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October 2008

King of the Road...

Here's another classic from The Proclaimers (whose previous song, posted below, was the soundtrack of my September). They crack me up with this Scots-accented version of a song that, as a truck driver's daughter, takes me right back to childhood. Move over Roger Miller, the Scots have claimed it for their own. 

It goes out to Midori and Stephen, who are driving a U-haul truck cross-country this week. And also to Howard, as my "letter from America."

The New York Marriage Bureau...

NYC Marriage Chapel signHow serendipitious! The New York Times has an article on City Hall weddings today: "Drab Setting, but Joyous Work" -- with a nice gallery of pictures here. Had our own recent wedding at City Hall been a mere two days later, we might have been pictured too.

The Times article is right, the Manhattan chapel is indeed quite drab and shabby, but it's also a facinating and fun way to tie the knot, surrounded by other couples and families from every imaginable kind of background. We enjoyed it thoroughly: no stress, lots of laughter, and it was even rather romantic, in an historic Old New York kind of way. I hope the slick "wedding destination" chapel they are planning doesn't lose the unique spirit of those funky, old rooms, so full of life and many decades worth of stories. We loved them.

Here's a picture from the old City Hall marriage chapel that you won't find in the Times today:

At New York City Hall

Good heavens, we're married

Newly wed in NYC

Last week, my partner Howard and I got hitched at New York City Hall. A few of you asked for pictures from the day....

We opted for black-and-white clothes because getting married at the old "Marriage Bureau" in City Hall felt like stepping into an old black-and-white movie. The dress comes from Howard's mum, a theatrical costume designer, who collects odds and ends of vintage clothing. It's sheer black lace (with a silk underslip) from the 1920s, via the costume department of the Royal Shakespeare Company, worn with a black silk Victorian-style jacket, black Victorian-style lace-up boots (which were also cast-offs from the RSC), and jewelry by the amazing Jen Parrish (Parrish Relics, Boston). Our wedding rings were made by our friend Miriam Boy-Hackney (Silverandmoor, Chagford), and the organdy silk scarf by our friend Mimi Panitch. The scarf bears a white-on-white quote from William Shakespeare: "Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts." Two points if you know what play that's from.