Once upon a time…

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess living in an apartment in a city far, far away…

When I met my wife I wasn’t exactly in the best of places. I had been separated for about seven months and was still giving my ex most of my paycheck. I was driving a beat up old pickup truck (which I still drive, actually). I was living with MOTHER. Quite a catch, huh? Well, she took a risk on me anyway. We fell in love almost at first sight and I asked her to marry me after knowing her only five weeks. Not to cast aspersions on her judgment, I have to report that she said yes.

So, there I was, still married and ready to be divorced and get married again (hey, I was single for almost three days!). I had no money and no assets aside from an old jaguar convertible that I had from the first marriage. I told her that if I sold it I would get her a ring, but no one bit when I put a sign in the window. So when we did get married she got a very nice looking platinum band with diamonds in it to wear. No solitaire, but then again we’re both older and both had been married before.

Anyway, fast forward to the present. I want to build a boat, and she is very supportive of this. I clear out the garage, sell the jag (priced it a little low I think), and commence buying tools. I offer to give her some of the money for the house and she wouldn’t have any of it. I tried buying dinner, I wanted to pay a bill or two, but she was adamant that the money from the jag was for my boat. Being the selfish sort, I decided that it wasn’t for the boat per se, it was for my enjoyment. Having made that rationalization, I decided that I would enjoy getting her the diamond she deserved.

So happy birthday to my wonderful wife (belated here). I spent my boat money on a really nice ring that just looks great on her finger. I love making her cry like that! ;)

Does this mean my dream is over? Not at all, it just means I have to make deals and be frugal, which is fun to me anyway. I have enough cash to get started, and if I make my purchases piecemeal I should be able to leisurely buy and build over the next several months and still have my boat by the late spring.

Life is good. :)


  1. Adam Said,

    July 18, 2007 @ 8:43 am

    A much better investment, I’d say.

    But seriously, you need to tell me what you did to brainwash her. I need some lessons…

  2. RaeJane Said,

    July 18, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    That’s sweet.

    I was single about the same amount of time when I met my now hubby.

    I swore of men for a whole 48 hours!!

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