May the best man whine

Written by Christopher Ford

Title Mayrepparttar best man whine AuthorChristopher Ford Date October 2003 Contact

A guide of what not to do and say when asked to be best man.

Aside fromrepparttar 125497 gourmet food,repparttar 125498 fine wine and extravagant table décor there is only one reason whyrepparttar 125499 wedding reception overshadowsrepparttar 125500 ceremony asrepparttar 125501 highlight ofrepparttar 125502 day. The speeches.

Food is hurried; nerves are frail, and doublerepparttar 125503 amount of booze is consumed onrepparttar 125504 head table than anywhere else inrepparttar 125505 room. Video cameras are set to record andrepparttar 125506 speakers themselves are set to entertain. The best man’s speech in particular must be witty, interesting, and profound. The closing and deciding chapter in his duties as, well,repparttar 125507 best man.

More often than not,repparttar 125508 best man will lack public speaking experience, and fear sets in asrepparttar 125509 commonplace reaction. But with thorough preparation and research, anyone can shine. Anyone can rise torepparttar 125510 occasion.

But what happens whenrepparttar 125511 best man hasn’t prepared at all? Whenrepparttar 125512 best man was never asked to do a speech until a microphone was thrust in his hand atrepparttar 125513 last second, to discover a room full of expectant faces gazing up at him? How interesting can it be? The answer is very.

I flew from Birmingham, England, to land in Atlanta, Georgia, greeted by Shane (the groom) and his bride to be Kirsty with great anticipation. Shane was an old school friend. He’d asked me to be best man, when his only love interest was a 4-ft poster of Yasmine Bleeth, of course I accepted. And now I was to live outrepparttar 125514 honour.

The wedding was two days away, and much still remained to do with little time to do it. Dress rehearsals to rehearse, and seating plans to plan. Yet asrepparttar 125515 trans-Atlantic best man, my call of duty was merely to donrepparttar 125516 tails, holdrepparttar 125517 rings, and wish them allrepparttar 125518 best.

The speeches, I was advised earlier, would be merely a toast. It wasn’t customary inrepparttar 125519 United States, or at least in Kirsty’s family, to deliver anything other than my congratulations. So I relaxed, marinated my pasty skin with sun oil, and soaked uprepparttar 125520 southern atmosphere. The next day was spent golfing withrepparttar 125521 groom’s father, discussingrepparttar 125522 merits of his son’s newly acquired green card, and sending a few Budweiser’s home.

On Shane’s last night as a bachelor, we stayed overnight atrepparttar 125523 hotel far fromrepparttar 125524 bride’s eye to satisfy superstition. Though much to my disappointment, it wasn’t spent in a hot tub with college girls sinking Moët, not when there were tables still to be set and ice sculptures to rearrange. Onrepparttar 125525 big day, I was disappointed to find out that a mid-afternoon wedding still called for an early rise. Givenrepparttar 125526 soaring temperatures expected at mid-day, I wasn’t looking forward to life insiderepparttar 125527 top and tail, and my only immediate worry was how to control unwanted perspiration. That, and not losingrepparttar 125528 two gold rings they were about to swear an oath upon.

The Lifesaving Hobby

Written by Ed Howes

Force Decisions We Can Live By! Just another bumper sticker, or is itrepparttar New Age philosophy? It began as an overwhelming drive to expressrepparttar 125496 lessons I have learned andrepparttar 125497 warnings I observe, in simple terms, easily understood by others. I don't want fame, though I have made plans for fortunes I may never see. I just don't want to get caught with a pile of money and no idea what to do with it, even though I don't gamble or play lotteries. My great ambition was just to share ideas that could be useful to others and help them prepare for a violent future of sharply reduced expectations. I knew in my heartrepparttar 125498 writing onrepparttar 125499 wall has already become so much graffiti to be painted over.

I thought perhaps I could put a new face onrepparttar 125500 old writing and connect with some like minded people. In two years sincerepparttar 125501 Al Qaeda attacks on Eleven September,repparttar 125502 message remainsrepparttar 125503 same. The U.S. Government is impotent to protect anyone from this new kind of warfare. Also, thatrepparttar 125504 only effective defense is personal self defense; much of which should be obvious.

If you insist upon living and working in a known or likely target area, your odds of a happy, productive future, plummet likerepparttar 125505 towers. You become a volunteer for martyrdom; for what or whom? America decidedrepparttar 125506 best act of defiance was to get back to business as usual. The idea that suing for peace atrepparttar 125507 start of a war, was a practical option, did not appeal torepparttar 125508 public or leadership. A bad situation was made worse. Senator Joseph Biden recently summed up how it works. He does not regret authorizing an incompetent President to go to war. He only regretsrepparttar 125509 President is incompetent. You can’t be more double minded than that.

President Bush wants another five years to teach us that throwing allrepparttar 125510 money inrepparttar 125511 world at national security will make no difference, except to bankrupt Western Civilization. Since this is a stated goal of Al Qaeda, it's clear we are all fighting a war against Western Civilization - and winning.

We all understandrepparttar 125512 huge gap betweenrepparttar 125513 people ofrepparttar 125514 West andrepparttar 125515 rulers ofrepparttar 125516 West. That's why our global enemies sincerely tell us not to take it personally; that they only see one way to affect change in ruling policy. The question forrepparttar 125517 people ofrepparttar 125518 West is whether they owe a duty to go down withrepparttar 125519 ship. Is it cowardice to surviverepparttar 125520 fall of Western Civilization? Is it dishonor to tend to one's self and loved ones, when "leadership" just wants to get on withrepparttar 125521 fireworks?

Personally, I believe in survival. I want a shot at doing things right - next time. I'm searching for others who know or sense it is time to bail out of a ship, so low inrepparttar 125522 water, under fire, day in, day out, from without and from within. Allrepparttar 125523 warriors know is how to makerepparttar 125524 holes bigger and they are hard at it. There is no wisdom in leadership today. Is there any left amongrepparttar 125525 people?

Since I have no profession beyondrepparttar 125526 Christian faith, lifesaving can be no more than a hobby for me. The World Wide Web presents an opportunity for me to popularize this hobby. The potential is there to save millions of lives. Even as an amateur life saver, I am an unlikely candidate. I have a temporary visual impairment that prevents me from findingrepparttar 125527 places I could be posting my warnings, exhortations and encouragements, to take care of business; while there is still business to take care of.

My impairment has reduced my personal funds to a point I cannot hire help, before I recover. I'm not asking for money. I'm asking how much time we have to save millions of lives. It was eight years fromrepparttar 125528 first attack onrepparttar 125529 World Trade Center. How many years will it be betweenrepparttar 125530 first attack on Washington D.C., tillrepparttar 125531 next one? Two have already passed.

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