A very lively group, with a number of folks I knew, and some fun folks I didn't know. I ended up chatting a good bit with a couple and their 12 year old son, who has all the makings of a pyro or a politician, I'm not sure which. Also got to chat with Jim Harper, who seems to be doing well. He and another tablemate and I talked a bit about politics. He's got a much more negative view of corporate America than I have. I believe the vast majority of corporations behave in responsible ways, not just aiming for the quickest possible buck no matter the ramifications. It's the occasional Enron or Halliburton that gives the rest of the corporate world a bad name.
The wedding had a great autumn theme, with lots of gold, red, and brown leaves, including an autumn tiara in Diane's hair. It's a second marriage for each of them, and most of their kids were there. (Terry's older daughter wasn't there; apparently she got married a couple of weeks ago.) It was probably the most religious of the weddings I've attended this year, officiated by the pastor of the Lutheran church on Oak Street near campus. I'd attended a wedding there once before, prior to their massive renovation and expansion, but I don't think Pastor Bair was there at the time. He's very well spoken, and almost had a stand-up comedy mood at some points... but appropriate solemnity at others.
One of the four readings was from Genesis, particularly appropriate (if coincidental) because yesterday was Simchat Torah. That's the Jewish celebration of the Torah, the first five books of the bible, focused on the day of the year when you read the very last chapter of the Torah, then immediately wind the scroll back to the beginning and read the very first chapter. The tradition of immediately starting from the beginning right after finishing represents the cyclical and never-ending nature of learning and scripture, and the ceremony that surrounds the readings involves getting the Torah itself in as many people's hands as possible as it's paraded around the temple. I'm not hugely religious, but this is one of several traditions of my faith that I really appreciate.
My original plan was to get changed and head to the Accord meeting, but after a non-stop week and a lively wedding, I suddenly felt more like relaxing at home. Apologies to any who expected to see me.