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Wedding Blog: Sanity Reigns

October 27, 2007
Utica, N.Y.

Deirdre and I drove to her home town of Utica, NY, yesterday; we'll be married here tomorrow morning.

The only real problem so far occurred during check-in at the hotel: The bozos at the Radisson didn't have our proper reservation; they also didn't seem to have the reservations of some of the guests who will be arriving later today; and we even began to wonder if they knew we'd be using their facilities to get married tomorrow.

But everything else is going smoothly, particularly considering that this event was conceived just two months ago. Most of the credit must go to Deirdre's organizational skills, acquired during her theatre years as a Stage Manager and her political years mounting large antiwar demonstrations in New York City and Washington D.C. It also helps to keep the wedding small and simple, as befits a couple whose combined age is over 100 (but just barely).

How can a wedding have a minimum of "Bridezilla" moments? Here's how we kept the "feature list" real low:

Of course, the actual event is still about 25 hours away, so there's still plenty time for things to go oh, so terribly wrong.


Nice. However, I think the cake with buttercream frosting is a must. Forgo the tiers -- but you've GOT to have buttercream frosting! :)

Best wishes,


Metro Sauper, Sat, 27 Oct 2007 11:20:27 -0400 (EDT)

No shotguns? Liberal weddings are renowned for guests firing weapons!

Seriously though... best wishes!

— richard clarke, Sat, 27 Oct 2007 11:42:27 -0400 (EDT)

Congrats, Charles I wish you all the best wishes!!!

Marlon Grech, Sat, 27 Oct 2007 15:08:25 -0400 (EDT)

Naa, why should anything go wrong!

You both will have a marvellous nice wedding and a fabulous party (just like we had three month ago in a similar small and unformal wedding).

Sam, Sat, 27 Oct 2007 15:58:46 -0400 (EDT)

That's a perfectly detailed description of our wed, six years ago. Best wishes!

— Nico, Sat, 27 Oct 2007 16:05:13 -0400 (EDT)

Congrats to both of you !.

— Guy, Sun, 28 Oct 2007 04:35:12 -0500 (EST)

I think no cake is a BIG mistake.

(This from the guy nearing 300lbs.)

— Robert Strickstein, Thu, 1 Nov 2007 09:25:23 -0500 (EST)

I think no cake is simply marvelous..who says that ANYONE has to have a wedding cake? Just because billions of others have done it doesn't make it RIGHT it just makes it MAIN STREAM!

Brian D., Mon, 1 Jun 2009 17:16:34 -0400 (EDT)

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