I posted this to Two Hour Wargames Yahoo Group on July 23, 2005, and it still holds true. A salute to Theresa Hafer.
My wife is good friends with the local shop owner and his staff, and so is generally ahead of me on what I need. She has even persuaded other family members to make monetary gifts to my addiction on birthday and Christman. She goes to all the conventions with me. She fixes free chili or red beans and rice for about 20 of the locals at Bayou Wars, with the Jackson Gamers first on the list. She accompanies me to Jackson or Baton Rouge when I go play there.
What else? We can get her to play about 1 silly game a year. She loves to watch our enjoyment, but has no interest in playing herself. Instead, she finds an empty table and reads or plays solitaire, or talks to other gamers who are between games.
You learn what not to do and what to do with wife #1, and find a gem with #2. Lucky in love, unlucky in games of chance. Ask anyone who has seen me roll dice.
We Await Silent Trystero's Empire - Thomas Pynchon
I've met Mrs. Hafer, and you, sir, are a lucky man (dice rolls excepted). A bunch of us would have died of starvation on our mini battleground had she not trekked to the the local Long John Silver's and picked up lunch for us. (We were in the middle of a good game!)
Diplomacy is the weapon of the civilized warrior. - A.T. Hun -- Robert Aspirin
The lovely Ginny has been my steady wargaming partner, opponent in every weird new game no one else will play, and playtester for all my rules tweaks. Our first encounter was a civil war minis game - homebrew rules of course. Her corps had left flank, mine had right. Plan was to defend initially, then counterattack. First turn, her opposite number gave an opening and her whole corps charged! Having no other choice, I followed and we swept the Rebs off the table. It's been like that for 44 years! A blessing from God.
I have to add, my wife is a gem when it comes to the hobby! She's been known to run a game or two of either Pulps or Westerns at Bayou Wars. Granted, we've been absent from the past several cons, but we have two small (but GREAT) reasons for that...lol!
Angela will on occasion play in my "weirdo-sci-fi-crap" games...although, if we play, she prefers WW2...
EDIT - I should say, I've had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Mrs. Hafer, good catch indeed Ken!