Saturday, November 12, 2005

Happy Veterans Day.

I spend a lot of time looking at couples' left hands, trying to figure out if they're married/engaged or not. Occupational hazard. At any rate, my husband and I ended up having dinner at a donut shop last night (that's another story), when a soldier dressed in fatigues and his girlfriend walked in and sat down directly across from us. My thought process went exactly like this: "Huh, I wonder if they're married, wait, she's wearing a ring but I don' think it's a wedding/engagement ring, and he's not wearing a ring...I wonder what branch of the military he's in (everybody wears fatigues, and they're the same kind, or at least close enough that I can't generally tell), no can't tell from the jacket he just took off..." Long story short - I was staring at them. Not really noticing I was staring at them, until the soldier looked at me and said, "Is the uniform making you uncomfortable, ma'am?"

"Uh, no, sorry. I didn't mean to stare. Are some people uncomfortable with the uniform?
"Yeah, I've been threatened with a gun twice since I've been back."
My jaw dropped open. Seriously? I mean, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, people can be idiots, but, like, the war isn't his fault. I'm not a fan of this war, but I'm a fan of the military, because they're necessary - someone has to do it, for one, and if they want to make a living by serving their country, more power to them.Some of the coolest people I've known were in the military, and I've been asked if I support the troops and I usually reply that I support them so much that I want every one of them to come back alive. And I'm glad that the guy in the donut shop did.

And no, I didn't tell him why I was staring. I figured he was under enough pressure as it was.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Coming Up

So, i've been working on my first podcast - which is not as easy as iTunes would have you believe. Luckily the Apple Store at the Grove has free classes on podcasting and Garage band, one of which is on Saturday, so I should hopefully have it posted next week. In the meantime, I'm putting together a mix cd of first dance songs of weddings that I've done. Email me if you'd like the playlist.

In the meantime, I'm actively working on three events - a debutante ball in December, a wedding on Catalina Island next August, and another wedding at Cicada downtown in December. And some more in the pipeline, so life is good.

How are you guys doing?