Sunday, July 22, 2012

Wedding Day, Part 1

Ash was happy to be at Chuck's...

Armed with my list of things to do furnished by Mary and Tracey...
  1. I went to Giant Eagle while Chuck was making breakfast to get the fruit trays, veggie trays, and some more pop, juice for mixed drinks, and tonic water.
  2. I went back to Chuck's, ate breakfast, then drove to the hall
  3. There was a huge accident on the Rte 2 overpass at Oak Point Rd, so I called Mary and Dad to let them know. Ryan and Dad were about to leave to go to the hall, so they were able to take the detour
  4. Unloaded the car.
  5. The hall was at a nice and comfortable 72 degrees, but we figured that it would not last very long once all the guest arrived...we put a sign on the main door for people to use the side door in hopes it would help keep the room cool.
  6. Willie was late coming in from Toledo. Don was planning on having Willie help him load and fire his Glock at the Club's firing range. 
  7. The Cupcakes were supposed to arrive at 12pm...I called at 12:45 and they said that they were told it was OK to deliver ANYTIME after 12pm. I decided to go Mom and Dad's to take my shower and change while Ryan stuck around to wait for the cupcakes.
  8. Upon returning, the cupcakes were delivered, but without the stand...I called and they said they were on their way back with the stand. 
  9. Don, Willie, and Dad were at the shooting range firing the Glock. I took my turn...I need to buy one of those.
  10. The bakery staff returned and put together the cupcake display. 
  11. The keg was tested  by a few of us including the issues were found.
  12. The photographer showed up at the hall and was able to take some pics. Dolan and his dad helped me put all the centerpieces on the tables.
  13. Tracey, the kids, and her mom and brother showed up...we grabbed the flowers and headed to the park....
Does that look like 140 cupcakes???

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wedding: D-Day Minus 1

The day before the wedding, we packed up both cars and headed out to Amherst-Vermilion-Lorain. I needed to pick up the flowers and Mary and Ryan picked up some fruit to use for the centerpieces.

 I guess I should mention that Charlie and I drove out to downtown Lorain to pick up the flowers from Zelek's, only to find out that all she had given me was the corsages and the bouquets...the flowers for the centerpieces were still back at the shop. After a frantic call from Tracey to confirm that the flowers were indeed still at the shop, I drove all the way back to get the flowers - the shop threw in a bottle of wine for our troubles.

We also arranged the tables at the Amherst Sportsmen Club to maximize the number of people we could get in. Anticipating a very hot day, we knew the porch and the picnic tables were more than likely going to be too hot to use, but we were optimistic. We set up enough chairs and tables to accommodate 130...that still left about 20-30 that needed a place to sit.

The picnic tables would have given us another 30 seats...alas, it was going to be one of the hottest days of the year.

Link to the listing of our Marriage License

Monday, July 2, 2012

Maybe the most classic Black Adder scene of all...

Baldrick: Permission to ask a question, sir...

Edmund: Permission granted, Baldrick, as long as isn't the one about where
babies come from.

Baldrick: No, the thing is: The way I see it, these days there's a war on,
right? and, ages ago, there wasn't a war on, right? So, there must
have been a moment when there not being a war on went away, right?
and there being a war on came along. So, what I want to know is:
How did we get from the one case of affairs to the other case of

Edmund: Do you mean "How did the war start?"

Baldrick: Yeah.

George: The war started because of the vile Hun and his villainous empire-

Edmund: George, the British Empire at present covers a quarter of the globe,
while the German Empire consists of a small sausage factory in
Tanganyika. I hardly think that we can be entirely absolved of blame
on the imperialistic front.

George: Oh, no, sir, absolutely not. (aside, to Baldick) Mad as a bicycle!

Baldrick: I heard that it started when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an
ostrich 'cause he was hungry.

Edmund: I think you mean it started when the Archduke of Austro-Hungary got

Baldrick: Nah, there was definitely an ostrich involved, sir.

Edmund: Well, possibly. But the real reason for the whole thing was that it
was too much effort *not* to have a war.

George: By (Gum? [it's not `God']) this is interesting; I always loved
history -- The Battle of Hastings, Henry VIII and his six knives,
all that.

Edmund: You see, Baldrick, in order to prevent war in Europe, two superblocs
developed: us, the French and the Russians on one side, and the
Germans and Austro-Hungary on the other. The idea was to have two
vast opposing armies, each acting as the other's deterrent. That way
there could never be a war.

Baldrick: But this is a sort of a war, isn't it, sir?

Edmund: Yes, that's right. You see, there was a tiny flaw in the plan.

George: What was that, sir?

Edmund: It was bollocks.

Baldrick: So the poor old ostrich died for nothing.