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Well, one would think by now I would have found a way to post to livejournal by now. Well, I could have at any time, but I was totally otherwise occupied.

Since this is the first public post I've made about it, here's the story.

I was going to elope with ladymace (Becky). We decided to talk to our parents about it, and my parents were like "well it's about time, but you guys aren't doing this without us present." So then we were like "oh damn, we were going to do this in about a month" (it had been secretly being planned since May). So with a sudden change of plans, we agreed to a 20 guest ceremony in Grand Haven, where I grew up. After much strategic planning and hoping for good weather, at 1pm on Aug 19, 2006 we all converged on Duncan's Woods in Grand Haven, and had a wedding. The weather was looking really iffy on the forecast, but it was absolutely perfect when the day came. Everything went perfectly, better than we even planned, and my dad and stepmom threw a small reception at their place for the guests of the ceremony. Much fun was had all around.

I got a miniDV camcorder on Friday to capture all of this, and it worked perfectly. The original file of the approximately 15 minute ceremony is 2.1 gigabytes. It's 12 bit stereo with 480i digital resolution, 29.95fps, 28M/sec codec rate. Decreased to DVD quality (8M/sec codec rate) it's still 475MB. I plan on re-encoding it to DiVX a bit later. Given I have 1xRTT to upload it, you're just gonna have to wait until I can find something with more than a hundred k of upload. :)

I managed to upload one photo of it all, out of at least 60 photos. Again, when I have access to a connection that isn't slow as molasses, it's all totally on the 'net.

We're up in the upper peninnsula having a great time, we'll be back in the area on late Wednesday night.

Until then, best wishes from Paul and Becky Timmins! :)

Other things of note:

* Reserving hotels online about 5 hours before you arrive works better than one would think.
* Meteorologists don't know shit.
* Don't move firewood. In case you haven't been told about 600 times on the way up.
* Sprint has remarkable 1xRTT coverage. Even in the 906.
* Same with my T-Mobile Blackberry
* Ring size charts lie. Get yourself sized in person if you order rings online.
* When econolodge says "computer hook up" on hotels.com, what it really means is "hahaha good luck finding a fucking dialup in St Ignace!" (note to self, see if my St Ignace number block has been turned up so I can throw the RAS on it - working for a phone company has its perks!)

Note to people who are unfamiliar with Livejournal, which I presume would be higher than normal since my parents have been made aware of us going to be posting here, as with the relatives - if you're not on my friends list, your comments will be moderated and unviewable until I get around to approving it. Don't get worried and try to comment more than once.

Update: Photos of the wedding and honeymoon are available here


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 21st, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Congrats to both of you!
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
Say Ya to Da UP, Eh?
LOL! Did Paul try to bring firewood across the bridge? I don't actually recall ever seeing a sign not to, just seeing the disposal bins at the rest areas near the bridge. I forget just what they are trying to prevent the spread of.
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: Say Ya to Da UP, Eh?
Also: 906-328-3120 <- michnet
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
congratulations to you both!
i'm so happy for you guys!
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Congratulations to the both of you!
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)

Paul, you're a true geek when you give more details about the DV camera than the ceremony. :)

As for the rest, welcome to Northern Michigan. Where the weather is variable, the Emerald Ash Borers encroaching and high speed internet is sparse. If you think that Sprint has good coverage in Northern Michigan, you aren't getting far enough off of the beaten path. I have coverage at my cabin, but three miles away, where I go hunting, there's no signal at all.
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Awesome! Congratulations! I love you both and am very happy for you. I expect more pictures soon!
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)

Also, I think you for a "not" in your line at the bottom reading, "Don't get worried and try to comment more than once."
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
I wish you all the happiness in the world :-)
Aug. 21st, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Hey Paul and Becky, or should I say Mr. and Mrs. Timmins...

Congratulations to you both, and I wish you two both the very best of all that life has to offer. And hopefully your sex life does not begin to suffer much like my brother and sister-in-law's.

And niteshad is right Paul, holy hell you are a geek.
Aug. 21st, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Awesome! Congratulations! :D
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
OMG! Totally congrats!
Best wishes to both of you!
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Yaay, congratulations!
Aug. 22nd, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Aww, have a happy married life. Congratulations and all that.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Nice monkey suit. :)

Aug. 22nd, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
YEA!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats! I'm so happy for both of you!
Aug. 30th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
Wow! Congratulations!
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