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Sunday, November 12, 2006

this guy's in love

just a quick one today, folks. mrs nice guy and i were married in july, four-plus years ago. BUT it was eight years ago this week that we first smooched. meaning, the other day was our smoochaversary: eight years of sweet, sweet greasin' up and rubbin' down.

flashback to 1998: the then-future mrs nice guy was my roommate. i had feathered hair, a moustache and few prospects in my chosen career as a betamax repairman. she was a K Street player, lobbying hard for the tobacco industry and stealing prescription money from oldsters. like some awesome '70s sitcom we were close friends, living platonically in a two bedroom Washington DC apartment (with our two ghetto cats and weird neighbor who lived with his dead mom, upstairs from a sexually and ethnically ambiguous world bank euro-type and across the street from some fat chick who paraded around naked all the time -- i told you it was like sitcom).

so, yeah, we were just that: friends. until, that is, eight years ago last thursday, when i put the patented mr nice guy private dancer moves on the future missus. the rest is history. you'll have to ask my wife for herstory -- she seems to think she made the first move because i am a "pussy," which, if i were being honest with you, i'd admit is true. i won't bore you with the gritty details, but they involve a vacuum cleaner, late-night japanese television and sexual tension you couldn't cut with a steak knife.

eight years, three apartments, two cities and one kid later, we're still SOLID AS A ROCK UP IN THIS PIECE. so let me dedicate a little ditty to you, my bride. a little uptown Burt Bacharach, taken way downtown by the one and only James Brown. here he is, singing a sweet soulful love duet with the female preacher, Lyn Collins. listen up:
This Guy - This Girl's In Love.

readers: check out that spoken-word intro and see if you can decode it for me:

JB: If someone was in love with you, would you be able to ... to dig it?
LC: No, I don't think so.
JB: You couldn't dig it?
LC: No.
JB: But would you like that?
LC: I'd love it.

seriously, i knew James Brown (all due respect) was a weird dude with weird friends, but i'd need me much stronger drugs than anything i have in my house to figure out what the hell that exchange means. any ideas out there?

meantime -- happy smoochaversary my little wifebird. may we have eleventy thousand more. you are a brave, fierce and irrationally tolerant woman. i live in terror of the day you come to your senses.


Blogger Kara said...

Awww, ain't love grand?

aside: I read your first month of posts from your archives this weekend. Thank you for no longer referring to yourself in the third person.

11/13/2006 10:03 AM  
Anonymous MetroDad said...

Happy smoochaversary, Mr. and Mrs. Nice Guy. Meanwhile, I think you need to develop that sitcom idea. It'd be better than 90% of what's currently on the boob tube.

11/13/2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous samantha Jo Campen said...

Congratulations! Our 6-year smoochaversary is on the 16th. November is the month of Love Moves I guess:-)

11/13/2006 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

I think Lyn Collins was just nervous. Before that dialogue, JB mentions that it's her first time performing at the Apollo.

11/13/2006 5:00 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

andrea, you make the most compelling point i've heard so far.

which means, for accuracy's sake, i should ammend the post to say that JB didn't take this song downtown ... if they were indeed playing the apollo later that night, he took burt bacharach even further uptown than he'd ever been before, i'd wager.

11/13/2006 10:43 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

Au contraire! Burt KNOWS uptown. Just ask Dionne, Aretha, The Drifters and Luther to name just a few.
Burt is down with uptown!

11/13/2006 11:25 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

andrea, if this post wasn't about my smoochaversary, i might have had to start professing my love to you.

11/14/2006 7:45 AM  
Anonymous andrea said...

*blush*blush*blush* (mumbling): ijustwantedtotalkaboutmusiciz'all,didn'tmeantotakeawayfromyourlovelettertomrs.niceguy (circling foot on ground)

11/14/2006 10:25 AM  
Anonymous andrea said...


11/14/2006 10:27 AM  

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