Went to a wedding last evening. It was held on the umpteeth floor of a high-rise in downtown Portland. Tremendous view of downtown and Mt. Hood. Mt. Hood was looking a little brown for once. You can just make it out behind the tree covered hill on the horizon. I think I spent a good half hour just enjoying the view.
It was a small party. The rites were officiated by a diminutive young woman dressed in black. Later I found out she was a judge. Maybe she wasn't so young after all. Upon completion of the vows the groom took a glass wrapped in a white cloth, placed it on the floor and stomped on it, whereupon the happy couple cried "Mazel Tov". Being as this seemed like something that you would see at a Jewish wedding, I wondered if anyone here was Jewish, but no, they just thought it was a cool thing to do. Well, Mazel Tov to you, too!
|Not a cello, and not a cellist.|
|Our lady pedicab driver was wearing boots.|
We had a guy there playing an instrument that at first glance I assumed to be a cello, but it's not. It's a viol. I had never heard of, much less seen one before. It has seven strings (a cello has four), frets, and most importantly, the bow is held underhanded instead of overhanded.
|Happy couple being pursued by the paparazzi.|
The groom is an artist, a painter, from Marin County, California (just North of San Francisco). The bride is a big-wig in the medical profession, Director of West Coast gas operations or some such. I don't know where they are planning on living, but they are adults, I'm sure they'll figure it out.