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"J"

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TOO.com is a place I call home. I don’t really visit any other forum and logged off of Facebook a month or 2 ago so too is it for me.
Some of the members and I have had a group text going on for the better part of a year and we just send random stuff and one of the guys made mention of his son asking his mom if she’d like to go fishing for mother’s day. I’ll let him finish the punch line but it was CUNY.
Him saying that sparked a memory of close too 40 years ago. It was in 1979, summer, and I grew up in Youngstown and was still living there. No real jobs too speak of and you actually had too know someone to get a job at the local McDonald’s 😂. I had a few jobs while in high school and a few more afterwards. I was 20and was laid off from aluminum extrusion company, that happened a lot back then as they’d hire you and when they got caught up they’d lay you off until the next contract came in. I’d gone thru this a few times since graduating. I had filed for unemployment and was waiting to get a check. A buddy who I had been friends with since we were 5 or 6 lived outside of Salem (where I currently reside) said come on over hang out with us. So with nothing else on my plate at the time I had enough gas in the car to make the trip.
Drove over and hung out for a weekend with him and some of his friends who lived in and around Salem. The usual cruising and sitting at the local eateries and talking and checking out the girls going by.
A bunch of cars were parked in a local bank parking lot as it was after hours. My buddy had a 75 3/4 ton Silverado. It was orange and I mean the same color of orange as the Chevy blocks 😂
I was sitting in the truck finishing listening to a song I liked back then and for the life of me I can’t remember which it was but I’d imagine it was either Van Halen or AC/DC 😂
There was a car parked next to us and a girl walked by looked at me in the truck and made a comment. I couldn’t hear what she said as the radio was loud😂
After the song was over I turned it down and asked her what she had said. She had commented on my T-shirt as my brother had been to Dayton beach earlier that year and brought one back for me. Well she’d just graduated that June and had gone to Dayton for graduation and was asking me about all these places she’d been too down there. Well I didn’t have a clue 😂 I fessed up and told her I’d never been out of Ohio other then back to Pennsylvania to visit on family vacations 😂
Well that was the first time I’d ever talked too my wife, we dated for the summer and went our separate ways for about a year. She off to Virginia for a job and I off too the Air Force. The summer of 1981 I came home on leave and she was home at the same time for a few days. A mutual friend I ran into said she was home and I should look her up. She gave me her phone # and I called and we we went out that evening. Unlike our first date, I actually had money in my pocket. We went to a movie and a local bar too shoot pool and hang out with friends.
Our first date we went fishing as we were both broke, we had a great time and that’s when I realized she was a down to earth person who didn’t care about material things.
We’ve been together ever since. We were engaged in 83 and married in 84. She moved to Illinois where I was stationed and when my enlistment was up we ended up in Columbus, her with the Red Cross and me with Rockwell International. We relocated a few times since then but we came back home to settle in and raise our family.
Amazing how a great memory can pop up with just a simple little story of a little guy asking his mother if she’d want to go fishing on others day....
 

"J"

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Burger Chef, Red Barn and a McDonald’s was the food hangouts, a few parking lots and on the main drag up town is what it was called. For the most part the cops were cool and didn’t screw with us. I had more problems after I went into the military and came back home and my car had Arkansas license plates on it at he time 😂😂😂
They were curious as to why I was loitering 😂😂😂

Almost forgot, they had a place called the frost top and had the best homemade root beer....
 

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J.... Sounds like you did A-ok..... As for the line breaking?? Guess you had the drag perfectly set and landed a keeper.... Me I was married in 75 so have a few years on ya buddy... I think my wifes father changed the line on my reel to 50 lb test when I wasn't looking... LOL
 

"J"

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J.... Sounds like you did A-ok..... As for the line breaking?? Guess you had the drag perfectly set and landed a keeper.... Me I was married in 75 so have a few years on ya buddy... I think my wifes father changed the line on my reel to 50 lb test when I wasn't looking... LOL
Yes I did Rich, she did a great job of handling being a single parent quite often as I had deployed a lot. Some people at our kids school didn’t realize she had a (living) husband 😂😂😂😂
 
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Levi should be able to see out eye again in a few days...😂

When we lived in Alaska our anniversary fell in the middle of a fish run. So every other year we did what I wanted to and we went fishing.

I will share the story of how we met one of these days.
 

"J"

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Levi should be able to see out eye again in a few days...😂

When we lived in Alaska our anniversary fell in the middle of a fish run. So every other year we did what I wanted to and we went fishing.

I will share the story of how we met one of these days.
That was hilarious, Levi’s my hero for that one lol...
 

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May 5, 2004 my buddy Dustin and I were at the bar....it was a weekday. That Friday he hooked up with a girl we’d met on May 5th. She stayed at the house (we lived in the same house) Friday night and then again on Saturday night. Sunday morning she comes rolling out of the back room and I tell her “rents due, homemade dinner and bring a friend”.

I went to the bar to watch the race like I always did and came back home to a girl sitting on the couch in the kitchen. Without hesitation I dropped to me knees and stuck my face in her crotch. I remember the laugh perfectly in my head. Everyone busted out laughing... She hasn’t left my crazy ass yet! 😂

Chicken cordon blue was the meal.
 

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Married July 30, 2004. Left for Korean in August for 4.5 months. Maddy was born March 16, 2005. Somehow we’ve made it and wouldn’t change anything. Been some roller coaster rides along the way. To say we rushed into things would be a huge understatement but between both of our stubborn asses, we never gave up.
 

"J"

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Married July 30, 2004. Left for Korean in August for 4.5 months. Maddy was born March 16, 2005. Somehow we’ve made it and wouldn’t change anything. Been some roller coaster rides along the way. To say we rushed into things would be a huge understatement but between both of our stubborn asses, we never gave up.
Awesome story Dave, and I agree that it’s never really easy. You just make a commitment and stick with it as long as possible.