Eighteen years…there have been fights and makeups; overdraft and interest; gifts and vacations; two beautiful kids and two beautiful countries; adventures, mishaps, tragedies, and plenty of laughter. I’ve spent more of my life with Carmel than without her, and I’m grateful. If it wasn’t for Carmel I’d be homeless, fat, and unbearably cynical. My ideas of love and happiness will forever be shared with her, and I don’t regret that one bit. She’s cool.