Beating Bill Gates

Mirinda has a theory that things seem more prevalent once you discover them. For instance, it was only after we’d discovered Cornelis that we realised we’d been hearing his music on Radio Sweden. Or the fact that petrol stations have distinctive though not necessarily indicative, signs. The first time I saw a cuddly teddy bear head I had no idea it was advertising petrol. Now I see them all the time.

Anyway, today it was as if everything was about the longevity of relationships.

Take, for instance, the story of Martin and his girlfriend. They both met and started dating. Then the plague happened, and they were forced to live together and have been for eight months. Fortunately, they share a lot of the same interests. Things like boating, fishing, riding electric bikes up mountains, keep them together.

Also, the differences. They seem to disagree on a number of things and neither of them is particularly backwards at coming forwards.

Martin explained that, normally a relationship takes a while to form. There’s the dating, seeing each other once a week then this grows a bit then, maybe after a long period of ‘getting to know each other’ it might be time to move in together. But, he said philosophically, they didn’t have this luxury. The fact that his girlfriend has a massive boat helps.

Then, of course, I woke this morning to the news that Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage. This spurred many jokes on Twitter regarding Bill suddenly being available on dating sites. Like this, from Shappi Khorsandi.

Then there was the announcement that, finally, after like forever, a mother’s name will be included on British marriage certificates. Apart from the obvious fact that they should be, it’s going to make research a lot easy in the future.

And, of course, the whole reason why we heard so much about relationships today was because we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Ha, that’s one in the eye for you, Bill Gates! I reckon the present for 30 should be money and Bill can give us $30m. Or we could call it prize money.

To celebrate (our anniversary, not Bill and Melinda’s divorce), we had fika at Norrby’s (where we met Martin and his girlfriend) then lunch at Kumla Herrgård where we went for julbord last December.

Lunch was lovely, and we were even remembered by one of the waiting staff, a particularly beautiful Finnish woman. Mirinda reckoned it’s because they probably don’t get a lot of Australians to lunch.

At one point, while Mirinda was at the buffet, another waitress told her she’d been married for 32 years. I guess there was a little bit of hubris along with the mustard dressing, salad and tapenade.

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