Sunday, November 04, 2007

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    Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.
    -Confucius

    I'm the maid, er matron, of honor in a wedding this afternoon, which is full of all sorts of fun. Thanks to the lovely gals in my knitting group, I came up with a top ten list for my toast, and I think it's pretty good.

    It's a military wedding, friends of ours who are also a dual military couple, and there are plenty of men in uniform, plenty of women who chose pretty dresses instead of their uniforms, and that highlight of all military weddings - the sword arch. Don't tell the groom, but he's getting a patt on the behind and a "Welcome to the Navy, sir" just along with the bride. All's fair in love and war.

    Although I don't often blog about it, this wedding has me reflecting a bit on military life. My husband is grounded in Pensacola and unable to come out for the wedding. And I understand - we did sign up for this - but I don't like it. (That's why there's a gratuitous photo of him on the right - cute, isn't it?) And as bad as I think that is, the happy couple of the day are facing over a year apart between his training on the East Coast and her ship's deployment to and undisclosed location in the Middle East. Every couple at the rehearsal dinner last night had a story that was essentially the same. It's the downside to the sword arch.

    So, let's cheer up with another contest. I'm in the mood to give away some more yarn. So tell me this - where are either one (or both for bonus points) of the photos in this post taken? I'll give you a hint - both are within an hour of Pensacola, FL and both are military/tourist sites. There'll be prizes for getting it right, and prizes for just guessing anyway. Let's give the deadline as the November 8th, midnight PST.

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    29 Comments:

    Anonymous Carla said...

    Have no military quess to make, however sorry you can't be together this weekend!

    11/04/2007 8:08 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Naval Air Museum? Enjoy the wedding!

    11/04/2007 9:56 AM  
    Blogger Amy O'Neill Houck said...

    I love the Confucius quote! The photo on the left looks like an Air and Space museum--but I have no real knowledge of florida, so that's a pretty lame guess.

    I'm sorry you guys can't be together--I think sometimes it's harder when you're just a short plane ride away--seems more frustrating.

    Enjoy the wedding!

    11/04/2007 11:17 AM  
    Anonymous Emily said...

    Looks like he's on the USS Alabama (or he could be on top of the Drum, but I don't think you can see the tanks from there) in the second shot! I'd say the Blue Angels Museum if I were guessing on the first one, but it's been ages since I've been there.

    My reading comprehension certainly sucks, I didn't realize your boy was right over there in Pensacola.

    11/04/2007 11:41 AM  
    Blogger hannah said...

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    11/04/2007 11:58 AM  
    Blogger hannah said...

    The photo on the left is at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola... I've actually been there... (my dad was an Air and Space museum fanatic...) Not a clue as to the other one...

    I'm sorry you two are separated :( the good news is that every day that passes is one day closer when you two can be together ;)

    11/04/2007 12:00 PM  
    Blogger Joan said...

    I have no intelligent guesses to add. But I do want to compliment you on your use of quotations, and I thought I'd come out of the woodwork to tell you so.

    Cheers!

    11/04/2007 12:05 PM  
    Anonymous Michelle said...

    I asked my Hubby who went to Navy Dive training in Panama City and ROTC instructor training in Pensacola, recognizes the first photo as the Naval Air Museum. You've stumped us with the other. I have a gal friend in the Navy married to another Navy guy and it took them over a year and the birth of a child (though that didn't seem to matter) to get co-located. It's a tough life choice.

    11/04/2007 1:20 PM  
    Blogger Fancy Pants said...

    Is it cheating to enter your contest when I live in Pensacola? Anyway. The first photo (on the left) is from the Naval Aviation Museum. Even though I live in Pensacola, I don't know where the photo of your husband was taken. I don't get out much....hehehe. I hope you are having a beautiful day.

    11/04/2007 2:30 PM  
    Blogger Pam said...

    Congratulations and best wishes to your friends -- and all of you who've chosen the challenge of military and Marriage -

    11/04/2007 3:09 PM  
    Anonymous Suzanne said...

    Is it cheating if I know where the photos are taken cause I'm your sister-in-law? The top one is the Naval aviation museum in Pensacola and the second is the USS Alabama battleship museum in Mobile Alabama. And quite the cute picture of my baby brother.

    11/04/2007 4:32 PM  
    Blogger ikkinlala said...

    I think the first one is in the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, but I have no idea where the second one was taken.

    11/04/2007 5:20 PM  
    Blogger Breien in Lansingerland said...

    My! Hard to guess...but with tanks and stuff on the background it has to be a military training school or so, having an open day. (2nd photo)

    11/05/2007 12:09 AM  
    Blogger emsres said...

    Okay, not reading the previous comments---wouldn't be fair. Don't know Pensacola at all but thank goodness for the internet.

    I'm almost positive the first picture was taken inside the Naval Aviation Museum. The second one is tougher. No real clue so I'm going to guess somewhere on the grounds of the Naval Airstation---perhaps at Fort Barrancas or Advance & Redoubt?

    11/05/2007 4:11 AM  
    Blogger edina said...

    Sorry your husband can't be with you. :(

    I think the top photo was taken inside the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The other possibly somewhere in a nearby state - Alabama or Mississippi?

    11/05/2007 8:29 AM  
    Blogger Elaine said...

    Sign me up too. The first one is the National Museum of Naval Aviation which I got by Googling. The second is the USS Alabama which I got by reading an earlier comment :-)

    I lived apart from my husband for 5 years and neither of us were military - that's just where the jobs were located. IT's tough!

    11/05/2007 10:58 AM  
    Blogger purple-power said...

    Sorry he couldn't be there to share the fun.

    My guesses:
    1) National Museum of Naval Aviation
    2) USS Alabama

    It's easy when someone's sister-in-law clues you in.

    11/05/2007 11:04 AM  
    Anonymous nova said...

    I won't play, being a Pensacolian and all. But man, that hat is amazing! I must seek out some of that yarn.

    11/05/2007 12:22 PM  
    Blogger Heddy said...

    awww ... I love a contest, but haven't been to Florida since I was 12, and even then we didn't get around much, so neither looks really familiar.
    the first one ... Cape Canaveral (sp?) and the second one ... doesn't look like Disneyland to me, but that is my guess (they were my 2 favorite parts of my last trip to Florida!)

    11/05/2007 1:22 PM  
    Blogger Turtle said...

    Lol, hubby was Navy for 15 years till a few years ago, now he is a dod civilian...can you say Love him being home!! So i can understand that yes, even though you signed up for it..it still sucks, the separations! ("your family didn't come with your seabag sailor" smile)
    Had to ask hubby, the first he says is the Naval Aviation Museum, but the second ?? the tanks in the background are throwinghim off. have fun at the wedding!

    11/05/2007 3:32 PM  
    Blogger crazzybunny said...

    Naval Aviation Museum and USS Alabama (guessing on the last... had to ask some friends!). My fiancee is military (guard, thankfully), so I'm used to being on base and at all sorts of military museums (he is also a big military history buff, but I'm also a history major so it's all good!).

    11/05/2007 9:38 PM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    Separation stinks - just when you need your partner most, they're not there. I hope the wedding is tons of fun anyway.

    My guesses are the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the USS Alabama. I got a little help from my friend at the Naval War College.

    11/06/2007 6:55 AM  
    Blogger adrienne said...

    since i have never been to florida, let alone pensacola, i will "cheat" and copy your sister-in-law who obviously has the inside scoop!

    the pictures were taken at:

    the Naval aviation museum in Pensacola and the second is the USS Alabama battleship museum in Mobile Alabama

    who wouldn't want to win yarn?!

    11/06/2007 10:41 AM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    Being physically separated sucks, and my heart goes out to married couples (or any couples really) who can't live together. I only hope that they maintain their relationship and eventually do get to be together!

    11/06/2007 11:02 AM  
    Anonymous debbi said...

    Well I guess your sister in law gave it away. I was going to guess the Naval Reservation and FOrt Pickens State Park but. I guess that wouldn't be right. Shucks.... Hope the wedding is nice even if you are alone.

    11/06/2007 12:27 PM  
    Blogger Jen C said...

    I have no idea where the pics were taken. Looks like some military museum obviously. Google tells me it could be the Naval Aviation Museum. ;o)

    11/07/2007 4:32 PM  
    Anonymous Ashley said...

    Like most everyone else, I also assume the first picture is of the Naval Aviation Museum, but I've got nothing on the second =)

    11/07/2007 4:40 PM  
    Anonymous kittyparsonATyahooDaCam said...

    I know how you feel...I'm apart from my hubby too due to his work...6mon assignment in Europe.
    :( not only are we not together but I couldnt go to Europe...I seriously thought about faking an illness to get excused from my job. Cheer up, mate! Here are my entries... The top picture is of the Naval Aviation Museum in florida and the bottom one is the USS Alabama in Momorial Park, AL

    11/07/2007 6:25 PM  
    Anonymous nicoleDATphilipATgeDATcAm said...

    He's at the USS Alabama and the one with the flag is at the Navy Aviation Museum.

    11/08/2007 7:21 AM  

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