April 21, 2008

Wedding Wrap Up.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:51 pm

It was an excellent party, although it is difficult to imagine all the Usual Suspects being in one place at the same time and it not being an excellent party.

Before the party commenced, we were pleased to see that Pastakeith (see comment to the previous post) would be presiding over the nuptial ceremony. Pastakeith is, in real life, Pastor Keith, the son-in-law of two of the Usual Suspects, the “Original Bill” and Sinister Linda. The service was, as usual, enjoyable and meaningful. Keith manages to bring things like Seinfeld episodes into the service and elegantly tie them into the seriousness of the proceedings.

He drove four hours to do the honors and only had time to stay for the cocktail hour (I didn’t check his glass), before he and his bride (Nancy with the Big Smile) had to pack their three boys into the family car for the four-hour trip back home so Keith would be able to perform his regular services at his church on Sunday. He’s a real Mensch.

After much adult beverage consumption, dancing and hell raising, the reception ended, but the party didn’t end. We headed to the nearby hotel where the wedding party and out-of-town guests were staying and where the bride’s parents (Captain Arthur and the “Good Sister”) had set up a hospitality room stocked with (you guessed it) more adult beverages. We hung for just two (honest) and then headed for home. After all, we had to be in shape for the “breakfast” that was to follow in about nine hours.

The breakfast, hosted by Ken, the Bodyguard and the Deckmistress was a veritable feast, which, of course, included among a zillion things, scrambled eggs and Taylor Ham – a genuine Jersey breakfast. Not surprisingly, I was in charge of the bar. The featured drinks of the day were Bloody Marys and Mimosas. We went through Costco Quantities of V-8 (the mixer of choice for excellent Bloody Marys) and orange juice, which should give you some idea of the amount of vodka and champagne that was consumed.

After a while, out came the guitars. The groom (another Kearny Guy and the newest of the Usual Suspects) had spent a half-dozen years playing in saloons in a band based in Athens, Georgia, so pickin’ with him was a rare treat. I must say that I missed the younger half (by a few goddamned days) of the Elderly Brothers, particularly when I played Runaway. The instrumental break just wasn’t the same.

The “breakfast” broke up somewhere around 8 PM.

It was a great party.


  1. sounds like a great time. have you ever tried the spicy hot v8? good stuff.

    Comment by gregor — April 21, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

  2. Ah, welcome back! You go to the best parties, would it be possible to hire you and your friends to hang out with me?

    Comment by mike r. — April 21, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  3. Yep, I’m can just picture you and Da Bodyguard and the whole backyard. *grin* Glad it turned out so terrific!!!

    Comment by Teresa — April 21, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  4. OMG, I haven’t had Taylor ham in YEARS!! Ever since I moved to Arizona. Yikes, now I have to see if I can find any out here. I just got a big jolt of adrenaline when I read that. lol

    Comment by Maggie45 — April 22, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  5. Mmmmm. Taylor Ham. Send more please!

    Comment by Jerry — April 22, 2008 @ 12:43 am

  6. I guess I won’t be able to get it, unless I order from a company in NJ.


    Oh bummer, now I can’t get it out of my mind. lol

    Comment by Maggie45 — April 22, 2008 @ 12:44 am

  7. Jimbo,
    How can I say thank you? The Usual Suspects came through and helped make a beautiful day even more special. You guys are more like family then friends and my Wife and I feel blessed to be a part of the gang. Special thanks to you and the Mrs. and to my Brother and Sister in-law. My Daughter and Son in-law were very pleased and he could not stop talking about the great time he had playing the guitar with you. When the booze is flowing and the music is playing it just can’t get any better especially when you add friend and family.
    P.S. I’ll still be looking to kick your ass when horseshoe season starts

    Comment by Captain Art — April 22, 2008 @ 10:34 am

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