August 2, 2006

20 years ago today

by Ed Rozmiarek

According to Wikipedia several interesting things have happened on August 2. In 1776, the delegates to the Continental Congress began signing the United States Declaration of Independence. In 1943, PT-109, with future president of the United States Lieutenant John F. Kennedy commanding, sunk. In 1934 Adolf Hitler became FŁhrer of Germany. And in 1985, A Delta Air Lines jet crashed at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas (I remember that well since I was living in Dallas at the time).

One thing not listed there, but just as important as any of those for our family unit, 20 years ago today, on August 2, 1986, Susan and I got married.

When thinking about what to do for our 20th anniversary, we discussed several options. One thing we really wanted to do was go back to Cancun (where we went on our honeymoon). Although it was hit by a hurricane last year, I had heard that they had recovered fairly well. But, with a 13 and 10 year in the house, we would definitely need someone to sit for us while we were out of town. Unfortunately, there just is not anyone to do that right now for us. So we scrapped that idea.

The other thing to do would be to get something that would represent our time together, something meaningful. The 20th anniversary is either the china or platinum anniversary (depending on which chart you use). We werenít interested in either of those types of items. We were out one day and the idea hit us, or hit Susan, she wanted a new rock for our anniversary. We happen to be near a store and browsed them and realized that that might be a nice thing to do.

Well, this past Saturday, we went out shopping and picked out a new rock. In fact, we decided to splurge and picked out three smaller stones to go with it as a place setting. All in all it wasnít as expensive as we thought it was going to be. In fact, we arranged for special deliver yesterday to make it a unique event. The rock was delivered yesterday afternoon and Susan was very happy about how it came out. I figured I better take a picture so Susan can show the world. You can see the rock and the smaller stones here.

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Do I have a weird wife? In some ways, yes. But thatís just one of the things that makes her great and has made the last 20 years fun. Well, actually 24 years since we dated four almost four years before getting married.

So hereís to Susan! Happy Anniversary dear! Itís been a great 20 years and I canít wait for the next 20 and beyond.

And before any of you think ďOh my gosh, he actually bought her a rock for her anniversary. The cad!Ē and send me nasty e-mail, Susan actually likes the rock. Yes, we picked it out and yes, it is the main present to ourselves. Call us strange, but we think itís kind of fitting. Something that has been around a very long time and we hope will be around for much longer. And just think, if it was a diamond, it would be about 5.36 million carats. Not bad if you ask me.

Posted by Ed Rozmiarek at August 2, 2006 8:03 AM



I wish you a happy life together!

Hosaka (Hungary)

Posted by: Hosaka on August 4, 2006 7:17 AM

As a former geologist, I think that rock is AWESOME!

Posted by: anye on September 1, 2006 12:44 PM

I'll sure say one thing about you two: you really know how to rock!


Posted by: Greg Schloesser on September 1, 2006 1:40 PM

An old Chinese Proverb says: Better, Grasshopper, to have rocks on your lawn than have them in your head . . .

Happy Anniversary, Ed and Susan, and now you have a project for 25. You can build a few of those Die Oster Insel pieces lifesize to store your rocks. (Sorry,Sue, didn't mean to give Mr. Handyman any ideas, now . . .)

Posted by: Lenny on September 1, 2006 4:31 PM

Congratulations, you are lucky to have each other. Rocks are way cool! Former geologist #2

Posted by: Charlie Davis on September 1, 2006 7:58 PM

Congratulations Ed and Susan! Continued Best wishes comming to you from a bachlor who can't seem to have 20 concecutive dates with the same woman much less 20 happy years. Its Great to see your love for each other is "Solid as a Rock"...or two or three or four.

Posted by: Henry on September 2, 2006 1:34 PM


Definitely appropriate types of rock.

Geologically, what am I looking at?

Posted by: George Phillies on October 14, 2006 10:18 PM
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