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Wedding Season PART 1

August 19, 2008 - Wes Burns
Seems like a lot of people are getting married nowadays. Being someone in their mid 20s I suppose this is the time for your first round of friends to get married. At least their first marriages anyway, no use pretending the divorce rates isn't around 50%. I understand that people in the midwest especially marry young but this recent bonanza of weddings is unnerving.

Facebook is responsible, at least in part, for my knowledge of the seemingly endless parade of my contemporaries' nuptials. In years past one would have to wait until he was able to talk to his friend's mysteriously well informed mother about the tittle-tattle of other Marshalltownonians. Today one has to simply log on to Facebook to see all of the former classmates that now have hyphenated names, profile pictures with children and the non-ironic application of the "married" relationship status.

In fact my best friend Matt, a man that few imagined would ever find interest outside of Batman comics and Coors Light, is engaged. His fiance is fantastic and they really do fit together well. Case in point: they have decided that they are going to have a non-traditional service with their friends in costume and the service being officiated by yours truly.

You heard it right folks. Apparently you can get ordained on the Internet (what CAN'T it do?) and legally marry someone. I'm happy to do it, helping out a friend, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Lets get down to brass tax: the embarassing stories you get to tell in front of their family.

I'm looking forward to it. I've always enjoyed a good embarassing story about someone that isn't me and any chance to tell one with the aid of a microphone is always welcome. The problem now is narrowing down which story I'm going to tell.

This is where I'm going to turn to you, my faithful Strangers, to help me decide which embarassing story I'm going to tell at Matt's wedding. Friday I'll have two stories ready, read them both and then cast your vote using the discussion boards. Check back on Friday and vote early, vote often.


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