Tuesday, June 1, 2010

On Engineers, Tight Coupling, and Time

Today is our wedding anniversary. Last year I wrote about meeting my engineer hubby. This year, I'd like to say a few words about being married to an engineer. I highly recommend it! There are many advantages:
  • Your anniversary present might be a strange electronic device, such as the Time Machine shown in the picture above. This creation of my husband's even sort of worked! Well at least it flashed the light bulbs.
  • The engineer's motto is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Your engineer spouse will stick around if the marriage is working.
  • The marriage works as long as you let your spouse spend hours tinkering with gadgets and you initiate the occasional physical-layer test to see if all components are still functional.
  • When you're married to an engineer, new toys arrive frequently, including iBooks, iPods, iPhones, iPads, and other iFads.
  • You will have a cool home-entertainment system.
  • Said cool home-entertainment system will even work some of the time and you will get much entertainment from comparing its design to a Rube Goldberg sculpture.
  • Engineers can cook! My husband is a gourmet cook.
  • Dinner is always on time. (Don't expect to get away with saying you are too busy playing with a new iPad to come to dinner.)
  • Dinner-table talk can range from IPv6 to the odds of there being extraterrestrial civilizations to how DNA transcription works.
  • Engineers make lots of money and invest it well, despite many expenditures for gadgets and fixes for the Rube-Goldberg-like home-entertainment system.
  • An engineer will figure out how your body works and enjoy its many features.
  • If you marry an engineer, he or she may really get a time machine working at some point. This is a good thing because you will want to spend lots of time with your engineer spouse.
  • Given time, you will realize you wouldn't wear the jewelry that a non-engineer would give as an anniversary present anyway. It gets in the way of typing on your computer keyboard. :-)


  1. Looks like I need to work a bit more on that time machine. It's the only way I'm going to change the jewelry in that box into the new iPhone that Apple is going to ship next week :O

    Happy 24th Anniversary! Love, Alan

  2. Congratulation, a bit late, on your anniversary. Loved your list!

  3. Not sure what made me look for your blog again today--about two months past your anniversary. But I'm glad I stopped by and read this. It made me smile... and even my brother left a comment!

    Liz Opp(enheimer), The Good Raised Up