April Shower

Voice Card  -  Volume 24  -  John Card Number 9  -  Sat, May 9, 1992 4:06 PM

I have to admit, when Betsy first informed me that I would be accompanying her to a coed wedding shower, I was skeptical. From what I've been able to tell, the only good thing about wedding showers is that we men don't have to endure them. But with Janine and Eliott as hosts I figured it might be tolerable.

As it turned out, I had the time of my life. All sorts of luminaries appeared, including Drury, her S.O. John, and an extra bonus veterinarian named Avery; a dear friend I hadn't seen since Squaw Valley, Jo Anna Wool; Roger and Rose Anne; another good friend who came all the way from LA, Tanya; and our old friend Suzanne.

So there were a total of five past and present Archipelagoans! Eliott, another friend Chris Ranken, and I talked Strategic Conquest, Jo Anna, her boyfriend Al, and Suzanne talked about writing, Betsy and Janine and Tanya compared crazy family stories, the three veterinarians diagnosed Janine's cats, and Roger and Janine's Dad talked about the evil Bill Gates.

Then it was LOOT time. We received quite a tidy bundle of goodies, including a heart-shaped dish full of sourballs that seemed to have special significance for Betsy. But two gifts really stood out.

First, Drury provided us with an entire bag full of bizarre kitchen items including a won ton press, a tomato de-blossomer, a mushroom brush, and several other items we haven't figured out yet. She then gave a little speech in which she reminded me of a voice card I had once written about my vision of a perfect woman and produced a Pepsi and a symbolic "Bag of Chrunch-Os." see VC 12 John 8.

[Incidentally, Drury, that carbonated beverage keeper/handle gadget you got me works like a charm! It promises to absolutely REVOLUTIONIZE my Pepsi drinking habits. THANK YOU!]

I think everyone attending would agree, however, that Suzanne's gift was the most amazing of all: a perpetual motion machine called the "Space Wheel." According to the documentation, the space wheel "uses these scientific concepts: Kinetic and Potential Energy, The Laws of Thermodynamics, and other Mysterious forces" to become "THE TALK OF THE GALAXY!" The space wheel was, at the very least, the talk of 41 Belcher Street and continues to spin even as I type these words.

Thank you, Janine, for hosting this strange and wonderful gathering. Of all the magical things that have happened to me since I met Betsy, this was one of the most delightful and certainly one of the most heartwarming. Betsy and I should get married more often!