It seems like just yesterday…or perhaps just a few years ago that Laurie and I got married. But as April 2021 rolled around, so did our wedding anniversary. Looking at the calendar and then looking back at our wedding photos provides proof that many years have actually passed since we tied the knot!
We were married in April 1979, a mere 42 years ago! It all started with a ‘blind date’ that my admin had arranged at my behest. I’d guess that putting that pressure on Debbie these days would be inappropriate behavior… In any case, Laurie and I met in April of 1978 and we got married exactly a year later. Dang, I even had hair back then!
Our wedding party was very small indeed. We were pretty much broke at the time and didn’t want to roll up a big debt. After the wedding, the group reassembled at a local restaurant. Our wedding party consisted of our mothers, David II, Laurie’s maid of honor, my best man, the minister and his wife. Our honeymoon consisted of a night at the Marriott Hotel at the St. Louis-Lambert Airport and, after a drive across Missouri to Kansas City, a night at the Regency Hyatt Hotel. On Monday, it was back to work for both of us…
For our celebratory dinner this year…after skipping anniversary dinner out in 2020…we returned to the restaurant where we’d celebrated our 4oth anniversary, an Outback Steakhouse in Knoxville Tennessee. It’s not a particularly romantic restaurant but, as you’ll see, it was perfect for the occasion.
It would have appeared more romantic if we sat next to each other but sitting across from each other allows for a better conversation and reminiscing. Time for a toast with our adult beverages! While Laurie had a fancy special cocktail, blackberry and lemon vodka martini, as usual I went for a Miller Lite.
Our pleasant and eager to please waitress snapped this photo… We sure look a little different than we did 42 years ago. Laurie sure did marry an old guy! It’s hard to imagine where the time has gone…but our memories are strong and we’ve had a lot of great adventures, as well as a few mishaps, along the way. Right now we’re looking forward to visits later this year with family and friends as well as continuing our explorations along the back roads of the USA and Canada.
My choice for dinner was a 12 oz. ribeye steak grilled medium rare. It was accompanied by a baked potato stuffed with butter, cheese and crumbled bacon. We’d started the meal with some bread and very flavorful matching Caesar salads. My steak was good if not great…but it was very satisfying.
One of the reasons that Outback Steakhouse fitted our needs…or at least our wants…was that I could order a steak and Laurie could order her favorite food…lobster tails with drawn butter! They were sided with some nice home style mashed potatoes. She was a happy wife for sure, especially after a year in self-imposed quarantine and zero lobster. It was just great to get out and about! FYI, the other reason for our choice…we had 3 gift cards for Bloomin’ Brands that we’d been unable to use for almost a year!
Only 8 more years and we’ll be able to celebrate our 50th!
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave and Laurie