit while I was ahead. Big mistake. "Yeah, for the 8th anniversary they say traditional gift is either pottery or bronze, and I didn't think you liked bronze that much."
She stopped and kind of stared off across the room for a moment. "8th anniversary?" she asked. Uh oh.
"Yeah, I um...."
"Sweet heart.... we've been married 6 years. Not 8."
"Oh. Hmm." I chose my next words carefully. "I guess it just seems like 8."
Now in my defense I realized what a dumb thing that was to say the moment the words came out of my mouth, which in my opinion, shows great progress on my part.
I won't go into any more detail, but I suppose you can imagine how the rest of that conversation and evening went.
I bring this up only because I just realized that I passed my 2 year blog anniversary last week. I don't really care that much, but I suppose I should acknowledge it for posterity's sake.
Actually the only reason I thought about it was that last week I was in Chicago for the International Housewares Show, which I go to every year. I started my blog just before the show 2 years ago and so now when I'm at the show, I remember this is about the time my blog got started.
And I only mention going to Chicago last week because it kept me from yet another Cleve Auction,and I once again had to rely on write in bids. I did ok with them though:
Finally, as I was in picking these wins up Saturday, Cleve told me he found a card I might like and gave me this:
1964 Don Drysdale $4 A Very sharp card and much needed for my 1964 page
Yu Darvish Allen and Ginter Lot $4: B+ I probably didn't save a whole lot, but getting 4 of these in one shot is great.
Jurickson Profar Spring Fever Card $0: A++++++++ It's ridiculous how awesome Cleve is.
On a final note regarding the blog anniversary- thank you to all of you who follow, comment, trade, play words with friends, and have become friends with me over this past two years. This goofy project I started two years ago is more fun that I ever imagined and I owe it all to you good folks!
Thanks for hanging out with me!