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The Big Day

11.19.08 | 2 Comments

As I said yesterday, I got home from my business trip last Wednesday night and spent the evening home with my family. Some of that evening was spent cleaning the house in preparation of the chaos to come. The next day I went to work as normal, picked up Tadpole 2 and brought her home, grabbed dinner, then headed back out the door to Austin. During the 1.5 hour drive I worked out the plotting for a short story I’ll be writing in the near future, and at about 8:45 I picked up cerebral misfire and his family from the airport. At around 11 pm we made it back home and all crawled into bed.

Believe it or not, having my oldest, best friend from come in from out of town was just the sideshow. My other best friend was getting married! Friday morning I had to go into work during the morning, but I split shortly before lunch and met up with the soon-to-be bride and groom and a good part of the wedding party for a yummy burger. We ran errands that afternoon, went out to the site of the ceremony for the wedding rehearsal, then back to the bride and groom’s house for wedding rehearsal dinner. It was heart-warming to see how well Tadpole 2 and Cerebral Misfire’s toddler played together, but it also makes me all the more sad that they have moved so far away. Regardless, we had a great time at the dinner, during which we groomsmen presented him with our traditional present–a pistol.

You have to understand that there’s a 14 year spread between when the first of us got married and when Jason, the last, was married. During that time we formed a few traditions. One is the pistol as a wedding present. The other is a bowling ball. Well, a ball and chain, really. You see, almost 10 years ago they thought it would be a great prank to make the groom (in that instance, me) wear a ball and chain during the bachelor party. The Ball is a 16 lb. bowling ball with a concrete anchor sunk several inches into it. A chain attaches to the anchor on one end and a dog collar on the other end. For added effect, the bride’s name is painted on the ball.

So after the rehearsal dinner we presented him with the ball and carried him off for a little public humiliation! We ended up at a bar playing pool, which was great fun!

Pool handicap.


After staying up entirely too late, we crawled into bed and prepared for the big day. All too early, Saturday morning rolled over us. The day was split between running errands, napping, and later in the afternoon setup for the wedding. The bride and groom had gambled that the weather would still be warm enough for an outdoor wedding but Mother Nature chose not to cooperate. A biting Northern blew threw Friday night, and the wind sliced through our clothes as we set up tables and chairs.

Despite one or two hiccups (like the rings still being locked in the truck moments before the ceremony was supposed to start) the wedding was beautiful. I was very honored to be the Best Man. The wind died down after the sun set, and leaving the reception chilly but tolerable. It was a fun reception, and after we packed the kids off to home with our babysitter, Mrs. Flametoad and I even got in a few turns around the dance floor.

All in all it was a wonderful wedding, and I can’t begin to say how happy I am for Jason and Jennifer. I’m also exhausted and incredibly glad it’s over.

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Comment by Kyle
2008-11-19 09:17:12

Yeah, but the end meant I had to go home again, and that made me sadder than you can imagine….

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Comment by Prest0
2008-11-19 09:21:19

No kidding! You were just getting your voice back and we were able to hold an actual conversation!

We all miss you as much as you miss us.


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