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How my husband and I got off to an "amusing" start 
Mar. 13, 2010 3:48 pm 
Updated: Mar. 30, 2010 6:20 am
I grew up in a small town.  One that didn't have many places for a teenager to work.  We had a couple fast food places, a grocery store, drug store and a small five and dime, not much else.  And, a small amusement park.  So, when I turned 16 and decided I wanted a summer job (I was involved in sports and didn't have time to work during the school year) I went to the amusement park.  It was called Shady Lake Park.  Anyone who grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area in the 1960's (or before) probably can remember Euclid Beach Park and the Humphrey Company popcorn balls and taffy.  Well, the Humphrey Company took many of the kiddie rides and several adult rides from Euclid Beach and opened Shady Lake in 1977.  It was open until 1983.

It was a perfect place to work.  They were only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and only until 7:00 pm.  I got a job in the adult ride section - running the Flying Scooters. 

Kids from all around the area came to work there.  I made some good friends while working there over 30 years ago, one friend (Al) and I still keep in touch on a regular basis.  He and his wife are probably our best friends.  I also met my husband there.  Iworked there all through high school and so did my husband.  After the first year I became an assistant to the manager of the adult rides.  That didn't really mean much.  Except I didn't stay on one ride - I relieved the other ride operators at break time.  My husband was the manager in kiddie land.  That meant he had free time where he could come down off the hill and flirt with me. 

Since we were both ambitious and not against making extra money, we were hired to do clean up in the mornings before the park would open.  We would work side by side emptying trash cans and cleaning restrooms. I'm not sure what is so romantic about cleaning toilets, but  shortly after that we started dating!    When we could get our breaks together we'd take a ride on the Wild Mouse or the Flying Scooters.  Sometimes we'd ride the Rotor or the Dodge 'ems.  A ride on the Ferris Wheel was always a fun break as well.  How could a relationship go wrong that began at an amusement park??
Mar. 13, 2010 3:58 pm
What a sweet story! I met Bob when I won him in a contest...he was the booby prize...LOL!! Just kidding...we actually met over a Marshall Tucker Band song!
Mar. 13, 2010 4:09 pm
LOL! I love to hear how people met their "other half". My friend, Al,that I mention in my blog met his wife at a concert. They were both ushers. I don't remember who was playing at the time.
Mar. 15, 2010 2:34 am
That's a really sweet story! I met my husband while on vacation in Mexico. He's Dutch and lived right outside of Amsterdam. 3 months after I met him, I sold my house, quit my job and moved to another country to be with him - Love really is blind right? Thankfully, everything worked out and this summer we are celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary.
Mar. 15, 2010 1:42 pm
Suzanne - you are a brave woman to leave everything behind and so lucky to have found your "Mr. Right"! I believe when someone meets their soulmate, they just know it.
Mar. 16, 2010 12:19 am
At the time I didn't think I was brave, I just couldn't spend another second being away from him, but looking back I think it was pretty crazy, but I'm so glad that I did make that huge move! And I do believe 100% that you just know when you found that person!
Mar. 17, 2010 5:53 am
I met my husband at work! He was my boss. I remember the first day I met him, I had been there for 7 years at the time I think and I walked upto him and introduced my self as "Beckey The best counter clerk he has" I have no idea what I was thinking when I said it? And certainly didn't believe it... Looking back, although I didn't really think about it at the time, I think it was love at first sight, I was definitley in love with him before our first date. I am not even sure that I have ever loved before, certainly not like this! He is the one.
Mar. 17, 2010 5:06 pm
Beckey, neat story! It was definitely love at first sight for you!
Mar. 20, 2010 5:44 am
When I got divorced ages ago in the UK, I decided to get less insular and have now worked in 16 different countries, making my home in 5! I played a lot of cricket (the best game in the world!) and here in Switzerland there were a few Australians, Brits, Irish as well as lots from India etc etc. We would play on Sundays (in fact we were all gathering for a game the day we heard princess Diana had died). Anyway, one Ozzie family invited me to Christmas Dinner (1999) and Diana was also a guest there. She was my Christmas present, and I hers. It took us about 2 days to get the wrapping off! I do hvae another funny story of that night, but it's far too long for here!
Mar. 20, 2010 12:56 pm
I think you should maybe write a blog about your long funny story! I'd love to read about it.... Your life sounds pretty exciting living in so many different places. I'm rather a "stick in the mud" living in the same county in Ohio I've lived my entire life - except for a brief year and a half where we lived in Louisville, KY when I was a kid.
Mar. 29, 2010 9:24 am
I was an Dental Assistant when I met my guy - WORST PATIENT I EVER HAD! Might not have been nice but it sure was funny - I put up his old x-rays BEFORE his wisdom teeth were removed and stood there (while he paced) going Hmmmmm, Ohhhhh, jeeee... He was like "WHATS THE MATTRE?" and I told him "Well, according to your films it looks like your wisdom teeth grew back" {{{HAHAHAHAH}}}- We've been together ever since. Hubs say it was the only way he could think of getting back at me! LOLOLOLOLOL
Mar. 30, 2010 6:20 am
LOL!!! That is a hilarious story!!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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