Thirteen Years Ago Today, I Won the Lottery!

For some reason, this beauty agreed to marry me 13 years ago today

I won life’s lottery 13 years ago today when my wife actually showed up at our wedding and went through with the wedding vows.   So many people lost money on side bets that she wouldn’t show.   Happy Anniversary, Mia!  Thanks for letting me marry out of my league.

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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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