I'm hoping the third time's the charm for me

June 11, 2006|by TIM SHEA

Somehow, someway, I guess I was bound to do this again someday.

No, not write another column.

I'm taking another stab at holy matrimony. Holy cow!

Yes, I, Tim Shea, aka The Poster Boy for Dysfunctional Relationships, am in line for a third attempt at marriage.

In a shocking reversal of my "I don't need to go through this again, I'd rather poke my eyeballs out with my own fingers" stance on marriage, I officially turned in my free agent status four weeks ago.

The lucky woman is Sherri Bowers. As far as how lucky this is, you should ask her first.

Sherri first came into my life in the spring of 2002. She seemed OK to me. She said I was OK to her. I don't think visions of marriage were going through either of our heads at that point.


For most of the last four years, I stuck to my new-found stance on marriage. Sherri, reluctantly, went along.

I say most of the last four years because I actually broke things off for several months in the summer of 2002.

Thankfully, Sherri took me back toward the end of 2002. And she makes sure I know that whenever possible.

I can't say what made me change my marital stance, but I remember being home on a Monday night watching TV when all of a sudden, I said to Sherri, "Have you thought about staying with me forever?"

I can't remember her exact response. It was something along the lines of, "Are you feeling OK?"

I guess I'm OK. As of May 14, I'm an engaged man.

Hopefully, the third time will be the charm. If it's true we learn from our mistakes, I'll be the greatest husband ever.

-- Three weeks ago in this space, Morning Herald Managing Editor Joel Huffer wrote his column. In it, he said he was going to be running in the 10-kilometer Run Through History, which was held last Sunday at Antietam National Battlefield.

Joel finished the run in 51 minutes, 30 seconds. He went out fast, then slowed over the last couple of miles, but looked fine at the finish line.

Assistant Sports Editor Andy Mason, The Herald-Mail's running guru, also took part in the 10K, finishing in a personal-best 35 minutes, 37 seconds.

Meanwhile, I ran the course in a blistering 20 minutes, 40 seconds.

The course I ran actually was the two-mile "fun run" portion of the event. Whoever decided the words "fun" and "run" belong next to each other should be shot.

But I did meet my two goals for the race - run without stopping to walk, and finish running two miles before Andy finished 6.2 miles. Although I almost got beat by race winner Garmessa Kumessa, who finished his 10K less than 10 minutes after I did.

Next up: Try to finish a 5K run by the Fourth of July.

Maybe a marathon could come in the future. But just like marriage, I'm taking things one step at a time.

Tim Shea is Weekend Editor of The Herald-Mail. He may be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2329, or by e-mail at

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