April 19, 2007 - 17 Year Anniversary

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Real Estate Agent with Platinum Realty 1999090686

Yesterday, Saturday April 19, was a milestone in our lives.  We celebrated our anniversary of 17 years together.  I know many people don't want to hear about it - a gay couple celebrating their anniversary -  but I am proud that Dennis and I have made it this long.  And part of blogging is letting others know what is going on in our lives...  We have made it longer than any of the "straight" marriages of any of our siblings.  It hasn't always been easy either, we struggle at times like any other couple, but we're still here.  We like to joke that no one else would put up with either one of us, so we're stuck with each other; but in reality, I think we both have it pretty good...

We went to dinner with our friends Rick and Jerry last night.  We went to Mama Campisi's Restaurante on the Hill.  It was packed.  The food was fantastic and the service was great.  The greeter, Sammy, was a riot.  They were all so friendly and came over and talked with us on numerous occasions.  They also had a live singer who walked around singing the whole time we were there.  We found out that he drives 2.5 hours to get to the restaurant and then sings for four hours straight.  His name is Gary Burt and he sings the great crooners  - Frank, Dean & Tony.  I was really impressed.  For more information, visit his website:  www.GBPRAIRIECROONER.com.  He performs at all kinds of events.

We don't visit the fine restaurants on the Hill often enough, but we will definitely go back to Mama Campisi's.

Following is a picture of us in our earlier days.  We both weighed less and had more hair...

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Tim, nice ThemThem to Dennis! Congrats on your anniversary.
Apr 20, 2008 04:16 AM #1
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Mary Aguilar
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Congratulations!  And I love your talking avatar!
Apr 20, 2008 04:28 AM #2
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Alan Ford
Keller Williams - Vancouver, WA
Congrats on 17 years.  My partner and I have been together for three years and just became registered domestic partners.  Hats off to you two for your commitment to each other.  
Apr 20, 2008 06:04 AM #3
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Alan Ford
Keller Williams - Vancouver, WA
Congrats on 17 years.  My partner and I have been together for three years and just became registered domestic partners.  Hats off to you two for your commitment to each other.  
Apr 20, 2008 06:04 AM #4
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Rick Tourgee
Robert Paul Properties, Inc. - Provincetown, MA
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Congrats on 17 years!!  My partner, Bobby, and I celebrate 14 years on April 29.  Time really flies by when you are having a great time!

We should connect on the phone- I used to make sales calls in St. Louis in the 1990's when I sold chemical raw materials.  I used to stay at the Courtyad by Marriott downtown St. Louis.

Apr 20, 2008 10:41 AM #5
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Peter Wolf
Coldwell Banker - Valley Village, CA

Congratulations on being in a loving, caring, committed relationship for 17 years.  Geoff and I are celebrating 12 years together.  It's amazing how fast time goes. 

We have been involved in bringing same sex marriage to California.  We were couple 55 in San Francisco.  It was an amazing event to be involved in.

When I hear stories like yours (and ours) I remind people that love is blind and non-judgmental.  Isn't that the way marriage should be regardless of your sexual orientation?

Apr 21, 2008 05:57 AM #6
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Geoff Scowcroft
Coldwell Banker - Studio City, CA
Tim, congrats to both you and Dennis! It's amazing how easy and rewarding a great relationship is when you click. Peter (yes, Peter Wolf above) and I became domestic partners when it was first introduced in California. We've been active with Marriage Equality for many years. The change in attitudes over the years has been great.
Apr 21, 2008 11:27 AM #7
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Geoff Scowcroft
Coldwell Banker - Studio City, CA
Tim, congrats to both you and Dennis! It's amazing how easy and rewarding a great relationship is when you click. Peter (yes, Peter Wolf above) and I became domestic partners when it was first introduced in California. We've been active with Marriage Equality for many years. The change in attitudes over the years has been great.
Apr 21, 2008 11:28 AM #8
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Tim Tanz
Platinum Realty - Saint Louis, MO
St Louis Real Estate
Thanks, everyone, for your kind words and congratulations.  We wish you and yours the best, too.  Wouldn't this world be amazing if we could all be free to love who we wish?
Apr 21, 2008 01:31 PM #9
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Chris Fisher
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That's a fantastic accomplishment!  You've lasted longer than either of my "straight marriages".  It definitely takes commitment and work.  I'm happy for both of you, you sound like a wonderful couple.  And didn't we all weigh less and have more hair (although not always better hair... remember the Farrah feather?)  ?!

Apr 22, 2008 05:26 AM #10
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Rich Quigley
Chicago, IL

Congratulations, Tim and Dennis! My partner and I have been together since 1972. I don't really want to count how many years that is. It is no small achievement to remain together through life's ups and downs. It is great that you and Dennis have made it to the 17 year mark. May you have many more anniversaries to celebrate!

 

Apr 24, 2008 10:25 AM #11
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest - Cary, IL
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Congratulations on your 17 years together!

Apr 26, 2008 12:08 AM #12
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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

CONGRATULATIONS!

This is a significant life event!  I love the "earlier days/then" picture, where's the "now" picture? :)

Apr 30, 2008 05:24 PM #13
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Patrick & Dale - Virginia Realtors

Hi Tim & Dennis,

I saw your site quite by accident and felt compelled to say CONGRATULATIONS on your 17th Anniversary. 

My Partner Dale and I will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary in June and like you, we are both very proud and still very much In Love.  And we too have outlived most of the straight marriages in our world, which surely is a testament to the fact that a committment means so much more than a piece of paper.  I hope you celebrate many, many more together!

Thank you also for making the Best Part of Our World Public, The Union of Two Loving Souls!

Patrick Darrow, Broker

May 14, 2008 09:02 AM #14
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Kevin O'Shea
Coldwell Banker - White Plains, NY
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Cogratulations!

All the best!

May 14, 2008 03:45 PM #15
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Anthony Clark
Clark Partners - Fayetteville, AR
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Congratulations and here's to 17 more!

May 15, 2008 02:25 PM #16
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest - Cary, IL
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Tim...congratulations on your 17 year anniversry and best wishes for many more!

May 16, 2008 08:26 AM #17
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