I had the opportunity to hang out with an old high school friend the other night who was in town for a convention. After a very pleasant evening of dinner and a few pleasant whiskies, he drops a bomb: after just passing two years of marriage, he's getting a divorce. The tensions leading to the break involve disagreements about how to spend money, the day-to-day domestic arrangements of how the household should be run, the directions of their respective carreers, how they each look at their lives, and where and when to have children. In short, they appear to be hitting all the major issues that couples face.
If you look back in this diary and do a little math, you will see that Mrs. Geek and I got married two years ago Monday. This friend got married two weeks before we did. The only reason why we were unable to attend that wedding was that we were in the throes of major wedding preparations ourselves. I'm told it was a hell of a party. It is a sobering realization almost on the eve of a second wedding anniversary that your two year old marriage is already outlasting the marriages of other people you know. Mrs. Geek and I feel like we're just getting started... there is so much that we still want and want to do. Some people are not meant to be together. Mrs. Geek and I firmly believe that we belong with each other... but hearing about this divorce provides a sense of marital mortality.
Other than that, it's been a costly week. Mrs. Geek is away for a few days to attend a scrapbooking event. (I'll bet that most of you didn't know that there are scrapbooking conventions, did you?) Aside from the expenses from that event, she wanted to take her car in for a 90K mile service before she left. That turned into a $650 bill... for a new valve cover gasket, coolant system flush, transmission service, a new oil pan (because some nimrod at another garage stripped threads holding the oil pan plug while changing the oil) and tire repair (there was a nail in one of the tires.) The guys at this particular garage seem to be honest and I trust them, but sometimes their thoroughness can be a little... expensive.
on 2006-06-23 at 7:53 a.m.
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