Happy university!

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The window by our bed in Havana.

TODAY IS our 18th anniversary. Congrats to us.

When we woke up in our Havana guesthouse in 2012, our 10th anniversary, which was why we went to the communist hellhole, my child bride, whose English was none too good and remains so, said to me: Happy university!

We’ve chuckled about that ever since. So now we do not have anniversaries. We have universities, and the entrance exam is strict. No snowflakes.

I was married to my first wife just over five years. I was married to my second wife for a decade, but we lived in sin about nine years before the Houston ceremony performed by a Unitarian minister. There was just the three of us, and we did it on her lunch break. One more year, and I’ll have been with this Mexican hottie longest of all.

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The groom, the bride, the sister, the Eggman (R.I.P.)

We tied the knot in the indoor patio of my sister-in-law’s coffee shop. There was a nice crowd, and we danced. A woman sent by the judge officiated.

You don’t say I do in Mexico.

You say I accept.

Wish someone had told me that in advance.

But it’s all worked out just fine, thank you.

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(Note: Here are more photos I took in Havana. I wish I had taken more and with a better camera, especially since we’ll never return. It’s a grim place.)

26 thoughts on “Happy university!

  1. Happy University, Señor Felipe. And may you two enjoy many more.

    Nice pics. I can understand your lack of desire to visit Havana again. What a pity it has become what it is.

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    1. Ricardo: Muchas gracias. As for Havana, the island stays afloat these days in large part due to tourism. People who visit are doing a bad thing, and I was guilty, but it will not be repeated.

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  2. Feliz Aniversario! Ha, I don’t even know if that is a word or not, but I’m sure you’ll interpret it correctly. Glad you finally found your “keeper.” Hope all is well with y’all in Pátzcuaro.

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  3. Your blog subject caught me. When I saw it, I thought, “I better let Felipe know he made a mistake. He better correct it before he gets dozens of corrections.” Then I read the blog. Happy University!

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  4. Congratulations on proving once again, third time lucky. May you have many more universities. As Robin Williams once said, “Ah, yes. Divorce. From the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.”

    And one more from Joan Rivers: “It’s been so long since I had sex that I’ve forgotten who ties up whom.”

    Enjoy your day, señor.

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    1. Brent: Muchas gracias! That Williams quote sounds like something Ambrose Bierce might have written. Here’s something he did write in The Devil’s Dictionary:

      Marriage: The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

      And then there’s:

      Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

      The Joan Rivers quote is a goody. Thanks for the chuckles.

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      1. Ha! Here’s a couple more on the same theme.

        Sharon Stone: “Women May be able to fake orgasms, but men can fake a whole relationship.”

        And Oscar Wilde: “Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

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  5. Wishing you both a grand day and many more years of good health and happiness. Her English reminds me of my Spanish. I’m not afraid to speak it, but that doesn’t mean I speak it well.

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    1. Bev: Thanks. Now if we can just get through this plague thing unscathed, I’ll have a better chance of more years of health and happiness. Keep your fingers crossed.

      I’m sure my wife’s English would be better were we not speaking Spanish all day long. Sometimes we say, “Let’s just speak English today.” It lasts about two minutes. Oh, well.

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      1. I can hardly believe I’m already older than you were when we used to share a cafe or two way back when. Time surely flies, my friend!

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