Blogging 365, Day 47: After 20 Years…

Come June, Ann and I will have been joined in wedded bliss for 20 years.

And up to now we’ve done just small things for our anniversary, like buying each other jewelry (for her) and watches (for me) since those are the things we enjoy the most*.

But this year we decided to go a bit further just for the sake of doing it.


Anthony took this picture which is why I had to crop it so weird. Hey, he’s only 8.

That’s right. This year, since it’s the Big 2-0, we went ahead and traded in my Kia Rio for something a little bit bigger since we were concerned about everyone’s safety in the Rio and Ann’s Yaris, both small cars. We are now owners – fingers crossed that financing is approved** – of a 2013 Kia Optima and let me tell you, it’s quite an upgrade from the Rio.

This thing has power everything where the Rio had power nothing. The trunk is huge (space was also a concern with Ann’s Yaris) and it’s got the UOV Infotainment System which features Bluetooth, voice commands for radio, and even a backup camera.

Because you never know who or what you might run into.


We can even stream music from any device with Bluetooth. Really nuts. And it drives and handles incredibly. We’re very happy with it and we’ve only had it for hours. In fact it was so new that it was still wrapped in the protective plastic wraps when we first saw it and it only had 5 miles on the odometer when we left the lot.

So there you go. Happy Anniversary to both of us.

Well, I must head off to bed. I plan on cycling tomorrow morning since my 30-mile bike tour through the streets of L.A. and Chinatown is next Saturday and I haven’t gone riding in a long time. I don’t want Saturday to be the first time I’ve been on a long ride, so tomorrow I’ll try to do at least 15 miles. Gotta get ready for this.

Oh, and I went to a fitness boot camp this morning at a local park. And not to toot my own horn or anything but this old guy not only kept up with the trainers but also left younger people in the dust. I’m a bit sore but the pride I got from it was well worth the effort.

I just hope I can walk tomorrow morning…

* I’m kind of out of my watch phase but Ann still likes her jewelry
** It’s never been a problem but it’s always a nervous time after you leave the dealership