Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Why we continue to have a regular guest blogger

Today we are again enjoying guest blogger Joe.  Joe has agreed to blog regularly about the Marriage Factory for me.  Marty and I are entering a new phase of our life.  We have sold our house.  We are now packing up, selling, donating, and putting out a bulk pick up of all our worldly goods. On August 24, we leave the Bay Area and head to Southern California.

We will be living in Le Mesa, CA for 3 months.  Wonderful, loving friends have said come and stay with us: relax, calm down, take time to figure out the rest of your life.  La Mesa is just outside San Diego, CA, a great beautiful city.  Then we will come back to the San Fransisco area and find a place that has no steps or has an elevator.  Oh, it must be pretty inexpensive too.

I know most of you want to read about weddings.  Joe has agreed to post every now and then about the weddings he does.  You will get your wedding fix.  I will sit around the pool and miss doing weddings.

I will post about our life as the house guests who will not leave.  We plan to visit museums, cook some great meals, read a lot of great books, and have a nervous breakdown.  The last three years have been hell.  During those three months we will plan out the next phase of our life.  Seniors living on a fixed income, and still having a good life, that is our plan.

Joe, you are on:

This week was another busy one at the marriage factory.  Miss Janet already described the media swarm that engulfed our little office a couple weeks ago.

The only anecdote I can add is the couple who had attended the same high school years ago.  The bride had asked the groom to the prom and he had declined.  To make matters better/worse, he did not remember that until a friend of the soon-to-be bride brought it to his attention - after the couple had started dating for a while.  Luckily, the bride had a good sense of humor, and the groom certainly seemed to regret his earlier decision.

There was a couple with a large party waiting when the doors opened. I hadn't arrived; luckily, we have an enthusiastic intern who loves doing weddings.  From then on, the couples kept coming.

Some highlights:
The couple was in their 60s and their ceremony was in Spanish.  They were so in love they began kissing before the vows were done.  No worries about those two.

The bride and groom were 30 years apart in age.  He was dapper in a pin-stripe suit and she lovely in a purple dress.  She was trembling throughout the ceremony, and couldn't wait to hug her new husband.

Since Janet occasionally focuses on fashion, I will do the same.  The bride wore a STAR WARS T-shirt pattern on a mini dress, even though she was born after RETURN OF THE JEDI came out.  No one mentioned it.  She also had a flower in her hair.  Coolest thing ever.
Joe Mallon

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