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Wedded, and Honeymooned - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Wedded, and Honeymooned
I've been a little tardy with my updates of late... For that I have to apologise!

The day of the Wedding:
I had spent the night at Mum's house, as the tradition dictates, and had problems sleeping. I hadn't been nervous till this point. I'm still not sure why I was nervous, perhaps it was everyone I'd met who'd asked "Are you nervous yet?"

After very little sleep Mum "woke" me. I'd asked her to cut my hair (I normally get Misty to do it - but she was a bit busy I guess!) Unfortunately the clippers stopped working after taking a single chunk out of my hair! Nervousness gave way to panic as I phoned around for a local barbers that would cut hair NOW

Luckily there is a local barbers, and he doesn't require an appointment, and I got my hair cut immediately.

I got dressed, and then waited. Jim arrived in good time and we drove to Langtons. A quick wander through the grounds and round to the hall. There were a couple of other wedding parties present... (they were running about 20 minutes late by then) the hall was crowded and noisy. Bradley had been a diamond and taxied the "outlaws" and other visitors there. We huddled into a corner and kept ourselves out of the way.

Misty arrived... she looked fantastic. I think it was about that point that I really realised I was getting married. I guess I went into auto pilot about then.

The ceremony was great. Someone coughed up a lung at the required point in the service where they as "has anyone here any reason why these two should not be lawfully wed." I have no idea who it was - but it definitely adds that edge to the ceremony.

About half an hour after stepping into the room we left as "Husband and Wife."

The photographer put us all through the paces in the garden... the sun was low in the sky and the lighting was ethereal... if it wasn't for the biting cold it would have been the perfect day. Considering the rain we'd had in the previous week I guess we were damn lucky. Our luck with the weather was to continue...

We all piled back to our house, where I downed a couple of stiff whiskies. That mellowed me sufficiently to enjoy the rest of the day.

Lunch was ordered, although I don't remember eating anything, and the time to the reception flew past. We got to the hall about 6 and met the photographer again. He took the standard "cut the cake" type photos plus a few candid shots of the kids playing. He showed us the results on his camera (a superb digital jobby - I had techno envy!) and we could tell then we'd done good with that choice.

The food at the Manhattan Suite was fantastic! And there was so much! I doubt half of it was consumed on the night... if only we'd have known we'd have brought tubs so we could take it home!

There was karaoke! Not your usual choice of entertainment at a wedding... but the first time I took Misty out (on new years eve no less) I took her to a karaoke! ...and I sang! It's probably only the 3rd time I've ever sang in front of people, and definately the first time I've sang in front of my friends and family. It was scary, but it was also a good feeling. I didn't make that much of a fool of myself either!

Pete has asked me at the beginning of the night if I intended to sing... I only sing the one song (Up the junction by Squeeze) and it's not really a good wedding song! He asked when I would like to sing. "When I'm druink enough to get up here, but before I'm too drunk to sing". He's a good chap - and timed my appearance on stage perfectly.

All in all it was a great day.

After the "outlaws" left us to return to the Americas - We set off to Scotland for our honeymoon. Scotland is not known for it's fantastic weather, it's known for being cold, wet or even snow covered.

After the train journey to Edinburgh, and getting a bus to the airport to pick up the car (ironic? - nah) it started to piss down. That was the weather I expected, but it was a little depressing... The following day was beautiful, as was the next. We drove up over mount of cairn, and the sun was shining and it was warm enough that I didn't need a coat! The last time I went over the mount of cairn there was snow lying on the ground... My dad and I had a snowball fight!

We stayed at a little B&B called the Crossroads near Lumphanan. The food there is great! Breakfast starts with a fruit bowl of some sort, usually a half of melon covered in other fruits. Then they ask what you want for breakfast! The full Scottish breakfast was more than enough to keep us running till the evening meal.

We visited the local "towns" which are not much more than villages, saw salmon leaping up a waterfall, met some of my dad's family, ate far too much, caught a couple of films (Matrix: Revolutions and Kill Bill) Shopped in Aberdeen (and quite a few little towns as well) and had a very relaxing time.

It was like going back to my childhood (I holidayed there almost every year during my teens) I shock the hell out of some of the family I visited. Some of them haven't seen me since I was a teen! Others last saw me with long hair and no facial hair. To some it was too much to believe that I had grown up AND come to visit AND got married. It was great fun seeing them lost for words!

We decided we will go back and visit again very soon. I think we'll drag dad up there next time - it's been a while since he's seen some of them.

Saturday we was all back to normal ... the house was in the same mess we'd left it in which is to say it looked like a large bomb had exploded in almost every room!
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cham From: cham Date: November 18th, 2003 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
nuala From: nuala Date: November 19th, 2003 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm jealous. We've not had a honeymoon yet. I'm sure we'll get around to it. Eventually. :P
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: November 19th, 2003 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww... The wait will make it seem so much better ! ;)
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