Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tax Day

I suppose apologies are in order, to all of our loyal blog followers, for our neglect of our blogging duties. I was going to make some lame excuse, but I think we have just been preoccupied with the new beginnings of Spring and have fallen away from our old routines a bit. We have made some boat progress, including mounting the engine in Me Voy, and re-bedding the port lights. I also removed the "last" of the rot from the hull and transom and began installing the new wash down pump. We have had to put finishing the engine install on the back burner while we replenish our bank account after paying the marina and the tax man. I should be back on that next week-end. Maggie also began prepping Lucy Maru for paint.

But this blog is not going to be about boats or about the tax man, as the title may have indicated. This blog is about us. Me and Maggie. You see April 15, tax day, is the anniversary of the day we first met. I was working at an art studio in the wood shop, while living with the artists who owned the place and Maggie was freelancing for a few weeks with us, doing some painting and she also was living at the bosses house. We were instant friends. We spent at least one entire night banging on a drum together beside a big fire pit alone under a blanket of stars in blue ridge VA, and many others just hanging out talking. I thought she was the coolest person I had ever met. That was eight years ago, and I still think she is the coolest person I have ever met.

She went back to L.A. way too soon for my liking and a few very long weeks later, I sold most of my bigger possessions and got on a Greyhound with a one way ticket to Los Angeles. We have been together nearly every day since. It has been really hard at times, but we have only grown closer through all of our trials. She is the best friend I have ever had, and there is nobody I would rather be sharing this dream with.

I hope this isn't too sappy. I promise to get back to boat blogs within the next few days. There is just one more thing I suppose I should announce. You see all this time we have never made our relationship legal. We have often debated the significance of marriage, and wondered if it is a broken institution set up by "the man" to somehow keep us in line or otherwise under control. What is the point we would often say. We have often declared our love to each other so isn't that good enough. Our parents don't think so. So, in light of their desires and family and all of that other really neat stuff, we have decided to do it. So here it is. The day will be August 7 of this year aboard Lucy Maru. Can't wait to blog about it.

7 comments:

jomamma said...

Not too sappy at all. Congratulations, ya'll are a cute couple and I hope you have many wonderful years together. There will always be trials and ups and downs, just remember how it all started and all the good laughs you've had together and you'll be fine.

Samantha said...

congrats to you both! happy anniversary. :)

Anonymous said...

ahhhhhhhh, that warmed my heart

Anonymous said...

You get better tax returns when your married, so I don't think the man controls people thru marriage. Congratulations.

Travis and Maggie said...

I heard T pecking away at the keys, and was thinking he was doing the engine blog update. Had no idea he was saying such nice things about me/us. I can't believe this was our 8 year anniversary! Thanks T for a great adventure so far! Hope getting "wedlocked" isn't anything like getting "headlocked"!

Ken n Cheryl said...

Congratulations! We've been together over 26 years and are still best friends. Marriage has its challenges, but so does any relationship. Cheers!

Jamie said...

Congratulations to you both! Wedding plans abound onboard boats (wink - details to follow on our end too).