Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Milestone Anniversary

A milestone anniversary is coming up. My wife Wendy and I will celebrate number 30 in a couple weeks, May 31 to be exact. I know because the date is engraved on the inside of my wedding band. I imagine there is a particular gift for the 30th year: platinum, china, ebony, rock, paper, scissors . . . I don’t know which. I didn’t buy anything yet.

I did make reservations at a couple resort type hotels as we have a couple days off to travel along Lake Michigan. But the names of the hotels will remain a mystery to the missus until we get there. Even after 30 years, you need a few surprises to spice up the relationship.

For our last milestone anniversary, our 25th, my generous parents paid for us to stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. No cars allowed there, only horses and bikes. I brought my tennis rackets as they had clay tennis courts, something I always wanted to try. But after hitting the ball a few strokes, Wendy came up lame. She could barely walk let alone continue our tennis game. If she would have been one of the Mackinac Island horses, they would have shot her.

I still remember our first anniversary which included a trip to Toronto. We took the train but after gathering up our luggage at our destination all the cabs had been taken. We hauled our suitcases the several blocks to our hotel. I remember one rush hour driver rolling down his window and calling out, “Welcome to Toronto.” Wendy called back thanks.

One of my memories from that trip was making a reservation at Sir Nicholas, a Polish restaurant on the outskirts there that required a long bus ride. When we arrived and were escorted in, I wasn’t going to divulge that we had reservations lest the place be empty and we be revealed as naïve tourists.

Sure enough, the cavernous dining area had plenty of tables but few diners. Just as I was taking this in, Wendy spoke up, “We have reservations.” I never let her forget that. We could easily have reserved the whole place that night. Thankfully, the host pretended he didn’t hear.

Hea! Just for the heck of it, I Googled Sir Nicholas Restaurant in Toronto just now. Check out this blurb which was part of another restaurant review:
“You have to understand: Roncesvalles has never been a culinary destination. Yes, it's true that the Pope made a pit stop to the long since boarded up Sir Nicholas Restaurant for some Polish/Hungarian cuisine.”

I didn’t know that the Pope dined there. Wonder if he had a reservation.

What adventures will we have on the road this weekend? Of course, we can have adventures at home too. In fact, we had one just last night. I awoke in the middle of the night to scratching sounds. In the darkness, it appeared than an animal was trying to break in through our second story bedroom screen which overlooks the roof of our family room.

I slammed the window shut as it was partially open. This awakened Wendy. I told her there was an animal trying to get in through our window. Now this happened once before but the animal had fled before Wendy had seen it. She was sure the would-be intruder was a figment of either a dream or my imagination.

But this time she saw it. It was a raccoon, she said. Very scary, especially when I showed her how our screen was pushed free of its frame by the masked marsupial (yeah, I know he’s not a marsupial but masked marsupial sounds cool).

So today she told friends and family about the midnight encounter with the raccoon. She e-mailed her sister too, which got forwarded to me as well. But I found the e-mail subject header odd. I would have thought she would have titled her e-mail “Raccoon at our window”, or “Animal almost gets into our bedroom.”

Instead, reminded of my earlier account of the raccoon at our bedroom window, Wendy titled her e-mail, “Dave is not crazy.” *sigh*

After 30 years of marriage, this should be news?


Blogger TechnoBabe said...

Thirty years is truly a milestone. Congratulations on your thirty year anniversary and I hope you enjoy your weekend. Nice to know you still want to surprise Wendy. You better close all the windows before you leave though or you could have a house of wild critters when you get home.

7:29 PM  
Blogger B.S. said...

Seems to me you do an awful lot of traveling. That in itself can make one crazy, in my estimation. At any rate, it's mighty impressive that after 30 years, your wife considers you not to be crazy!

Somehow I know about that Grand Hotel on Mackinac island, although heaven knows I'm no expert on Michigan (and if I were, I wouldn't DARE admit it!). When I was in high school I spent summers at Interlochen, so that's probably how I heard of it.

Let's hope that this anniversary trip trumps those others. Happy 30th!


5:21 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

TECHNOBABE--Yeah, a house full of critters would be a real surprise. Wendy likes critters, but the kind you see out the car window when you're driving.

B.S.--Well, that time I wasn't crazy, she knows. But if she were to name my blog here, it might be crazy Dave instead of big Dave. Yes, I love to travel. And we're going to be fairly close to Interlochen (Traverse City). Very pretty around those parts.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

Happy 30th to you and Wendy Dave!!! We're following behind you next April. our hopes are to cash in our "points" from some amex/visa celebrity cards and take ourselves back on the Solstice.

Like Wendy-I'd come up lame playing tennis and horseback riding would see me in traction! LOL

and yes, marriages-no matter how loving and strong, need some surprises and spicing up now and then.

When I got home Sunday-I blush to say what my husband surprised me with! LOL and I loved it.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

30th Wedding Anniversary........ Pearl (traditional) Diamond (modern)

Have a wonderful celebration, Big Dave!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--We've never taken a cruise. Some day, but I'll have to hear more about your cruise first. Hopefully, your blog will have a clue to your surprise, eh. Maybe he started writing his own blog.

LEE--Pearl? Diamond!!! Sounds expensive. Would faux pearls and zirconiums be appropriate substitutes?

5:15 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hey Crazy Dave forget the substitutes after 30 years Wendy deserves the real McCoy my friend.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Dave ~~ Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary on the 31st. I hope you both enjoy your trip away.
I got through my busy week and all is well. My visitors are here, but have gone to bed. I won't be long
going as well.
Nandos is a restaurant chain of food
stores. Obviously not in the USA,
Take care, my friend. Regards, Merle.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Yoga in Mirrormont said...

Happy 30th Anniversary to the long-suffering Wendy and her crazy Dave!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Happy Anniversary.

Definitely Pearl in Britain anyway. Come on, dig into those pockets!

3:04 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

PETER--That's what I say. I'm the original.

MERLE--No, Nandos is not in the USA. Outback Restaurant is though.

YOGA IN MIRRORMONT--Not that long-suffering. She only started showing some partisanship for MSU when our second son began attending.

ISABELLE--Pearl in Britain,eh. I'd like to go to England again. Maybe this will be an excuse.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi again Dave ~~ Happy Birthday for the 25th May. I hope you have a
wonderful Day with many more happy returns. Mine was yesterday and I
turned 76 and had a happy day.
Take care, Regards, Merle.

4:26 AM  

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