Sat. Oct 26, 2002
Gone Honeymoonin’ – The Blogosphere isn’t quite the investigative machine some think it is. All the evidence was there. The dots were all laid out over the course of weeks and weeks, in a quite taunting manner; ”Catch us if you can!”
You were given the date and time (geez, I even titled it ”October Surprise”!?!), the location (”In This Church”), the mandate (”With This Ring”), the attire (front center tux), and other vital clues (”Macro Arch”, ”One Stop Shopping,” ”Tulle Bags,” ”Fifty-Two and Blue”). In the days beforehand, there was increased chatter, plus there were planning documents and an incriminating map waiting to be found.
But in the face of nearly overwhelming evidence, no one connected the dots! Well, that’s not totally accurate, as a couple of people did find a dot (singular). On Sept. 26, paradox said, ”what a beautiful ring, must belong to a lucky girl,” but there was no connection to any wedding, or even to a particular ”girl.” And Jeff McCann left a comment here on October 1 … ”Looks like a wedding invitation to me… Congrats to someone!”. But having made the mistake of stepping forward alone with just one dot, and with no direct accusation made or secondary corroboration offered, he was ruthlessly silenced (oops, server glitch ate that comment! ... all is fair in love and war). In the end, the element of surprise was maintained. Today at 3pm, Susan and I got married.
We both wanted a very small ceremony, heavy on simplicity and sincerity, with just immediate family and a couple of close friends. You see, we’ve both been around the Marriage Block before, and felt many of the normal trappings and hub-bub just weren’t necessary. No registries, no bridal shower, no batchelor party … been there, done that.
We debated announcing it here when we set the date back in late August, but decided it might complicate things. People begin to wonder when their invitation will arrive, or feel obligated to send a gift. We didn’t want 200 guests and eight new blenders, we’re just too old for all that. We already combined households three years ago, and have a storage unit as a result, so ”more stuff” is not needed. We just wanted a small and simple ceremony. So we decided to make the announcement the day it happened, and hope no one would be offended.
And, of course, I couldn’t resist playing a little prank on the entire Blogosphere a part of the deal. A groom has to be involved in the wedding planning process in whatever way he
is allowed can.
So now we’re off to an undisclosed location far from Dick Cheney, and, of course, we’re not free to share any operational details. You’ll just have to trust us to do our duty.
And while we’re gone, you can contemplate the complete failure of your powers of observation and deduction.