On election day I ran to the conveinant store down the street from my office. Went inside, grabbed myself a snack. The owners son was running shop that day. He rung up my peanut bar while talking non stop into his cell phone and completed the entire transaction without breaking stride in the conversation or looking at me. I'd want it no other way. I finished the snack on the ten step walk to the car because I'm a monster. Hopped in the front seat and threw it in reverse.
My explorer rolled back slow as I plugged the auxiliary cord into the phone. Then my back and head jerked forward. Crunch. My car stopped. I looked in the rearview and saw a little white car. Me and the old man who drove the white car met in the middle of the parking lot, just like our cars had. He apologized and said sorry, I didn't see you at all. I said, yeah me neither I guess. His car had a couple scratches. Mine had nothing. He looked at me and shrugged. "I don't care about this piece of shit". I asked if he was sure. He said, yeah. Then he turned and said "you know, if this is the worst thing that happens today I'll consider it a win." I laughed. The threat of Trump being President got me out of what could've been a sticky situation.
That night Donald Trump got elected and that old mans day got even worse!
Thursday I spent my first Thanksgiving ever away from my parents. Traveling sucks and costs a lot of money. Christmas is my families real love so sacrificing Thanksgiving together is just how it works these days. Luckily I was welcomed to join my girlfriend and her family for the day. I didn't think much into it until the morning of. Would the food be the same? Of course it will be you idiot, it's the one day a year everyone in the country eats the same shit. Would football be on? I hoped so. Would we all go around the table and say what we are thankful for? Maybe. Would her grandpa be granted the turkey leg and eat it sloppily like a king at the head of the table? Would everyone break out into random table drumming and clapping for no reason at all? Probably not. Would we play telephone? Probably not. Traditions are strange. What sticks around, what attaches itself to the heart and what doesn't. The day itself was very similar to every Thanksgiving. We ate turkey. There were little kids running around and entertaining the adults. There was Grandma in the background saying things that only a grandparent could get away with saying. The guys slouched on the couch and watched football. We said grace. We stuffed ourselves. Then we played charades. Not the same exact traditions but not completely different either.
Working in weddings, like any other job, gets fairly repetitive. You deal with two people who are on the brink of changing their lives and who are at maximum stress level. Today we got a client in that did something I have never seen a client do before. A couple came in for their meeting on lighting. With them they brought the couple who is getting married the day before them at the same venue. A complete surprise. They then tried to get a two for one discount. The conversation kind of went like this...
"Well since she will be there Friday and we will be there Saturday we thought maybe we could get a group discount."
"But you guys will have a completely different floor plan and lighting?"
"Yes but we are at the same place. Just one day apart."
"I know, but if you have different set ups we will have to set up for day one. Take down for day one. Then set up for day two and take down for day two. It doesn't make the job any different on our end."
"Yes but maybe you can just push hers to the side before ours since we are getting married at the same place just one day apart."
"Correct but we'd still have to take the first set of lighting down."
"But we will be at the same venue. Just one day apart."
And on and on and on. He just kept asking. The most interesting part was the the girl they dragged along, the one getting married the day before, she started to shrink in her seat in embarrassment. The couples didn't know each other! That means the one guy called the venue and asked who was getting married the day before him and if he could have there phone number. Then called them up and said "hey we're getting married one day apart do you want to see if we can swindle a deal out of that?" And the girl on the other end bought it and said yes. Then when she heard the request out loud in our office she realized how stupid it was a squirmed around for an out. Bizarre.
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