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How Galinda Saved My Marriage

Posted on 2006.04.23 at 20:33
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Tomorrow is my anniversary. We've settled on eight years based on the age of our first child and the year I left the Air Force. We're not 100% on the actual year we were married. That's not what this is about, however. It's about how galinda822 saved my marriage...

We'd been fighting all day. Unusual for us. We'd both been so busy the past two days, working on various projects around the house, then staying up with galinda until 0200 watching The Sopranos. I'm sure it was because we were exhausted. Today, we were beat, but still going around the house getting things done, and fighting the entire time. I was trying to do too many things at once, and so was she. We didn't have the right tools to complete the projects we started, or something crucial to the project was still packed in a nameless box under nameless others.

I'll mention here the slight possibility that the fact I had decided to give up scooby-snack when galinda gave up smoking might have contributed somewhat.

Towards the end of the day, as we're both trying to wind down for the evening, galinda shows up with two gallons of my wife's favorite ice cream (the three of us have been eating only fresh and grilled foods since I got my grill) which appeared to visibly calm my wife as she began scooping spumoni - a kind of East Coast Neapolitan made up of cherry/pistachio/chocolate - into a dish. The she pulled me aside and opened her purse to reveal: Two packs of cigarettes! "I bought cigarettes," she said.
"Do you have anything in there for me?" I asked? She reached in her hand, and pulled out a fresh can of Grizzly Longcut Wintergreen.

I single tear slid from the corner of one eye.

Not a single harsh word was spoken the rest of the evening.

Thank you galinda!

So I was working on the neighbor kid's computer, and could not hit google. Odd. I brought up my own browser and, to ensure it wasn't cached, searched for a word I've not searched for before: asshat. danzigfried, thought you might like the results of that search, as it is your favorite catch-phrase.


galinda822 at 2006-04-24 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
That is quite an exaggeration!

Maybe I just wanted ice cream! Maybe I just felt quilty because I bought scooby and you didn't have any! Could be!!!!!!!
ehowton at 2006-04-24 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
Nah, I think its because you rock steady!
galinda822 at 2006-04-24 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
I'm like Aretha that way!
Tomas (pronunced Thomas)
professortom at 2006-04-24 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
I ate fiberglass insulation. It wasn't cotton candy like the guy said... my tummy itches.
drax0r at 2006-04-25 06:38 (UTC) (Link)
You should know better by now than to try to quit. I've told you time and time again...


Galinda saves the day again. This is becoming quite a pattern.

galinda822 at 2006-04-25 13:13 (UTC) (Link)
Well should I adopt the moniker the good Witch of the Midwest?
ehowton at 2006-04-25 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely! Hell, I've been under your spell awhile!
galinda822 at 2006-04-25 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
That was, of course, my plan from the moment I met you!!!!!
ehowton at 2006-04-25 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Twice now, I've stopped cold-turkey for over a year. It's always the wife that talks me into starting up again. I wonder why that is?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-04-25 08:47 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know that you dipped. Is that what Scooby Snack stands for?
ehowton at 2006-04-25 13:53 (UTC) (Link)
How long have you known me dude?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-04-25 18:58 (UTC) (Link)
apparently not long enough. How did you arrive at the name of "scooby snack"?
(Deleted comment)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-04-25 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
well, I learend something new about you today.
ehowton at 2006-04-25 19:40 (UTC) (Link)
It was Korea, 1995. I was in a bad mood in Korea. I was in the shop and the lieutenant hangs up the phone and yells out to everyone, "There's a Marine outside who needs to be escorted in. Will someone go get him?" No one moved. He said, "A Staff Sergeant Wintjen." I stood up. "I'll get him." I started walking down the long hall in the underground bunker. Back in intelligence school, Sgt Wintjen was in the class ahead of me. Nice guy, kinda quiet. Looked like Kevin Costner. He was dating a friend of mine. Didn't know him much. Several years later, as I am in the Defense Sensor and Application Training Program, we're at Goodfellow Air Force Base together, and once again, he's in the class right before me. Didn't get to know him very well there either. Hung out a few times. I meet him at the gate. The first place he asked to go was the Base Exchange. He bought a log of Skoal Longcut Wintergreen. "Scooby-Snack." He called it. Because it's the same size and shape as the discs of dog treats Shaggy & Scooby were so fond of. We hung out every evening for three months and became close friends. I started chewing Skoal, and chewed it for six years. Back when I started, Skoal was $1.20 a can overseas on base. Later, $1.40, $1.80 then $2.20. All within the year I was there. Back home, it went up to $3.00 a can on base. AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) had decided to stop cutting servicemen a deal on tobacco in order to promote better health. Problem is, as that is not why they were on crontract (they were on contract to provide goods to servicemen) they got their hand slapped for that, but it was in the courts for a year or more. Later, when I got out, and was paying nearly $6 a can for the stuff, I moved over to Grizzly at $1.60 a can, and honestly, I prefer it now over Skoal.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-04-25 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
why did you delete the original post? You still mispelled contract.
drax0r at 2006-04-25 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
This is why people make fun of you all the time, Tom.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-04-26 01:12 (UTC) (Link)
because of their errors? Now it all makes perfect sense and I feel better about myself.
drax0r at 2006-04-26 01:21 (UTC) (Link)
No, because the best thing you could think to say to this story was: You misspelled contract.

PS: You misspelled misspelled.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-04-26 01:23 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2006-04-26 02:41 (UTC) (Link)
That's the last time I spend any quality time authoring a response to one of your questions, Tom. I kinda expected SOME sort of reply...or were you just asking me because you were bored?
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