18 December 2006

Time flies...


It was 25 years ago today that I first met the not-wife. Where has the time gone since I met a quiet 17 year old at a pub in Gidea Park?

The painting is a take on Waterhouse's Ophelia and was done by my friend Suzy for the not wife's 37th birthday.

Elasticwaistbandlady did a sweet tribute to us in her own inimitable style over at the Smiling Infidel She is quite right the not wife endures the poorly aimed piss stream laughs courteously at my lousy jokes that are repeated ad nauseam and yet she can usually best me in an insult match. On the other hand I do know my place and that is below her, Robyn, Ted, Bebe, Mimi, the spider in the kitchen and the wood lice in the bathroom. At least I still outrank the cat fleas...

Here's to another 25 years. Perhaps we will astound ourselves and tie the knot!

17 comments:

Elizabeth-W said...

Congratulations! If you do get married, will you register somewhere so we can send you a new toaster? :)
Love the picture--favorite part is the kitties!

Jimmy St James said...

So you met when The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" was no. 1. It must seem like yesterday. Congratulations to you both, & glad you enjoyed Robyn.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I'm envisioning it now- Your cats dressed up in bridesmaid and groomsmen attire. Luckily, Ted already is a tuxedo kitty. There will be no cheap rentals for him. No sir!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Hey, I just scrolled down and noticed the Carl Hiassen book in your library. My kids just finished his book, "Hoot." He's a good writer but a tad heavy handed in his childrens books considering the intended audience age.

Happy Anniversary again! I feel like we should have a balloon drop and Silly String squirting everywhere!

mullet said...

nice 1....i've been with the not wife for nearly 7 years....when we bump into people from le past, they can't believe we are still together??? Now with all the love that you and the not wife haveth, i still think you must share...send me teh cat! or at least make some of them breed & send to me! Dammit scoop o' donnell - it's xmas!

mullet said...

dont tie the knot! say_no........don't do it....i wont...the more the merrier!

Steve Bates said...

Congrats again, jams and not-wife! Long-time partners do indeed develop patience with a whole assortment of things, some of which you listed. Pissing-and-missing is bad enough, but at least you don't bring the band over twice a week for rehearsals in the wee hours...

Stella and I are rapidly approaching 10 years of not-wifery and animal husbandry, and have no immediate plans to change our status. America's crazies may eventually force us to do so, if we want to visit each other in the hospital in old age, but we're doing fine the way we are, thankyouverymuch. As for the two of you, may your next 25 years together be splendid ones, whatever you do with them!

jams o donnell said...

Aww thanks Elizabeth. Suzy did a nice job on the painting. She did the usual thing with old portraits by adding a personal item or something that shows what the sitter does.. in the not wide's case it had to be the kitties!

THanks Jimmy and when are you going to set up a blog yourself, amigo?? There is a world of melodic rock that needs your commentary!

LOL ewbl but one this for sure: It would be bloody hard to get mimi into a dress. She may be a litttl'un but she is as stubborn as you can get. She may be disabled but she can wriggle and writhe wih the best of them! Not even silly string will subdue her!

I love his newest one Nature Girl. I really enjoy his books but I havent read Hoot or Flush A bit in your face are they?

Aww Mullet we can share the love but getting the cats to breed wont happen.. WE dont call Robyn and Ted "No nuts" for nothing! Similary Bebe and Mimi are "no ovaries" I am not sure about tying the knot although her late mum did suggest we gget engaged so we could stiff presents out of the relatives!

Hey you are doing well yoiurself too Mullet!

I think you raised the bar for (non-)spousal tolerance with the band Steve! Thanks for your kind words and I hope you and Stella have another happy 10 years and annother after that and as many as you can both squeeze in!

Pete's Blog said...

Happy (not) Anniversary Jams and not-wife. May you rise above the wood-lice Jams and conquer the cockroaches.

Pete

jams o donnell said...

Hmm the wood lice maybe but I will never outrank the cockraoches or the cock chafers for that matter!

minoo said...

I should congradulate you , I divorced in my 25th aniversary!!!

jams o donnell said...

Err Thanks Minoo! I don't know of you noticed but I reposted my earlier article about your work.

Pēteris Cedriņš said...

Congratulations, Jams! Keep avoiding the "ЗАГС," though; unwives are more romantic...

Pēteris Cedriņš said...

(Note: записи актов гражданского состояния, "ЗАГС" -- the marriage act bureau, basically, in Russian... the institution was so insidious that it enters many a language, "yes, I want you, but not in the ЗАГС, of course"; it even takes on strange grammatical forms in Latvian...)

Congrats again,
/P, with an unwife of 14 years, sans ЗАГС

mullet said...

suppose...if i married the not wife (mine), maybe it wouldn't be so....good?

Not so sure, peteris.....my lifes work is behaving like the not wife...point taken though - it's not the same

minoo said...

unfortunately i didn't.when?
I was so beasy with my exhibitions and also work on publis a book of the war paintings.thanks any way

jams o donnell said...

Unwives, and not-wives: great, eh Peteris? No prospect at the moment for us to tie the knot. Hey if you and the unwife choose we can you can come to London for a stag night. It would only be payback for all the brits who come to Riga for such things!! Hey 13 years with the unwife.. you're doing poretty well too Peteris.

I wonder what change there would be between me and the not wife Mullet. Perhaps marriage would change absolutely nothing, perhaps it would... If it ain't broken don't fix it!

here is the link Minoo. It is basically a repeat of my previous post. I put it up again because my visitor traffic is much larger than it was back in June. I do think your work is so powerful. A book of your work? I hope it is very successful, Minoo. It does deserve to be a big success.