Category Archives: Marriage

Definitive Sound at a Rock Bottom Price

I’m listening to Frank Sinatra sing Antonio Carlos Jobim on some classic audio gear. It’s virgin vinyl, never before played, and running through the best speakers I’ve ever owned.

Sansui Model 2000 Amp

Pioneer PL-300 Turntable

Definitive BP-10 speakers with PFT-15 subwoofer:

Here’s a shot from the second floor looking down:

Overall, I can’t be more pleased. Like all true life experiences, there’s a great story behind this. Let’s start with the amp:

We found this Sansui 2000 amp in the furnace room of the Charing house in 2008 when we moved in. It took a year for me to decide to move it and only then to the garage. It had a matching pair of (now awful) Sansui speakers that were good only for garage use. The amp has inputs for phono and tape plus an AUX port.

Part Two: the Speakers

My brother-in-law Blair Smith found these Definitive Technologies speakers at an estate sake near his house. I won’t say how low the price was but call it less than a good dinner for two. This weekend we were in KC to see Blair and Mary, the kids plus Mary’s godfather Bob Jester and his wife Emilie. First thing I did was corral Blair and get the speakers moved to our car. Good news–they fit!

After a fantastic weekend and the trip home, I had a plan. I’d set them up in the dinning room just to test, the figure out what to do next. They haven’t moved yet and I don’t think they will.

A special thanks to Blair for making this all possible. Truly, these are the best speakers I’ve owned!

12 Years Man!

Paraphrasing a line from Grosse Point Blank, it’s been 12 years (man!) of marriage with Tammy. Our official anniversary is February 29th, a date that appears every four years and since we were married in 1996, an election year, I run for “re-election” each anniversary.

The first few years were tough to learn how to be an adult in an adult relationship. I knew that Tammy and I were meant to be together and that’s what kept me going. Being in a strong marriage is hard work and I’m glad I put in the effort. I’ve been rewarded with a lifelong friend, wife, and partner. She’s invested the time in me to make sure I can realize who I am other than “Tammy’s husband” and that’s something that few others in my life were willing to do.

Many people talk about the importance of another person when their life is “saved” through a near-death experience. Tammy saved me from a life of mediocrity and gave me the chance to step away from the shadows of the past and become a much better person.

I love you Tammy. Happy Anniversary.