LEXINGTON, N.C. – Each morning of their almost 25 year marriage, Michael and Beth Savicki rise and shine the exact same way.
She moseys into the living room around 5 a.m., he gets up about 6 a.m. and meets her at a small, round table in their Lexington kitchen, for their crack-of- dawn backgammon date.
They play two of three games on weekdays, three out of five on the weekends. They have an official game book to keep score.
"Right now, she's won about three thousand days and me the same. Right now, I'm winning by about 50 days," laughed Michael, the operations manager at a furniture manufacturer. "Whoever wins that day gets to be the boss that day. Our granddaughters started saying that years ago."
It's the second marriage for both. The two met when Beth's neighbor's water heater broke and Michael, who had a carpet cleaning business on the side, came to help fix it.
"My daughter asked him if he was dating anyone and he didn't quite know what to think of that," remembers Beth. "I was so embarrassed, I just wanted to shrink down to the floor."
The two believe in having fun and keeping things playful.
"We want to go river rafting this year before we get too old. It's life's simple pleasures that are important," said Michael.