Erica decided to change her name. I was going to write a big thing about all the things we discussed when she told me she wanted to change her name, but our friends Deb Downing and Pete Grosz have already written something that encompasses our exact feelings.
PETE: I guess it's because no one has ever changed her name for me before. And because, very simply, I always assumed that you wouldn't change your name. Besides, I fell in love with Deb Downing. Who the hell is Debra Grosz? I don't want some strange chick in my bed. Wait a second... scratch that.
We're back from our honeymoon. Hundreds of pictures and all sorts of weddingalia to come. For tonight, I've got a terrible cold and so I'll leave you with the news that we weren't the only ones who got married July 29, 2006.
Erica's co-worker Sara reminded me of an appropriate music video...
I'm doing this challenge where I'm trying to read at least 50 books in a year. I'm up to 37 and Hana Schank's A More Perfect Union: How I Survived the Happiest Day of My Life was recommended on some blog or another (I forget) and I decided that a quick read about someone else's wedding problems was just what I needed six weeks out from my own.
I really connected with Ms. Schank at the beginning of the book, as she sets out to have a wedding that's not "different" (e.g. the hot air balloon wedding or the oft-maligned Klingon wedding) but isn't necessarily the same as every other wedding, either -- because that's the path we're trying to tread as well. As the book went on, I became a little frustrated that she seemed to do an awful lot of research about how arbitrary most wedding customs are* only to turn around and acquiesce to many of those traditions. But then, I'm a little hesitant to criticize since a) she's a real person and not a character and b) I'm sure it would be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
* Ask for my All Our Traditions Were Invented by the Victorians(tm) Rant next time we're at a bar.
From The Onion.
In Japan it has become common, I guess, to throw teddy bears instead of bouquets at weddings. Sure, why not. And if anyone ever throws something, someone else will figure out a way to shoot it out of a gun. Makes sense. So... the teddy bear gun. It fires a teddy bear with parachute. Kapow! Whee!
Selections from the complete list at DrinkAtWork:
"Don't throw out the gift ribbons! We need them to make the hat!"
"Okay, so that's three votes to watch porn and 12 votes to open up the Necrononicon…"
"Wait, we all brought Crystal Light?!?"
"So we all do a shot whenever a player goes down a chute or up a ladder."
"17, Dan! A haiku has 17 syllables! Do it again."
"Listen, the sooner we all stop crying the sooner we can be done with this ritual."
"We all have such pretty, pretty dresses…"