Hard to believe it, but Elly and I have been married for 34 years as of today. It’s almost unbelievable that this wonderful woman has out up with me so long. I’m not the best husband in the world and have been obsessed with my various projects, often ignoring hers and making her life less than happy. Now, with my seizures and health care problems, she is making my actual living circumstances both possible and relatively enjoyable.
But we did have highlights in our combined lives. The major thing, of course, was the creation of our fantastic son Buddy (who now calls himself Will, but we will never think of him without the name “Buddy”) who got married a few weeks ago in Milwaukee. I hope he and Rachel get at least the 34 years we have had.
I guess we will go eat somewhere nice today to mark the occasion.
It was a wonderful wedding, watching my son and his bride having the time of their lives, but a painful one for me. I spent most of my time looking for places to sit and keep my left side from interacting with the world… and I almost got away with it.
There was one accident, however: after taking wedding pictures of family and bridal party on the Oriental Theater’s stage, I missed a step coming back into the audience area and fell hard, re-injuring my cracked collar bone and shoulder blade. Several nice wedding party members helped me get back on my feet, but I returned to West Virginia more in pain than when I left. Believe me, the 18 hour train rides (switch in Chicago… if it weren’t for the redcap service I never would have been able to change trains… were incredibly unpleasant and I got no sleep on the overnight run.
One great thing about the wedding was I got to see my cousin, Bob Barsale, who, since he lives in Chicago, I have not seen much of in the past 25 years. Growing up, Bob was the closest thing I had to a brother and he (and his wife Suzie and daughter SueSue) mean a great deal to me. Since he occasionally reads me on Facebook, I send my best wishes out to him.
OK… now I have to get back onto my life, my string of Doctor’s appointments and more. I hope you all have a nice day. I home Buddy and Rachel are enjoying their mini-Honeymoon at Lake Geneva. I hope all the family and friends I saw got home OK.
- My Big Fat Unconventional Wedding (justhitchednowwhat.wordpress.com)
- Chicago Court Case Dogs Program could serve as model for Milwaukee (fox6now.com)
- Milwaukee packs weekend with events to celebrate armed forces (fox6now.com)
- Milwaukee Wants To Wipe Pittsburgh Off The Map (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Style For Style: Stylish Solutions for Broken Bones (fabsugar.com)
Morning after… I’m sitting in the lounge at the Milwaukee Hilton catching up on e-mail and my blog while my wife and my daughters go over to Buddy’s house (or should I say Will’s? No, I can’t get used to that… he’s been Buddy to me since the day he was born) for a brunch (I can’t deal with the stairs up to Bud’s house after my bone-breaking accident… and I had an extra fall yesterday walking down some narrow stairs at the Oriental Theater during wedding pictures time… so I’m staying here until they get back.)
During Buddy and Rachel’s wedding reception last evening we had a brief rainfall… and, in a sign that I see as good luck for the married couple… it was followed by a Rainbow. What are the odds of that happening? This was magic!
Elly and I had breakfast this morning with my cousin Bob, his wife Suzie and his daughter SueSue and her boyfriend. They’re driving back to Chicago later. It was nice seeing them
The lovely young woman who works this waiting lounge just brought me some ice water… they are so pleasant here…and I think I’ll take a little nap if i can get away with it. Once we head out for the train I’ll have no Wi-Fi again until we get home tomorrow, so I can’t do much more on the blog.
Be good to each other.
After having the wedding rehearsal yesterday at the Earl Pabst Music Pavilion ( the Oriental Theater, which is the actual site, was not available ) and a grat rehearsal dinner last night, we are getting ready this morning for the event.
I haven’t worn a suit in at least 20 years, so this is a complex experience.
At 11:30 we take a bus to the Theater and everything starts:
• the ceremony
• the Toast bin a restaurant across the street
• the Reception in another Restaurant across town
I guess we”ll see a lo0t more of Milwaukee, which, so far, seems to be a city where the most imp0rtant activityu is drinking beer. Not something a teetotaller like me can participate in. Oh well.
I’ll get back to you all later.
- Wedding Etiquette: Events Before the Big Day (crane.com)
- Wedding Stationery: The Pieces and Parts (weddinglovely.com)
Our son met us at the RR station and got us over to the hotel. Then he took off again to have his Bachelor’s party with his friends.
We’ve had no Wi-Fi until we got here…so I’m sorry not to have kept up with you.
Tomorrow is the wedding rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner… more to come…
I’m going back to bed.
- Milwaukee Wants To Wipe Pittsburgh Off The Map (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Milwaukee Brewing Co. expands production, adds fermentation tanks (fox6now.com)
- Milwaukee unveils first compressed natural gas refueling station (fox6now.com)
- We Energies: Milwaukee coal plant will switch to natural gas by 2016 (jsonline.com)
OK. We’re in the middle of packing and getting ready to take off for Milwaukee. I’m getting clothes together and my pills and other medications, my computer and everything else I need to get to Buddy’s wedding. The dogs have been put in a nearby kennel for their “dog vacation,” and I miss them already.
The pain from my broken bones has gotten so much better that I think I will get through this trip okay. We have arranged for wheelchair transport at the railroad stations, one where we change trains in Chicago and the when we get into Milwaukee, so I should be able to get around with luggage.
Let me warn my regular readers at Under The LobsterScope that I may be missing some posts as we travel. The railroad stations already list that they don’t have Wi-Fi and I’m not sure what the situation will be at the hotel. I will try to get at least one post a day out, preferably with pictures. This should have many interesting scenes worth showing on the blog.
We will be on the road from this evening until Tuesday morning after which will be back in West Virginia and ready to start my regular schedule. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.
Although I think this was a holiday created by the greeting card companies in association with florists everywhere, it’s good to remember how much our mothers mean to us. Our personalities were formed under her auspices as we grew up. She was our first supporter and encouraged us as we headed into the future. She was the true person we could turn to if we were in trouble. Is there anyone more important than a mother.
So here’s a bit on the history of Mothers Day:
Have a nice one.
- Happy Mothers Day To All Mothers! (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)
- Mothers Day (redmagnoliabeauty.com)
- happy mother’s day (joinmydailylife.wordpress.com)
- Motherhood on Mother’s Day (jennyonthespot.com)
- Happy Mother’s Day! (marieabegail.wordpress.com)
- Happy Mother’s Day 😉 (therecoveringlegalist.com)
Picked this off the Daily Kos. Listening to Mitt’s actual words over the cartoon is a gas:
- Ann Romney: If Mitt Seems Too Stiff – Wait Til We Unzip Him! (crooksandliars.com)
- Morning Joe Hosts Break Down Over Idea Of ‘Unzipping’ Mitt Romney (mediaite.com)
- Mitt Romney Suffers Tragic Humor-Circuit Malfunction [Mitt Romney] (jezebel.com)
- Jon Stewart Surveys the GOP’s Palpable Reluctance Over Romney: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Humorous anecdote: Mitt Romney mocked John Kerry for being rich (dailykos.com)
- Oops he’s done it again, Mitt Romney tells ‘humorous’ story of factory closing (lameducks.wordpress.com)
- Romney Tells “Humorous” Story About His Father Shutting Down A Factory In Michigan (alan.com)