First . . . The Most Important Part Of This Day . . . At Least To Me – Is That Anne & I Are Today Celebrating Our FORTY-SEVENTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. We knew each other for One Year before we were Married, and Married on a Tuesday, Amidst a Sprinkle of Rain on May 1, 1973.
We Did It The Old Fashioned Way . . . We Courted for a Year, Married, and then Started our New Lives Living Together. It wasn’t Easy for Either of Us. We had about 150-People At Our Wedding, mostly because my Mother’s Dream was Always to see me Walk Down the Aisle with all Form of Pomp & Circumstance.
And Because my Parents were having to soon Pay for my Younger Sister’s Wedding, they Certainly Couldn’t Afford to Pay for ours. And as far as Anne & I were Concerned, having my Parents pay for our Wedding, or any Part of it was a Non Starter.
So . . . Anne & I Paid for our Own Wedding in its Entirety. We Paid For The Synagogue Hall Rental. The Rabbi. The Open Bar. The Caterer. The Band. The Rentals. The Flowers. The Photographer. The Formal Dress & Tuxedoes – Etc. Thank God, Most of our Relatives & Friends Gave Cash Gifts, since Anne & I were as Poor as Church Mice the Day we Said to Each Other . . . The Most Important Two Words Of My Life – “I Do”.
This Was In The Day When Bank Managers Really Managed & Were A Part Of Your Life.
One of our Honored Guests at the Wedding was my Bank Manager (Bank Of Montreal), who was a Seriously Nice Man, who said to Anne & Myself, before we Invited Him and his Wife to be our Guests . . . “Have A Wonderful Wedding & Don’t Worry About The Money. We Can Work-Out A Low Interest Loan After You Return From Your Honeymoon”.
As It Turned-Out . . . I Used to be a Director (Fund Raising) of an Amateur Football League (Chomedey Blues Football), Where I threw Lots of Football Dances to Raise Money, and I Always Used the Same Distillery for the Cash Bar and the same Band for Entertainment, so when I asked them how Much it should cost us for them to do our Wedding, all they Wanted from Us – was for Us to Cover their Expenses. And when we Told the Caterer that we were Paying for the Wedding Ourselves, the Caterer also gave us a Fantastic Deal, because in those days, Especially Amongst the Montreal Jewish Community, Brides & Grooms Never Paid for their own Wedding.
So . . . After All The Dust Had Settled – Given the Down-Payments we Put into the Wedding, the Deals People gave us to Cater, Entertain & Provide the Open Bar (Thank God People Didn’t Drink A Lot) . . . Totaling the Cost of the Wedding with the Cash Gifts we Received, Anne & I Were Just $300 In The Red, which Meant we Didn’t have to Take-Out a Bank Loan, and we were Able to Take a Brief Honeymoon on the Cheap (One Night in New York City at a Fleabag Two Story/Motel in Yonkers) and Two Nights in the Catskill Mountains During the Downside of the Resort Town, at the Laurels Hotel, Which 47-Years Ago Was Already Showing Severe Signs Of Its Age.
PS – True Story . . . When Anne Asked Me How I Had So Much Stamina (Know What I Mean?) During Our Honeymoon Night In Yonkers? My Answer Was That I Was Too Scared To Sleep In That Dump, Which Also Had A Smashed Door-Lock, And Was Too Embarrassed To Tell Anne. So I Had To Do Something Constructive During The Night.
Nothing Was Ever Easy For Us . . . And we Don’t Expect Life will get any Easier for Us Along What’s Left on our Road still to Travel. But Together – Through It All, We Were Able To Survive All The Slings & Arrows . . . And We’re Not About To Give-Up Now.
Anne & I Will Be Going . . . To a Typical French-Canadian Hot Dog Joint (La Belle Province), down the Road in the Province of Quebec, which Makes The Best Steamies On The Planet . . . Which are Steamed Hot Dogs in Hot Dog Buns Loaded with all the Trimmings, Topped-Up with a Mound of Homemade Coleslaw and the BEST Greasy Fries Anyone can Imagine, Saturated with White Vinegar, Salt & Catsup.
And Because Of The Stupid Virus Rules . . . We’ll Order the Steamies, Fries & Drinks at the Door . . . And Eat Our Gourmet Meal in the Pick-Up Truck, with Stryker Sleeping in the Rear.
MAKE THEM PAY!
Just in Case our Governments ever Hold Another Election, Especially a Fair & Square Election . . . Take Notes Now & Do Everything You Can To Vote All The Bastards Out When The Time Comes.
And Just As Important . . . Do Everything You Can To Elect Politicians Who Are Onside With The Values We Believe-In.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov