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Maggie's Wedding
I'm back from Margaret's wedding in San Diego.

There was no rehersal, but there was a dinner the night before, with most of the wedding party and family members. Actually, the meal was entirely made up of stuff like scallops wrapped in bacon and crab cakes and such that everyone shared. I thought it was perfect, but my mom, never seeing anything that looked like an entree, thought it wasn't much food. Sigh. I thought the lack of an entree like thing was a feature... I wasn't being guilted into eating more than I needed.

Warren and I went to the Maritime Museum before the wedding, since we had a morning to fill. There was a Russian diesal submarine there, which was nifty to look at it. Its a Foxtrot class sub, for the benefit of the one person who reads this and is likely to know what that means. We also saw a sailing ship called the Star of India there, plus the ship that was used in Master and Commander. I must be getting jaded about sailing ships after too many visits to the Constitution -- I thought the sub was the most interesting. It also made for nice sibling-wedding symetry; when Warren's brother George got married two years ago we saw the Intrepid and the Growler (US sub) the day before.

The wedding itself was nice, though it was hot and sunny and the ceremony was outside. It was short, and being in the wedding party I was fortunate to spend most of it facing away from the sun. Margaret looked wonderful, of course. The reception afterwords was nice. The DJ wasn't so good, but its impossible to get a good DJ for a wedding without prevailing on a friend to do it. The food was again good, and non-entree stuff. I filled up on shrimp coctail, so I was happy. My dress looked good, but it wasn't staying up well for the dancing... I should have brought my body glue. Margaret spent nearly the entire reception dancing, of course. I was asked to give a toast, which was cool. I love talking in front of people.

On Friday Warren and I were going to go to the San Diego Zoo, which is supposed to be really good. This plan mutated based on a couple of recommendations and we ended up going to the associated Wildlife Park instead. That was a day well spent. Then Friday night there was a big party on the beach with all the family that came for the wedding, both on our side and John's side. We burned things on the beach. I discoverd that Warren toasts marshmellows the same way I do, by setting them on fire. My various cousins also had fun with the fire. The engineering genes definately came from my maternal grandfather.

Anyway, a good time was had by all. More importantly, Margaret is now married to John. He's a nice guy.

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twe From: twe Date: October 3rd, 2005 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I think I saw the Star of India when the tall ships were in Boston, because that name sounds awfully familiar.

You'd think these days, if you couldn't find a good DJ, you could just rent some speakers, bring your laptop, and pipe out your custom wedding playlist from iTunes. :)
coraline From: coraline Date: October 3rd, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
you could just rent some speakers, bring your laptop, and pipe out your custom wedding playlist from iTunes

that was certainly our plan, and we spent quite a chunk of time brainstorming, whittling, and arranging our playlist (and then didn't end up using it because the band was having so much fun they stayed til the end of the night...)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: October 3rd, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, they do apparently sail the Star of India places, so its very likely.

Sadly, Margaret had a windows laptop that I doubt is up to doing that sort of thing on. Its funny, they had friends do a lot of the stuff for them for the wedding instead of giving presents. One friend officiated, two others played guitar during the ceremony, another did the flowers and the cake, and another took the pictures. The DJ was the one pro hired for the event and he was the only element that was disappointing. Its ironic since DJ was the only job that Warren and I asked a friend to do for our wedding.
countertorque From: countertorque Date: October 3rd, 2005 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Foxtrot

Cool! I got to see one of those up in Seattle a couple of years ago. It was pretty neat.

The Constitution, being a real warship that actually fought in and won real naval battles, has a leg up on any movie prop pretend warship in coolness.

I'd like to disagree on the DJ. We had a good one, although I'd agree that finding a good one is difficult. Getting a friend to do it seems like a good idea. I wonder why more people don't do that? I mean my friends can at least say my name right...
coraline From: coraline Date: October 3rd, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm back from San Diego and Margaret's wedding.

i keep reading that and thinking margaret married someone named san diego.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: October 3rd, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
nuclearpolymer and I went to her best friend's wedding this summer, and we were shocked -- shocked, I say -- to find out that the professional DJ was good. He said very little when his mic was on. He tried music genre X, to find out that it didn't work, and smoothly moved on to music genre Y, which got people onto the dance floor. When I made requests, he leapt to comply. He was enjoyable to talk to.

When I find the other competent wedding DJ, it'll prolly be 15 below freezing in Hell. :)
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