Twenty Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago today, my child bride and I were married. We made the decision two weeks before we did it and got married the Saturday of our spring break from Georgia Tech. The ceremony was performed by a judge at the Cobb County courthouse with about 40 of our friends in attendance. The reception was at my in-law’s house in Mableton GA. All told, including rings and everything, the wedding cost about $300. We financed part of that by selling back used textbooks a former house mate left behind when he moved away. The whole affair was low rent and high emotion. I thought the ceremony was beautiful, my wife was and is beautiful and marrying her made me incredibly happy.

The road from that point to now was difficult and a few decisions were made incredibly badly. We managed to power through the hard times and recover from the missteps and we are still together. We decided last night that the only thing we envy about the kids in these pictures is how skinny they are. They are smug and oblivious and shortly to get smacked in the head by life in a big way. Let them have their moment here, things will get tough for them soon enough.

Happy anniversary to us!

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

15 thoughts on “Twenty Years Ago Today”

  1. Derek Coward says:

    Happy Anniversary to the two of you. I don’t know when it will be, but I look forward to the day I see the two of you again.

  2. Andre Pope says:

    From my family to yours congrats on a great first 20 years! I am sure there are many more ahead.

  3. Happy Anniversary to you both, and congratulations on what is now considered a milestone achievement. May you have many, many more years of success, happiness, and love.

  4. Kelley says:

    Congratulations! Lots of love to you both.

  5. Shannon Nelson says:

    Congrats! -sln

  6. Congrats & happy 20th. That’s fantastic.

  7. Ken Nelson says:

    Congratulations, and all the best from us for many,many more.

    – k & n –

  8. Ken Kennedy says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  9. J Wynia says:


  10. Mom says:

    We thought of you two all day on your 20th anniversary. Best and loving wishes always!

    Hugs and kisses,
    Mom and Bruce

  11. Ted Riecken says:

    Happy Anniversary Dave! Janet and I just celebrated our 35th (!) March 22 with a trip to Vegas. It’s been an exciting journey as I expect yours has, with lots more to come. Enjoy yourselves!

  12. PJ Cabrera says:

    Happy belated anniversary, D&D!

  13. Dom Barnes says:

    Congrats to you both dude. Sounds like it was the perfect wedding day for you both.
    I’m at the cusp of proposal myself and I can only hope we have as happy a day, and life, as you seem to have had.

    All the best for another 20 years!

  14. Chris Riggins says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been catching up on a backlog of your podcasts, and had a good laugh and some good memories from your Thomas Peake wake podcast. You & I worked at WREK simultaneously, but I don’t think we ever met.

    I remember that old automation, and that skanky old couch, and pulled a mid-week overnight shift at WREK for a while under Thomas. I wouldn’t sleep it through, either–I felt like I owed our listener (listeners?) a live voice.

    Oddly enough, I only realized years after the fact that the Darlene Slusher I sat next to in EAS grad school was your wife. My congratulations to you both.

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