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A Marriage and Flaming Woodchuck Bits

So, I'm freshly returned from the Briggs-Nunn wedding in beer and cheese filled Wisconsin. Other than the somewhat depressing 9 hour drive home, it was an absolutely great experience, with large amounts of general merriment. I may write more about the wedding later, but in the meantime, I'd like to introduce my readers to The Rodenator (hat tip to Lee Nunn).

I highly recommend watching the Rodenator videos available on Google Video. Not only do they feature flying chunks of dirt (and or rodent bits), the company owner's description of the feeling of revenge the rodenator provides is straight out of Caddyshack.


  • Yo! What is the blog update notifier you use? I forgot.

    By Blogger TheAmber, at 3:50 PM  

  • bloglines.com

    Highly recommended. You just set up an account, add the different blogs to as feeds, then you can just go to the bloglines site from any computer and log in and see which have updated.

    By Blogger Bob, at 1:16 AM  

  • You are a brave soul to drive 9-hours for a wedding not your own, I missed a weekend bachelor-party because of that requirement.

    By Blogger DirtCrashr, at 11:32 AM  

  • Dirtcrashr,
    I am sorry to hear that. You don't have any friends for which that is a reasonable effort? I recall a wedding of two of our friends for which I hopped a red-eye from LAX to DETMetro inorder to spend 48 hours in MI and head back. Besides, my wedding was one hell of a party! ;)

    By Blogger TheAmber, at 12:59 PM  

  • Sad but true, I'm past forty and while younger I made a few three hour trips to the ceremonies of those-about-to-be-betrothed - but not a nine-hour one, good-grief - that's a flight to Singapore practically. I can count on half my hand the people with my own family name, and I am the youngest at the end of the line.

    By Blogger DirtCrashr, at 12:55 AM  

  • Perhaps things will be different when we are older. Maybe we will think "I don't like you 10 travel hours worth." but I hope not because (as I am fond of saying) "We stay close through the years because no one else will be friends with us."
    (by the way I intend and intended no insult)

    By Blogger TheAmber, at 10:05 AM  

  • It's a fine thing and I take no insult - just a different way of looking at things. My "real" friends wouldn't force me (or anybody) to undergo an unpleasantly grueling ten-hour trip, or to dance on broken glass either! :-) I skipped my 30th Reunion too, it was way the hell back in Pennsylvania at a campground, and on Memorial Day Weekend too - who in their right mind travels on a National Holiday?? ;-)

    By Blogger DirtCrashr, at 1:45 PM  

  • I once took a 30-hr. non-stop road trip for a wedding. most people have friends they do this for, but, yeah, only when they're young.

    By Anonymous pjk, at 10:18 PM  

  • hopefully when we are older we will have the $$$ to turn the 9-10 hour drive into a 1 hour plane ride.

    Perhaps I don't think of that drive as onerous because 1. I don't drive and so have never had to do the driving on that trip. 2. because I have made that trip so many times myself for weddings, get togethers, et all and now think of the trip itself as an old friend.

    By Blogger TheAmber, at 11:43 AM  

  • Maybe it's a guy-thing. I've been to eight weddings in-total including immediate family, and none in the past ten years. I'm out of the age loop/cycle for people doing that.
    I'd guess that Women just attend many more weddings than guys. I have a small circle of aquaintences more than a band of devoted friends - and none are from childhood or grade/high-school. My wife is my best friend.

    By Blogger DirtCrashr, at 4:43 PM  

  • I doubt that women attend more weddings than men. The joke at my wedding was that it was a "sausage fest" with very few (less than 1/2 a dozen) eligible women while there were many single men.

    I am sorry you do not have a group of close friends. Not being close to people to whom you are not related may be why you are so unwilling to travel to see them.

    Our crew became close in undergrad and has remained close through graduate and post graduate studies, marriages, children, and relocation. We don't see travel time as a reason to abandon our relationships with each other. While traveling long distances to see friends, who are truly loved ones, may not be particularly pleasant it is also not a terrible burden.

    By Blogger TheAmber, at 11:57 AM  

  • In context the drive wasn't too horrible, about 7 hours one way, and 9 the other. Since I've usually had to do less driving to get to things than my other college friends by virtue of living closer to Hillsdale, I can't complain.

    Now...I'm glad that I have close friends, but its a hard call whether dirtcrashr has a better deal or not with the wife as best friend deal.

    By Blogger Bob, at 11:31 AM  

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