Friday, August 22, 2008

Speaking of Marrying in the Paddock ...

... the obvious joke we are making is "too late now--like it or not, we're saddled with each other."

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gettin' Hitched Wid Da Two Fat Ladies

OMG, it's not until you look at your wedding photos when you realize just how chubby you've really gotten! No wonder Joe the exercise rider pinched me the other day, told me he liked a girl with a little meat on her, and winked. LOL! Actually, Chelle looks pretty good because she carries her weight in her butt and has tiny bird legs, but I get a woman's typical pear shape when I'm carrying too many pounds. Dang, let this be a lesson to you all: DON'T BECOME FRIENDS WITH A GENEROUS BARTENDER AT BAY MEADOWS!! She will destroy your figure and cackle about it! (No worries, now that Bay Meadows has closed I'm likely to get more active since I think sitting at an OTB facility is profoundly boring. I'll lean out once I start trail running again, which is hands down one of my favorite things.)

Anyway, back to the point. We chose Bay Meadows to get married because it's been our "home away from home" for four years--except when we lived in Spokane for a year--and this past weekend was the very last weekend of live racing. They'll start tearing the place down after Labor Day and are auctioning off this weekend anything that can be carried away. We got married in the paddock, which is, I think, the only--or one of the only--indoor paddocks in the United States. Here we are with our champagne, hamming it up before the ceremony:



And here we are after the vows are all "official," standing in the, er...appropriate spot. That's our buddy Cary at the bottom trying to edit the sign of superfluous information.




Hmm. Actually, the more I look at these photos, the more I realize ... I'm starting to look like my spouse! Egads! It's true!

But how can I not love that happy face?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Yahoo, Done Deal, I Was A Nervous Nelly

Photos are forthcoming. (Kristin is our cousin and an ordained minister)

The vows of Joyce and Chelle

Introduction

Kristin: For those of you who may not know, four years ago today Chelle and Joyce first met each other. It was pretty much love at first sight; they’ve been together since.

They are registered as domestic partners in the State of California, and two years ago, they flew to Vermont for a civil union. The reception was here at Bay Meadows. Today they legally marry in the State of California, for two people could not possibly be any more committed to each other.


The vows

Kristin: Joyce, will you love Chelle when you are together and when you are apart; when life is peaceful and when it is disordered; in times of happiness and health and when times get rough; in times of leisure and in times of work; will you honor Chelle’s goals and dreams and help her fulfill them?

Joyce: I will.

Kristin: Chelle, will you love Joyce when you are together and when you are apart; when life is peaceful and when it is disordered; in times of happiness and health and when times get rough; in times of leisure and in times of work; will you honor Joyce’s goals and dreams and help her fulfill them?

Chelle: Absolutely!

Kristin: You both exchanged rings two years ago and have grown so much together that you can’t get them off. So, do you both still pledge to be each other’s faithful lover and closest friend?

Joyce and Chelle: We do.

Kristin: I now pronounce you life partners and spouses. You may share a kiss.