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I'm such a pusher. - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jun. 7th, 2004

10:22 am - I'm such a pusher.

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Eva and Mark (the_sween) are married now! arun251 and I (with the insanely crucial help of cassiopia and jane837) DJ'ed the whole affair (ceremony music, cocktail hour music, dinner music, dancing music). It was quite the PA and lighting system for a 100 person wedding. It was SO MUCH fun.

As with all great weddings, got to see lots of old friends who now live far away. I think that when we're all old and married that we should keep getting re-married to make sure that we have an excuse to party a few times every year.

The wedding was in a beautiful state park with vast amounts of grassy marshland as the backdrop, under a handmade arch built out of small trees by Eva's grandpa, revjack did the ceremony.

The thing I liked the most about the ceremony was the call and response of "Will you cause her sadness." "I may." "Is that your intention." "No." They repeated lots of questions like that. Good things (we will love each other) and bad things (they may happen but we don't mean for them to).
For cocktail hour there was Sushi!

DJing was fun but quite tiring. It was very cute to have Eva's mom telling us to turn it up and Eva's grandma telling us to turn it down. People requesting more rock and other people requesting more jazz. We did well though, we mixed together a lot of good 80s and funk music that we knew people would love with some of our weirder stuff that we thought people SHOULD love. We had 2 CD players die but luckily we had brought 5 CD players with us.

I was sadly unable to fulfill my dream of one day attending a wedding where everything said in the ceremony was super easy for everyone (even deaf old people) to hear. They declined amplification for the ceremony.

My family was all there. Eva was actually my first girlfriend back in high school and so she's known my parents for quite a while. Eva's mom didn't really remember my parents but my dad broke the ice with "remember when our kids got in trouble together and got sent home during the first week of IMSA?" That's how our parents met -- in the principal's office. We'd been sitting on the roof which was 6 feet off the ground. 5 security guards swooped to the scene and sent us packing.

It was good to see Julia and her boy Mike. Mike is a very cool guy, we talked at great length about computational linguistics. Apparently they're considering moving back to Chicago. I like that everyone comes back to Illinois eventually. All I have to do is sit patiently here in Champaign waiting and eventually all those friends that scattered will be back in driving distance.

I'll post our playlists when we finish compiling them.

Arun and I couldn't drink while we were DJ'ing so at the party at the hotel afterwards we made up for lost time by calling all aboard on the whiskey tour train.

The Whiskey Train takes about 1 hour to hit all its stops:

2 shots of Jack Daniels
1 shot of Jamesons.
1 shot of Crown Royal
1 shot of Knob Creek
1 shot of Bushmills

Last call happened before we could tack on the caboose (1 shot of tequila). I managed to enlist about 8 people per round to ride the train with me although probably only 5 people stayed on for the whole trip.

A bunch of people ended up heading back to our hotel room, someone brought a pitcher of beer, someone ordered some pizza, and we just chatted for a few more hours. We eventually fell asleep at 4am.

As one bastard passes away, two awesome souls unite.

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From:mr_ducktape
Date:June 7th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Ha! The 6-foot high roof! When you were sent back to Wauconda with that story, we got such a kick out of it....
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From:dsjones
Date:June 7th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
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It's amazing how the pull of Illinois bears on ones soul to return. Like salmon swimming upstream to find the place they were born.

The wedding sounded beautiful! I loved the idea of the 'call and response' content too. Not traditional, and HONEST.
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From:revjack
Date:June 7th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Man, I knew I should've accepted that amplification. I felt like I was going to break into a coughing fit for most of the ceremony from trying to project.

But yes, the wedding was absolutely beautiful, and I was honored to be a part of it.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 7th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
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I think that in the end the decision came down to asthetics. The beautiful scene would certainly have been marred by that big ugly speaker. Anyone of normal could hear you just fine. People who were hard of hearing (think grandparents) or people who were up on the balcony (just me and arun) probably had to strain a little bit but in the end probably heard you anyway (me and arun did just fine). You fought off the coughing fit quite well! You were very composed and excellent.

Next time I do a wedding we'll work with the wedding's designers to make the PA blend in with the whole setup -- throw some kind of curtain over it or something.
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From:nomadwolf
Date:June 8th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)
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I was going to say, toss the speaker behind a bush or turn it into a table with a curtain or something...
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 8th, 2004 12:07 am (UTC)
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Yah, that would have been fine if we'd planned the use of the speaker more than 60 minutes before ceremony.

There was no way to get it aesthetically integrated into the whole scene in a way that wouldn't make the bride incredibly trepidatious on such short notice.

Planning. It's all about planning.
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From:the_sween
Date:June 8th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
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Dude, you guys rocked...seriously. I'll elaborate more in a couple weeks after the honeymoon.
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From:juniperesque
Date:June 16th, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
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... just noticed that you added me to your friends list. Am I really that interesting?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 16th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Well, I met you in person and you are friends with friends. That makes you interesting in my book.

Just because you can't get over the fact that I have an unfortunate name doesn't mean I have to feel the same about your LJ. :)

Since I added you, I have been REALLY distracted from LJ so I can't objectively tell you whether you are interesting or not because I haven't been reading my friends page very much.
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