Together they run Sunshine Metal Clad, Inc., him as the President and her as the Vice-President. They might spend their days at the office, but that doesn’t keep them from being a hilarious dynamic duo with a penchant for pranks.
What was the first thing you thought when you met your future spouse for the first time?
James: I went by a customer’s office to pick up a check for a past due invoice and was floored when I met his bookkeeper. There was this woman standing there in a sweater dress who had the best looking legs I had ever seen along with the biggest brown eyes. I could hardly speak, and, in fact, left without getting my check …that time.
Sandy: I thought he was a nice looking “older” man. He wasn’t really older, it was just the beautiful silver hair he had, which I later learned had been sprouting since the age of 19. He had these awesome green eyes.
What is the funniest thing that happened while you were dating?
James: I took her to Arkansas to visit my relatives during deer season. Along with the deer they were gutting in the front yard, there was also deer meat soaking in the bathtub. Dinner that night was fried deer meat. Watching the look on my wife’s face while she tried to be polite and take a bite was priceless.
Sandy: One time, he hid around a corner to scare me….only, he was on his hands and knees and as I walked by he did a pig snort. My instinct to scream and run became a jump up and sideways and he nearly died laughing.
What is the craziest thing your spouse has ever done for you?
James: Agreed to marry me!
Sandy: Taking me and our two girls, Shelbi and Dixie, to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 2000. He actually rode on a float in the Endymion Parade while we enjoyed the festivities in the Superdome awaiting his arrival.
What is your spouse’s biggest phobia?
James: Heights and enclosed spaces. I made her go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, I’m not sure she has forgiven me yet.
Sandy: I think James is fearless. He has spent his whole life working hard and saving money. Coming from such a poor background, I believe he has faced most of his phobias.
Who’s the first one to admit when they’re wrong?
James: My wife. She knows I “think” I know everything and therefore she’s happy to let me think I’m right. It works for us.
Sandy: I am. I admit when I’m wrong and when he’s wrong. He’s always right…he knows everything….blahblahblah! Did I mention, I do get even?
What is your spouse most passionate about?
James: Family. It’s important to have family traditions, no matter how busy we are.
Sandy: I have to say work, he loves what he does.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Bakersfield?
James: Go to Luigi’s for lunch. The best place in town to eat and enjoy myself with my wife.
Sandy: I enjoy gardening & relaxing at home. Work keeps us busy so being at home gives us peace.
What is your least and most favorite thing about your spouse?
James: Least—If an “issue” pops up on a Friday, I tend to “not” tell her, because I know she won’t let it go or she will worry about it the entire weekend. And yes, she hates when I do that! Most—She is fearless when it comes to technical issues with our company computers and cell phones, and if she reads this, she’s going to ask for a raise.
Sandy: Least—This man wakes up happy every morning! I don’t get to be a “moody Eudy” or have any Euditudes! Most—He loves to look at all things, wherever we are. There’s always a road that he hasn’t taken, a town he hasn’t visited or a restaurant that he hasn’t tried. It’s always adventure time.