We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Now that's a luscious body for a woman of any age! I love Helen Mirren's acting both in content and style. She did a British tv series as an upper level police person which was, as the children say, awesome. And a very convincing Elizabeth 1 portrayal. Poor Hollywood -- as long as they insist on casting double-digit IQ bimbos as rocket scientists, they won't gain any validity for their TV series. They should try to find some impressive actress like Cote de Pablo, who does the lovely and lethal Ziva on NCIS. Beautiful and commanding persona.
Marianne mentions double-digit IQ bimbos. I've had a couple of interesting revelations: Danica McKellar of "The Wonder Years" was a math major and has written books on the subject. Carol Linley, a bimbo-looking actress of the 1960s, proved highly intelligent in interviews. Her high-pitched voice, as she said herself, made her sound like an idiot.
On the marriage link -- my first marriage went poorly. My second marriage has had external storms but never internal storms -- that is, times of financial strain, we moved several times in a short period, school and development problems of our kids. We've never shouted at each other unless in physical danger, never argued heatedly, never had to "work at our marriage". Maybe one reason is that we quickly decided neither of us would try to change the other very much. Or maybe George just lucky, I guess. But I hate the meme that marriage is a task and a challenge. How dreary that makes it sound! A family will have tasks and challenges but marriage itself ought not to be.
November 1, 2011, is our silver anniversary as an item.
Congratulations,Geoff, on your luck and persistence in the marriage stakes. November is a good marriage month -- my dear Downs and I will have been married for 40 years this year. Of course, he always says that he has been married all his life -- just not to the same woman.
Downs made sure to remember his wedding date, by marrying both of us on the same date, just not the same year. I was very annoyed when I found out. Gotten over it by now.
Our wedding anniversary is in April -- November is when we became an item. I also know our informal engagement date (New Year's Eve) and our formal engagement date (Valentine's). I think the day we became an item is very important.
If you've been married 40 years, you must have married at around 10 or so, since you are surely only about 50.
Geoff Brown, you sweet man ... I'm 82 this year, and my husband is 85. We're hobbling around, but enjoy each other and are more dependent on each other than ever. And he is my 3rd husband; my first died 2 years after we were married of service-connected disability, from the Second World War. My second was a Big Mistake, that lasted oh, maybe five months before we split. Downs is my third, and real husband. We've had our ups and downs [chortle] but we've lasted 40 years and are going to try for, oh, at least five or six more.
We want to see what happens ...
P. S. as for you, buddy darling, the heck with looking like Helen Mirren. We want you to look just the way you are. So there ....
I care not about Ms. Mirrens body. Give me her eyes, her uplifted, yes at that age thin lipped smile, should she find something I say clever or, amusing even. She's a very smart level headed woman. The most supreme challenge for a man.
Nice, but you should see another picture of her taken the same year -- in which neither her arms nor her legs were lifted up, bathing suit top without underwires, and she wasn't holding her stomach in. Not such a pretty picture.