Monday, March 20, 2006

The Matrimonial Pickled Eggs

I woke up Sunday morning and sometime therafter, looked at my cell phone. The wallpaper is normally a picture of Buttercup the family Dog, but on Sunday morning it had been replaced by a picture of a couple of jars of pickled eggs.

"Ah," thought I, "it's good to be home."

You see, I went north to my hometown, heretofore referred to as East Bufu to watch my best friend get married. (The groom, Chuck, has been an occasional poster to this blog).

This was no run-of-the-mill wedding. Chuck has been dating his lovely bride for 22 years. Yes, that's right; 22 years. (Chuck's not one who rushes into things).

It was a fantastic wedding that they put a lot of thought and hard work into, and those of us who got to share it with them will forever remember the weekend fondly.

There were lots of pictures and photographers to capture the parties and the receptions, and as I'm an idiot, I of course forgot my camera. I did, however, have my cell phone camera, so I occasionally pulled that out to get the shots that no one else would get. I got a great shot of one of my shoes, for example, when I was trying to figure out how to get the camera to work.

Saturday night, at the official "party after the reception party," I snapped a picture of the pickled eggs that Chuck's family is known for- his father's recipe for pickling eggs is a closely guarded secret. In spite of, or perhaps thanks to, the many beers and jello shots I'd had, I was able to snap the picture AND save it as my phone's wall paper. Now of course, I can't figure out how to get rid of it, but that's ok. I suspect I'm probably the only person in the world to have a picture of Pickled Eggs as their cell phone wallpaper, and that makes me special.

Super special Congratulatory Shout-out to Mr. and Mrs. Chuck; Thank you two for being so awesome and may you have many many many more happy years together.


logo said...

You have to admire people who take their time and make sure they are choosing their spouse wisely.
My uncle (55) has been dating the same gal since high school, they are getting married next month. I think in the last 38 years they have really had the opportunity to see if this is a viable relationship.
And yes, I think you can safely lay claim to being the only man with a jar of eggs as the background for your cell phone.
I hope you enjoy that honor.

AndyT13 said...

You, Sir, are an indiot. And for that I salute you. Ow!
*hits self in eye with salute*

Leela Lamore said...

Brilliant post, you have me giggling!

I am with logo I think more people should take their time, though logo me thinks your uncle must definatly hold the record for this!

congrats to Mr & Mrs Chuck and to you for your egg wall paper *smile*

lime said...

well, whenever mr. lime gets on me for draggin my heels i will bring up this 22 yr dating relationship. as for the picture of those eggs, if you came down to the lime regions of the country you could get pickled red beet eggs....they are a lovely shade of pinkish purple. we have a giganitc jar for doing just the same thing.

Wiccachicky said...

22 years! And I thought we were behind at knowing each other 9, dating for 5.

barefoot_mistress said...

Wow~ that's amazing! I hope they will be happy together forever!

As for the pickled eggs, well, I dont even know how to work my cell phone, so, I cant help there!

barefoot_mistress said...

Ok i have to come back and post my stats with Ratburn...known each other for 23 years, dating just about a year and a half, then married for 18 years this April! Over and out!

Hänni said...

I have pickled eggs on my cellphone background too...

Just kidding.

Only an Idiot would do something like that.

Chuck said...

Thank you all for your well wishes. As for the 22 year courtship, we had both seen friends go through nasty divorces and didn't want to jinx a good thing. Ok, Ok, she wanted to get married but I was the holdout. I was under the false impression that a "leave anytime you don't want to stay" policy would ensure that each night we layed down to sleep, we were there because we wanted to, not because of the logistics involved with a divorce. I now realize that pledging your love to someone forever and demonstrating that committment in front of friends and family at a wedding is the way to go and something I should have done some 20 years ago. I believe my brain may failed to develop in early childhood due to frequent pickled egg meals. btw, the Idiot was the hero of the day several times over the weekend and always had my back...thanks of everything pal

tif said...

would you believe Ive never eaten a pickled egg?

congrats mr. & mrs. Chuck!!!

Badaunt said...

I think 22 years is a PERFECT length of time for an engagement.