Monday, October 19, 2009

Rings and Things

I spent the weekend up in the Blue Mountains attending Chris and Sam's wedding, where I performed the role of best man. This warped my view of the event because I was hanging about awkwardly worrying about what I was supposed to be doing rather than hanging about awkwardly getting drunk for free, which would be my standard approach to a wedding. Still, it was an enjoyable time and, as near as I can tell, the bride and groom seemed happy about the whole thing.

My time was focused around two main points: not losing the rings and giving my speech. Not losing the rings was an unmitigated success. I handed them over at the appointed time and they were put on the appropriate fingers. People clapped and got teared up shortly after, but I think it was about the announcement of the couple rather than the quality of ring guardianship.

Giving a best man speech is an interesting task, one which I would guess a lot of men have or will go through at some point. Done well it is amusing, informative and just a little emotional, done poorly it is some drunk guy falling off a chair after making the groom look like a dick. Because Chris is actually my friend I aimed for the former and so, despite the urgings of my friends, I went for the "being totally sober" option for the delivery. This seemed to work quite well, and aside from the fact it means you have to keep refusing free beer, I would heartily recommend it. Most people laughed, some people said "aaaawwwwww", everybody toasted, everybody applauded and afterwards nobody gave me the evil eye.

I am now officially not leaving Hobart again in the known future. Maybe something unknown will crop up.


  1. Yay for the Return of the Bice :D
    Going to keep up the blogging now that you're home?

  2. Yeah, but only when I have something interesting to write about. So probably not often.


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