August 3, 2019

10 years ago today: "What happened on Bellyache Ridge."

Today's a big milestone!

AND: "Where we were. What we were doing."

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AND: "Commenting from a mountaintop: we are still sitting on the rock...."

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126 comments:

Michael K said...

Congrats

Rockeye said...

Ten years is one of the most important milestones of any marriage. While certain neighborhoods of the internet are wholly pernicious, it can be remarkable what good things can be found. Congratulations to the two of you, from a complete stranger.

Tank said...

OMG, I’ve been reading this blog a long time

n said...

For the 10th Anniversary gift... going trad or modern?

David Begley said...

Congrats! And they said it would never last.

Funny story. One of my sisters broke up with her college boyfriend. My mom told my sister, “That he was not the one.” They’ve been married for over 30 years now.

n said...

Oh oh. And Mazel Tov!

mccullough said...

Congrats.

Meade said...

Don't let them say your hair's too long
'Cause I don't care, with you I can't go wrong
Then put your little hand in mine
There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb

MayBee said...

Happy Ann-iversary!

William said...

Congratulations on making your life work. That's an impressive achievement.....I read a lot of bios and memoirs. Most lives, even the most outwardly successful ones, really suck. Useful career, happy marriage, comfortable retirement. Just one of those things is generally enough to supply a modicum of happiness. I wonder if they're intensifiers if taken together. Myself, I wouldn't know.

Lyle Smith said...

Congrats!

Lars Porsena said...

You crazy kids!!!

Big Mike said...

Congratulation and well done!

traditionalguy said...

Rock of ages. Good work guys.

Narr said...

Congratulations you guys!

Narr
Many happy returns

YoungHegelian said...

Congratulations!

But, when I hear the name "Bellyache Ridge", I don't think of marital vows & nail polish matching the flowers, I think of the US Army taking some ridge in Korea under withering fire from the Chi-Coms.

Your way sounds like more fun & involving a little less violence.

Malesch Morocco said...

Yes, best wishes to you both!

Francisco D said...

Happy Anniversary!

Sebastian said...

Congratulations!

Annie C. said...

Happy Anniversary!

n said...

Meade, The was the closing tune Season 1 Episode 8 of The Kominsky Method. An easy binge-watch.

Lyle Sanford, RMT said...

Congratulations!

h said...

Happy Anniversary.

Clyde said...

I love a happy ending. Congratulations!

Birches said...

Wow. That's wonderful!

David Begley said...

In “Frankenstein in Love” (soon to be a major motion picture), I have Franz Frankenstein marrying Margaret Saville. They exchange vows with just the two of them. Not like they could go into town and get married in a church anyway. I borrowed this idea from Althouse and Meade.

lohwoman said...

A happy beginning is a good thing, too. Congratulations on happiness.

Beasts of England said...

Dang that's pretty!! Nice photography, as well... :)

Beasts of England said...

And congratulations to you both!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Mikec said...

That's a wonderful way to get married. Congratulations

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Lovely Location. Congratulations.

Jeff Brokaw said...

Hearty congrats to both of you!

Marcus Bressler said...

Heartfelt congratulations!


THEOLDMAN

stever said...

Congrats to both of you!

Narr said...

Your wedding announcement garnered 33 comments in about 8 hours (and some of the folks are still commenting here).

You're past 33 already!

Narr
And the day is young

rehajm said...

Happy Anniversary! Happy Anniversary!

(This is my go to gift for my anniversary. Amazingly it works every time. Better than flowers I'm told...)

chuck said...

Congratulations. Glad it worked out even though you married on a Monday :)

bagoh20 said...

Yea, congratulation guys! I was here to see it all happen. A real love story. Honestly though Ann, how long has Meade been buried under the house? It's the little things that make love strong. My lady makes the best ice tea - really cold and really sweet just like I like it. I don't know how she does it, but she can leave it in the freezer all night, and it doesn't freeze. Cold and sweet, mmmmm!

WK said...

Congratulations. We share a date. 23 today for us.

CWJ said...

Congratulations!!! I immediately guessed it from the title alone. Do I get a cookie? I'm a little hungry right now.

n.n said...

Althouse and Meade, sitting on a mountain, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. Congratulations.

Rusty said...

Congratulations Ann and Meade.
My wife and I have been married 32 years. Our last anniversary we were, like, meh.

J Severs said...

Congratulations!

ALP said...

I can't think of a better way for people to get married: simple ceremony in a nice setting...with no guests! Best Wedding Ever is the one I'm not invited to.

Congrats on 10 years!

Shane said...

Happy Anniversary, and thanks to both of you staying at this blogging and support thing!

PJ said...

And you did it all by yourselves! Congratulations, Ann and Meade!

Jim Gust said...

I find it hard to believe it's been ten years, it feels more like six months to me. The older one gets, the faster the time seems to go.

Thanks very much for sharing, and congratulations. Nice to find some happy news on the internet.

David Begley said...

The average wedding today costs over $30k. And I’m told the Catholic Church preparation is six months. Insane. Great way to discourage people from marrying.

Yancey Ward said...

So, when one is grousing about something, do either of you say, "Quit your bellyaching!"

Yancey Ward said...

I have a vague memory of the original post, but I wasn't an everyday visitor at the time, nor was I a commenter at the time, but those 10 years passed really fast.

etbass said...

Best wishes for 10 more.

Charlie Eklund said...

Happy anniversary to you both!

madAsHell said...

Congrats!

Maillard Reactionary said...

Best wishes for many years of health and happiness.

narciso said...

happy anniversary,

FleetUSA said...

Happy Anniversary -- a perfect match

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

2009 was a year of health crises and deaths in my family. It was a very hard year.

I remember your marriage. It was a bright spot for me. Thanks for the encouragement just by sharing your lives.

Deb said...

I send my husband this song every year on out anniversary.

Congratulations. I think you’ve found your own rainbow.

rcocean said...

Congratulations for filling out the form 10 years ago and making an honest man out of Meade.

rcocean said...

On Bellyache Ridge you either get married or throw up.

John said...

Happy Anniversary!

carrie said...

Congratulations!

Birkel said...

Going through the archives, I spotted this:

https://althouse.blogspot.com/2005/12/trump-as-governor-of-ny.html?m=1

Trump as governor was a weird concept in December 2005.

TheDude said...

Congratulations, and happy anniversary!

Jim said...

10 years is a wonderful milestone. Congratulations! We look forward to many more to come-photos of car trips, museums, night life, biking, and hiking. You two have a wonderful salon here, and we appreciate the intelligence, humor, and a bit of snark you bring to it.

Kathryn51 said...

Happy Anniversary Meadehouse.

I waa here 10 years ago and was certain I gave my best wishes at the time, but sadly. . . .my name isn't there so I failed. Maybe it was a different post.

Best wishes for another 10 adventurous years.

Sarah from VA said...

I'll add my comment to the chorus of congratulations. It's been a good 10 years!

My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this week as well. We took our four kids (8, 6, 4, and 2) to a picnic, to the playground, and to the pool to celebrate our "family birthday". And then next week we're leaving the kids in the loving and competent care of their grandparents to have a week to ourselves in a nearby city.

It'll be close enough that we can drive back if there's an emergency, but far enough away that only a real EMERGENCY will bring us back. We're really looking forward to a break from diapers, bedtime negotiation, sibling arguments and general complaining. We're planning on doing some fun things, but even if we do nothing but feed only ourselves for a week it'll be worth it to me.

Beautiful photos of your wedding site, too. Here's to many more years!

BJM said...

Congrats Meadehouse!

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Congratsaversary

Merny11 said...

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madAsHell said...

I started commenting shortly before the betrothal. I've been a pain-in-the-ass for at least 10 years.

Oh, by the way, make sure you take advantage of the Althouse portal.

madAsHell said...

the Althouse Amazon portal.

Sweet Jesus! Lazlo feeds on these indiscretions. Sorry.

cf said...

Excellent milestone, here's to many more!

I love that same thing about Federalism, that states can experiment for all of us.

Wish we'd see Oregon doing more of their old free-thinking innovation, like "right turn on red", but this state is so mired in the dreariest of big Union/Democrat machine stasis, they can't rise out of their rut. sad.

. . . oh wait! we were talking about your anniversary! who cares about dumb oregon on a day like this?

salud!

Pete said...

10 years? Wow! Congrats!

iowan2 said...

Congratulations! What a unique love story.

pacwest said...

Congratulations Althouse. Being a reader since year one I would like to say that having Meade around has added to my enjoyment of your posts. Having someone to bounce ideas off of has obviously been good for you. Congratulations to you both.

Darrell said...

H. A.,

A&M.

Mr. Majestyk said...

"Bellyache ridge" -- yeah, that's definitely where my wife and I should have gotten married.

Hunter said...

Meade said...
...Then put your little hand in mine
There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb


Nice going boys, you're playing yesterday's tape.

:)
Congratulations to Meadehouse.

etbass said...

I was here when it all began and seems like yesterday. Have to confess, I wasn’t optimistic but I was wrong, again. Our own 50th comes up in a few weeks and it too will be in the mountains but not Colorado; western NC with Fall color.

Birches said...

Wow Birkel, I followed the links on that post. Wow.

Birches said...

Also the comments: From SteveR: "I'm sure he has no tolerance for politics as usual, so it could be quite enertaining or quite ugly, perhaps both. I'd like to see him run for senator, maybe he could get Hillary to answer a question."

People had him figured out in 2005. Amazing.

Bay Area Guy said...

Meade liked the blog so much, he married the hostess!

Congrats to you, both!

I'm Full of Soup said...

Congrats Meadehouse!

Darles Chickens said...

Happy anniversary from a long-time lurker

Fritz said...

Congratulations!

46 here.

Freeman Hunt said...

Happy anniversary to you both!

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Aw, this makes me happy. Hooray for love!

Narayanan said...

@Blogger Birches, Birkel ...
Were you able to find video of UN remodel critique?

OnlyInCA said...

Congratulations from another long time lurker/rare poster. Looking forward to many more years of following your adventures along side the interesting topics you discuss. Thanks for the work and time you devote to this blog.

Yancey Ward said...

I saw that baseball produced a second combined no-hitter on the season. This right here shows you that the game has lost a good part of its soul. Even a decade ago, you couldn't have removed a pitcher throwing a no-hitter unless he had an injury.

StephenFearby said...

Channeling Groucho Marx (on private clubs), "I wouldn't marry a woman who would have me as a husband". But I did anyway -- after my heart went into tachycardia back in 1991 the first time I heard her speak. Never happened before or after. Now I only get a warm feeling in my chest when I think about her.

Meade probably feels the same.

dustbunny said...

Congratulations and thanks for this blog!

Narayanan said...

Found ...
https://youtu.be/-xsyh_c8iic
YouTube › watch
Web results
Donald Trump: United Nations Headquarters Renovation - Real Estate Investment Strategy (2005) - YouTube

C-SPAN video of Trump at Senate hearing.

Clark said...

Let me join the chorus. Congrats. Wishing you many more years.

uttsho said...
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Amadeus 48 said...

Congrats!

I read some messages.under those posts. Who doesn’t miss Sir Archy, now departed this life 270 years and more?

Nichevo said...

Mazel tov! Sorry I wasn't timely, but the blog has been boring of late and I check it less regularly. Many happy returns of the day!

stephen cooper said...

"Life is not worth living unless it is lived for others" (Saint Theresa said that, in Albanian, I guess ....))

Always nice to see people when they have a reason to be happy

Congrats and God bless you and everyone you love in the past and now and in the future

Lewis said...

I was thinking of what you wrote - the other day - about that 'other' festival and the womans face on the poster - Jefferson Airplane - a smile, a smirk that meant so much to me - I'm thinking of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkBXwZIcgpk&feature=share - to grow older, to grow old seems absurd. Absurd, that's the word, to leap into the dark!

Lewis said...

She so diffident, awkward and, then, she looks 'down' - but does she? She looking to someone!

Lewis said...

Is she 'diffident'? No. Every time I look at that 'video' I see something different. Go ask Alice.

Lewis said...

I know you don't like it but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojIZ61GBHwY

rehajm said...

Aspen looks like asparagus.

Mkd said...

Happy 10th and wishing you many more years filled with fun, adventure and love.

Howard said...

Good for you guys. Finding true love is a rare gift.

Lewis said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N7gPcCgkZU

Lewis said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQSlH-LLTQ

tim maguire said...

Congratulations! Best of luck on your next 10 years!

brylun said...

Congratulations! We all appreciate your blog and what Meade has added to it, and to your life, and hopefully to keep you going for another 10 years! Not to mention what you've added to his life!

Tank said...

Looking back, I see that I commented back then under a different internet name.

Yes, you were married during the pre-Tank era.

Congrats on number ten, it doesn't seem that long ago.

Lewis said...

What ever you think of us British, when I was 7 this was it


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7-8GddDotA&t=854s

Lewis said...

He had ms - but my 'dad' never told me of that

Lewis said...

I'm sorry - that's horrible 0 I'd forgotten

Mr. Forward said...

Congratulations. Mrs. Forward and I have been married for over 4 decades. Number 1 tip: Moderate the comments.

Lewis said...

Without the charm of being an 'idiot'

Cheryl said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love this for both of you.

Fernandinande said...

Congrats!

The title looked like "Today's a big millstone!"

Andrew said...

I'm late to the party (was I even invited?) but congratulations to you both. I'm sincerely happy for you.

Lewis said...

I think he's unhapppy - this is it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsoVhKo4UvQ&t=9s

M.K. Popovich said...

happy anniversary!

John Enright said...

Congratulations.

MaxedOutMama said...

Congratulations to both of you. It is a big day.

I hope the two of you have many more big days together.

Rockport Conservative said...

Has it really been that long? It doesn't seem possible. Congratulations on creating a wonderful life for each other.