May 24, 2004
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This past Saturday I went to the wedding of one of my long-time high school friends. It was really beautiful, but I digress. She had an uncle that she was quite close to, and lost him to CF a few years ago. You know how at most weddings the bride and groom make little "gift bags" for the guests? Well, what they are doing instead of that is to donate 10 $ per guest to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It's just stuck in my head how immensely cool and wonderful that is. I think that's a far better way to spend money on your wedding. I've been thinking about all weekend and just wanted to share.
Posted by jim at May 24, 2004 07:14 PM
It's like on Seinfeld, where george makes up a fake charity, and so he doesn't have to get something for his boss for christmas. I think that's how it goes.
That's really cool that your friends did that though. My brother gave out little bottles of wine to the guests at his wedding. Not really much use, since it just sits around. I don't really want to drink it. The keepsake would be gone then.
On a related note, you know how Bono from U2 is all crazy about getting nations to support (with millions of dollars and other resources) AIDS in Africa? Have we not realized that HIV/AIDS is a suicidal virus, ie. it wants to kill itself. If people would quit spreading it then the virus/syndrome would die out by itself, since it does not occur on its own. We are the ones who are keeping it alive. So, to my point... It seems like a big waste of money to spend millions on a suicidal virus/syndrome when there are many others out there that need to be killed and won't do it on their own. Doesn't it make a lot more sense to support things like cancer and diabetes that occur 'naturally'; things that we can't just get rid of by doing nothing?
Although slightly cruel, the nations should just give out id cards (or the like) to people who have HIV/AIDS check-ups and are cleared. Then, if you are promiscuous and smart, you will check for a person's id card before having sex with him. If you are promiscuous and stupid, then you are stupid and you deserve the consequences. I think that this is the cure for AIDS. Put all of your research money to things like cancer and diabetes (except for the diabetes that happens to fat kids; they deserve it too ). Aren't i a genius? I just found the cure for AIDS, in about 30 minutes of thinking, with $0. Go me go!
Ya, Cooter, I think that you should get your own blog and then just trackback to ones that "inspire" you.
I don't understand. Are you offended? Are you mad at me for skewing the path of the blog here and there? What does "'inspire' you" mean? Condescending?
Get my own blog? I'm not sure. I don't think my life is exciting enough to publish. I'm sure there'd be little audience.
I meant that I feel you took a HUG tangent for this post. Since you were witting "on a related note", I think that would justify a new post where you can express you feelings and views. You seem to have a lot (from reading on here and on Karen's blog). Hell, you could have your own TV cable show: "Cooter Talks"
I don't think that my life is exciting enough to read about. This blog is just for ME. Other people reading about it is their option. And you do you think that this blog gets a big audience? hahahaha...
A comment related to the original post: I was also very touched by the donations to CF that were announced at the wedding. I thought it was a beautiful way to pay tribute to a well-loved family member that everyone would have liked to have been present. They should be proud that they did something so positive in his honour.
Well if you feel that i took a major tangent, then i apologize. I'm sorry to have taken any attention from the thoughtfulness of your friends in their donation. That is in fact a respectable gift, especially compared to the meaningless crap given out at most weddings.
In my defense, i equated my idea with your post because they are both about donations to illness research, and how appropriate the donations are. Sorry to distract the spotlight, though.
That is a really wonderful party favour. I was just talking with a friend tonight about the idea of party favours at weddings (why should guest get 'loot bags' just if they show up?) and while I never really understood the custom, I think that is a great idea.
Sometimes people give loot bags to encourage people to show up and stay until the end. That seems a little weird at weddings though. Maybe it's just to say thanks.
When i was like 8, i was the ring barer in my aunt's wedding. In my loot bag, i got a gold ring with my initials engraved in it. And, no, it wasn't crap. My uncle owns a jewellery shop, so i get hookups on my bling-bling.
I think that gift bags are different than what you give to people in the "wedding party" (ring bearers, ushers, brides maids, ...). Those are usually better gifts because there's more "work" involved (like going to extra stuff, standing for pics for like 10 hours, ...).
The guests just have to show up and watch.
Yeah, i guess you are right. Give me a break, i was 8.
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