Wednesday, August 21, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 270: Last Day of Bachelorhood

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they aren't Wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is a photograph from our wedding album:

I know exactly when and where this photograph was taken -- Saturday morning, 21 March 1970.  This is yours truly, age 26, standing outside Apartment 10 at 540 C Street in Chula Vista, California, looking cool and collected - and seemingly happy - on my last morning of bachelorhood.  It's about time.  Living alone was terrible - cooking, cleaning, watching TV, bowling, etc. I was ready to get married!  Little did I know or understand what it really meant, but I found out real soon.  And loved it.  This was before I started pursuing genealogy, of course!  

The night before had been the wedding rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner at my grandparents home, and some drinks at my favorite bowling alley (I think, I honestly don't remember).  I made it back to my new home in Chula Vista, where we would live until March 1972 when we bought our first home.

The rest of our wedding day was a blur - the wedding at 2 p.m., the reception in the church hall, relaxing at my parents house, the frantic drive to the airport, the flight to Los Angeles, the one-night stay at the hotel near the airport.  Then it was off for the one week honeymoon trip to Acapulco.  

Why late March?  Linda had the week off for Easter vacation (she was an elementary schoolteacher).  The next choice was summer - we decided not to wait.  It was the first day of spring - a new beginning, the start of a new chapter in our lives.

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