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On March 23, 1979, Patrick Hayden married Teresa Nielsen.
28 days later, American political history got markedly weirder when Jimmy Carter was attacked by a vorpal bunny.
Coincidence? You be the judge.
Congratulations, Patrick and Teresa. May there be many more happy anniversaries to come.
And I just had my five year anniversary with my girlfriend yesterday and it felt like a LOT.
As for the mystery at hand, my interpretation is that one of the two was a vigilante sworn to fight vorpal bunnies, and we all know that marriage is the kryptonite of vigilantism. Mary Jane is the ACTUAL villain in Spider Man, right?
At any rate, it turned out vorpal bunnies were much less lethal than science had previously anticipated, meaning that the Nielsen Hayden's time is indeed much better spent being married than hunting long eared fell beasts. Yet still, from time to time the former vigilante may open the secret closet and look nostalgically upon the costume and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch (including unnecessarily long-winded User's Manual).
Congrats, guys -- and many, many, many returns of the day.
How excellent! Of course, Jimmy later gained vengence on the rabbit following the Pepsi Syndrome.
Very much congratulations!
Congratulations to the Nielsen Haydens. Thirty years is a good long time to stay married. May they have at least as many more together.
Congratulations! This is an anniversary for me, too -- or would have been. A good day, clearly :-)
HIPY PAPY ANNTHUTHDTH THUTDHA ANNTHUTHDY
First, (and note that "first"....]
Happy anniversary to Patrick and Teresa, and many more as others have been noting.
# 1 Daniel
The "anni" in "anniversary explicitly translates to "year." It had the same root structure as "annual" meaning "yearly."
It's FIFTH anniversary, FIRST anniversay, SECOND anniversary, THIRD anniversay, FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXT, not that abominable offending aliterate asshole media "[number] year anniversary."
What the fuck ever happened to adjectives and verbals?! (I despise the terminology "good reads" instead of "good reading," also....)
Congratulations! Happy 30th anniversary.
Joyeux anniversaire de mariage!
Meanwhile, at Le Lapin Agile...
Happy anniversary! You've got a winning streak going there, wow.
Congratulations indeed, and many of 'em!
Didn't an American Prez have a sign on his desk reading "The Buck Stops Here"?
Congratulations! You can splurge on monogrammed stuff now and let your books run together.
Hap-py anniversary! (approximately to the tune of the William Tell Overture)
(Mark D. @ 9, I make that joke at many birthdays and everyone looks at me like I'm crazy. I'm so very comforted to know that someone else gets it.)
Congratulations to the two of you, and may you have many more.
Congratulations! Thirty years! They're saying I'm coming home tomorrow, but we'll see. I hope your trip is going well.
I'm only posting here because I don't want to put any passwords on this computer. I'll type more when I get home.
Happy Anniversary, and congratulations, Patrick and Teresa!
Happy Anniversary, Patrick and Teresa!
Good to see you, Marilee!
Best wishes for your 30th!
Wooo hoo! Happy anniversary!
Happy and joyful anniversary, and may you see the 40th, the 50th, the 60th...
As for the aliterate asshole media expression I used, apologies! Half of the fun of posting here is being corrected--I remember being called out on using factoid synonymously with fact before.
Not an excuse as much as an explanation: English was the third foreign language I learned (after Latin and French) due to my high school being a really odd catholic private school. I was 16 when I had my first English lesson in school, and by that time I was already fluent in a very interestingly broken way. The way I achieved this was mostly by immersing myself in as much English as I could get my hands on, and back then that meant mostly watching CNN several hours a day as it was the only English channel available to me.
So yes, that was a very good call from Paula. Both of the things I've been called out for seem to come from the same source--mindless media speak. So much for trusting professionals to treat their language with respect.
Learning is awesome, even if you feel like a moron in the process :D
My wife and I just past 6 years a couple of days ago. I can hardly imagine 30 years.
Congrats on the big three-oh, Patrick and Teresa! That is a major achievement!
Happy Anniversary! May you enjoy many more.
Thirty years! Congratulations!
Happy anniversary! Congratulations, and many happy returns.
Mazel tov! Happy anniversary and may there be many more such -- as time goes by.
"The fundamental things of life..." *exits, singing, not pursued by a bear*
Happy Anniversary and congratulations; may you many more happy years together.
An example to us all (3.5 years so far - give us time!)
Mazel tov! You are in danger of giving marriage a good name.
Happy anniversary! About to celebrate our 9th this week. We have much to look forward to.
Happy 30th indeed! We're due for our 28th in less than two weeks ...
Happy Anniversary! May you have many more.
Congratulations Patrick & Teresa!
And Marilee, it's good to read your posts again.
Congratulations, and wishing you very many more years together.
Happy anniversary! We hit 25 next year so 30 doesn't seem so distant anymore.
Anniversary greetings from the tropical twig on the tree!
Congratulations from Edinburgh!
A belated happy birthday to our hostess, and a hearty congratulations to both of our hosts for 30 years of committed love.
Officially, 30 years of marriage gives you the right to offer authoritative advice on the subject. Unofficially, as a (mostly) lurker here for several years, I think you (in the plural) have provided a wonderful example of the power of a committed marriage -- which is much better than mere advice!
Happy anniversary, and many more!
Happy anniversary. :-)
Officially, 30 years of marriage gives you the right to offer authoritative advice on the subject.
Over dinner, we were discussing how to stay married for 15 years (Martin and me) or 30 years. The distilled wisdom:
1. Get married
2. Don't get:
Jeez, you all. Thank you so much.
Wow! Many Dancing Rodents...
Abi @ 51...
3. be able to laugh at or be amused by the same things.
Abi @ 51...
4. Be able to put water in your wine.
Congratulations! On to the next 30!
May we all continue to be illuminated by the light you make!
Mazel Tov: May we all have at least so many.
Here's to good and lasting marriages, and to vorpal bunny weirdness in politics, too.
Congratulations, P&T. May continued love and joy together be yours.
Happy Happy Anniversary Anniversary :)
*cheers Paula's pedantry @10*
Happy 30th anniversary, Nielsen Haydens! Here's a spoiler: it gets even better after that (we're at 38 going on 39).
And congratulations to all for all the things worth celebrating, and especially W00T! to Marilee for getting to come home.
abi @ 51
Obzombie: Being undead is also bad for a marriage.
Congratulations! Now's a good time to say how pleasing it is to look at the two photos on the base page of nielsenhayden.com - they say all that needs to be said:
Also, thanks for the rabbit information Abi - it's so easy to miss the big stories sometimes.
Clifton Royston @39: About to celebrate our 9th this week.
First read that as celebrating our 9th week; announcing it seemed cute.
Of course, happy anniversary to you too (and not 30/9 as awesome — fully awesome)!
A zillion happy returns! (But not book returns... oh, you know what I mean.)
Happy Anniversary. Many returns of the day.
I'm amused by the anniversary gift lists. You know, 1st is paper, and 7th is desk sets. It's also a nice touch that there's the traditional list, and the modern one, with the modern one more extravagant. For the 30th, the traditional list says pearl, and the modern list says diamond.
Strangely, neither list mentions beer, cheese, or pancakes.
and belated birthday wishes to TNH (would that I could phrase them in Anglo-Saxon or Middle English)
By the way, what had the wedding been like? Was it a small intimate affair, or something like this?
Happy anniversary, you guys, and may you have many, many more.
Happy Anniversary, and may the year just past be the worst you will ever experience.
Congratulations. Now don't put a -30- on the thirtieth.
Congrats! Here's to the next 30 years!
Best wishes and congratulations!
The distilled wisdom:
I guess that pretty much covers it; everything else is ancillary. If I were to add one additional suspicion, it is that the biggest assistance as to your point 2.a (and probably also point 1) is:
Really like each other a lot.
It seems to me the Nielsen Haydens have that in spades.
ObCook: Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us together today. Mawwiage, this bwessed awwangement; this dweam within a dweam...
64: so true. Look at the Brides of Dracula. A dysfunctional relationship if ever there were one. Not to mention the many examples of unhappy marriages, Doleful Ghosts etc linked by Mr Macdonald...
Congratulations! Wishing you much more joy to come.
Happy Anniversary! And best wishes for many, many more to come!
Much continued happiness!
Congratulations, and enjoy it while you can, before us gays ruin it for everyone. :(
As for Carter and the rabbit, well, Napoleon got attacked by rabbits, too, and nobody (other than possibly Josephine) called him a wimp!
Happy (belated, oops) anniversary!
Darn. Belated Happy Anniversary, and Many Happy Returns.
Jubilation! Felicitations. Congratulations.
I hope my delay in acknowledging Teresa's natal anniversary and your joint marital one is not seen as evincing any reduction in the warmth and sincerity of my good wishes for you.[/Mr Collins]
The vorpal bunny went snickersnack
The long-eared fell beast's stew,
The vorpal bunny now skinned and cooked
And deep inside of you!
The food chain is a complex rope,
And at the top we live,
And ev'rything thing that's edible
To us themselves will give!
The vorpal bunny's a fearsome beast
With teeth and giant feet
A monstrous threatening animal
On ev'rything it feasts!
But prey and predator they can switch
And so the hare shall go
And when that damned bunny dares return
In stewpots it shall go!
The vorpal bunny's went snickersnack
And chewed up all my trees
The vorpal bunny that's in my yard,
A loathsome plant disease!
But someday soon I'll have revenge
And that beast shall be dead
On that day my friends and I
We shall be quite fed!
The vorpal bunny went snickersnack--
But dead meat it shall be!
And Marilee, welcome back! It's so good to hear of your progress.
Congratulations and many, many more years of health and happiness.
We got married a mere three days before an important fannish event - the premiere of Star Wars. And we spent part of our honeymoon watching the movie, then watching Gardner Dozois do wookiee imitations at Disclave (when we weren't busy...on, never mind).
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