Hello everyone! I’ve been inspired to write the story of how my husband and I met, by my friend and fellow blogger Dippy-Dotty Girl. Her wonderful travel blog is always a source of fun reading!
My husband and I have our wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve (December 31st). We picked that date for two reasons: first, we are not really “party people,” so we figured that would impel us to go out at least once a year!, and second, it seemed an easy date to remember, so that neither of us would accidentally forget the date! We did go out every Dec. 31st for several years after we got married – to New Year’s events, too! And then we had kids, and it turns out that it’s hard to find a sitter on New Year’s Eve (hah!). We’d usually go out the next day (New Year’s Day) and enjoy the time together anyway!
My husband and I fell in love because of Fortran. That’s right, computer programming. Back in the ’80s. When you still had to use punch cards and run them through a reader to make the computer do something. You’d make one small syntax error or typing mistake, and the computer would kick out the whole bunch and you’d have to start over.
I was taking a computer programming class at the University and my husband, who was a computer programmer and had graduated a year or two before me, was a friend who offered to help me with my questions about Fortran. I had a lot of questions. I loved programming, but any new language, whether human or computer, is difficult to learn at first. I would work on my assignments, run into a problem, and I’d call him to ask for help.
My husband is an introvert. And a computer programmer. So, you can guess that he did not seem thrilled (from the outside) to be helping. But I needed the help, and I really wanted to learn the language, so I persisted. Only later, after my class was finished and I told him, “I won’t be bugging you with programming questions any more,” did I learn that he looked forward to hearing from me, that he was falling in love with me, and he didn’t want me to leave him alone! Hah!
Computers brought us together. Later on, when we were dating “for real,” we even worked together to build our own computer from a kit, a Zenith. I eventually got my degree from the University of Washington in mathematics and computer science, like my husband. And I am fortunate that we have been together ever since.
Happy New Year’s, everyone! I’m looking forward to reading more wonderful posts from everyone in the blogging community. If you have seen my earlier posts about Looking Up and Looking Down, I have a couple of new photos to share.
Isn’t this a fun wall mural? I saw this on the side of the 9th and Jefferson Building in downtown Seattle (part of Harborview Hospital), and I thought, I bet my blog readers would love to see this. It’s a landscape made of stone – trees and hills on the left, boulders and ocean on the right. A Pacific Northwest landscape in green and black stone.
What are those dozens of small circles below the wall? Here’s a close-up.
Did you guess it? It is the phases of the moon. Intriguing!
Hope your year is starting out well. Thanks for visiting!