First Year Of Marriage Celebrated With Fireworks


I wonder how many of us can say that when we celebrate our wedding anniversary, we feel fireworks all around us?

Well, that’s exactly what I feel on my wedding anniversary. You see, it was one year ago this past Monday, the Fourth of July, that Ann and I were married at our home overlooking Green Valley Park, right before the fireworks began.

Our first year of marriage has really gone by quickly. It has been a period of both joy and adjustment for both of us.

It’s also been a year in which we’ve learned that things don’t happen over night because of our country’s increased Homeland Security measures.

Through patience and persistence over the last 12 months, Ann has gotten her permanent residency card, Social Security card and just last week she applied in L.A. — that’s the closest place to go) for an extension of her Philippine passport, so she can take trips home to visit her family. Passport approval time is now 10 to 12 weeks. Oh, how quickly the wheels of government turn.

And, just a couple of weeks ago, my determined wife passed the written test for her driving permit and was issued her learner’s license, so she can legally drive with a licensed driver in the vehicle. Now, the only thing I can say about that is — watch out, Payson!

After getting her license and taking a spin around the neighborhood this past week, Ann took on the ultimate driving challenge — her first trip to Walmart. After she pulled into her parking spot, she said her hands were sweating and her heart was pounding like a hammer.

I told her it couldn’t have been beating any harder and faster than mine and I felt like my chest was singing, “Oh, my achy, breaky heart!”

This week’s music trivia question is: Who is the country music artist who sang the 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart?”

This singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist was born in 1962 in Flatwoods, Kentucky. He attended Georgetown University before moving to Los Angeles in 1984, where he worked as a car salesman and exotic dancer.

From 2001-2004, he starred as Dr. Clint Cassidy in the TV series “Doc.” In late 2005, he began to co-star in the Disney Channel’s series “Hannah Montana” with his now-famous pop-star singer and daughter, Miley. It was announced in 2010 that he and his son, Trace, would take part in a new sci-fi reality series called “UFO: Unbelievably Freakin’ Obvious.”

In addition to his 1992 hit, “Achy Breaky Heart,” which was the country song of the year in 1992, this artist has scored 26 hits on Billboard’s country music chart, five of which made it into the top 10, including the hits “Could’ve Been Me,” “In the Heart of a Woman” and “Busy Man.”

Is this country singer: A) Mark Chesnutt, B) Billy Ray Cyrus, C) Collin Raye, or D) Vince Gill?

This week, if you’re the sixth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a beautiful leather handbag from Black & Tan craft supplies, located in the Safeway Shopping Plaza, courtesy of Leanne Pocallun.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: What is the name of Lee Greenwood’s popular patriotic hit, which includes these flag-waving lyrics: “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. ’Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land ...”

Is the title of Greenwood’s song: A) “America Will Always Stand,” B)“God Bless the U.S.A.” C) “Living in America,” or D) “American Soldier?”

The correct answer was “God Bless the U.S.A.”

“America Will Always Stand” was a 1992 salute to our country produced by country singer Randy Travis. “Living in America” was a 1986 Top-5 hit for Soul-R&B singer James Brown. The song was from the movie Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone, and earned Brown the Grammy for “Vocal of the Year” award. “American Soldier” was country singer Toby Keith’s 2004 No. 1 hit honoring our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Joy Nelson, a second time music trivia winner who works as the cafeteria supervisor at Payson Elementary School. For her correct answer, Joy won a free haircut and blow dry from Cookie Cutters Beauty Salon, courtesy of Betty Dixon, hair stylist. She also won a CD of 20 great American patriotic hits, which included the four song choices in last week’s trivia question.

Lastly, kudos to the town of Payson and the fire department for another great Independence Day weekend and fireworks show at Green Valley Park. It was spectacular!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

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