Let me first state my wife is way to good for me,
Wait! Wait! Let me recover from my state of shock.
Ah... better, better. Now then. You have a wife? The kindness and generosity of some women has never ceased to amaze me.
...why she sticks with me I don't know.
Yes, well, that would make several of us.
Okay, I'll quit. You have a wife, and every man is entitled to one good move in his life. You made yours and got married. Good for you. Although you (like the rest of us) know you could do better by your wife and family, you're doing well enough to make her happy, and that is really what counts. Your wife is a far better judge of you than you are.
Getting right back to the main topic of this thread and forcing myself to let dbw8906 alone...
Am I the only one that is blown away that Bell is proposing this now?
No, you are not the only one. This depends on what you think about Mike Bell. Those that claim to know him personally speak highly of him. Mike Bell was a fire fighter, a position which requires clear thinking under pressure, the ability to make crucial decisions correctly and a certain amount of personal bravery. All fire fighters must be fairly intelligent people as well as being physically fit. Mayor Bell is a proven quantity, so it may very well be that he's had time to rethink his position and concluded that he should change. I see nothing wrong with this, but if that's the case I think this would appeal to me a whole lot more if Hizzonner would have accompanied the announcement with an explanation to that effect.