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Happy Anniversary To Me!

By Wyatt Earp | August 9, 2010

Thirteen years ago, convinced my lovely wife to marry me. Of course, it took a lot of convincing . . . and money . . . and alcohol . . . but in the end, I won her over. Chalk one up to persistence.

I remember the day vividly. It was brutally hot, even for August, and it was warm even in the church. Mrs. Earp’s uncle was going to drive her to the ceremony, but when they walked out of her house, they found the tire was flat. (And no, I didn’t do it.) My father-in-law’s friend drove her instead.

I was freaking out beforehand, mostly because of nerves. I figured I would frak up the vows or something equally insane. There were a lot of people in attendance, and we had a nice-sized wedding party. Ironically, after thirteen years we don’t see or talk to half of our party anymore. The ceremony went off without incident, though, and the priest – a family friend – breezed through the entire thing in under an hour.

Our wedding party entered the reception hall to Dick Dale’s . Pulp Fiction being my favorite film at the time – and one of my faves to this day. Our first dance was to Van Morrison’s , a choice we later regretted because it was a little too long. We had Sinatra playing throughout dinner, and the usual songs when it was time to dance. I made sure that the DJ played , and .

The food was fantastic – especially the seafood bisque – and we have used the same caterer for family functions many times since that day. The guests seemed to enjoy themselves, especially the cop table, where my co-workers almost had to be pushed out the door at the end. A few of them told us later that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. They were probably drunk. Heh.

Like most weddings, it went by way too fast. Afterward, took the party back to my in-laws house, got changed, and sat around de-stressing. There’s a great pic of the missus sitting on my lap wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and the veil, which was still attached by a thousand bobby pins.

A day or two later, we were off to our honeymoon to – where else? – DisneyWorld.

Topics: All About Wyatt | 38 Comments »

38 Responses to “Happy Anniversary To Me!”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Happy 14th. I know you said 13 but I’m not going to wish you any bad luck here so I’ll skip ahead for next year.

  2. GroovyVic Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Hey, I wanted to walk in to that same Dick Dale song! Husband nixed it, though.

    Have a happy day!!

  3. Kim Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Happy anniversary! You better do something special for your wife today.

  4. Do It NOW « Fiddle Dee Dee Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    [...] …wish Wyatt a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! [...]

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Jon – I’m usually really superstitious, but this anniversary isn’t bringing it out. Don’t ask me why.

    GroovyVic – Men. Can’t live with them . . .

    Kim – I’ll probably stay out of her way. Best gift . . . evah!

  6. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Happy Anniversary Wyatt.

    Our friendships with our wedding party haven’t gone well either.

    I haven’t talked to a good friend of mine since my wedding day either. We were friends starting in High School and the friendship went on for 28 years. She was a Moonbat lib and I was about to go in the other direction.

  7. metoo Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    May you and the missus be blessed with many more years together. Happy Anniversary!

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Ferrell – My best man is a giant, obnoxious lib. Leaned liberal in college, but went off the deep end when he graduated and entered the journalism industry. Had to follow the meme, I suppose. Never misses a chance to slam police officers now. It’s sad.

    MeToo – Thanks. In usual fashion, I am working today, but at least I’ll be home for dinner tonight . . . before Kyle and Erik’s hockey games.

  9. BobG Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Congratulations; may there be many more anniversaries in the future.

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    BobG – Thank you, sir.

  11. John D Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Happy Anniversary to you and the Mrs, Wyatt!

    I hear you on the wedding party thing, same thing happened to us. And the same deal went down with the one wedding I was best man in. Weird. I guess the key to losing friends is to ask them to be in the wedding party.

  12. proof Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations! Best wishes for many more!

  13. Robbie Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    13 is an awesome number ! Got you beat by one year – Mrs. Wyatt is a very lucky woman ! Here’s to you two and many more years to come !

  14. Sebastian Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 12:41 pm


  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    John D – Hell, if I knew that I would have asked a lot more people. Heh.

    Proof – Thanks much!

    Robbie – Lucky woman? Are you having a three-martini lunch? :)

    Sebastian – Thank you.

  16. Dixie Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Congrats on your second 12th anniversary! Here’s to many more.

  17. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 2:07 pm


  18. Mike47 Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    As one who has passed the 36-year mark, I can say it just gets better with time. Happy Anniversary!

  19. RT Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Happy anniversary to you and Mrs. Earp. :) I hope you have many more to celebrate…with great-grandkids galore! :)

  20. Lergnom Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Wyatt, to you and your wife, and many more.

    Stay safe

  21. Clady Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulations to you both!

  22. JT Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Congratulations to you and the missus, Wyatt.

  23. Lawyer for Hire Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 5:28 pm


  24. Watuschskie Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Congratulations, Wyatt, for being able to hold on to that lovely lady for so many years, and God Bless Your Family!

  25. bob (either orr) Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I join the parade of congratulants. The boss and I hit 31 this week… and, of course, I’m working. God bless y’all.

  26. Easily Lost Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Happy anniversary to both of you!!!!
    (13 years, my gawd, I knew that lady was a Saint.)

  27. Ingineer66 Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Congrats man, wishing you many more years of wedded bliss.

  28. RogerDee Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Two thumbs up and many more to come. Hope the Missus doesn’t mind sharing you with Christina Hendrix. :-)

  29. Old NFO Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Congrats to you both, she must be one hellva woman to put up with you this long :-)

  30. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you all. And yes:

    1. I definitely married up.

    2. She takes a lot of crap from me. :)

  31. Rick Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 12:58 am


  32. BadIdeaGuy Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 6:46 am


  33. JCM Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    My condolences to Mrs. Earp!


    Congrats to both of you!

  34. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    JCM – She needs condolences. Heh.

  35. Sssteve Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  36. Robert B. Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Sorry I missed commenting on this one, Wyatt. Many happy returns for you and the Missus. My lady and I celebrated ours just a couple of weeks ago with a nice dinner at a five star restaurant. Next year, I hope to take her to Hawaii, for a renewal on a dive boat (on the fantail, then we do the plunge again).

  37. Woody Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Congratulations! Mine’s coming up soon… I’ll have to plans something really special… a night of video games an pinball in our basement perhaps?

  38. cbullitt Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Happy Belated Anniversary, Wyatt. And many more.