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I was on the way to help a friend install an art exhibit in the city. I stopped at another friend's house in Riverhead who was having a party. I left but stopped to call NY since I was running a little late. The installation was postponed until the next day. I returned to the party. When I left, Mel came with me back to the loft in Greenport. She really liked “The Hand of Man,” which I was just completing. Soon we bought a used bed to complement the metal patio table with a hole in the middle, the wooden folding chairs from the Odd Fellows, and a small 3 drawer dresser. A month or so later I was walking home from work when several workers from Preston's Marine Supplies blocked my way. They asked if my intentions were honorable. Mel's family was well known. I gave them a firm “YES.” Mel and I have been married for 46 years at the end of this month.