Your math is spot on, Ed, as is your assumption. We will indeed celebrate 50 years of marriage on August 18 this year. And we fully subscribe to the adage that to make a marrage last you must be married to your best friend. It's not automatic -- some effort is required. But the results are certainly worth the cost.
It wasn't with GCT, but on August 18, 2011 we were aboard the Norwegian Sun cruising from Talinn, Estonia to St. Petersburg, Russia. Our traveling companions, Marty and Shirley, informed the maitre 'd in the main dining room that it was our anniversary. The wait staff brought us a cake and several joined to sing "Let Me Call You Sweetheart". We, of course, sang along. Marty and I are members of a male chorus, and my First Mate sings soprano in our church choir. The maitre 'd asked if we would be available to help them out when they do another birthday or anniversary celebration. It was a pleasant evening. When we said that it had been 49 years, the group at an adjoining table made the First Mate's day by insisting that we were not nearly old enough for that to be true.