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:) Just had my 11 year anniversary dinner with my beautiful wife. Nice steaks and salads at Morton's of Scottsdale (my Great Dane gets the left overs). Valet treated my (top down) car like gold. And the cabernet was a fairly rare wine produced by friends of the family. We enjoyed remembering our last meeting with them, as we recalled how fortunate we are today to have good kids, jobs and health.

I thought how fortunate we are. No way my wife and I thought we would be where we are in our lives 10 years ago. Dreams may have not all come true, but how could I possibly complain??

Then I thought about this great, new community I joined. Reinforcement of my thought. You have an SLK!! No matter the year or the mods. You are truly blessed compared to 99.5% of the world. I won't get into the politics of that stat, so don't bother challenging it.

I am really interested to know how many of our members are "waking up" to how fortunate they are, and how their "better halves" have influenced their position in life. Anybody better off now that they are married? Did that have an influence on owning an SLK?

Respectfully, this is a "shout out" to our fine ladies. Let them grab the keyboard for a few minutes. It's not like we let them grab the keys to the SLK all that often :) .
 

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That is really so sweet. My wife and I are coming up on our 7th. Yes, our wives are so much more important than our machines.
But, sob, she only lets me drive her S when I have permission. Otherwise I have to drive the SLK (if only she knew which I liked better).

OK, she is probably reading this and she will take away my keys and I'll have to go back to taxis.

Just kidding...she is the best. I love you Watcharee.
 

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Wonderful thoughts Cold Shot. Those of us with understanding partners are indeed lucky, those with material possessions and good health are well blessed. Our good fortune although acquired through effort, must be put into perspective. When at work, I often walk over to Brenner's Childrens Hospital (part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and visit the kids. Pictures of the helicopter, helicopter pins and AirCare bears in hand. Most of these ill children have seen us take off and land, some have even been transported by the helicopter. The looks on the faces run the gambit, fear, excitement, hope and yes death. By no choice or fault of their own they are in a life threatening situation. All the money in the world will not help those who are dying, nothing will change the end result of the illness they endure. To see the excitement in the faces as we enter the room bearing trinkets in our black flight suits with a big grin on our faces, the thought that maybe we have taken them into a world of wonder. Away from the constant pain and fear, to a place of questions, how fast? how high? is it fun? For 18 years, these faces have put my life into perspective, these faces have changed the lives of parents and family, they have brought many families closer together and broken up others. We all need to experience these faces once in our lives. Kyle Petty's wife (Patty) visits often, she once said " If giving up everything we have would help, I would do it without hesitation". I told her that sharing what we have does help, not material things, but ourselves, our stories, our time and even our humor. The pain will return, the end will come, but the memories we give them will be with them forever. Time, what a gift. A smile, what medicine. Share yours with a child in need, a child in fear, a child in pain. Your life will be richer for the gift and you will not miss it. I know, I have been there, I have seen the faces. I have the memories and nothing will take them from me, good or bad, they will be with me forever keeping my life in perspective. Work hard, share harder, but smile while doing both, you will have no regrets. :)
 

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:biglaugh: WOW, this is getting heavy. Great words of wisdon by ColdShot, CorkScrew, and 412Driver. My wife and I will celebrate out 35th anniversary, mid June. Yea, life for us both has been great. We've both worked hard, played by the rules, and are enjoying our success. Life is tough and you have to work hard at everything. Interesting, I used to work with a guy (30 years ago) who always told me, "Don, you're the luckiest person in the world". I never really understood why he thought that. Now, reflecting back, he was right. Life has been both good and rewarding. I take nothing for granted, and feel for those that are less fortunate. I read something many years ago and I agree with it. It stated, "the harder you work, the luckier you get". What is luck? The results of working hard and trying to do the right things in life? I'm not sure, but I'll take all the good luck I can get. I guarantee, I work harder, and more effectively than most I know. Regardless, I'm sympathetic for those less fortunate that work hard, but have no mercy for those that don't try. No shortage of other successful forum members here.:tu:
 
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Well since i am an idiot i don't really have any words of wisdom to add to this thread what has been said already just about covers how i feel well done guys!

Coming up to my 3rd year of marriage in March and my daughters first birthday in September and i feel blessed to have both of them they are the last thought to leave my head at night and the first to re-appear in the morning normally followed by i wonder if the SLK will start this morning.

Owning nice cars is a privilege but having a family is an honour.
 

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Jo and I found each other 3 and 1/2 years ago both of us lost long term first spouses and know that each day we have together is a gift. Between us we have 5 children and 10 grand kids. We enjoy every minute and realize our good fortune.
We are waiting for the sun to come out so we can put the top down and go cruzing
 

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nice words from all of you

22 years for me this year and she encouraged me to go for the SLK and any thing else want for that matter. Indeed she is special
 

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Karin and me have our 25th anniversary (silver wedding we call it in Germany) end of may this year. We´ll go for one week to Gozo taking a rest. We´ve had bad and the good days while the last 25 years and I´m happy to have her and my kids.

A protestant, a jewish priest and a catholic priest are talking about when life is starting. The catholic says:" While the fruit is growing in the body of the mother." "Oh no," the protestant answeres,"it´s after the child is born." "You both have no idea," the Rabbi says. Life starts when the children are out of the house and the dog is dead!"
 

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Married 28 years this past April 8.

Very profound words and thoughts from everyone and I am quite touched. Blessings come in many forms (doesn't have to be marriage, kids or other stuff). Do count them daily and be thankful.

My wife told me that when you share time with someone, you are in essence also giving a part of your life to that person -- that is priceless.
 

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OK, you guys are getting too sentimental here. in the words of Groucho Marx, "Marriage is a wonderful institution... but who wants to be institutionalized?"

just kidding of course. Kelly and I have been married 17+ years. there have been some great times and some tough times. if i had it to do all over again, i'd marry her again. she must be a good woman, 'cuz she puts up with me.
 

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sheesh. im not married yet or even enagged, but she is only 20 and is concentrating on her career path. i love the way she is not lazy and doesn't expect to live off me. i have my career well and truely settled, and she is very understanding of the time i have to spend working and the stresses involved. she has hinted at getting married but i think a good 2 years before any rings go on. just to let her find her feet first.
your all lucky men, and to have a wife and kid is truely something im looking forward to.
 

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Good tread, great post from everyone.

Married for almost 5 years now with a 4yr son. She's very understanding, she doesn't mind me spending on my hobbies. Been together for almost a decade before we got married. I'm not the type to put up with alot of crap. I've once left my date b/c she took half an half to get ready. I said I'll pick you up at 7:00pm, not 7:30 :D. I dumped a girl b/c all my friends (guys and girls) were cleaning after a bbq, she sat there and ate, I can't put up with materialistic, lazy, snobby, think you're better than others type of girls. My wife is everything I'd hope for, doesn't hurt that she's pretty as well. :) She definately made me a better person.
 

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Lots of good folks here. Good stories.

We have been married 20 years. Her social Sec number ends in 4018. I always remembered it by saying when she is 40 she will still look 18. AND SHE DOES!!!! Same size, same everything. Me, now that is a different story. After 20 years I finally took my wedding ring off. (I grew but it didn't. LOL) Now I have an indent in my ring finder that won't go away. lol

When we got married we said the word "divorce" is not in our vocabulary so no matter how tough things got, that was never an option. Luckily we never ran across any of those kind of situations other than just being financially poor. (Raised by a Preacher, I am use to being poor! LOL)

We have 3 kidos. All good straight "A" kids. I hear other parents problems with their kids and am so blessed with good kids.

Life is good. Wife is GREAT!

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The Southern Baptists would have me shot for using the word married, but I was married in a church by ordained ministers and althought we might not be married in the eyes of the law, I beleieve we are in the eyes of God. That was 17 years ago, and not one straight friend or associate has outlasted us, save my parents and grand parents. (Frank's parents passed away a long time ago.)

Besides, I do not care about the word married, I'd take partners or whatever, JUST GIVE US THE DAMN TAX BENIFITS and the ability to see one another in Intesive Care without carrying a Power of Attorney- Healthcare for each other every time we travel!

I would not have an SLK if it wasn't for Frank. True he missed his '94 S500, and wanted to love Mercedes again, but the inefficent 3-vavle engines aloung with the quality issues kept us away. I was set on getting a G35 coupe, as I thought it was an incredible car for the money, and picked up some of the Z bug from a friend. One day Mercedes held a SLK drive and invited us. We went, had a good time, I loved the 6-speed, and thought it would be a nice car but I wasn't planning to spend that much before the house improvements.

A week later, Frank called me on the phone and said "I know you were planning on putting more of your car savings into the house, but I've just seen a G35 coupe and two SLK's. I do not think you will truely be happy with the G35 and a sunroof. The SLK is just so beautiful, and it is typical of the small two seater cars you love to drive. I want you to consider not putting so much of your car money in the house for me, and instead buy something you would enjoy more."

After the loss of the 2005, I almost bought a Speed Yellow Carrera S, but even after driving the 2006 with the lousy non-sport suspension, the thought of a $20,000 loan on the almost $90,000 car turned me off. No loans on pepreciating items. I was about $13,000 short for buying a full boat SLK55 with 030 Nurburgring package, which I thought might cure the nose heavy handling of the regular SLK55, but then again, the pleasure of the 6-speed and no loans won out.

Frank loves my SLK350. He loves the looks of it, inside and out. He loves to ride in it. When he gets in the drivers seat (insert long, loud scratching record sound here) he says "I can't believe how awful and harsh it is to drive compared to riding in it." Listen, mister I-have-not-changed-a-tire in 30 years, I love my run flat tires, ease up on them! Besides, he's expecting isolation at the steeringwheel, something Mercedes has finally gotten rid of.

Frank will not drive my SLK, and I must reassure him many times before he will. He fears wrecking it and getting me angry. It is his own fault, for running my Fiero GT under a van and not telling me. I go out to drive the car and big swaths of scratches are going up the hood.

Frank is far more wonderful then any wife anyone could have. I mean, shopping for a car goes on for days, we both froth over brochures, and neither of us poo-poo any option the other wants. Electronics are the same way. I want a new rear lcd projection slightly larger to the 27" TV we had in the bedroom, and he insists we get the 55" Sony WEGA.

I come from a very poor family. When I was born in Detroit, my parents lived on K-Mart lawn furniture in an appartment on the bad (east) side of Detroit. I was delivered by a nurse as all the doctors in Brent General Hospital were down in the emergency room taking care of riot victims.

M&M may clain Detroit cred, but he only lived there a couple of years. I grew up in that ****. My parents gave everythign they had, and sometimes it was not enough. However, I wouldn't trade it for the world. My mother was a depression era child. She went hungry night after night so that her brother and sister could eat. She went to her high school prom in a poodle skirt made from the living room curtains with coat hangers to make the base.

When I met Frank, my parents had gone up in the world, we lived in a new trailer in Joliet Illinois. ;-) I had a $250 wrecked TC3 I bought off a friend and drove it to college and to deliver pizzas. I also had my $1,200 FIAT X1/9 that I only drove on special occasions, or when the car allowed it.

Frank grew up on the cattle ranch his parents owned in Wyoming. At 17 years old, his mom went out and bought him a new car. It was a 1966 Dodge Charger (yes with the hemi). When I met him, he was driving his leased Pontiac Grand Prix and he had the 300SD with over 200,000 miles in the garage. He also had an ex-wife he bought a new house for not far from him, and three kids, two of which lived with him.

I did not know he had money when I met him at the McDonalds close to his house and my school. He liked each other and things went from there. (Yes, we did have *** on the first date that is SOOOO not a relationship killer that people think.)

When I met Frank, he had money and was making a lot more then I was. I still had to pull my own weight, including paying half for dates, but he taught me a lot of things about how to treat money. Now, I have become very successful on my own and make more money then he does.

Through it all, our differences have made things hard, but also made their easier. I have more love for my little SLK then 90% of the people who buy them, and more respect for the luck and hard work that enabled me to get it. I also tought Frank the same, and also how to use turnsignals.

Unfortunatly, I do not have any direct children and do not know if I ever will. I was extrememly hyperactive as a child (like Sylvester Stallone, only not put in a cage and paralyzing part of my face - I was studied and had a book written about me instead) and did not really sleep until I was around 5 years old. I am not sure I could be the pure saint my mother was and live with that.

I know that at any time I could have lied to a woman and gotten her pregnant and had kids. Honestly, I could not have done that. I could not lie like that, nor ruin someone else's life for my own gain. Frank did it only because he grew up in small town Wyoming and never knew gay people existed. He just thought it was something he had to fight. In the end, it's what God made you, and you can only live a lie for so long.

However, I do have three that I refer to as my "Fairy God Children" that are Franks kids. The oldest daughter (only 5 years younger then me) is on her second child, his youngest daughter has one child, and his son does not have any children yet. They do refer to me as "Grandpa Byron" something that's strange to hear at 38.

All three of them have left the Mormon faith, of which Frank still loves (and he was an Elder and had high position in the church) due to the fact they could not rectify the church saying their dad was living in sin, but would not marry him, and other words making him a bad person. Frank has given everything he has, and has helped many, many people, and his kids, althought they intially disliked it like most, said that if two people like us can be so in love, and be such good people then the church must be wrong.

Frank is 19 years older than me, and different in every way, yet I love him dearly. My only fear is that he will most likely predecease me.

I have to tell you though, meeting his ex-wife at the one daugter's wedding.... She came up to me, put her hand on my shoulder and said "Byron how are you doing?" I about pissed my pants and ran for cover. I'm a big guy that doesn't scare easily, but she could have had a gun in that hand bag. That's when I learned about the drug of daughter's weddings on their mothers. She only dislikes me because she left Frank and through she would find someone, instead he did. She has since gone back to glarring at me from afar.

There are many personal biases in the bible. Quite frankly you cannot enforce things like Liviticus telling you a man should be killed for sleeping with another man, when you don't enforce the same Apisitle that says you must stone your wife for wearing a silk blouse with a cotton skirt, or for eating shrimp. Slavery? Who think's that's something good for society?

My idea of the bible and God's wishses boil down to this:
1. Honesty in everythign you say and do.
2. Love for everyone, true love for your significant other, and love and respect for your neighbors and fellow humans.
3. Judgement is God's domain, and we are not to judge each other, but to love and resepect each other. Sins will be judged and paid for in the afterlife.

PS: I joined a dating service and paid $20 for twenty matches. I got a paper in the mail with three. I was very open in my listing of requirements. First one spent all the time telling me how beautiful he was, second had so much in commen we had nothing to talk about that the other didn't know. Third one was Frank.

Six months later, they sent me a check for $17 for my unused matches and a letter explaining they were going out of business. So it cost me $3 plus a dinner at McDonalds to meet the love of my life!
 

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Wow RacerCub. Very touching and had to be a little tough to write. Thank you for sharing. Sounds like you and Frank are extremely blessed and fortunate.
 

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That was a nice read for me RacerCub. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Words from the heart, how refreshing. May you have many years of happiness and joy. I have always lived with a thought" If what I do or say only affects me, I am allowed, If something I do or say may affect someone else adversely I must consider others and then myself. Regardless Live life to the fullest". :tu: :tu:
 

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Poor Marriage. All it ever tried to be was pure and untainted.
 
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