My parents have been married for 60 years today and all I got them was this lousy blog entry!


60 years and counting!

60 years and counting!

The parental units have been married 60 years today!  They met in high school.  Dad was the quintessential bad boy, and Mom was the beautiful farmer’s daughter… Well, not exactly a farm.  They had a few animals you could count as livestock.  Dad won Mom’s heart by constantly visiting the ice cream parlor where she worked in an attempt to impress her with his tolerance of lactose.  He’s always been very understanding of the lactose culture.  Anyway, I took the liberty to examine the world then and now to see how much has changed!

US Population:

Sept. 30, 1949 – 151,684,000

Sept. 30, 2009 – 305,000,000

Average Cost of New House:

Sept. 30, 1949 – $7,450.00

Sept. 30, 2009 – $238,880.00

Average Wages Per Year:

Sept. 30, 1949 – $2,950.00

Sept. 30, 2009 – $40,523.00

Average Cost of a New Car:

Sept. 30, 1949 – $1,420.00

Sept. 30, 2009 – $27,958.00

Cost of a Gallon of Gasoline:

Sept. 30, 1949 – $.17

Sept. 30, 2009 – $2.05

Cost of a Loaf of Bread:

Sept. 30, 1949 – $.14

Sept. 30, 2009 – $1.77

Keep in mind; my parents aren’t really to blame for any of the price increases.  However, they have contributed to the increase in the population.

Happy Anniversary, Bob & V.J.!   The Charleston branch of the Ridley family loves and misses you!

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4 thoughts on “My parents have been married for 60 years today and all I got them was this lousy blog entry!

  1. Happy anniversary Bob and VJ! Okay, that’s it for my posts for the day.

  2. Loved your gift and I’m sure they will too. However, “bad boy” he wasn’t–unless you count the fact that he joined the boy scouts so he could smoke with his best friend, Johnny. Father was the “quintessential nerdy book worm” who wore a football uniform while sitting on the end of the bench reading a book.

    • Based his badness on his collection of big band music from back then. Glen Miller, Benny Goodman… that was the devil’s music in the 30’s and 40’s. I’m sure he was drinking bathtub gin and stealing looks at girls’ knees, too.

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