Last night a very good friend of mine got married and had a celebration that can only be described as an elegant event reminiscent of what may have happened in the 20′s. This was quite a large affair and after the beautiful church ceremony the crowd went over to another complex for drinks before dinner. We were met at the door by the sounds of a string quartet and elaborate decorations that must have taken a week to install.
There was no shortage of generosity on the groom’s side of the family so besides the sights and sounds we were indulging in, we had a nice choice of single malts at the bar. ”Always leave a handsome tip whenever you get free booze!”, my alcoholic grandmother taught me that courteous tidbit years ago before her liver gave out. After the dinner of either seafood or wild game we listened to speeches and then filed into a hall where there was a DJ trading sets with a 25 piece big band. When was the last time you were able to dance to Lady Gaga and Glen Miller hits in the same room? At one point in the night the bride’s nephews walked around the crowd with boxes of Montecristo petit Edmundos, No 2′s (which I smoked) and some Non-Monte Cuban cigars. More scotch, cigar smoking ( how civilized ) and partying took place on the heated deck attached to the building. From our vantage point we had a great view of two cousins below us in the parking lot who didn’t handle their liquor very well, you know the type, a real happy -go-lucky kind of demeanor until 14 or so beer and then you inevitably hear the phrase….. “Y’know, I never liked you!” In one ear I was hearing “String Of Pearls” and the other ear was enjoying the shrieking of the amateur pugilist’s girlfriends who also decided to get a few swings in. I stayed for about an hour longer, looking for one of my shoes, and then it was time for my escape. One more thing my grandmother taught me was, “Always make sure you keep your head out the window during the taxi ride home.” I have to apologize since there are a lot of details I’m not including but I’ve got to go now and see a man about some painkillers.