Mrs. Grouch and I just returned from having dinner with two other couples. We have dinner together almost every Friday night.
During dinner we got to talking about how we met. One couple we met on a group bicycle ride. While Mrs. Grouch was in the ladies room I saw another couple on a tandem begin the ride. In those days tandems were pretty rare so, as soon as she came out of the ladies room, Mrs. Grouch and I began to chase. About 5 miles later (with the help of a train blocking the road) we caught up with them. After a bit we stopped in the shade of a tree and must have talked for over an hour about our tandems and our kids etc. That was roughly 30 years ago this month.
In a couple of weeks I'm going to my 50th high school reunion. Most of those people I knew for only 4 years. 30 year friendships don't happen very often. When they do I think that it's really neat.