33 years ago, September 14th at 7:30pm, I met a girl on a blind date my friend Steve Graham had set up. I had been out of the Navy a short while and was going through a divorce after spending a lifetime in hell for a year. Marriage was the LAST thing on my mind. A short year to the minute later, we were married.

It has been a wild ride and a lot of fun (mostly) along the way. We started out dirt poor and worked way up to a nice, comfortable life then the wheels came off for a bit. We are back up to where we are doing OK but it has been a long, hard fight. The good thing is, we still are as much in love as we ever have been and lean on each other when times are rough and are there to celebrate with each other when times are good.

Terri Sowell Mercer, thank you for being my friend, my love, my wife. I couldn't have made it this far without you and can't imagine life without you.