An Anniversary


The first week in every month of May Your Business Blogger has two anniversaries to celebrate.

Two constants every man needs.

His car.

His woman.


Jack and Charmaine 1990 (Order may not be important to some.)

Charmaine and I are moving into our 18th year of marriage toward that death do us part part.

The other anniversary is a milestone of two decades: 20 years.

Alert Readers are thinking, I know Jack — how did he do it?

How did he survive all those years?

Without a coffee cup holder…?

The Germans do not believe that people should drive and drink…coffee. Ergo, no coffee cup holder in that old model.

So the ride has been a series of spilled hot fluids. And I would do it again.

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – Andy Williams, Peter Paul & Mary


20 years; one owner

Your Business Blogger and The Dude

Financial Expert Larry Burkett believes that a man should own but one car and run that car ’til the wheels fall off then repair and repeat.

Replacing is poor stewardship of resources.

It is also Biblical and is based on the Babe Bargain: A man should be the husband of but one wife.

Replacing is poor stewardship of resources.

A car and a girl. What more could a guy want?


The Penta-Posse


Thank you (foot)notes:

Larry Burkett continues,

Let’s face it. The majority of new automobile sales in America are made because of the buyers’ wants, not needs. Often they are just tired of their cars; they look old and out of date, or they need repairs to put them back into top condition, or their neighbors or coworkers have acquired new cars.

Lyrics to KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE at the jump. My favorite version is by Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.

In May of 1987 Your Business Blogger bought a new car from American Service Center in Arlington, Virginia from former Redskin football player Joe Tereshinski.

My two investments; my two May anniversaries.


Lyrics : Paul Campbell / Music : Huddie Ledbetter

The Weavers – # 19 hit for the Weavers in 1951 Jimmy Rodgers

Peak Billboard position # 3 in 1957-58

Well, when I was a young man never been kissed

I got to thinkin’ it over how much I had missed

So I got me a girl and I kissed her and then,

and then Oh, lordy, well I kissed ‘er again


Because she had kisses sweeter than wine

She had, mmm, mmm, kisses sweeter than wine

(Sweeter than wine)

Well I asked her to marry and to be my sweet wife

I told her we’d be so happy for the rest of our life

I begged and I pleaded like a natural man

And then, whoops oh lordy, well she gave me her hand


Well we worked very hard both me and my wife

Workin’ hand-in-hand to have a good life

We had corn in the field and wheat in the bin

And then, whoops oh lord, I was the father of twins


Well our children they numbered just about four

And they all had a sweetheart a’knockin’ on the door

They all got married and they wouldn’t hesitate

I was, whoops oh lord, the grandfather of eight


Well now that I’m old and I’m a’ready to go

I get to thinkin’ what happened a long time ago

Had a lot of kids, a lot of trouble and pain

But then, whoops oh lordy, well I’d do it all again

Because she had kisses sweeter than wine

She had, mmm…kisses…sweeter…than…wine


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9 Responses

  1. Jane says:

    Congratulations to you on both!!

    My hubby and I will be celebrating 34 years in August. It just keeps getting better.

    Blessings to you, Charmaine and your adorable children.

  2. Jill says:

    Congratulations on both events.

  3. Pat Patterson says:

    I’ll claim some wiggle room as my dad gave me his old Studebaker Lark for going to college which promptly committed suicide on the San Diego Freeway. My next car or rather truck, a Ford F-150, made a rather unfortunate discovery about gravity while driving down an unlit road in Mexico several years ago. No amount of car repair savvy was going to prevent a long hitch hike back to the US that night.

  4. Jack Yoest says:

    Pat, I, too, had a Studebaker Lark. A “gift” from a friend who thought I could repair and sell and maybe make a buck. Help out the kid down the street kinda thing.

    Except the number 6 cylinder/piston rod (or was it #1?) had a ominous knock — which made it more work beyond my very limited attention span. I had it in the side of our yard which caused dear mom to lose her sense of humor.

    So I made the neighbor feel good about helping me and he got a piece of junk out of his yard. Into ours.

    The Lark lasted about a week.

    Your Lark committed suicide.

    Mine was eliminated with premeditation and malice aforethought.

    The oil stains are still in the yard. And on my hands.

    Out, out damned spot..

  5. Charmaine says:

    Jill and Jane, thank you for your advice and support!


  6. Terry Woodworth says:


    Congratulations on both anniversaries (especially the girl)! And Charmaine, congratulations to you as well, on the guy!

    And thanks for sharing the video!

    Blessings to both (and the kids, and the car).


  7. Jack says:

    Terry, Thank you for your encouragement on the sharing of the video. You high-tech guys are really sentimental suckers!

    Especially today when YouTube can provide such cheap-mass entertainment.

    I knew you would appreciate the exchange of technology for labor (of love).



  8. c. o. says:

    Jack –

    I absolutely loved the piece on your anniversaries. What a hoot. Betwee your lovely wife, trusty car and beautiful children, I’d say you have it made!

    Cheers to Friday. Hope you are well.


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